Date of Award

Spring 4-15-2013

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor

Dr. Yujun George Zheng

Second Advisor

Dr. Susanna Fletcher Greer

Third Advisor

Dr. Therese M. Poole


The histone acetyltransferase protein, Tip60, has many important functions in epigenetic regulation of gene expression and DNA repair. Our objective is to design, synthesize, and evaluate potent inhibitors for Tip60. Full-length Tip60 (fl-Tip60) and catalytic domain of Tip60 (cat-Tip60) were expressed in E. coli and purified with nickel affinity chromatography. Quantitative analysis of enzyme activities demonstrated that both enzyme forms had very high activity with the substrate H4. To create new Tip60 inhibitors, various histone H3 peptides conjugated with CoA were synthesized using the Fmoc solid-phase peptide synthesis and solution phase synthesis protocols. The results from the inhibition radioactive assay showed that the synthetic H3-CoA conjugates inhibited effectively the enzymatic activity of both fl-Tip60 and cat-Tip60; and the addition of methyl groups to the Lys-4 or Lys-9 residue of H3 aided in a 7-9 fold enhancement in potency in comparison to nascent H3-CoA inhibitor.