HaloPROTACS: Use of Small Molecule PROTACs to Induce Degradation of HaloTag Fusion Proteins

ACS Chem Biol. 2015 Aug 21;10(8):1831-7. doi: 10.1021/acschembio.5b00442. Epub 2015 Jun 23.


Small molecule-induced protein degradation is an attractive strategy for the development of chemical probes. One method for inducing targeted protein degradation involves the use of PROTACs, heterobifunctional molecules that can recruit specific E3 ligases to a desired protein of interest. PROTACs have been successfully used to degrade numerous proteins in cells, but the peptidic E3 ligase ligands used in previous PROTACs have hindered their development into more mature chemical probes or therapeutics. We report the design of a novel class of PROTACs that incorporate small molecule VHL ligands to successfully degrade HaloTag7 fusion proteins. These HaloPROTACs will inspire the development of future PROTACs with more drug-like properties. Additionally, these HaloPROTACs are useful chemical genetic tools, due to their ability to chemically knock down widely used HaloTag7 fusion proteins in a general fashion.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • HEK293 Cells
  • Humans
  • Ligands
  • Protein Binding
  • Proteolysis*
  • Recombinant Fusion Proteins / metabolism*
  • Small Molecule Libraries / chemistry*
  • Small Molecule Libraries / metabolism*
  • Ubiquitin-Protein Ligases / metabolism*


  • Ligands
  • Recombinant Fusion Proteins
  • Small Molecule Libraries
  • Ubiquitin-Protein Ligases