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Jereld R. Nicholson Library: Grand Avenue

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Chemistry

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The Actin-Related Protein (Arp) 2/3 Complex is an actin nucleating factor intrinsically involved in cellular regulation of actin networks during life-essential processes such as motility. Overexpression of the Arp2/3 complex has indicated as a factor allowing the proliferation of certain metastatic cancers. This work describes the synthesis and in vitro biochemical testing of several molecules predicted by computational docking to be inhibitors of Arp2/3 Complex, and therefore of potential interest in clinical applications. The molecules are designed based off of the structure of known Arp2/3 inhibitor CK-666, which was discovered via high-throughput screening. Details of the synthesis of the tryptamine derivatives are discussed, and the bulk actin polymerization assay used to determine potency of the new compounds is discussed.

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Synthesis of Small Molecule Derivatives of CK-666 as Potential Inhibitors of the Arp2/3 Complex

Jereld R. Nicholson Library: Grand Avenue

The Actin-Related Protein (Arp) 2/3 Complex is an actin nucleating factor intrinsically involved in cellular regulation of actin networks during life-essential processes such as motility. Overexpression of the Arp2/3 complex has indicated as a factor allowing the proliferation of certain metastatic cancers. This work describes the synthesis and in vitro biochemical testing of several molecules predicted by computational docking to be inhibitors of Arp2/3 Complex, and therefore of potential interest in clinical applications. The molecules are designed based off of the structure of known Arp2/3 inhibitor CK-666, which was discovered via high-throughput screening. Details of the synthesis of the tryptamine derivatives are discussed, and the bulk actin polymerization assay used to determine potency of the new compounds is discussed.

 

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