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Wedelolactone disrupts the interaction of EZH2-EED complex and inhibits PRC2-dependent cancer

Huiming Chen, Shijuan Gao, Jiandong Li, Dong Liu, Chunjie Sheng, Chen Yao, Wei Jiang, Jiaoxiang Wu, Shuai Chen and Wenlin Huang _

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Oncotarget. 2015; 6:13049-13059. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.3790

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Huiming Chen1,2, Shijuan Gao1, Jiandong Li1, Dong Liu1, Chunjie Sheng1, Chen Yao1,2, Wei Jiang1, Jiaoxiang Wu1,2, Shuai Chen1,3 and Wenlin Huang1,3,4

1 CAS Key Laboratory of Pathogenic Microbiology and Immunology, Institute of Microbiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101, China

2 School of Life Sciences, Anhui University, Hefei 230039, China

3 Sun Yat-sen University Cancer Center, State Key Laboratory of Oncology in South China, Collaborative Innovation Center for Cancer Medicine, Guangzhou 510060, China

4 The Key Laboratory of Tumor Targeted Medicine in Guangdong Province, Guangzhou Double Bio-product Inc., Guangzhou 510663, China

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Keywords: epigenetic cancer therapy, surface plasmon resonance, cell cycle, apoptosis, cell migration

Received: December 18, 2014 Accepted: March 18, 2015 Published: April 12, 2015


Polycomb repressive complex 2 (PRC2), which is responsible for the trimethylation of H3K27 (H3K27me3), plays a part in tumorigenesis, development and/or maintenance of adult tissue specificity. The pivotal role of PRC2 in cancer makes it a therapeutic target for epigenetic cancer therapy. However, natural compounds targeting the enhancer of zeste homolog 2 (EZH2) - embryonic ectoderm development (EED) interaction to disable PRC2 complex are scarcely reported. Here, we reported the screening and identification of natural compounds which could disrupt the EZH2-EED interaction. One of these compounds, wedelolactone, binds to EED with a high affinity (KD = 2.82 μM), blocks the EZH2-EED interaction in vitro, induces the degradation of PRC2 core components and modulates the expression of detected PRC2 downstream targets and cancer-related genes. Furthermore, some PRC2-dependent cancer cells undergone growth arrest upon treatment with wedelolactone. Thus, wedelolactone and its derivatives which target the EZH2-EED interaction could be candidates for the treatment of PRC2-dependent cancer.

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