Small molecule inhibits T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukaemia oncogenic interaction through conformational modulation of LMO2

Milton-Harris, Leanne, Jeeves, Mark, Walker, Sarah A, Ward, Simon E and Mancini, Erika J (2020) Small molecule inhibits T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukaemia oncogenic interaction through conformational modulation of LMO2. Oncotarget, 11. pp. 1737-1748. ISSN 1949-2553

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Abstract

Ectopic expression in T-cell precursors of LIM only protein 2 (LMO2), a key factor in hematopoietic development, has been linked to the onset of T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (T-ALL). In the T-ALL context, LMO2 drives oncogenic progression through binding to erythroid-specific transcription factor SCL/TAL1 and sequestration of E-protein transcription factors, normally required for T-cell differentiation. A key requirement for the formation of this oncogenic protein-protein interaction (PPI) is the conformational flexibility of LMO2. Here we identify a small molecule inhibitor of the SCL-LMO2 PPI, which hinders the interaction in vitro through direct binding to LMO2. Biophysical analysis demonstrates that this inhibitor acts through a mechanism of conformational modulation of LMO2. Importantly, this work has led to the identification of a small molecule inhibitor of the SCL-LMO2 PPI, which can provide a starting point for the development of new agents for the treatment of T-ALL. These results suggest that similar approaches, based on the modulation of protein conformation by small molecules, might be used for therapeutic targeting of other oncogenic PPIs.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Life Sciences > Biochemistry
Research Centres and Groups: Haematology Research Group
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General) > Q0179.9 Research
Depositing User: Erika Mancini
Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2020 07:59
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2020 08:00
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/91922

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