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Development of a Small Hybrid Molecule That Mediates Degradation of His-Tag Fused Proteins

Development of a Small Hybrid Molecule That Mediates Degradation of His-Tag Fused Proteins
Mikihiko Naito, Masaaki Kurihara, Yosuke Demizu, Koyo Okitsu, Takuji Shoda, Takashi Misawa, Takayuki Hattori
In recent years, the induction of target–protein degradation via the ubiquitin–proteasome system (UPS) mediated by small molecules has attracted attention, and this approach has applications in pharmaceutical development. However, this technique requires a ligand for the target protein that can be incorporated into tailor-made molecules, and there are many proteins for which such ligands have not been found. In this study, we developed a protein-knockdown method that recognizes a His-tag fused to a protein of interest. This strategy theoretically allows comprehensive targeting of proteins of interest by a particular molecule recognizing the tag. As expected, our hybrid molecule 10 [SNIPER(CH6)] efficiently degraded His-tagged CRABP-II and Smad2 in cells. This system provides an easy method to determine the susceptibility of proteins of interest to UPS-mediated degradation. Furthermore, we hope that this method will become an efficient tool to analyze the function of the UPS.

Publisher URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.jmedchem.7b00413

DOI: 10.1021/acs.jmedchem.7b00413

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