Inhibition of DNA glycosylases via small molecule purine analogs

Aaron C. Jacobs, Marcus J. Calkins, Ajit Jadhav, Dorjbal Dorjsuren, David Maloney, Anton Simeonov, Pawel Jaruga, Miral Dizdaroglu, Amanda K. McCullough, R. Stephen Lloyd

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Abstract

Following the formation of oxidatively-induced DNA damage, several DNA glycosylases are required to initiate repair of the base lesions that are formed. Recently, NEIL1 and other DNA glycosylases, including OGG1 and NTH1 were identified as potential targets in combination chemotherapeutic strategies. The potential therapeutic benefit for the inhibition of DNA glycosylases was validated by demonstrating synthetic lethality with drugs that are commonly used to limit DNA replication through dNTP pool depletion via inhibition of thymidylate synthetase and dihydrofolate reductase. Additionally, NEIL1-associated synthetic lethality has been achieved in combination with Fanconi anemia, group G. As a prelude to the development of strategies to exploit the potential benefits of DNA glycosylase inhibition, it was necessary to develop a reliable high-throughput screening protocol for this class of enzymes. Using NEIL1 as the proof-of-principle glycosylase, a fluorescence-based assay was developed that utilizes incision of site-specifically modified oligodeoxynucleotides to detect enzymatic activity. This assay was miniaturized to a 1536-well format and used to screen small molecule libraries for inhibitors of the combined glycosylase/AP lyase activities. Among the top hits of these screens were several purine analogs, whose postulated presence in the active site of NEIL1 was consistent with the paradigm of NEIL1 recognition and excision of damaged purines. Although a subset of these small molecules could inhibit other DNA glycosylases that excise oxidatively-induced DNA adducts, they could not inhibit a pyrimidine dimer-specific glycosylase.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere81667
JournalPloS one
Volume8
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 9 2013

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  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • General

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    Jacobs, A. C., Calkins, M. J., Jadhav, A., Dorjsuren, D., Maloney, D., Simeonov, A., Jaruga, P., Dizdaroglu, M., McCullough, A. K., & Stephen Lloyd, R. (2013). Inhibition of DNA glycosylases via small molecule purine analogs. PloS one, 8(12), [e81667]. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0081667