The mitogen-stimulated protein kinase p70s6k/p85s6k (S6K) plays an essential role in cell proliferation and growth, with inhibitors of the S6K signalling pathway showing promise as anti-tumour therapeutics. Here, we report that the bisindolylmaleimide derivative Ro 31-6045, previously reported to be inactive as a kinase inhibitor, inhibited S6K activity in vivo with an IC50=8 μM. Structure/function analysis using mutant forms of S6K indicates that Ro 31-6045 inhibition is independent of the upstream activator mTOR. Ro 31-6045 will prove useful in elucidating the complex activation mechanism of S6K and its independence from mTOR will allow confirmation of functional data obtained using the mTOR inhibitor rapamycin.
- Protein kinase inhibitor
- Ro 31-6045