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Chem Biol. 2010 Sep 24;17(9):981-8. doi: 10.1016/j.chembiol.2010.07.009.

A general chemical method to regulate protein stability in the mammalian central nervous system.

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Department of Chemical and Systems Biology, Stanford University, CA 94305, USA.

Abstract

The ability to make specific perturbations to biological molecules in a cell or organism is a central experimental strategy in modern research biology. We have developed a general technique in which the stability of a specific protein is regulated by a cell-permeable small molecule. Mutants of the Escherichia coli dihydrofolate reductase (ecDHFR) were engineered to be degraded, and, when this destabilizing domain is fused to a protein of interest, its instability is conferred to the fused protein resulting in rapid degradation of the entire fusion protein. A small-molecule ligand trimethoprim (TMP) stabilizes the destabilizing domain in a rapid, reversible, and dose-dependent manner, and protein levels in the absence of TMP are barely detectable. The ability of TMP to cross the blood-brain barrier enables the tunable regulation of proteins expressed in the mammalian central nervous system.

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20851347
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PMC2943492
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10.1016/j.chembiol.2010.07.009
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