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Center for RNA Biomedicine pres.

RNA Seminar featuring: Hiroaki Suga, University of Tokyo

"Genetic code reprogramming that Revolutionizes the discovery processes of peptide drug leads"

Hiroaki Suga, University of Tokyo Hiroaki Suga, University of Tokyo
Hiroaki Suga, University of Tokyo
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ABSTRACT: Macrocyclic peptides possess a number of pharmacological characteristics distinct from other well-established therapeutic molecular classes, resulting in a versatile drug modality with a unique profile of advantages. Macrocyclic peptides are accessible by not only chemical synthesis but also ribosomal synthesis. Particularly, recent inventions of the genetic code reprogramming integrated with an in vitro display format, referred to as RaPID (Random non-standard Peptides Integrated Discovery) system, have enabled us to screen mass libraries (>1 trillion members) of non-standard peptides containing multiple non-proteinogenic amino acids, giving unique properties of peptides distinct from conventional peptides, e.g. greater proteolytic stability, higher affinity (low nM to sub nM dissociation constants similar to antibodies), and superior pharmacokinetics. The field is rapidly growing evidenced by increasing interests from industrial sectors, including small start-ups as well as mega-pharmas, toward drug development efforts on macrocyclic peptides, which has led to several de novo discovered peptides entering clinical trials. This lecture discusses the aforementioned screening technology involving the method of “genetic code reprogramming” powered by flexizymes, and several showcases of therapeutic potentials of macrocyclic peptides.
Hiroaki Suga, University of Tokyo Hiroaki Suga, University of Tokyo
Hiroaki Suga, University of Tokyo
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