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Org Biomol Chem. 2019 May 29;17(21):5223-5229. doi: 10.1039/c9ob00145j.

Development of ergosterol peroxide probes for cellular localisation studies.

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Department of Chemical Biology and Therapeutics, St Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis, Tennessee 38105-3678, USA.


Ergosterol peroxide selectively exhibits biological activity against a wide range of diseases; however, its mode of action remains unknown. Here, we present an efficient synthesis of ergosterol peroxide chemical probes for in vitro anticancer evaluation, live cell studies and proteomic profiling. Ergosterol peroxide analogues show promising anti-proliferation activity against triple negative breast cancer cellular models, revealing information on the structure-activity relationship of this natural product in order to develop superior analogues. The combined cellular studies demonstrate that ergosterol peroxide is distributed across the cytosol with significant accumulation in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER). These chemical probes support our efforts towards uncovering the potential target(s) of ergosterol peroxide against triple negative breast cancer cell lines.

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