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Structure-guided development of YEATS domain inhibitors by targeting π-π-π stacking.

A new interesting article has been published in Nat Chem Biol. 2018 Dec;14(12):1140-1149. doi: 10.1038/s41589-018-0144-y. Epub 2018 Oct 29. and titled:

Structure-guided development of YEATS domain inhibitors by targeting π-π-π stacking.

Authors of this article are:

Li X, Li XM, Jiang Y, Liu Z, Cui Y, Fung KY, van der Beelen SHE, Tian G, Wan L, Shi X, Allis CD, Li H, Li Y, Li XD.

A summary of the article is shown below:

Chemical probes of epigenetic ‘readers’ of histone post-translational modifications (PTMs) have become powerful tools for mechanistic and functional studies of their target proteins in normal physiology and disease pathogenesis. Here we report the development of the first class of chemical probes of YEATS domains, newly identified ‘readers’ of histone lysine acetylation (Kac) and crotonylation (Kcr). Guided by the structural analysis of a YEATS-Kcr complex, we developed a series of peptide-based inhibitors of YEATS domains by targeting a unique π-π-π stacking interaction at the proteins’ Kcr recognition site. Further structure optimization resulted in the selective inhibitors preferentially binding to individual YEATS-containing proteins including AF9 and ENL with submicromolar affinities. We demonstrate that one of the ENL YEATS-selective inhibitors, XL-13m, engages with endogenous ENL, perturbs the recruitment of ENL onto chromatin, and synergizes the BET and DOT1L inhibition-induced downregulation of oncogenes in MLL-rearranged acute leukemia.

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