VR23, Proteasome Inhibitor

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M60307-2S 2 mg solid $99
M60307-10S 10mg solid $401


VR23 is a potent and selective proteasome inhibitor with IC50 of 1 nM, 50-100 nM, and 3 μM for trypsin-like proteasomes, chymotrypsin-like proteasomes, and caspase-like proteasomes, respectively. Data from molecular docking and substrate competition assays established that the primary molecular target of VR23 was β2 of the 20S proteasome catalytic subunit. VR23 was structurally distinct from other known proteasome inhibitors and selectively killed cancer cells by apoptosis, with little effect on noncancerous cells. Mechanistic investigations showed that cancer cells exposed to VR23 underwent an abnormal centrosome amplification cycle caused by the accumulation of ubiquitinated cyclin E. In combinations with the clinically approved chymotrypsin-like proteasome inhibitor bortezomib, VR23 produced a synergistic effect in killing multiple myeloma cells, including those that were resistant to bortezomib. VR23 was effective in vivo in controlling multiple myelomas and metastatic breast cancer cells, in the latter case also enhancing the antitumor activity of paclitaxel while reducing its side effects.

Product information

CAS Number: 1624602-30-7

Molecular Weight: 477.88

Formula: C19H16ClN5O6S

Chemical Name: 7-chloro-4-(4-((2,4-dinitrophenyl)sulfonyl)piperazin-1-yl)quinoline

Smiles: [O-][N+](=O)C1=CC(=CC=C1S(=O)(=O)N1CCN(CC1)C1=CC=NC2=CC(Cl)=CC=C12)[N+]([O-])=O


InChi: InChI=1S/C19H16ClN5O6S/c20-13-1-3-15-16(11-13)21-6-5-17(15)22-7-9-23(10-8-22)32(30,31)19-4-2-14(24(26)27)12-18(19)25(28)29/h1-6,11-12H,7-10H2

Technical Data

Appearance: Solid Power.

Purity: ≥98% (or refer to the Certificate of Analysis)

Solubility: DMSO up to 50 mM

Shipping Condition: Shipped under ambient temperature as non-hazardous chemical or refer to Certificate of Analysis

Storage Condition: Dry, dark and -20 oC for 1 year or refer to the Certificate of Analysis.

Shelf Life: ≥12 months if stored properly.

Stock Solution Storage: 0 - 4 oC for 1 month or refer to the Certificate of Analysis.

Drug Formulation: To be determined.

HS Tariff Code: 382200

How to use

In Vitro:

VR23 was used at 10-20 µM final concentration in various assays.

In Vivo:

VR23 was dosed to ATH490 athymic mice engrafted with MDA-MB-231 or RPMI 8226 cancer cells at 30 mg/Kg by IP injection once per day.


  1. Pundir S, et al. VR23: A Quinoline-Sulfonyl Hybrid Proteasome Inhibitor That Selectively Kills Cancer via Cyclin E-Mediated Centrosome Amplification. (2015) Cancer Res. 75(19):4164-75.

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