Computational study of binding of epothilone A to β-tubulin.

  • Karol Kamel Laboratory of Theory of Biopolymers, Faculty of Chemistry, University of Warsaw, Warszawa, Poland.;
  • Andrzej Kolinski


Understanding the interactions of epothilones with β-tubulin is crucial for computer aided rational design of macrocyclic drugs based on epothilones and epothilone derivatives. Despite numerous structure-activity relationship investigations we still lack substantial knowledge about the binding mode of epothilones and their derivatives to β-tubulin. In this work, we reevaluated the electron crystallography structure of epothilone A/β-tubulin complex (PDB entry 1TVK) and proposed an alternative binding mode of epothilone A to β-tubulin that explains more experimental facts.