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Probe Report for RBBP9 Inhibitors - Probe 2.


Probe Reports from the NIH Molecular Libraries Program [Internet]. Bethesda (MD): National Center for Biotechnology Information (US); 2010-.
2009 Aug 20 [updated 2010 Oct 20].


The retinoblastoma (RB) tumor suppressor protein controls cell cycle progression by regulating the activity of the transcription factor E2F, which activates genes essential for DNA replication. Thus, factors that bind and regulate RB activity are considered valuable targets for preventing tumorigenesis. The enzyme RB binding protein 9 (RBBP9) is widely expressed in different tissues and upregulated in certain tumors. As a result, the identification of compounds that selectively inhibit RBBP9 activity would serve as potentially valuable probes for the study of apoptosis, cell cycle, and tumorigenesis. We previously reported a modestly potent, RBBP9 reversible inhibitor, ML081 (CID-6603320). However, ML081 exhibits high cytotoxicity. We, therefore, have now identified a newer probe, ML114 (CID-5934766), which is 10-fold more potent than ML081, exhibits no cytotoxicity, and is from an entirely different structural and mechanistic class of compounds that covalently inhibit RBBP9. This new probe will be useful for in vitro assays in which it is desirable to specifically block RBBP9 activity for primary research purposes.

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