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Aminoacyl-tRNA Synthetase

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Characterization Of A Non-Canonical Function For Threonyl-Trna Synthetase In Angiogenesis, Adam Christopher Mirando Jan 2015

Characterization Of A Non-Canonical Function For Threonyl-Trna Synthetase In Angiogenesis, Adam Christopher Mirando

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In addition to its canonical role in aminoacylation, threonyl-tRNA synthetase (TARS) possesses pro-angiogenic activity that is susceptible to the TARS-specific antibiotic borrelidin. However, the therapeutic benefit of borrelidin is offset by its strong toxicity to living cells. The removal of a single methylene group from the parent borrelidin generates BC194, a modified compound with significantly reduced toxicity but comparable anti-angiogenic potential. Biochemical analyses revealed that the difference in toxicities was due to borrelidin's stimulation of amino acid starvation at ten-fold lower concentrations than BC194. However, both compounds were found to inhibit in vitro and in vivo models of angiogenesis ...