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Chemical methods for degradation of target proteins using designed light-activatable organic molecules

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Abstract

Molecular design, chemical synthesis, and biological evaluation of several designed organic molecules, which target-selectively degrade proteins upon photo-irradiation, are introduced. The designed molecules for protein photo-degradation include 2-phenylquinoline–steroid hormone hybrids and porphyrin derivatives, both of which selectively photo-degrade estrogen receptor-α, and fullerene–sugar and –sulfonic acid hybrids, which selectively photo-degrade HIV-1 protease and amyloid β, respectively. The information will provide a novel and effective way to control specific functions of proteins, and contribute to the molecular design of novel protein photo-degrading agents, which should find wide application in chemistry, biology, and medicine.

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The article was received on 06 Feb 2012, accepted on 22 May 2012 and first published on 22 May 2012


Article type: Feature Article
DOI: 10.1039/C2CC30831B
Chem. Commun., 2012,48, 7659-7671

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    Chemical methods for degradation of target proteins using designed light-activatable organic molecules

    S. Tanimoto, D. Takahashi and K. Toshima, Chem. Commun., 2012, 48, 7659
    DOI: 10.1039/C2CC30831B

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