TEAD–YAP Interaction Inhibitors and MDM2 Binders from DNA-Encoded Indole-Focused Ugi Peptidomimetics

Verena B.K. Kunig, Marco Potowski, Mohammad Akbarzadeh, Mateja Klika Škopić, Denise dos Santos Smith, Lukas Arendt, Ina Dormuth, Hélène Adihou, Blaž Andlovic, Hacer Karatas, Shabnam Shaabani, Tryfon Zarganes-Tzitzikas, Constantinos G. Neochoritis, Ran Zhang, Matthew Groves, Stéphanie M. Guéret, Christian Ottmann, Jörg Rahnenführer, Roland Fried, Alexander DömlingAndreas Brunschweiger

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DNA-encoded combinatorial synthesis provides efficient and dense coverage of chemical space around privileged molecular structures. The indole side chain of tryptophan plays a prominent role in key, or “hot spot”, regions of protein–protein interactions. A DNA-encoded combinatorial peptoid library was designed based on the Ugi four-component reaction by employing tryptophan-mimetic indole side chains to probe the surface of target proteins. Several peptoids were synthesized on a chemically stable hexathymidine adapter oligonucleotide “hexT”, encoded by DNA sequences, and substituted by azide-alkyne cycloaddition to yield a library of 8112 molecules. Selection experiments for the tumor-relevant proteins MDM2 and TEAD4 yielded MDM2 binders and a novel class of TEAD-YAP interaction inhibitors that perturbed the expression of a gene under the control of these Hippo pathway effectors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)20518-20522
JournalAngewandte Chemie
Issue number46
Publication statusPublished - 9 Nov 2020


  • combinatorial chemistry
  • DNA-encoded library
  • peptidomimetics
  • protein–protein interaction inhibition
  • Ugi reaction


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