Creatine kinases (CKs) have emerged as a metabolic liability in many rapidly proliferating cancers. We have developed a class of covalent inhibitors that impair creatine phosphagen energetics by targeting a redox-regulated cysteine residue in the active site of CKs.
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This is a summary of: Darabedian, N. et al. Depletion of creatine phosphagen energetics with a covalent creatine kinase inhibitor. Nat. Chem. Bio. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41589-023-01273-x (2023).
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A creatine kinase inhibitor targeting a redox-regulated cysteine. Nat Chem Biol (2023). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41589-023-01274-w