Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) represents a dicult condition to treat, due to epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) kinase domain mutations, which lead to ligand-independent phosphorylation. Deletion of five amino acids (ELREA) in exon 19 and mutational change from leucine to arginine at position 858 (L858R) are responsible for tyrosine kinase domain aberrant activation. These two common types of EGFR-mutated forms are clinically associated with high response with Tyrosine Kinase Inhibitors (TKI); however, the secondary T790M mutation within the Tyrosine Kinase Domain (TKD) determines a resistance to these EGFR-TKIs. Using molecular dynamic simulation (MD), the present study investigated the architectural changes of wild-type and mutants EGFR’s kinase domains in order to detect any conformational dierences that could be associated with a constitutively activated state and thus to evaluate the dierences between the wild-type and its mutated forms. In addition, in order to evaluate to which extent the EGFR mutations aect its inhibition, Epigallocatechin 3-Gallate (EGCG) and Erlotinib (Erl), known EGFR-TKI, were included in our study. Their binding modes with the EGFR-TK domain were elucidated and the binding dierences between EGFR wild-type and the mutated forms were evidenced. The aminoacids mutations directly influence the binding anity of these two inhibitors, resulting in a dierent ecacy of Erl and EGCG inhibition. In particular, for the T790M/L858R EGFR, the binding modes of studied inhibitors were compromised by aminoacidic substitution confirming the experimental findings. These results may be useful for novel drug design strategies targeting the dimerization domain of the EGFR mutated forms, thus preventing receptor activation.
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