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Small molecule inhibitors of HDM2 ubiquitin ligase activity stabilize and activate p53 in cells.

The p53 tumor suppressor protein is regulated by its interaction with HDM2, which serves as a ubiquitin ligase (E3) to target p53 for degradation. We have identified a family of small molecules (HLI98) that inhibits HDM2's E3 activity. These compounds show some specificity for HDM2 in vitro, although at higher concentrations effects on unrelated RING and HECT domain E3s are detectable, which could be due, at least in part, to effects on E2-ubiquitin thiol-ester levels. In cells, the compounds allow the stabilization of p53 and HDM2 and activation of p53-dependent transcription and apoptosis, although other p53-independent toxicity was also observed.

Pubmed ID: 15950904

Authors

  • Yang Y
  • Ludwig RL
  • Jensen JP
  • Pierre SA
  • Medaglia MV
  • Davydov IV
  • Safiran YJ
  • Oberoi P
  • Kenten JH
  • Phillips AC
  • Weissman AM
  • Vousden KH

Journal

Cancer cell

Publication Data

June 13, 2005

Associated Grants

None

Mesh Terms

  • Animals
  • Apoptosis
  • Caspases
  • Cell Cycle Proteins
  • Cell Line
  • Cell Line, Tumor
  • Cyclin-Dependent Kinase 4
  • Cyclin-Dependent Kinase Inhibitor p21
  • Cyclin-Dependent Kinases
  • Endosomal Sorting Complexes Required for Transport
  • Enzyme Inhibitors
  • Epithelial Cells
  • Fibroblasts
  • Flavins
  • Gene Expression
  • Humans
  • Mice
  • Molecular Structure
  • Nuclear Proteins
  • Phosphorylation
  • Poly(ADP-ribose) Polymerases
  • Protein Binding
  • Proteins
  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins
  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-mdm2
  • Transfection
  • Tumor Suppressor Protein p53
  • Ubiquitin
  • Ubiquitin-Protein Ligases