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Exploiting the DNA damage response to induce degradation of proteins

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Project "ExploDProteins" data sheet

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Organization address
address: PETERSPLATZ 1
city: BASEL
postcode: 4051

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 Coordinator Country Switzerland [CH]
 Total cost 1˙940˙756 €
 EC max contribution 1˙940˙756 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2019-COG
 Funding Scheme ERC-COG
 Starting year 2020
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2020-06-01   to  2025-05-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITAT BASEL CH (BASEL) coordinator 1˙940˙756.00


 Project objective

Here I propose to use small molecules to degrade proteins specifically around sites of DNA damage by using the damage itself as a homing signal. The approach will create new ways to study DNA damage, but will also offer translational possibilities in cancer. Cancer cells are often acutely sensitive to DNA damage because they have one or more faulty DNA damage response (DDR) pathways – a feature that makes them highly dependent on their remaining DNA repair systems. We will pioneer two novel and related chemical approaches for selectively killing cancer cells by modulating DDR pathways with bifunctional DNA damaging molecules. We will do this by reprogramming E3 ligases. E3 ligases are modular multi-protein complexes that destabilize cellular proteins by catalysing the formation of polyubiquitin chains on its substrates, which serve as a signal for proteasomal degradation. A recent revolutionary advance in chemical biology is to use small molecules to reprogram the protein degradation specificity of E3 ligases. By degrading proteins instead of inhibiting them, these small molecules achieve levels of functional modulation typically only possible with genetic techniques. We are inspired by this new protein degradation technology, but will take it in a new direction. Chemical damage of DNA recruits E3 ligases as well as critical DDR proteins in preparation for DNA repair. We will invent a new generation of small molecule protein degradation catalysts by repurposing these natural responses to DNA damage. We will accomplish our goal with three aims: Aim 1: Use DNA damage as a homing signal for induced protein degradation Aim 2: Use direct repair of DNA damage by the repair protein MGMT to promote the degradation of other proteins Aim 3: Promote pleiotropic protein degradation by recruiting broadly acting E3 ligases to sites of DNA damage

I propose an ambitious project that will create conceptually novel ways to study the DDR and potentially build new medicines.

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