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Chang J.W.,Scripps Research Institute | Zuhl A.M.,Scripps Research Institute | Speers A.E.,Scripps Research Institute | Niessen S.,Scripps Research Institute | And 16 more authors.
ACS Chemical Biology | Year: 2015

Platelet-activating factor acetylhydrolases (PAFAHs) 1b2 and 1b3 are poorly characterized serine hydrolases that form a complex with a noncatalytic protein (1b1) to regulate brain development, spermatogenesis, and cancer pathogenesis. Determining physiological substrates and biochemical functions for the PAFAH1b complex would benefit from selective chemical probes that can perturb its activity in living systems. Here, we report a class of tetrahydropyridine reversible inhibitors of PAFAH1b2/3 discovered using a fluorescence polarization-activity-based protein profiling (fluopol-ABPP) screen of the NIH 300 000+ compound library. The most potent of these agents, P11, exhibited IC50 values of ∼40 and 900 nM for PAFAH1b2 and 1b3, respectively. We confirm selective inhibition of PAFAH1b2/3 in cancer cells by P11 using an ABPP protocol adapted for in situ analysis of reversible inhibitors and show that this compound impairs tumor cell survival, supporting a role for PAFAH1b2/3 in cancer. © 2015 American Chemical Society. Source

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