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ACS Chem Biol. 2015 Jun 19;10(6):1392-7. doi: 10.1021/acschembio.5b00004. Epub 2015 Mar 18.

A small molecule that inhibits OGT activity in cells.

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†Department of Microbiology and Immunobiology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, United States.
‡National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, National Institutes of Health, Rockville, Maryland, United States.


O-GlcNAc transferase (OGT) is an essential mammalian enzyme that regulates numerous cellular processes through the attachment of O-linked N-acetylglucosamine (O-GlcNAc) residues to nuclear and cytoplasmic proteins. Its targets include kinases, phosphatases, transcription factors, histones, and many other intracellular proteins. The biology of O-GlcNAc modification is still not well understood, and cell-permeable inhibitors of OGT are needed both as research tools and for validating OGT as a therapeutic target. Here, we report a small molecule OGT inhibitor, OSMI-1, developed from a high-throughput screening hit. It is cell-permeable and inhibits protein O-GlcNAcylation in several mammalian cell lines without qualitatively altering cell surface N- or O-linked glycans. The development of this molecule validates high-throughput screening approaches for the discovery of glycosyltransferase inhibitors, and further optimization of this scaffold may lead to yet more potent OGT inhibitors useful for studying OGT in animal models.

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