Degradation of the BAF Complex Factor BRD9 by Heterobifunctional Ligands

David Remillard, Dennis L. Buckley, Joshiawa Paulk, Gerard L. Brien, Matthew Sonnett, Hyuk Soo Seo, Shiva Dastjerdi, Martin Wühr, Sirano Dhe-Paganon, Scott A. Armstrong, James E. Bradner

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The bromodomain-containing protein BRD9, a subunit of the human BAF (SWI/SNF) nucleosome remodeling complex, has emerged as an attractive therapeutic target in cancer. Despite the development of chemical probes targeting the BRD9 bromodomain, there is a limited understanding of BRD9 function beyond acetyl-lysine recognition. We have therefore created the first BRD9-directed chemical degraders, through iterative design and testing of heterobifunctional ligands that bridge the BRD9 bromodomain and the cereblon E3 ubiquitin ligase complex. Degraders of BRD9 exhibit markedly enhanced potency compared to parental ligands (10- to 100-fold). Parallel study of degraders with divergent BRD9-binding chemotypes in models of acute myeloid leukemia resolves bromodomain polypharmacology in this emerging drug class. Together, these findings reveal the tractability of non-BET bromodomain containing proteins to chemical degradation, and highlight lead compound dBRD9 as a tool for the study of BRD9.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5738-5743
Number of pages6
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number21
StatePublished - May 15 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Chemistry
  • Catalysis


  • bromodomain
  • cancer
  • drug design
  • epigenetics
  • protein degradation


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