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Structure-Based Drug Discovery Targeting the Bromodomains of TAF1 (TFIID subunit 1)
Poster Title: Structure-Based Drug Discovery Targeting the Bromodomains of TAF1 (TFIID subunit 1)
Submitted on 09 Feb 2017
Author(s): Md Rezaul Karim, Jinyi Zhu, Ernst Schonbrunn
Affiliations: University of South Florida; Moffitt Cancer Center
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Abstract: TAF1 (TBP associated factor 1), the major component of general transcription factors that nucleates the formation of pre-initiation complex (PIC) for transcription machinery, plays important role in transcriptional dysregulation in malignant transformation resulting into cancer as well as in other diseases. With the current anti-cancer drugs, regulation of this dysregulated transcription is not achieved due to lack of targetable options on the surface of this large molecule. To close the gap, current research introduces a new approach to target the TAF1 through its epigenetic reader domains, the bromodomains. The long-term goal of this research project is to develop a potent and selective bromodomain inhibitor of TAF1 to modulate aberrant gene transcription in cancer by screening chemical libraries through differential scanning fluorimetry (DSF) assay in a HTS campaign, which will be validated and characterized by X-ray crystallography coupled with isothermal titration calorimetry (ITC) to develop novel chemical probes. Collectively, using these array of screening and validation experiments a drug candidate will be developed to be added in the regimen of cancer therapeutics.Summary: Recent advancement in research indicates that targeting epigenetic processes will be the next revolutionary approach to develop therapeutic agents against cancer. In this proposal, we will discover and characterize new small molecule inhibitors for a major epigenetic protein involved in malignancy.References: References
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