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Hanna Axelsson, Helena Almqvist, Magdalena Otrocka, Michaela Vallin, Sara Lundqvist, Pia Hansson, Ulla Karlsson, Thomas Lundbäck, Brinton Seashore-Ludlow
A prerequisite for successful drugs is effective binding of the desired target protein in the complex environment of a living system. Drug-target engagement has typically been difficult to monitor in physiologically relevant models, and with current methods, especially, while maintaining spatial information. One recent technique for quantifying drug-target engagement is the cellular thermal shift assay (CETSA), in which ligand-induced protein stabilization is measured after a heat challenge. Here, we describe a CETSA protocol in live A431 cells for p38α (MAPK14), where remaining soluble protein is detected in situ using high-content imaging in 384-well, microtiter plates...
February 12, 2018: ACS Chemical Biology
Brent D G Page, Nicholas C K Valerie, Roni H G Wright, Olov Wallner, Rebecka Isaksson, Megan Carter, Sean G Rudd, Olga Loseva, Ann-Sofie Jemth, Ingrid Almlöf, Jofre Font-Mateu, Sabin Llona-Minguez, Pawel Baranczewski, Fredrik Jeppsson, Evert Homan, Helena Almqvist, Hanna Axelsson, Shruti Regmi, Anna-Lena Gustavsson, Thomas Lundbäck, Martin Scobie, Kia Strömberg, Pål Stenmark, Miguel Beato, Thomas Helleday
With a diverse network of substrates, NUDIX hydrolases have emerged as a key family of nucleotide-metabolizing enzymes. NUDT5 (also called NUDIX5) has been implicated in ADP-ribose and 8-oxo-guanine metabolism and was recently identified as a rheostat of hormone-dependent gene regulation and proliferation in breast cancer cells. Here, we further elucidate the physiological relevance of known NUDT5 substrates and underscore the biological requirement for NUDT5 in gene regulation and proliferation of breast cancer cells...
January 17, 2018: Nature Communications
Joseph Shaw, Mathew Leveridge, Charlotta Norling, Jakob Karén, Daniel Martinez Molina, Daniel O'Neill, James E Dowling, Paul Davey, Suzanna Cowan, Michael Dabrowski, Martin Main, Davide Gianni
Androgen Receptor (AR) is a key driver in prostate cancer. Direct targeting of AR has valuable therapeutic potential. However, the lack of disease relevant cellular methodologies capable of discriminating between inhibitors that directly bind AR and those that instead act on AR co-regulators has made identification of novel antagonists challenging. The Cellular Thermal Shift Assay (CETSA) is a technology enabling confirmation of direct target engagement with label-free, endogenous protein in living cells. We report the development of the first high-throughput CETSA assay (CETSA HT) to identify direct AR binders in a prostate cancer cell line endogenously expressing AR...
January 9, 2018: Scientific Reports
Mayumi Kitagawa, Pei-Ju Liao, Kyung Hee Lee, Jasmine Wong, See Cheng Shang, Noriaki Minami, Oltea Sampetrean, Hideyuki Saya, Dai Lingyun, Nayana Prabhu, Go Ka Diam, Radoslaw Sobota, Andreas Larsson, Pär Nordlund, Frank McCormick, Sujoy Ghosh, David M Epstein, Brian W Dymock, Sang Hyun Lee
Achieving robust cancer-specific lethality is the ultimate clinical goal. Here, we identify a compound with dual-inhibitory properties, named a131, that selectively kills cancer cells, while protecting normal cells. Through an unbiased CETSA screen, we identify the PIP4K lipid kinases as the target of a131. Ablation of the PIP4Ks generates a phenocopy of the pharmacological effects of PIP4K inhibition by a131. Notably, PIP4Ks inhibition by a131 causes reversible growth arrest in normal cells by transcriptionally upregulating PIK3IP1, a suppressor of the PI3K/Akt/mTOR pathway...
