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Metabolomics-assisted discovery of a new anticancer GLS-1 inhibitor chemotype from a nortopsentin-inspired library: From phenotype screening to target identification

  • Authors: Carbone D.; Vestuto V.; Ferraro M.R.; Ciaglia T.; Pecoraro C.; Sommella E.; Cascioferro S.; Salviati E.; Novi S.; Tecce M.F.; Amodio G.; Iraci N.; Cirrincione G.; Campiglia P.; Diana P.; Bertamino A.; Parrino B.; Ostacolo C.
  • Publication year: 2022
  • Type: Articolo in rivista
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The enzyme glutaminase-1 (GLS-1) has shown a clear and coherent implication in the progression and exacerbation of different aggressive tumors such as glioblastoma, hepatocarcinoma, pancreas, bone, and triple-negative breast cancer. Few chemotypes are currently available as selective GLS-1 inhibitors, and still, fewer of them are at the clinical stage. In the present paper, starting from a naturally-inspired antitumor compound library, metabolomics has been used to putatively identify the molecular mechanism underlying biological activity. GLS-1 was identified as a potential target. Biochemical analysis confirmed the hypothesis leading to the identification of a new hit compound acting as a GLS-1 selective inhibitor (IC50 = 3.96 ± 1.05 μM), compared to the GLS-2 isoform (IC50 = 12.90 ± 0.87 μM), with remarkable antitumor potency over different aggressive tumor cell lines. Molecular modelling studies revealed new insight into the drug-target interaction providing robust SAR clues for the rational hit-to-lead development. The approach undertaken underlines the wide potential of metabolomics applied to drug discovery, particularly in target identification and hit discovery following phenotype screening.