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Discovery of a ZIP7 inhibitor from a Notch pathway screen

Nolin, Erin, Gans, Sara, Llamas, Luis, Bandyopadhyay, Somnath, Brittain, Scott M., Bernasconi-Elias, Paula, Carter, Kyle P., Loureiro, Joseph J., Thomas, Jason R., Schirle, Markus, Yang, Yi, Guo, Ning, Roma, Guglielmo, Schuierer, Sven, Beibel, Martin, Lindeman, Alicia, Sigoillot, Frederic, Chen, Amy, Xie, Kevin X., Ho, Samuel, Reece-Hoyes, John, Weihofen, Wilhelm A., Tyskiewicz, Kayla, Hoepfner, Dominic, McDonald, Richard I., Guthrie, Nicolette, Dogra, Abhishek, Guo, Haibing, Shao, Jian, Ding, Jian, Canham, Stephen M., Boynton, Geoff, George, Elizabeth L., Kang, Zhao B., Antczak, Christophe, Porter, Jeffery A., Wallace, Owen, Tallarico, John A., Palmer, Amy E., Jenkins, Jeremy L., Jain, Rishi K., Bushell, Simon M. and Fryer, Christy J. (2019) Discovery of a ZIP7 inhibitor from a Notch pathway screen. Nature Chemical Biology. ISSN 1552-4450


The identification of activating mutations in NOTCH1 in 50% of T cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia has generated interest in elucidating how these mutations contribute to oncogenic transformation and in targeting the pathway. A phenotypic screen identified compounds that interfere with trafficking of Notch and induce apoptosis via an endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress mechanism. Target identification approaches revealed a role for SLC39A7 (ZIP7), a zinc transport family member, in governing Notch trafficking and signaling. Generation and sequencing of a compound-resistant cell line identified a V430E mutation in ZIP7 that confers transferable resistance to the compound NVS-ZP7-4. NVS-ZP7-4 altered zinc in the ER, and an analog of the compound photoaffinity labeled ZIP7 in cells, suggesting a direct interaction between the compound and ZIP7. NVS-ZP7-4 is the first reported chemical tool to probe the impact of modulating ER zinc levels and investigate ZIP7 as a novel druggable node in the Notch pathway.

Item Type: Article
Date Deposited: 26 Jan 2019 00:45
Last Modified: 26 Jan 2019 00:45