December 19, 2017: Nature Communications
Johannes Schulz-Fincke, Mirjam Hau, Jessica Barth, Dina Robaa, Dominica Willmann, Andreas Kürner, Julian Haas, Gabriele Greve, Tinka Haydn, Simone Fulda, Michael Lübbert, Steffen Lüdeke, Tobias Berg, Wolfgang Sippl, Roland Schüle, Manfred Jung
FAD-dependent lysine-specific demethylase 1 (LSD1) is overexpressed or deregulated in many cancers such as AML and prostate cancer and hence is a promising anticancer target with first inhibitors in clinical trials. Clinical candidates are N-substituted derivatives of the dual LSD1-/monoamine oxidase-inhibitor tranylcypromine (2-PCPA) with a basic amine function in the N-substituent. These derivatives are selective over monoamine oxidases. So far, only very limited information on structure-activity studies about this important class of LSD1 inhibitors is published in peer reviewed journals...
December 6, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Ya Gao, Lihan Zhu, Jing Guo, Ting Yuan, Liqing Wang, Hua Li, Lixia Chen
Cancer cells are more addictive to MTH1 than normal cells because of their dysfunctional redox regulations. MTH1 plays an important role to maintain tumor cell survival, while it is not indispensable for the growth of normal cells. Farnesyl phenols having a coumaroyl substitution are rather uncommon in nature. Eight farnesyl phenolic compounds with such substituent moiety (1-8), including six new ones, ganosinensols E-J (1-6) were isolated from the 95% EtOH extract of the fruiting bodies of Ganoderma sinense ...
November 10, 2017: Oncotarget
Chuanpeng Liang, Xingkang Wu, Zhenyu Li, Jing Zhu, Chunhua Lu, Yuemao Shen
Using diverse arylmethyl groups to replace the benzyl moiety of the lead Hsp90 inhibitor 1 (N-(5-chloro-2,4-dihydroxybenzoyl)-(R)-N-benzyl-1,2,3,4-tetrahydro-3-iso quinolinecarboxamide), thirty four derivatives (10-43) were developed, and exhibited improved Hsp90 inhibitory and antiproliferative activities. SAR analysis indicated that the southeastern aryl substitutions influenced their antiproliferative activities obviously, with the para-pyridyl group (41) outperforming all other substitution patterns. In this regard, compound 41 was selected for further evaluation...
January 1, 2018: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Ganesha Rai, Kyle R Brimacombe, Bryan T Mott, Daniel J Urban, Xin Hu, Shyh-Ming Yang, Tobie D Lee, Dorian M Cheff, Jennifer Kouznetsova, Gloria A Benavides, Katie Pohida, Eric J Kuenstner, Diane K Luci, Christine M Lukacs, Douglas R Davies, David M Dranow, Hu Zhu, Gary Sulikowski, William J Moore, Gordon M Stott, Andrew J Flint, Matthew D Hall, Victor M Darley-Usmar, Leonard M Neckers, Chi V Dang, Alex G Waterson, Anton Simeonov, Ajit Jadhav, David J Maloney
We report the discovery and medicinal chemistry optimization of a novel series of pyrazole-based inhibitors of human lactate dehydrogenase (LDH). Utilization of a quantitative high-throughput screening paradigm facilitated hit identification, while structure-based design and multiparameter optimization enabled the development of compounds with potent enzymatic and cell-based inhibition of LDH enzymatic activity. Lead compounds such as 63 exhibit low nM inhibition of both LDHA and LDHB, submicromolar inhibition of lactate production, and inhibition of glycolysis in MiaPaCa2 pancreatic cancer and A673 sarcoma cells...
November 22, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Clara C Geneste, Andrew J Massey
Understanding drug target engagement and the relationship to downstream pharmacology is critical for drug discovery. Here we have evaluated target engagement of Chk1 by the small-molecule inhibitor V158411 using two different target engagement methods (autophosphorylation and cellular thermal shift assay [CETSA]). Target engagement measured by these methods was subsequently related to Chk1 inhibitor-dependent pharmacology. Inhibition of autophosphorylation was a robust method for measuring V158411 Chk1 target engagement...
October 1, 2017: SLAS Discovery
Tsuyoshi Ishii, Takuro Okai, Misa Iwatani-Yoshihara, Manabu Mochizuki, Satoko Unno, Masako Kuno, Masato Yoshikawa, Sachio Shibata, Masanori Nakakariya, Takatoshi Yogo, Tomohiro Kawamoto
The proof of target engagement (TE) is a key element for evaluating potential investment in drug development. The cellular thermal shift assay (CETSA) is expected to facilitate direct measurement of intracellular TE at all stages of drug development. However, there have been no reports of applying this technology to comprehensive animal and clinical studies. This report demonstrates that CETSA can not only quantitatively evaluate the drug-TE in mouse peripheral blood, but also confirm TE in animal tissues exemplified by using the receptor interacting protein 1 kinase (RIPK1) lead compound we have developed...
