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Linkers for protein degradation

The ability to subvert E3 ubiquitin ligases with small-molecule drugs offers tremendous promise for drug discovery. A new study demonstrates how structural and computational techniques can engineer and exploit unnatural protein–protein interfaces to design selective protein degraders.

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Fig. 1: Comparison of degradation strategies.

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P. Chamberlain, P. Linkers for protein degradation. Nat Chem Biol 14, 639–640 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41589-018-0057-9

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