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    As an emerging therapeutic strategy, proteolysis-targeting chimeras (PROTACs) have been proven to be superior to traditional drugs in many aspects. However, due to their unique mechanism of action, existing methods for evaluating the degradation still have many limitations, which seriously restricts the development of PROTACs. In this methodological study, using direct stochastic optical reconstruction microscopy (dSTORM)-based single-cell protein quantitative analysis, we systematically investigated the dynamic degradation characteristics of FLT3 protein during PROTACs treatment. We found that the distribution of FLT3 varies between FLT3-ITD mutation and FLT3-WT cells. PROTACs had an obvious time-course effect on protein degradation and present two distinct phases; this provided a basis for deciding when to evaluate protein degradation. High concentrations of PROTACs were more effective than long-time administration because a higher Dmax was achieved. Two-color dSTORM-based colocalization analysis efficiently detected the proportion of ternary complexes, making it very useful in screening PROTACs. Taken together, our findings show that the dSTORM method is an ideal tool for evaluating PROTACs and will accelerate the development of new PROTACs. © 2022 Wiley-VCH GmbH.


    Fuwei Yang, Yuxin Tan, Cheng Wu, Lilan Xin, Zhenli Huang, Haibing Zhou, Fuling Zhou. dSTORM-Based Single-Cell Protein Quantitative Analysis Can Effectively Evaluate the Degradation Ability of PROTACs. Chembiochem : a European journal of chemical biology. 2023 Feb 14;24(4):e202200680

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