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Dimitrios Spiliotopoulos, Amedeo Caflisch
We review the results of fragment-based high-throughput docking to the N-terminal bromodomain of BRD4 and the CREBBP bromodomain. In both docking campaigns the ALTA (anchor-based library tailoring) procedure was used to reduce the size of the initial library by selecting for flexible docking only the molecules that contain a fragment with favorable predicted binding energy. Ranking by a force field-based energy with solvation has resulted in small-molecule hits with low-micromolar affinity and favorable ligand efficiency...
March 2016: Drug Discovery Today. Technologies
Guillaume Andrieu, Anna C Belkina, Gerald V Denis
Several cancer clinical trials for small molecule inhibitors of BET bromodomain proteins have been initiated. There is enthusiasm for the anti-proliferative effect of inhibiting BRD4, one of the targets of these inhibitors, which is thought to cooperate with MYC, a long-desired target for cancer therapeutics. However, no current inhibitor is selective for BRD4 among the three somatic BET proteins, which include BRD2 and BRD3; their respective functions are partially overlapping and none are functionally redundant with BRD4...
March 2016: Drug Discovery Today. Technologies
Aaron J Stonestrom, Sarah C Hsu, Michael T Werner, Gerd A Blobel
Pharmacologic inhibitors of the bromodomain and extra-terminal motif (BET) protein family are in clinical trials for the treatment of hematologic malignancies, yet the functions of individual BET proteins remain largely uncharacterized. We review the molecular roles of BETs in the context of erythropoiesis. Studies in this lineage have provided valuable insights into their mechanisms of action, and helped define the individual and overlapping functions of BET protein family members BRD2, BRD3, and BRD4. These studies have important ramifications for our understanding of the molecular and physiologic roles of BET proteins, and provide a framework for elucidating some of the beneficial and adverse effects of pharmacologic inhibitors...
March 2016: Drug Discovery Today. Technologies
Cheng-Ming Chiang
BRD4 is an epigenetic regulator and transcription cofactor whose phosphorylation by CK2 and dephosphorylation by PP2A modulates its function in chromatin targeting, factor recruitment, and cancer progression. While the bromodomains of BET family proteins, including BRD4, BRD2, BRD3 and BRDT, have been the primary targets of small compounds such as JQ1, I-BET and MS417 that show promising anticancer effects against some hematopoietic cancer and solid tumors, drug resistance upon prolonged treatment necessitates a better understanding of alternative pathways underlying not only the resistance but also persistent BET protein dependence for identifying new targets and effective combination therapy strategies...
March 2016: Drug Discovery Today. Technologies
Kathrin Fielitz, Kristina Althoff, Katleen De Preter, Julie Nonnekens, Jasmin Ohli, Sandra Elges, Wolfgang Hartmann, Günter Klöppel, Thomas Knösel, Marc Schulte, Ludger Klein-Hitpass, Daniela Beisser, Henning Reis, Annette Eyking, Elke Cario, Johannes H Schulte, Alexander Schramm, Ulrich Schüller
Amplification or overexpression of MYCN is involved in development and maintenance of multiple malignancies. A subset of these tumors originates from neural precursors, including the most aggressive forms of the childhood tumors, neuroblastoma and medulloblastoma. In order to model the spectrum of MYCN-driven neoplasms in mice, we transgenically overexpressed MYCN under the control of the human GFAP-promoter that, among other targets, drives expression in neural progenitor cells. However, LSL-MYCN;hGFAP-Cre double transgenic mice did neither develop neural crest tumors nor tumors of the central nervous system, but presented with neuroendocrine tumors of the pancreas and, less frequently, the pituitary gland...