October 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
Dean E McNulty, William G Bonnette, Hongwei Qi, Liping Wang, Thau F Ho, Anna Waszkiewicz, Lorena A Kallal, Raman P Nagarajan, Melissa Stern, Amy M Quinn, Caretha L Creasy, Dai-Shi Su, Alan P Graves, Roland S Annan, Sharon M Sweitzer, Marc A Holbert
A persistent problem in early small-molecule drug discovery is the frequent lack of rank-order correlation between biochemical potencies derived from initial screens using purified proteins and the diminished potency and efficacy observed in subsequent disease-relevant cellular phenotypic assays. The introduction of the cellular thermal shift assay (CETSA) has bridged this gap by enabling assessment of drug target engagement directly in live cells based on ligand-induced changes in protein thermal stability...
September 1, 2017: SLAS Discovery
Jeremy A Hengst, Taryn E Dick, Arati Sharma, Kenichiro Doi, Shailaja Hegde, Su-Fern Tan, Laura M Geffert, Todd E Fox, Arun K Sharma, Dhimant Desai, Shantu Amin, Mark Kester, Thomas P Loughran, Robert F Paulson, David F Claxton, Hong-Gang Wang, Jong K Yun
AIM: To further characterize the selectivity, mechanism-of-action and therapeutic efficacy of the novel small molecule inhibitor, SKI-178. METHODS: Using the state-of-the-art Cellular Thermal Shift Assay (CETSA) technique to detect "direct target engagement" of proteins intact cells, in vitro and in vivo assays, pharmacological assays and multiple mouse models of acute myeloid leukemia (AML). RESULTS: Herein, we demonstrate that SKI-178 directly target engages both Sphingosine Kinase 1 and 2...
July 2017: Cancer Translational Medicine
Yena Jin, Yae Jin Yoon, Yoon Jung Jeon, Jiyeon Choi, Yu-Jin Lee, Joonku Lee, Sangho Choi, Oyekanmi Nash, Dong Cho Han, Byoung-Mog Kwon
The roles and significance of signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3) in human cancers have been extensively studied and STAT3 is a promising therapeutic target for cancer drug discovery. During the screening of natural products to identify STAT3 inhibitors, we identified geranylnaringenin (CG902), which decreased luciferase activity in a dose-dependent manner. CG902 specifically inhibited STAT3 phosphorylation at Tyr-705 in DU145 prostate cancer cells and decreased the expression levels of STAT3 target genes, such as cyclin D1, cyclin A, and survivin...
October 15, 2017: Biochemical Pharmacology
Chenchen He, Shaofeng Duan, Liang Dong, Yifen Wang, Qingting Hu, Chunjing Liu, Marcus L Forrest, Jeffrey M Holzbeierlein, Suxia Han, Benyi Li
BACKGROUND: Our previous studies demonstrated that the class IA PI3K/p110β is critical in castration-resistant progression of prostate cancer (CRPC) and that targeting prostate cancer with nanomicelle-loaded p110β-specific inhibitor TGX221 blocked xenograft tumor growth in nude mice, confirming the feasibility of p110β-targeted therapy for CRPCs. To improve TGX221's aqueous solubility, in this study, we characterized four recently synthesized TGX221 analogs. METHODS: TGX221 analog efficacy were examined in multiple prostate cancer cell lines with the SRB cell growth assay, Western blot assay for AKT phosphorylation and cell cycle protein levels...
August 2017: Prostate
Katherine B Schuetze, Matthew S Stratton, Weston W Blakeslee, Michael F Wempe, Florence F Wagner, Edward B Holson, Yin-Ming Kuo, Andrew J Andrews, Tonya M Gilbert, Jacob M Hooker, Timothy A McKinsey
Inhibitors of zinc-dependent histone deacetylases (HDACs) profoundly affect cellular function by altering gene expression via changes in nucleosomal histone tail acetylation. Historically, investigators have employed pan-HDAC inhibitors, such as the hydroxamate trichostatin A (TSA), which simultaneously targets members of each of the three zinc-dependent HDAC classes (classes I, II, and IV). More recently, class- and isoform-selective HDAC inhibitors have been developed, providing invaluable chemical biology probes for dissecting the roles of distinct HDACs in the control of various physiologic and pathophysiological processes...
