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ACS Chemical Biology


Protein-membrane interactions (PMIs) are ubiquitous in cellular signaling. Initial steps of signal transduction cascades often rely on transient and dynamic interactions with the inner plasma membrane leaflet to populate and regulate signaling hotspots. Methods to target and modulate these interactions could yield attractive tool compounds and drug candidates. Here, we demonstrate that the conjugation of a medium-chain lipid tail to the covalent K-Ras(G12C) binder MRTX849 at a solvent-exposed site enables such direct modulation of PMIs. The conjugated lipid tail interacts with the tethered membrane and changes the relative membrane orientation and conformation of K-Ras(G12C), as shown by molecular dynamics (MD) simulation-supported NMR studies. In cells, this PMI modulation restricts the lateral mobility of K-Ras(G12C) and disrupts nanoclusters. The described strategy could be broadly applicable to selectively modulate transient PMIs.


ras Proteins, Cell Membrane, Signal Transduction, Molecular Dynamics Simulation, Lipids, Proto-Oncogene Proteins p21(ras)



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