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Diacylglycerol Kinase (DGK) Targeted Library

Diacylglycerol kinase (DGK or DAGK) is a family of enzymes that convert diacylglycerol to phosphatidic acid and regulate many enzymes, including protein kinase C, phosphatidylinositol 4-phosphate 5-kinase, and mTOR. Several DGK isozymes can serve as potential drug targets for a wide variety of diseases (cancer, autoimmune diseases, epilepsy, type II diabetes, cardiac hypertrophy, and hypertension) [1].

To date, ten mammalian DGK subtypes have been cloned and divided into five groups, showing subtype-specific tissue distribution [2]. The ten DGK isoforms identified so far are divided into five principal subtypes based on the organization of structural motifs: type1 (DGK-alpha, DGK-beta, DGK-gamma), type2 (DGK-delta, DGK-eta, DGK-kappa), type3 (DGK-epsilon), type4 (DGK-zeta, DGK-iota), type5 (DGK-theta) [3]. Type3, type4, and type5 have similar catalytic domains.

At Life Chemicals, we have designed a new unique Screening Library of potential diacylglycerol kinase modulators to boost the development of DGK isozyme-specific inhibitors or activators. It contains over 3,500 structurally-diverse drug-like screening compounds targeting DGK-alpha and DGK-delta enzymes, carefully selected with high-throughput virtual screening against the proprietary HTS Compound Collection.

The compound selection can be customized based on your requirements, cherry picking is available.

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Compound selection

To create these dedicated DGK-targeted Screening Sets, prediction of probable binding sites and protein-ligand docking were carried out against the HTS Compound Collection. Structures were also filtered using the QikProp descriptors of the Maestro Software. In-house MedChem filters were applied to provide the final selection of drug-like screening compounds targeting DGK alpha and DGK delta.

Diacylglycerol kinase alpha

DGK alpha is an enzyme that catalyzes the conversion of diacylglycerol to phosphatidic acid, thus regulating the level of these substances in the cell [4]. Diacylglycerol kinase alpha acts as a central switch between signaling pathways activated by secondary messengers such as DAG and phosphatidic acid [4]. Also, diacylglycerol kinase alpha can phosphorylate 1-alkyl-2-acylglycerol, which is involved in the synthesis of alkyl-lysophosphatidic acid [5]. Diacylglycerol kinase alpha may be an important target for treating a variety of cancers, such as melanoma, hepatocellular carcinoma, and glioblastoma, as diacylglycerol kinase is an anti-apoptotic factor [6].

Key features:

  • Method: high-throughput virtual screening (docking), molecular fitting
  • X-Ray data used: 6IIE
  • Constraints: no
  • Filters used: PAINS, toxic, reactive
  • Number of compounds selected: 2,150

Fig. 1. Compound F0192-0179 in site1 diacylglycerol kinase alpha. The complex has been obtained with molecular docking.


Diacylglycerol kinase delta

DGK delta is an enzyme that catalyzes the conversion of diacylglycerol to phosphatidate. Diacylglycerol kinase delta regulates the activity of signaling pathways involving DAG and phosphatidate as secondary messengers [7]. It also regulates the functioning of PKC and EGF receptors and clathrin-dependent endocytosis [8-9]. It is established that high levels of diacylglycerol kinase delta can affect the enhancement of glucose uptake by cells. Thus, this enzyme may be an important target for the treatment or improvement of patients with type 2 diabetes [10].

Key features:

  • Method: high-throughput virtual screening (docking), molecular fitting
  • X-Ray data used: 3BQ7
  • Constraints: no
  • Filters used: PAINS, toxic, reactive
  • Number of compounds selected: 1,460

Fig. 2. Compound F6416-6947 in diacylglycerol kinase delta. The complex has been obtained with molecular docking.



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