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Functionalized Cyclophellitols Are Selective Glucocerebrosidase Inhibitors and Induce a Bona Fide Neuropathic Gaucher Model in Zebrafish

Lookup NU author(s): Rhianna RowlandORCiD



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Gaucher disease is caused by inherited deficiency in glucocerebrosidase (GBA, a retaining β-glucosidase), and deficiency in GBA constitutes the largest known genetic risk factor for Parkinson’s disease. In the past, animal models of Gaucher disease have been generated by treatment with the mechanism-based GBA inhibitors, conduritol B epoxide (CBE), and cyclophellitol. Both compounds, however, also target other retaining glycosidases, rendering generation and interpretation of such chemical knockout models complicated. Here we demonstrate that cyclophellitol derivatives carrying a bulky hydrophobic substituent at C8 are potent and selective GBA inhibitors and that an unambiguous Gaucher animal model can be readily generated by treatment of zebrafish with these.

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Author(s): Artola M, Kuo CL, Lelieveld LT, Rowland RJ, van der Marel GA, Codee JDC, Boot RG, Davies GJ, Aerts JMFG, Overkleeft HS

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of the American Chemical Society

Year: 2019

Volume: 141

Issue: 10

Pages: 4214-4218

Print publication date: 13/03/2019

Online publication date: 27/02/2019

Acceptance date: 02/04/2018

Date deposited: 24/01/2022

ISSN (print): 0002-7863

ISSN (electronic): 1520-5126

Publisher: American Chemical Society


DOI: 10.1021/jacs.9b00056


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