Author(s): Swedberg JE, Nigon LV, Reid JC, de Veer SJ, Walpole CM,
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Abstract Human kallikrein-related peptidase 4 (KLK4/prostase), a trypsin-like serine protease, is a potential target for prostate cancer treatment because of its proteolytic ability to activate many tumorigenic and metastatic pathways including the protease activated receptors (PARs). Currently there are no KLK4-specific small-molecule inhibitors available for therapeutic development. Here we re-engineer the naturally occurring sunflower trypsin inhibitor to selectively block the proteolytic activity of KLK4 and prevent stimulation of PAR activity in a cell-based system. The re-engineered inhibitor was designed using a combination of molecular modeling and sparse matrix substrate screening.
This article was published in Chem Biol
and referenced in Journal of Clinical & Experimental Pharmacology