The UBE2G2 Binding Domain in the Ubiquitin Ligase GP78 and Methods of Use Thereof

Cancer is the second leading cause of death worldwide. The primary cause of mortality from cancer is metastasis. While the underlying mechanisms of cancer metastasis are still being unraveled, the gp78 protein involved in ER-associated degradation (ERAD) appears to play a role in metastasis in sarcoma. Targeting gp78 may be a therapeutic option in cancer treatment.

The prometastatic activity of ERAD requires the E3 ubiquitin ligase activity of gp78. Gp78 targets the transmembrane metastasis suppressor, KAI1, for degradation. Suppression of gp78 results in the accumulation of KAI1 and a reduced metastatic potency of sarcoma cells.

Regulating gp78 presents a new therapeutic strategy for the treatment of sarcomas. The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is seeking statements of capability or interest from parties interested in licensing or in collaborative research to co-develop technologies that disrupt gp78 activity and/or ERAD activity for the treatment of cancer.

Potential Commercial Applications: Competitive Advantages:
  • Targeted therapies for sarcomas, melanoma, breast cancer, myeloma and other solid tumors and leukemias
  • Reducing activation of SREBP pathway for lipid and cholesterol synthesis
  • Reducing degradation and improving maturation of cell surface or secreted proteins
  • Developing a method to identify more robust gp78 inhibitors
  • The G2BR is the only reagent specific for targeting the endoplasmic reticulum-associated degradation E2, Ube2G2

Development Stage:
Pre-clinical (in vivo)


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Intellectual Property:
Application No. 60/583,263
Application No. PCT/US2005/014635
Application No. 8,420,776

Chen B et al.  The activity of a human endoplasmic reticulum-associated degradation E3, gp78, requires its Cue domain, RING finger, and an E2-binding site  PMID 16407162
Tsai YC et al. The ubiquitin ligase gp78 promotes sarcoma metastasis by targeting KAI1 for degradation  PMID 18037895
Das R et al. Allosteric Activation of Ubiquitin Ligase Activity by a Structurally-Defined Specific E2 Binding Region of gp78  PMID 19560420

Collaboration Opportunity:

Licensing and research collaboration

Licensing Contact:
John Hewes, Ph.D.
Phone: 240-276-5515

OTT Reference No: E-244-2004
Updated: Oct 12, 2018