October 19, 2016: Oncotarget
Fuyumi Kato, Francesco Paolo Fiorentino, Andreu Alibés, Manuel Perucho, Montse Sánchez-Céspedes, Takashi Kohno, Jun Yokota
We aimed to elucidate the effect of JQ1, a BET inhibitor, on small cell lung cancers (SCLCs) with MYCL amplification and/or expression. Fourteen SCLC cell lines, including four with MYCL amplification, were examined for the effects of JQ1 on protein and gene expression by Western blot and mRNA microarray analyses. The sensitivity of SCLC cells to JQ1 was assessed by cell growth and apoptosis assays. MYCL was expressed in all the 14 cell lines, whereas MYC/MYCN expression was restricted mostly to cell lines with gene amplification...
October 14, 2016: Oncotarget
Pei Y Liu, Nicholas Sokolowski, Su T Guo, Faraz Siddiqi, Bernard Atmadibrata, Thomas J Telfer, Yuting Sun, Lihong Zhang, Denise Yu, Joshua Mccarroll, Bing Liu, Rui H Yang, Xiang Y Guo, Andrew E Tee, Ken Itoh, Jenny Wang, Maria Kavallaris, Michelle Haber, Murray D Norris, Belamy B Cheung, Jennifer A Byrne, David S Ziegler, Glenn M Marshall, Marcel E Dinger, Rachel Codd, Xu D Zhang, Tao Liu
BET bromodomain inhibitors are very promising novel anticancer agents, however, single therapy does not cause tumor regression in mice, suggesting the need for combination therapy. After screening a library of 2697 small molecule compounds, we found that two classes of compounds, the quinone-containing compounds such as nanaomycin and anti-microtubule drugs such as vincristine, exerted the best synergistic anticancer effects with the BET bromodomain inhibitor JQ1 in neuroblastoma cells. Mechanistically, the quinone-containing compound nanaomycin induced neuroblastoma cell death but also activated the Nrf2-antioxidant signaling pathway, and the BET bromodomain proteins BRD3 and BRD4 formed a protein complex with Nrf2...
October 13, 2016: Oncotarget
Tong Zhou, Luke Erber, Bing Liu, Yankun Gao, Hai-Bin Ruan, Yue Chen
Proline hydroxylation is a critical cellular mechanism regulating oxygen-response pathways in tumor initiation and progression. Yet, its substrate diversity and functions remain largely unknown. Here, we report a system-wide analysis to characterize proline hydroxylation substrates in cancer cells using an immunoaffinity-purification assisted proteomics strategy. We identified 562 sites from 272 proteins in HeLa cells. Bioinformatic analysis revealed that proline hydroxylation substrates are significantly enriched with mRNA processing and stress-response cellular pathways with canonical and diverse flanking sequence motifs...
October 13, 2016: Oncotarget
Ke Ren, Wei Zhang, Xiaoqing Chen, Yingyu Ma, Yue Dai, Yimei Fan, Yayi Hou, Ren Xiang Tan, Erguang Li
The human HSV-1 and -2 are common pathogens of human diseases. Both host and viral factors are involved in HSV lytic infection, although detailed mechanisms remain elusive. By screening a chemical library of epigenetic regulation, we identified bromodomain-containing protein 4 (BRD4) as a critical player in HSV infection. We show that treatment with pan BD domain inhibitor enhanced both HSV infection. Using JQ1 as a probe, we found that JQ1, a defined BD1 inhibitor, acts through BRD4 protein since knockdown of BRD4 expression ablated JQ1 effect on HSV infection...
October 2016: PLoS Pathogens
Haiwei Lian, Dun Li, Yun Zhou, Esther Landesman-Bollag, Guanglan Zhang, Nicole M Anderson, Kevin Charles Tang, Justine E Roderick, Michelle A Kelliher, David C Seldin, Hui Fu, Hui Feng
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October 6, 2016: Haematologica
Min Huang, Jacqueline S Garcia, Daniel Thomas, Li Zhu, Le Xuan Truong Nguyen, Steven M Chan, Ravindra Majeti, Bruno C Medeiros, Beverly S Mitchell
The mechanisms underlying activation of the BET pathway in AML cells remain poorly understood. We have discovered that autophagy is activated in acute leukemia cells expressing mutant nucleophosmin 1 (NPMc+) or MLL-fusion proteins. Autophagy activation results in the degradation of NPM1 and HEXIM1, two negative regulators of BET pathway activation. Inhibition of autophagy with pharmacologic inhibitors or through knocking down autophagy-related gene 5 (Atg5) expression increases the expression of both NPM1 and HEXIM1...
