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Targeted Disruption of Myc–Max Oncoprotein Complex by a Small Molecule

Targeted Disruption of Myc–Max Oncoprotein Complex by a Small Molecule
Arnab K. Chatterjee, H. Michael Petrassi, Weijun Shen, Katherine A. Jones, Mitchell Hull, Sang Jun Lee, Peter G. Schultz, Seung H. Choi, Madhupriya Mahankali
Myc plays important roles in cell cycle progression, cell growth, and stem cell self-renewal. Although dysregulation of Myc expression is a hallmark of human cancers, there is no Myc targeted therapy yet. Here, we report sAJM589, a novel small molecule Myc inhibitor, identified from a PCA-based high-throughput screen. sAJM589 potently disrupts the Myc–Max heterodimer in a dose dependent manner with an IC50 of 1.8 ± 0.03 μM. sAJM589 preferentially inhibits transcription of Myc target genes in a Burkitt lymphoma cell model, P493-6. Genome-wide transcriptome analysis showed that sAJM589 treatment and Myc depletion induced similar gene expression profiles. Consistently, sAJM589 suppressed cellular proliferation in diverse Myc-dependent cancer cell lines and anchorage independent growth of Raji cells. Disruption of the Myc–Max interaction by sAJM589 reduced Myc protein levels, possibly by promoting ubiquitination and degradation of Myc. Collectively, these results suggest that sAJM589 may be a basis for the development of potential inhibitors of Myc-dependent cell growth.

Publisher URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acschembio.7b00799

DOI: 10.1021/acschembio.7b00799

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