April 2017: Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
Abdulraheem Alshareef, Hai-Feng Zhang, Yung-Hsing Huang, Chengsheng Wu, Jing Dong Zhang, Peng Wang, Ahmed El-Sehemy, Mohamed Fares, Raymond Lai
Various forms of oncogenic ALK proteins have been identified in various types of human cancers. While Crizotinib, an ALK inhibitor, has been found to be therapeutically useful against a subset of ALK(+) tumours, clinical resistance to this drug has been well recognized and the mechanism of this phenomenon is incompletely understood. Using the cellular thermal shift assay (CETSA), we measured the Crizotinib-ALK binding in a panel of ALK(+) cell lines, and correlated the findings with the ALK structure and its interactions with specific binding proteins...
2016: Scientific Reports
Brinton Seashore-Ludlow, Thomas Lundbäck
The cellular thermal shift assay (CETSA) was introduced in 2013 as a means to assess drug binding in complex environments such as cell lysates, live cells, and even tissues. The assay principle relies on the well-proven biophysical concept of ligand-induced thermal stabilization of proteins, which in CETSA applications is measured as a persistent presence of soluble protein at elevated temperatures. Given its recent development, we have just started to learn about the benefits and pitfalls of the method as it is applied to a growing number of protein target classes, the majority of which are intracellular soluble proteins...
July 11, 2016: Journal of Biomolecular Screening
Ana Zovko, Metka Novak, Petra Hååg, Dimitry Kovalerchick, Teresa Holmlund, Katarina Färnegårdh, Micha Ilan, Shmuel Carmeli, Rolf Lewensohn, Kristina Viktorsson
In this work two acetylene alcohols, compound 1 and compound 2, which were isolated and identified from the sponge Cribrochalina vasculum, and which showed anti-tumor effects were further studied with respect to targets and action mechanisms. Gene expression analyses suggested insulin like growth factor receptor (IGF-1R) signaling to be instrumental in controlling anti-tumor efficacy of these compounds in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Indeed compounds 1 and 2 inhibited phosphorylation of IGF-1Rβ as well as reduced its target signaling molecules IRS-1 and PDK1 allowing inhibition of pro-survival signaling...
August 2, 2016: Oncotarget
Chuanpeng Liang, Huilin Hao, Xingkang Wu, Zhenyu Li, Jing Zhu, Chunhua Lu, Yuemao Shen
Heat shock protein 90 (Hsp90) is an attractive chemotherapeutic target for antitumor drug development. Herein, we reported the design and synthesis of two series of novel N-(5-chloro-2,4-dihydroxybenzoyl)-1,2,3,4-tetrahydroisoquinoline-3- carboxamides as Hsp90 inhibitors using (S)-Tic (1,2,3,4-tetrahydroisoquinoline-3- carboxylic acid) (A1-13) and (R)-Tic (B1-13) as scaffold, respectively. Cellular thermal shift assay (CETSA) screening showed that compounds B1-13 with (R)-Tic scaffold exhibited potent ability to stabilize Hsp90α...
October 4, 2016: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Hua Xu, Ariamala Gopalsamy, Erik C Hett, Shores Salter, Ann Aulabaugh, Robert E Kyne, Betsy Pierce, Lyn H Jones
Proof of drug-target engagement in physiologically-relevant contexts is a key pillar of successful therapeutic target validation. We developed two orthogonal technologies, the cellular thermal shift assay (CETSA) and a covalent chemical probe reporter approach (harnessing sulfonyl fluoride tyrosine labeling and subsequent click chemistry) to measure the occupancy of the mRNA-decapping scavenger enzyme DcpS by a small molecule inhibitor in live cells. Enzyme affinity determined using isothermal dose response fingerprinting (ITDRFCETSA) and the concentration required to occupy 50% of the enzyme (OC50) using the chemical probe reporter assay were very similar...
July 14, 2016: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
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