Monday, January 9, 2023

Discovery of Potent Small-Molecule Inhibitors of WDR5-MYC Interaction

Jian Ding, Guo Li, Hejun Liu, Lulu Liu, Ying Lin, Jingyan Gao, Guoqiang Zhou, Lingling Shen, Mengxi Zhao, Yanyan Yu, Weihui Guo, Ulrich Hommel, Johannes Ottl, Jutta Blank, Nicola Aubin, Yi Wei, Hu He, David R. Sage, Peter W. Atadja, En Li, Rishi K. Jain, John A. Tallarico, Stephen M. Canham, Ying-Ling Chiang, and He Wang

ACS Chemical Biology 2023

DOI: 10.1021/acschembio.2c00843

WD repeat domain 5 (WDR5) is a member of the WD40-repeat protein family that plays a critical role in multiple processes. It is also a prominent target for pharmacological inhibition in diseases such as cancer, aging, and neurodegenerative disorders. Interactions between WDR5 and various partners are essential for sustaining its function. Most drug discovery efforts center on the WIN (WDR5 interaction motif) site of WDR5 that is responsible for the recruitment of WDR5 to chromatin. Here, we describe the discovery of novel WDR5 inhibitors for the other WBM (WDR5 binding motif) pocket on this scaffold protein, to disrupt WDR5 interaction with its binding partner MYC by high-throughput biochemical screening, subsequent molecule optimization, and biological assessment. These new WDR5 inhibitors provide useful probes for future investigations of WDR5 and an avenue for targeting WDR5 as a therapeutic strategy.

Chemical Specification of E3 Ubiquitin Ligase Engagement by Cysteine-Reactive Chemistry

Roman C. Sarott, Inchul You, Yen-Der Li, Sean T. Toenjes, Katherine A. Donovan, Pooreum Seo, Martha Ordonez, Woong Sub Byun, Muhammad Murtaz...