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Development of a Hematopoietic Prostaglandin D Synthase-Degradation Inducer
preprintsubmitted on 02.10.2020, 04:16 and posted on 05.10.2020, 08:41 by Hidetomo Yokoo, Norihito Shibata, Miyako Naganuma, Kiyonaga Fujii, Takahito Ito, Kosuke Aritake, Mikihiko Naito, Yosuke Demizu
Although hematopoietic prostaglandin D synthase (H-PGDS) is an attractive target for treatment of a variety of diseases, including allergic diseases and Duchenne muscular dystrophy, no H-PGDS inhibitors have yet been approved for treatment of these diseases. Therefore, the development of novel agents having other mode of actions to modulate the activity of H-PGDS is required. In this study, a chimeric small molecule that degrades H-PGDS via the ubiquitin-proteasome system, PROTAC(H-PGDS)-1, was developed. PROTAC(H-PGDS)-1 is composed of two ligands, TFC-007 (that binds to H-PGDS) and pomalidomide (that binds to cereblon). PROTAC(H-PGDS)-1 showed potent activity in the degradation of H-PGDS protein via the ubiquitin-proteasome system and in the suppression of prostaglandin D2 (PGD2) production. Notably, PROTAC(H-PGDS)-1 was slightly more effective in the suppression of PGD2 production than the known inhibitor, TFC-007. Thus, the H-PGDS degrader—PROTAC(H-PGDS)-1—is expected to be useful in biological research and clinical therapies.