Affinity-based protein profiling reveals cellular targets of photoreactive anticancer inhibitors

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Affinity-based protein profiling has proven to be a powerful method in target identification of bioactive molecules. Here, this technology was applied in two photoreactive anticancer inhibitors, arenobufagin and HM30181. Using UV irradiation, these photoreactive reagents can covalently cross-link to target proteins, leading to a covalent binding with target proteins. Moreover, the cellular on/off targets of these two molecules, including ATP1A1, MDR1, PARP1, DDX5, NOP2, RAB6A, and ERGIC1 were first identified by affinity-based protein profiling and bioimaging approaches. The protein hit, PARP1, was further validated to be involved in the function of the anticancer effects.

In ACS Chemical Biology
Ke Cheng
Ke Cheng

My research interests lie at the surface of chemistry and biology, where I am deeply passionate about applying innovative chemistry to advance fields such as chemoproteomics, drug discovery, nanomedicine, and theranostics. My aim is to provide robust methodologies for mapping biological interactomes, accelerating drug development, and expanding therapeutic opportunities.