Identification of catechols as histone–lysine demethylase inhibitors

Anders L. Nielsen, Line H. Kristensen, Karen B. Stephansen, Jan B. L. Kristensen, Charlotte Helgstrand, Michael Lees, Paul Cloos, Kristian Helin, Michael Gajhede, Lars Olsen

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Identification of inhibitors of histone–lysine demethylase (HDM) enzymes is important because of their involvement in the development of cancer. An ELISA-based assay was developed for identification of inhibitors of the HDM KDM4C in a natural products library. Based on one of the hits with affinity in the low μM range (1, a catechol), a subset of structurally related compounds was selected and tested against a panel of HDMs. In this subset, two inhibitors (2 and 10) had comparable affinities towards KDM4C and KDM6A but no effect on PHF8. One inhibitor restored H3K9me3 levels in KDM4C transfected U2-OS cells.
Original languageEnglish
JournalF E B S Letters
Issue number8
Pages (from-to)1190-1194
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes


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