October 6, 2016: Oncotarget
Chongxiang Xiong, Monica V Masucci, Xiaoxu Zhou, Na Liu, Xiujuan Zang, Evelyn Tolbert, Ting C Zhao, Shougang Zhuang
Bromodomain and extra-terminal (BET) protein inhibitors have been shown to effectively inhibit tumorgenesis and ameliorate pulmonary fibrosis by targeting bromodomain proteins that bind acetylated chromatin markers. However, their pharmacological effects in renal fibrosis remain unclear. In this study, we examined the effect of I-BET151, a selective and potent BET inhibitor, on renal fibroblast activation and renal fibrosis. In cultured renal interstitial fibroblasts, exposure of cells to I-BET151, or silencing of bromodoma in-containing protein 4 (Brd4), a key BET protein isoform, significantly reduced their activation as indicated by decreased expression of α-smooth muscle actin, collagen 1 and fibronectin...
October 6, 2016: Oncotarget
Qiong Duan, Yi Xiao, Lingyan Zhu, Zhenzhen Liu, Xiaoxiao Mao, Zhengxiang Zhou, Chaonan Liao, Jinxing Cai, Fulian Huang, Zehao Liu, Jian Zeng, Ke Xia, Cheng Chang, Jun Qi, Zihua Chen, He Huang, Tianlun Yang
Transcriptional coactivator with PDZ-binding motif (TAZ) is a key transcriptional mediator of Hippo signaling that has been recently reported to mediate Wnt-activated transcription and serve as a component to suppress canonical Wnt/β-catenin activity. The Bromodomain and Extra-terminal domain (BET) family of proteins can recognize the acetylated lysine chain on histones and plays a critical role in transcriptional regulation. However, the mechanisms underlying transcriptional repression by the BET bromodomain are poorly understood...
October 4, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Michael P Murphy
In this issue of Molecular Cell, Barrow et al. (2016) use two complementary approaches-one an assessment of a chemical library, and the other a genome-wide CRISPR screen-that both identify bromodomain-containing protein 4 (Brd4) as a therapeutic target for mtDNA diseases affecting complex I.
October 6, 2016: Molecular Cell
Emily J Faivre, Denise Wilcox, Xiaoyu Lin, Paul Hessler, Maricel Torrent, Wei He, Tamar Uziel, Daniel H Albert, Keith McDaniel, Warren Kati, Yu Shen
: Competitive inhibitors of acetyl-lysine binding to the bromodomains of the BET (bromodomain and extra terminal) family are being developed for the treatment of solid and hematologic malignancies. The function of BET family member BRD4 at enhancers/super-enhancers has been shown to sustain signal-dependent or pathogenic gene expression programs. Here the hypothesis was tested that the transcription factor drivers of castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC) clinical progression, including the Androgen Receptor (AR), are critically dependent on BRD4 and thus represent a sensitive solid tumor indication for the BET inhibitor ABBV-075...
October 5, 2016: Molecular Cancer Research: MCR
Barry M Zee, Amy B Dibona, Artyom A Alekseyenko, Christopher A French, Mitzi I Kuroda
Defects in chromatin proteins frequently manifest in diseases. A striking case of a chromatin-centric disease is NUT-midline carcinoma (NMC), which is characterized by expression of NUT as a fusion partner most frequently with BRD4. ChIP-sequencing studies from NMC patients revealed that BRD4-NUT (B4N) covers large genomic regions and elevates transcription within these domains. To investigate how B4N modulates chromatin, we performed affinity purification of B4N when ectopically expressed in 293-TREx cells and quantified the associated histone posttranslational modifications (PTM) using proteomics...
