Validation of the epigenetic reader bromodomain-containing protein 4 (BRD4) as a therapeutic target for treatment of airway remodeling

Allan R. Brasier, Jia Zhou

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Structural remodeling is central to the initiation and progression of many chronic lung diseases, representing an important unmet need. We examine the evidence supporting bromodomain-containing protein 4 (BRD4) as a validated biological target for treatment of airway remodeling. In epithelial cells and fibroblasts, BRD4 serves as a scaffold for chromatin remodeling complexes in active super-enhancers. In response to inflammatory stimuli, BRD4 is repositioned to innate and mesenchymal genes activating their production. Proof-of-concept studies show promising benefit of selective BRD4 inhibitors in disrupting epithelial mesenchymal transition and myofibroblast transition in diverse models of lung injury. Recent identification of biomarkers of BRD4 provides a basis for further drug development for application in viral-induced airway inflammation, COPD and interstitial lung diseases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalDrug Discovery Today
StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2019


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology
  • Drug Discovery

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