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  • Allosteric pluripotency arises when the functional response of an allosteric receptor to an allosteric stimulus depends on additional allosteric modulators. Here, we discuss allosteric pluripotency as observed in the prototypical Protein Kinase A (PKA) as well as in other signaling systems, from typical multidomain signaling proteins to bacterial enzymes. We identify key drivers of pluripotent allostery and illustrate how hypothesizing allosteric pluripotency may solve apparent discrepancies currently present in the literature regarding the dual nature of known allosteric modulators. We also outline the implications of allosteric pluripotency for cellular signaling and allosteric drug design, and analyze the challenges and opportunities opened by the pluripotent nature of allostery.


  • Akimoto, Madoka
  • Martinez Pomier, Karla
  • VanSchouwen, Bryan
  • Byun, Jung Ah
  • Khamina, Mariia
  • Melacini, Giuseppe

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  • April 14, 2022