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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/17210

Title: High-thoughput Screen to Identify Small Molecule Inhibitors of the Canonical Wnt Signaling Pathway
Authors: Perusini, Stephen John
Advisor: Attisano, Liliana
Department: Biochemistry
Keywords: Wnt signaling
Small molecule screen
Issue Date: 26-Feb-2009
Abstract: Wnt signaling is important in human development and disease, thus dysregulated beta-catenin constitutes an attractive target for drug intervention. The few functional inhibitors currently available target transcriptional activation, therefore, identifying novel upstream modulators would be of tremendous importance to elucidating the mechanisms involved in regulatingbeta-catenin activity. To achieve this, I developed a high-throughput screen to assess beta-catenin stability in mammalian cells using a luciferase tagged beta-catenin molecule. This assay was used to screen three chemical libraries to identify small molecule modulators of the pathway. Identified inhibitors/activators of the pathway were investigated via secondary assays. The most promising inhibitor, 21H7, significantly attenuated activated beta-catenin signaling in colon cancer cells, decreasing beta-catenin stability. The inhibitory effects of 21H7 and a structurally similar compound were shown to not only inhibit Wnt target gene expression in colon cancer cells, but also prostate cancer lines. Thus, 21H7 represents an attractive lead compound for further study.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/17210
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