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Chemically Induced Degradation of Sirtuin 2 (Sirt2) by a Proteolysis Targeting Chimera (PROTAC) Based on Sirtuin Rearranging Ligands (SirReals)

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posted on 2017-04-05, 00:00 authored by Matthias Schiedel, Daniel Herp, Sören Hammelmann, Sören Swyter, Attila Lehotzky, Dina Robaa, Judit Oláh, Judit Ovádi, Wolfgang Sippl, Manfred Jung
Here we report the development of a proteolysis targeting chimera (PROTAC) based on the combination of the unique features of the sirtuin rearranging ligands (SirReals) as highly potent and isotype-selective Sirt2 inhibitors with thalidomide, a bona fide cereblon ligand. For the first time, we report the formation of a PROTAC by Cu­(I)-catalyzed cycloaddition of a thalidomide-derived azide to an alkynylated inhibitor. This thalidomide-derived azide as well as the highly versatile linking strategy can be readily adapted to alkynylated ligands of other targets. In HeLa cells, our SirReal-based PROTAC induced isotype-selective Sirt2 degradation that results in the hyperacetylation of the microtubule network coupled with enhanced process elongation. Thus, our SirReal-based PROTAC is the first example of a probe that is able to chemically induce the degradation of an epigenetic eraser protein.