Thomas Poulsen

The Natural Product Brartemicin is a High Affinity Ligand for the Carbohydrate-Recognition Domain of the Macrophage Receptor Mincle

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  • Kristian Mark Jacobsen
  • Ulrik Keiding, Denmark
  • Lise Lindkvist Clement, Denmark
  • Eva Susanne Schaffert, Denmark
  • Neela Rambaruth, Department of Life Sciences, Imperial College London, , United Kingdom
  • Mogens Johannsen
  • Kurt Drickamer, Department of Life Sciences, Imperial College London, , United Kingdom
  • Thomas Poulsen
We demonstrate that the natural product brartemicin, a newly discovered inhibitor of cancer cell invasion, is a high-affinity ligand of the carbohydrate-recognition domain (CRD) of the C-type lectin mincle. Recent studies have revealed that mincle is a key macrophage receptor for the mycobacterial virulence factor trehalose dimycolate (TDM), which is a glycolipid component of the mycobacterial cell wall. Major uncertainties, however, remain concerning the mechanism of TDM-binding and subsequent signal transduction as well as interplay of potential co-receptors. Due to the lipid nature of TDM, functional studies are difficult and soluble mincle-ligands are therefore of significant interest. Brartemicin, together with designed analogs also presented in this paper, may thus serve as useful molecular probes for future studies of mincle. Through computational studies, we further provide an insight into the probable mode of binding of brartemicin.
Original languageEnglish
JournalMedChemComm
Volume6
Issue4
Pages (from-to)647-652
Number of pages6
ISSN2040-2503
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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