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“Picolog,” a Synthetically-Available Bryostatin Analog, Inhibits Growth of MYC-Induced Lymphoma In Vivo

Brian A. DeChristopher, Alice C. Fan, Dean W. Felsher _ and Paul A. Wender

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Oncotarget. 2012; 3:58-66. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.438

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Brian A. DeChristopher1,*, Alice C. Fan2,*, Dean W. Felsher2, Paul A. Wender1

1 Departments of Chemistry and Chemical and Systems Biology, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305-5080

2 Division of Oncology, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA 94305

* Denotes equal contribution

Received: January 22, 2012; Accepted: February 2, 2012; Published: February 2, 2012;

Keywords: bryostatin, picolog, lymphoma, PKC


Paul A. Wender Ph.D., email:

Dean W. Felsher, email:


Bryostatin 1 is a naturally occurring complex macrolide with potent anti-neoplastic activity. However, its extremely low natural occurrence has impeded clinical advancement. We developed a strategy directed at the design of simplified and synthetically more accessible bryostatin analogs. Our lead analog, “picolog”, can be step-economically produced. Picolog, compared to bryostatin, exhibited superior growth inhibition of MYC-induced lymphoma in vitro. A key mechanism of picolog’s (and bryostatin’s) activity is activation of PKC. A novel nano-immunoassay (NIA) revealed that picolog treatment increased phospho-MEK2 in the PKC pathway.  Moreover, the inhibition of PKC abrogated picolog’s activity. Finally, picolog was highly potent at 100 micrograms/kg and well tolerated at doses ranging from 100 micrograms/kg to 1 milligram/kg in vivo for the treatment of our aggressive model of MYC-induced lymphoma. We provide the first in vivo validation that the bryostatin analog, picolog, is a potential therapeutic agent for the treatment of cancer and other diseases.

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