Mar 29, 2020

Structural Determinants of Phosphopeptide Binding to the N-Terminal Src Homology 2 Domain of the SHP2 Phosphatase

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Massimiliano AnselmiLorenzo Stella


SH2 domain-containing tyrosine phosphatase 2 (SHP2), encoded by PTPN11, plays a fundamental role in the modulation of several signaling pathways. Germline and somatic mutations in PTPN11 are associated with different rare diseases and hematologic malignancies, and recent studies have individuated SHP2 as a central node in oncogenesis and cancer drug resistance. SHP2 structure includes two Src homology 2 domains (N-SH2 and C-SH2) followed by a catalytic protein tyrosine phosphatase (PTP) domain. Under basal conditions, the N-SH2 domain blocks the active site, inhibiting phosphatase activity. Association of the N-SH2 domain with binding partners containing short amino acid motifs comprising a phosphotyrosine residue (pY) leads to N-SH2/PTP dissociation and SHP2 activation. Considering the relevance of SHP2 in signaling and disease and the central role of the N-SH2 domain in its allosteric regulation mechanism, we performed microsecond-long molecular dynamics simulations of the N-SH2 domain complexed to 12 different peptides, to define the structural and dynamical features determining the binding affinity and specificity of the domain. Phosphopeptide residues at position -2 to +5, with respect to pY, have significant interactions ...Continue Reading

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