2016: PloS One
Terry D Crawford, F Anthony Romero, Kwong Wah Lai, Vickie Tsui, Alexander M Taylor, Gladys de Leon Boenig, Cameron L Noland, Jeremy Murray, Justin Ly, Edna F Choo, Thomas L Hunsaker, Emily W Chan, Mark Merchant, Samir Kharbanda, Karen E Gascoigne, Susan Kaufman, Maureen H Beresini, Jiangpeng Liao, Wenfeng Liu, Kevin X Chen, Zhongguo Chen, Andrew R Conery, Alexandre Côté, Hariharan Jayaram, Ying Jiang, James R Kiefer, Tracy Kleinheinz, Yingjie Li, Jonathan Maher, Eneida Pardo, Florence Poy, Kerry L Spillane, Fei Wang, Jian Wang, Xiaocang Wei, Zhaowu Xu, Zhongya Xu, Ivana Yen, Laura Zawadzke, Xiaoyu Zhu, Steven Bellon, Richard Cummings, Andrea G Cochran, Brian K Albrecht, Steven Magnuson
The single bromodomain of the closely related transcriptional regulators CBP/EP300 is a target of much recent interest in cancer and immune system regulation. A co-crystal structure of a ligand-efficient screening hit and the CBP bromodomain guided initial design targeting the LPF shelf, ZA loop, and acetylated lysine binding regions. Structure-activity relationship studies allowed us to identify a more potent analogue. Optimization of permeability and microsomal stability and subsequent improvement of mouse hepatocyte stability afforded 59 (GNE-272, TR-FRET IC50 = 0...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Yufang Ma, Lihong Wang, Leif R Neitzel, Sudan Loganathan, Nan Tang, Lili Qin, Crispi E Emily, Yan Guo, Stefan Knapp, Robert D Beauchamp, Ethan Lee, Jialiang Wang
PURPOSE: The bromodomain and extra-terminal domain (BET) family proteins are epigenetic readers for acetylated histone marks. Emerging BET bromodomain inhibitors have exhibited antineoplastic activities in a wide range of human cancers through suppression of oncogenic transcription factors, including MYC. However, the preclinical activities of BET inhibitors in advanced solid cancers are moderate at best. To improve BET-targeted therapy, we interrogated mechanisms mediating resistance to BET inhibitors in colorectal cancer (CRC)...
September 27, 2016: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
D T Saenz, W Fiskus, T Manshouri, K Rajapakshe, S Krieger, B Sun, C P Mill, C DiNardo, N Pemmaraju, T Kadia, S Parmar, S Sharma, C Coarfa, P Qiu, S Verstovsek, K N Bhalla
Myeloproliferative Neoplasms with myelofibrosis (MPN-MF) demonstrate constitutive activation of JAK-STAT signaling, which responds to treatment with the JAK1 & 2 kinase inhibitor (JAKi) ruxolitinib. However, MPN-MF often progresses (~20%) to secondary AML (sAML), where standard induction chemotherapy or ruxolitinib is relatively ineffective, necessitating the development of novel therapeutic approaches. In the present studies, we demonstrate that treatment with BET (bromodomain and extra terminal) protein inhibitor (BETi), e...
September 28, 2016: Leukemia: Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K
Marc Baud'huin, François Lamoureux, Camille Jacques, Lidia Rodriguez Calleja, Thibaut Quillard, Céline Charrier, Jérome Amiaud, Martine Berreur, Bénédicte Brounais-LeRoyer, Robert Owen, Gwendolen C Reilly, James E Bradner, Dominique Heymann, Benjamin Ory
Histone modifications are important for maintaining the transcription program. BET proteins, an important class of "histone reading proteins", have recently been described as essential in bone biology. This study presents the therapeutic opportunity of BET protein inhibition in osteoporosis. We find that the pharmacological BET protein inhibitor JQ1 rescues pathologic bone loss in a post-ovariectomy osteoporosis model by increasing the trabecular bone volume and restoring mechanical properties. The BET protein inhibition suppresses osteoclast differentiation and activity as well as the osteoblastogenesis in vitro...
September 23, 2016: Bone
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