Molecular glue degraders are compounds intended to prompt the degradation of E3 ubiquitin ligases by engaging and modifying their surface. Molecular glue-induced protein degradation is considered an emerging strategy in drug discovery.
Monoacylglycerol lipase (MAGL), a member of the serine hydrolase family expressed in the brain and peripheral tissue, is a key enzyme in the hydrolysis of monoglycerides, converting 2-arachidonoyl glycerol (2-AG) into arachidonic acid and glycerol. MAGL inhibition has been previously shown to induce anxiolytic and analgesic phenotypes in animal models. Researchers from Janssen Pharmaceutica NV recently reported the discovery of novel noncovalent MAGL inhibitors.
Rapidly evolving artificial intelligence (AI) is effectively resetting all biopharmaceutical companies to the figurative starting line, and collaboration is a key strategy to winning the drug discovery race, an AI-based startup founder said at the Global Bio Conference (GBC) 2023.
Synthesis and optimization of a series of 1H-pyrazolo[4,3d]pyrimidine molecules at Bristol Myers Squibb Co. led to the identification of compound [I] as the lead Toll-like receptor 7 (TLR7) agonist, with EC50 values of 21 and 94 nM for human and mouse TLR7, respectively.
Apolipoprotein C3 (APOC3) is one of the main regulators of triglyceride metabolism. Hypertriglyceridemia (HTG) is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease and there is evidence that loss-of-function mutations in APOC3 correlate with decreased plasma triglyceride levels and subsequent reduced cardiometabolic dysfunction.
Interleukin-1 receptor-associated kinase 4 (IRAK4) plays a critical role in innate immunity by acting both as a scaffolding protein and a protein kinase, and its overactivation correlates with several autoimmune disorders.