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PLoS One. 2012;7(6):e37518. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0037518. Epub 2012 Jun 4.

On the mechanism of action of SJ-172550 in inhibiting the interaction of MDM4 and p53.

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Max-Planck Institute for Biochemistry, Martinsried, Germany.


SJ-172550 (1) was previously discovered in a biochemical high throughput screen for inhibitors of the interaction of MDMX and p53 and characterized as a reversible inhibitor (J. Biol. Chem. 2010; 285:10786). Further study of the biochemical mode of action of 1 has shown that it acts through a complicated mechanism in which the compound forms a covalent but reversible complex with MDMX and locks MDMX into a conformation that is unable to bind p53. The relative stability of this complex is influenced by many factors including the reducing potential of the media, the presence of aggregates, and other factors that influence the conformational stability of the protein. This complex mechanism of action hinders the further development of compound 1 as a selective MDMX inhibitor.

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