From kinase to cancer

From kinase to cancer The story of discovering PI3 kinase, and what it means for a fundamental pathway in cancer. By Lewis Cantley Related Articles 1 I suspected that this enzyme might be placing a phosphate on the 3 position of the inositol ring to produce phosphatidylinsitol-3-phosphate (PI-3-P), but I realized that this would be heretical to the field and would require rigorous chemical proof, since PI-3-P had not been previously described. So, at the Col

Lewis Cantley
Dec 1, 2007

From kinase to cancer

The story of discovering PI3 kinase, and what it means for a fundamental pathway in cancer.

By Lewis Cantley

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1 I suspected that this enzyme might be placing a phosphate on the 3 position of the inositol ring to produce phosphatidylinsitol-3-phosphate (PI-3-P), but I realized that this would be heretical to the field and would require rigorous chemical proof, since PI-3-P had not been previously described.

So, at the Cold Spring Harbor meeting I sought out Bob Michel and Peter Downes, two of the most experienced biochemists in this field, and told them of our findings. While both were skeptical that a novel phosphoinositide had been missed after more than 35 years of research in this field, they both offered advice about how to prove the structure and Downes agreed to collaborate in this endeavor. With Downes' help, we were able to unambiguously define...

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