Papers Abstract

A Vinyl Sulfone-Based Fluorogenic Probe Capable of Selective Labeling of PHGDH in Live Mammalian Cells
Chemical probes are powerful tools for interrogating small molecule-target interactions. With additional fluorescence Turn-ON functionality, such probes might enable direct measurements of target engagement in live mammalian cells. DNS-pE (and its terminal alkyne-containing version DNSpE2) is the first small molecule that can selectively label endogenous 3-phosphoglycerate dehydrogenase (PHGDH) from various mammalian cells. Endowed with an electrophilic vinyl sulfone moiety that possesses fluorescence-quenching properties, DNS-pE/DNS-pE2 became highly fluorescent only upon irreversible covalent modification of PHGDH. With an inhibitory property (in vitro Ki=7.4 mm) comparable to that of known PHGDH inhibitors, our probes thus offer a promising approach to simultaneously image endogenous PHGDH activities and study its target engagement in live-cell settings.
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