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Angew Chem Int Ed Engl ; 58(38): 13540-13549, 2019 Sep 16.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31402546


Chemical protein synthesis and biorthogonal modification chemistries allow production of unique proteins for a range of biological studies. Bond-forming reactions for site-selective protein labeling are commonly used in these endeavors. Selective bond-cleavage reactions, however, are much less explored and still pose a great challenge. In addition, most of studies with modified proteins prepared by either total synthesis or semisynthesis have been applied mainly for in vitro experiments with very limited extension to live cells. Reported here is an approach for studying uniquely modified proteins containing a traceless cell delivery unit and palladium-based cleavable element for chemical activation, and monitoring the effect of these proteins in live cells. This approach is demonstrated for the synthesis of a caged ubiquitin-aldehyde, which was decaged for the inhibition of deubiquitinases in live cells.

Nat Chem ; 11(7): 644-652, 2019 07.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31182821


A promising approach in cancer therapy is to find ligands that directly bind ubiquitin (Ub) chains. However, finding molecules capable of tightly and specifically binding Ub chains is challenging given the range of Ub polymer lengths and linkages and their subtle structural differences. Here, we use total chemical synthesis of proteins to generate highly homogeneous Ub chains for screening against trillion-member macrocyclic peptide libraries (RaPID system). De novo cyclic peptides were found that can bind tightly and specifically to K48-linked Ub chains, confirmed by NMR studies. These cyclic peptides protected K48-linked Ub chains from deubiquitinating enzymes and prevented proteasomal degradation of Ub-tagged proteins. The cyclic peptides could enter cells, inhibit growth and induce programmed cell death, opening new opportunities for therapeutic intervention. This highly synthetic approach, with both protein target generation and cyclic peptide discovery performed in vitro, will make other elaborate post-translationally modified targets accessible for drug discovery.

Lisina/química , Peptídeos Cíclicos/metabolismo , Bibliotecas de Moléculas Pequenas/metabolismo , Ubiquitinas/metabolismo , Antineoplásicos/metabolismo , Antineoplásicos/farmacologia , Apoptose/efeitos dos fármacos , Sobrevivência Celular/efeitos dos fármacos , Cisteína Endopeptidases/metabolismo , Inibidores de Cisteína Proteinase/metabolismo , Inibidores de Cisteína Proteinase/farmacologia , Células HeLa , Humanos , Estrutura Molecular , Peptídeos Cíclicos/farmacologia , Complexo de Endopeptidases do Proteassoma/metabolismo , Inibidores de Proteassoma/metabolismo , Inibidores de Proteassoma/farmacologia , Ligação Proteica , Bibliotecas de Moléculas Pequenas/farmacologia , Ubiquitinas/síntese química , Ubiquitinas/química
Chembiochem ; 2018 Nov 26.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30474907


Deubiquitinases are important components of the protein regulatory network and hence constitute a tempting drug target. We report herein the structure-activity relationship studies to develop halogen substituted isoquionoline-1,3-dione-based inhibitor of the deubiquitinase USP2. In contrast to our previous reports, the best compound discovered here acts through a reactive oxygen species-independent uncompetitive mechanism with an IC50 of 250 nM. We show a crucial role of the halogens in the common scaffold to provide potency and selectivity of our compound, where the introduction of the fluorine atom completely switches the selectivity of the inhibitor between USP2 and USP7. Our cellular studies highlight the potential applicability of the reported compound for the in vivo experiments. The discovery of isoquinoline-1,3-dione core and the obtained knowledge of halogen substitutions provide a platform towards understanding the USP2 inhibition and development of highly selective next-generation DUB inhibitors.

Org Biomol Chem ; 15(18): 3869-3873, 2017 May 10.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-28440830


The first example of an asymmetric organocatalyzed decarboxylative aldol reaction of ß-ketoacids (aroylacetic acids) with α-ketophosphonates that produces a quaternary chiral centre has been developed. A quinidine based bifunctional urea derivative was identified as the preferred catalyst affording γ-aroyl tertiary α-hydroxyphosphonates in good yield and enantioselectivity. The 31P NMR spectroscopic study was performed to shed light on the reaction mechanism.

Org Lett ; 18(9): 1964-7, 2016 05 06.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-27120404


An "on water" hydroquinine-based primary amine-benzoic acid organocatalyst system was found to be best suited to produce 3,4,5-trisubstituted cyclohexanones with a nitro group in the 4-position from enones and nitro dienes under ambient conditions in good yield, with good diastereoselectivity, and with excellent enantioselectivity. An appreciable rate enhancement by water was observed compared to organic solvents. Mechanistic analysis of the reaction suggests that it followed an endo [4 + 2] cycloaddition with enamine of enone as diene and nitro diene as dienophile.