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J Med Chem. 2004 Sep 23;47(20):4851-7.

NMR-driven discovery of benzoylanthranilic acid inhibitors of far upstream element binding protein binding to the human oncogene c-myc promoter.

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Global Pharmaceutical Research and Development, Abbott Laboratories, 100 Abbott Park Road, Abbott Park, Illinois 60064, USA.

Abstract

Reversal of aberrant gene expression that is induced by the proto-oncogene c-myc is likely to be effective for treating a variety of tumors that rely on this pathway for growth. One strategy to down-regulate the c-myc pathway is to target transcription factors that regulate its own expression. A host of proteins act in coordination to regulate c-myc expression and any one of them are theoretical targets for small-molecule therapy. Experimentally, it has been shown that the far upstream element (FUSE) binding protein (FBP) is essential for c-myc expression, and reductions in FBP levels both reduce c-myc expression and correlate with slower cell growth. FBP binds to ssDNA by capturing exposed DNA bases in a hydrophobic pocket. This suggests that a small molecule could be designed to occupy this pocket and inhibit FBP function. Using a variety of screening methodologies, we have identified ligands that bind to the DNA binding pockets of the KH domains of FBP. Gel shift analyses using full length FBP and a related transcription factor confirm that a small-molecule lead compound inhibits DNA binding in a specific manner. The benzoylanthranilic acid compounds described here represent leads in the design of FBP inhibitors that can serve as useful tools in the study of c-myc regulation and in the development of therapeutics that target the c-myc pathway.

PMID:
15369388
DOI:
10.1021/jm0497803
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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