Development of a High-Throughput Lysyl Hydroxylase (LH) Assay and Identification of Small-Molecule Inhibitors against LH2

Ashwini K. Devkota, John R. Veloria, Hou Fu Guo, Jonathan M. Kurie, Eun Jeong Cho, Kevin N. Dalby

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

16 Scopus citations


Lysyl hydroxylase-2 (LH2) catalyzes the hydroxylation of telopeptidyl lysine residues on collagen, leading to the formation of stable collagen cross-links that connect collagen molecules and stabilize the extracellular matrix. High levels of LH2 have been reported in the formation and stabilization of hydroxylysine aldehyde-derived collagen cross-links (HLCCs), leading to fibrosis and cancer metastasis in certain tissues. Identification of small-molecule inhibitors targeting LH2 activity requires a robust and suitable assay system, which is currently lacking. Thus, despite being a promising target for these diseases, small-molecule inhibitors for LH2 have yet to be reported. Therefore, we developed a luminescence-based strategy to monitor LH activity and validated its ability to identify new inhibitors in a screen of approximately 65,000 compounds against LH2. Primary hits were confirmed using the same LH assay against mimiviral L230. This newly developed LH assay is robust, suitable for high-throughput screening, and able to identify potent specific inhibitors of LH2.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)484-491
Number of pages8
JournalSLAS Discovery
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2019

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This work was supported by the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT), grants RP110532-P1 and RP160657, and by the Welch Foundation, grant F-1390.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2018 Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening.


  • cancer
  • high-throughput screen
  • luminescence
  • lysyl hydroxylase-2 (LH2)
  • succinate detection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Medicine


Dive into the research topics of 'