A High-Affinity Peptide Ligand Targeting Syntenin Inhibits Glioblastoma

Linda M. Haugaard-Kedström, Louise S. Clemmensen, Vita Sereikaite, Zeyu Jin, Eduardo F.A. Fernandes, Bianca Wind, Flor Abalde-Gil, Jan Daberger, Maria Vistrup-Parry, Diana Aguilar-Morante, Raphael Leblanc, Antonio L. Egea-Jimenez, Marte Albrigtsen, Kamilla E. Jensen, Thomas M.T. Jensen, Ylva Ivarsson, Renaud Vincentelli, Petra Hamerlik, Jeanette Hammer Andersen, Pascale ZimmermannWeontae Lee, Kristian Strømgaard

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Despite the recent advances in cancer therapeutics, highly aggressive cancer forms, such as glioblastoma (GBM), still have very low survival rates. The intracellular scaffold protein syntenin, comprising two postsynaptic density protein-95/discs-large/zona occludens-1 (PDZ) domains, has emerged as a novel therapeutic target in highly malignant phenotypes including GBM. Here, we report the development of a novel, highly potent, and metabolically stable peptide inhibitor of syntenin, KSL-128114, which binds the PDZ1 domain of syntenin with nanomolar affinity. KSL-128114 is resistant toward degradation in human plasma and mouse hepatic microsomes and displays a global PDZ domain selectivity for syntenin. An X-ray crystal structure reveals that KSL-128114 interacts with syntenin PDZ1 in an extended noncanonical binding mode. Treatment with KSL-128114 shows an inhibitory effect on primary GBM cell viability and significantly extends survival time in a patient-derived xenograft mouse model. Thus, KSL-128114 is a novel promising candidate with therapeutic potential for highly aggressive tumors, such as GBM.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1423-1434
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Medicinal Chemistry
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Feb 11

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  • Molecular Medicine
  • Drug Discovery


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