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Intracellular antibodies are tools that can be used directly for target validation by interfering with properties like protein-protein interactions. An alternative use of intracellular antibodies in drug discovery is developing small-molecule surrogates using antibody-derived (Abd) technology. We previously used this strategy with an in vitro competitive surface plasmon resonance method that relied on high-affinity antibody fragments to obtain RAS-binding compounds. We now describe a novel implementation of the Abd method with a cell-based intracellular antibody-guided screening method that we have applied to the chromosomal translocation protein LMO2. We have identified a chemical series of anti-LMO2 Abd compounds that bind at the same LMO2 location as the inhibitory anti-LMO2 intracellular antibody combining site. Intracellular antibodies could therefore be used in cell-based screens to identify chemical surrogates of their binding sites and potentially be applied to any challenging proteins, such as transcription factors that have been considered undruggable.

Original publication

DOI

10.1126/sciadv.abg1950

Type

Journal article

Journal

Sci Adv

Publication Date

04/2021

Volume

7