A proximity-induced covalent fluorescent probe for selective detection of bromodomain 4

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1147-1150
Journal / PublicationChinese Chemical Letters
Issue number7
Online published17 May 2018
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2018


Lysine acetylation is one of the most prevalent and important posttranslational modifications (PTMs) in proteins. The process can be recognized by bromodomains (BRDs), which are a class of protein-interaction modules involved in chromatin remodeling and transcriptional activation. The development of BRD fluorescent probes will be useful for monitoring the activity of BRDs in living cells as well as aiding inhibitor development. Herein we designed a peptide-based probe based on the proximity-induced protein conjugation reaction. The peptide-based probe is capable of covalently and selectively reacting with the unique cysteine residue in the bromodomain through proximity effect. Our experimental data showed that the probe displayed noticeable fluorescence response upon addition of BRD4(1). In-gel fluorescence scanning demonstrated that BRD4(1) can be covalently labelled by the probe. Moreover, the probe was shown to selectively detect BRD4(1) over other proteins. We envision that the probe developed in this study will provide a useful tool to further investigate the biological roles of BRDs.

Research Area(s)

  • Bromodomain, Fluorescent probe, Peptide-based probe, Peptides, Proximity effect