Remodelin Is a Cryptic Assay Interference Chemotype That Does Not Inhibit NAT10-Dependent Cytidine Acetylation

Jonathan H. Shrimp, Yihang Jing, Supuni Thalalla Gamage, Kathryn M. Nelson, Joseph Han, Keri M. Bryson, David C. Montgomery, Justin M. Thomas, Kellie D. Nance, Sunny Sharma, Stephen D. Fox, Thorkell Andressen, Wilson R. Sinclair, Hong Wu, Abdellah Allali-Hassani, Guillermo Senisterra, Masoud Vedadi, Denis Lafontaine, Jayme L. Dahlin, Ronen MarmorsteinMichael A. Walters, Jordan L. Meier

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Remodelin is a putative small molecule inhibitor of the RNA acetyltransferase NAT10 which has shown preclinical efficacy in models of the premature aging disease Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome (HGPS). Here we evaluate remodelin's assay interference characteristics and effects on NAT10-catalyzed RNA cytidine acetylation. We find the remodelin chemotype constitutes a cryptic assay interference compound, which does not react with small molecule thiols but demonstrates protein reactivity in ALARM NMR and proteome-wide affinity profiling assays. Biophysical analyses find no direct evidence for interaction of remodelin with the NAT10 acetyltransferase active site. Cellular studies verify that N4-acetylcytidine (ac4C) is a nonredundant target of NAT10 activity in human cell lines and find that this RNA modification is not affected by remodelin treatment in several orthogonal assays. These studies display the potential for remodelin's chemotype to interact with multiple protein targets in cells and indicate remodelin should not be applied as a specific chemical inhibitor of NAT10-catalyzed RNA acetylation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)887-892
Number of pages6
JournalACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 10 2021

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Funding Information:
We thank Martin Schnermann (Chemical Biology Laboratory, NCI), Drs. Brian Shoichet, and Parnian Lak for performing dynamic light scattering experiments, and our anonymous reviewers for helpful suggestions regarding potential degradation products of remodelin mentioned in the Supplementary Discussion . This work was supported by the Intramural Research Program of NIH, the National Cancer Institute, The Center for Cancer Research (ZIA BC011488-04), the NHLBI (JLD T32HL007627), and NIGMS (R35 GM118090). The SGC is a registered charity (number 1097737) that receives funds from AbbVie, Bayer Pharma AG, Boehringer Ingelheim, Canada Foundation for Innovation, Eshelman Institute for Innovation, Genome Canada through Ontario Genomics Institute [OGI-055], Innovative Medicines Initiative (EU/EFPIA) [ULTRA-DD grant no. 115766], Janssen, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, MSD, Novartis Pharma AG, Pfizer, São Paulo Research Foundation-FAPESP, Takeda, and Wellcome. This project has also been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, under contract number HHSN261200800001E.

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  • Acetyltransferase
  • Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome
  • NAT10
  • RNA modification
  • chemical probes
  • pan-assay interference


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