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Potent In Vitro Peptide Antagonists of the Thrombopoietin Receptor as Potential Myelofibrosis Drugs

Monika Szabo, Wioleta Kowalczyk, Anna Tarasova, Jessica Andrade, Cheang Ly Be, Roger Mulder, Jacinta White, Adam G Meyer, Kjiana E Schwab, Kellie Cartledge, Tu C Le, Anoja Wickrama Arachchilage, Xiaoli Wang, Ronald Hoffman, Susan K Nilsson, David N Haylock, David A Winkler



Myelofibrosis (MF) is a life-threatening blood cancer, with current drugs providing only symptomatic relief without altering the course of the disease. Thrombopoietin, an important cytokine for platelet production, signals via its receptor c-Mpl that is upregulated in MF patients. Therefore, inhibition of this pathway may be a useful strategy to slow or stop progression of MF. Computational modeling and rational residue substitutions of a family of linear and cyclic peptides allow the identification of RQW as the essential motif for activity at the c-Mpl receptor. The lead cyclic peptide 48 inhibits factor dependent Mpl cells with an IC50 of 49 × 10−9 m. In primary hematopoietic stem cells, ..

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