Hao-Peng Sun

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Degradation of certain proteins through the ubiquitin-proteasome pathway is a common strategy taken by the key modulators responsible for stress responses. Kelch-like ECH-associated protein-1(Keap1), a substrate adaptor component of the Cullin3 (Cul3)-based ubiquitin E3 ligase complex, mediates the ubiquitination of two key modulators, NF-E2-related factor(More)
Directly disrupting the Keap1-Nrf2 protein-protein interaction (PPI) is an effective way to activate Nrf2. Using the potent Keap1-Nrf2 PPI inhibitor that was reported by our group, we conducted a preliminary investigation of the structure-activity and structure-property relationships of the ring systems to improve the drug-like properties. Compound 18e,(More)
IκB kinase β (IKKβ) is an important anti-cancer target that plays crucial role in activating the transcription factor NF-κB in response to various inflammatory stimuli. In order to discover novel IKKβ inhibitors, a 3D chemical-feature-based QSAR pharmacophore model was established. A homology model of IKKβ enzyme was also developed to study the binding mode(More)
Gambogic acid (GA) has been reported as a potent apoptosis inducer. Previously, we have reported chemical modification at C(34) and C(39) of GA, leading to some agents with improved activity. To investigate the further structure-activity relationship (SAR) and preliminary mechanism of GA activity, a series of derivatives with modified prenyl side chains of(More)
Protein kinase CK2, a member of the serine/threonine kinase family, is an attractive therapeutic target for anticancer combination therapy. A multiple structure-based modeling approach complemented with shape components was taken to build a reliable pharmacophore model for ATP-competitive CK2 inhibitors. The final model consisted of one hydrogen bond(More)
Keap1 is known to mediate the ubiquitination of Nrf2, a master regulator of the antioxidant response. Directly interrupting the Keap1-Nrf2 interaction has been emerged as a promising strategy to develop novel class of antioxidant, antiinflammatory, and anticancer agents. On the basis of the molecular binding determinants analysis of Keap1, we successfully(More)
Rapid Overlay of Chemical Structures (ROCS), which can rapidly identify potentially active compounds by shape comparison, is recognized as a powerful virtual screening tool. By ROCS, a class of novel Hsp90 inhibitors was identified. The calculated binding mode of the most potent hit 36 guided us to design and synthesize a series of analogs (57a-57h). Over(More)
Nrf2-mediated activation of ARE regulates expression of cytoprotective enzymes against oxidative stress, inflammation, and carcinogenesis. We have discovered a novel structure (1) as an ARE inducer via luciferase reporter assay to screen the in-house database of our laboratory. The potency of 1 was evaluated by the expression of NQO-1, HO-1, and nuclear(More)
Induction of phase II antioxidant enzymes by activation of Nrf2/ARE pathway has been recognized as a promising strategy for the regulation of oxidative stress-related diseases. Herein we report our effort on the discovery and optimization of Nrf2 activators with 1,2,4-oxadiazole core. Screening of an in-house collection containing 7500 compounds by(More)
Protein-protein interactions (PPIs) play a crucial role in cellular function and form the backbone of almost all biochemical processes. In recent years, protein-protein interaction inhibitors (PPIIs) have represented a treasure trove of potential new drug targets. Unfortunately, there are few successful drugs of PPIIs on the market. Structure-based(More)