(Chemical Equation Presented) Designed ligands that inhibit hypoxia-inducible gene expression could offer new tools for genomic research and, potentially, drug discovery efforts for the treatment of neovascularization in cancers. We report a stabilizedα-helix designed to target the binding interface between the C-terminal transactivation domain (C-TAD) of hypoxia-inducible factor 1α (HIF-1α) and cysteine-histidine rich region (CH1) of transcriptional coactivator CBP/p300. The synthetic helix disrupts the structure and function of this complex, resulting in a rapid downregulation of two hypoxia-inducible genes (VEGF and GLUT1) in cell culture.
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- Colloid and Surface Chemistry