Late stage assay provider results from the extended probe development effort to identify inhibitors of LYPLA1 and LYPLA2: Fluorescence-based biochemical gel-based ABPP assay to assess in vivo activity
Name: Late stage assay provider results from the extended probe development effort to identify inhibitors of LYPLA1 and LYPLA2: Fluorescence-based biochemical gel-based ABPP assay to assess in vivo activity. ..more
BioActive Compound: 1
Source (MLPCN Center Name): The Scripps Research Institute Molecular Screening Center (SRIMSC)
Center Affiliation: The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI)
Assay Provider: Benjamin Cravatt, TSRI
Network: Molecular Libraries Probe Production Centers Network (MLPCN)
Grant Proposal Number: 1 R01 CA132630
Grant Proposal PI: Benjamin Cravatt, TSRI
External Assay ID: LYPLA1&2_INH_FLUO_GELBASEDABPP_VIVO
Name: Late stage assay provider results from the extended probe development effort to identify inhibitors of LYPLA1 and LYPLA2: Fluorescence-based biochemical gel-based ABPP assay to assess in vivo activity.
Protein palmitoylation is an essential post-translational modification necessary for trafficking and localization of regulatory proteins that play key roles in cell growth and signaling. Numerous proteins have been identified as targets of palmitoylation, including cytoskeletal proteins, kinases, receptors, and other proteins involved in various aspects of cellular signaling and homeostasis . Using a global chemo-proteomic method for the metabolic incorporation and identification of palmitoylated proteins, we were able to identify hundreds of palmitoylated proteins, revealing palmitoylation as a widespread post-translational modification (PTM) . Palmitoylation involves an acyl-thioester linkage to specific cysteines [3,4]. Given the labile properties of thioesters, palmitoylation is potentially reversible and may be regulated in a manner analogous to other PTMs (e.g., phosphorylation). As such, identification of proteins responsible for the dynamic modulation of palmitoylation is paramount to understanding its patho/physiological roles. For example, multiple oncogenes, including HRAS and SRC, require palmitoylation for malignant transformation , suggesting protein palmitoyl thioesterases may have tumor suppressor activity required to repress aberrant growth signaling. More than a decade ago, the cytosolic serine hydrolase acyl-protein thioesterase 1 (APT1) was identified as an in vitro HRAS palmitoyl thioesterase . Initially classified as lysophospholipase 1 (LYPLA1) , the enzyme has since been demonstrated to have several hundred-fold higher activity as a protein thioesterase. While the in vitro data [6,8] provided an intriguing clue to its possible role in vivo, prior to our studies, little was known about the in vivo thioesterase activity of LYPLA1. Upon retroviral shRNA knockdown of LYPLA1, we found that HRAS was robustly hyper-palmitoylated, providing the first evidence that the endogenous enzyme is a functional protein palmitoyl thioesterase capable of regulating HRAS palmitoylation in mammalian cells. However, shRNA resulted in only an 80% reduction in LYPLA1 expression (unpublished). LYPLA2 (a.k.a. APT2) is 65% identical to LYPLA1, and also exhibits lysophospholipase activity in vitro, but its potential role as a thioesterase is unknown . shRNA knockdown studies of LYPLA2 revealed only partial knockdown of the enzyme, making substrate identification inconclusive (unpublished). A principle goal of post-genomic research is the determination of the molecular and cellular role of uncharacterized enzymes like LYPLA1 and LYPLA2. As such, selective inhibitors of LYPLA1 and/or LYPLA2 would greatly aid investigations into the biological function of these enzymes. Several inhibitors of LYPLA1 have been described [10,11], but none of these agents have proven capable of inhibiting LYPLA1 activity in cells. We recently reported optimization of a covalent dual LYPLA1/LYPLA2 inhibitor ML211 (SID 99445338), and identification of reversible compounds ML348 (SID 160654487) and ML349 (SID 160654496) that act as selective LYPLA1 and LYPLA2 inhibitors, respectively (see Probe Reports). These compounds represent an important advance in chemical tools for investigating the biological function(s) of LYPLA1 and LYPLA2. However, ML211 (SID 99445338), owing to its modest solubility, does not have demonstrated in vivo activity. Irreversible chemical probes have distinct advantages vs. reversible compounds for use in living systems, as confirming target engagement is a comparatively straightforward process, and near-complete and sustained target inhibition can be achieved without extensive optimization of physicochemical and pharmacokinetic properties. The goal of this current investigation is to develop an irreversible, in vivo-active dual LYPLA1/LYPLA2 inhibitor to add to the arsenal of available chemical tools for identification of LYPLA1 and LYPLA2 substrates and evaluating the role of these enzymes in dynamic de-palmitoylation and tumorigenesis.
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Panel Assay with Multiple Targets/Outcomes
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The purpose of this assay is to determine whether test compounds can inhibit LYPLA1 and LYPLA2 in vivo using an activity-based proteomic profiling (ABPP) assay. In this assay, test compounds are administered to mice. Mice are sacrificed, and their tissues harvested, homogenized, and reacted with the serine-hydrolase-specific activity-based probe fluorophosphonate-rhodamine (FP-Rh). The reaction products are separated by SDS-PAGE and visualized in-gel using a flatbed fluorescence scanner. The percentage activity remaining is determined by measuring the integrated optical density of the bands. As designed, test compounds that act as inhibitors will prevent enzyme-probe interactions, thereby decreasing the proportion of bound fluorescent probe, giving lower fluorescence intensity in the band in the gel.
Purpose-bred 3-4 month old male C57BL6 laboratory mice were i.p. administered test compound (0.5-50 mg/kg in 18:1:1 saline:PEG-40-castor oil:EtOH vehicle solution, 10 uL/g mouse weight) or vehicle only. After 4 hours, mice were humanely sacrificed (anesthetized with isoflurane followed by cervical dislocation), and liver (Assay 1), kidney (Assay 2), and brain (Assay 3) removed and snap frozen in liquid nitrogen before processing. Tissues were homogenized, and soluble proteome isolated by ultracentrifugation (100k x g, 45 minutes) and protein concentration adjusted to 1 mg/mL in DPBS. An aliquot (50 uL) was reacted with FP-Rh (2 uM final concentration) for 30 minutes at 25 degrees Celsius. Reactions were quenched with 16 uL 4x SDS-PAGE loading buffer (reducing), separated by SDS-PAGE, and visualized by in-gel fluorescent scanning. The percentage activity remaining was determined by measuring the integrated optical density of test compound bands relative to vehicle bands. Due to the overlapping nature of the LYPLA1 and LYPLA2 bands, the proteins were quantified together.
Percent inhibition was calculated as follows:
%_Inhibition = ( 1 - ( IOD_Test_Compound - IOD_Low_Control ) / ( IOD_High_Control - IOD_Low_Control ) ) * 100
Test_Compound is defined as target treated with test compound.
High_Control is defined as target treated with DMSO only (no compound).
Low_Control is defined as background in a blank region of the gel.
Compounds with greater than or equal to 50% inhibition at 5 mg/kg test compound concentration were considered active. Compounds with less than 50% inhibition at 5 mg/kg test compound concentration were considered inactive.
PubChem Activity Outcome:
Compounds active in at least one assay were considered active. Compounds inactive in all assays were considered inactive.
List of Reagents:
C57BL6 laboratory mice (provided by the Assay Provider)
FP-Rh (Thermo #88318)
DPBS (Cellgro 20-031-CV)
This assay was performed by the assay provider with powder samples of synthetic test compounds.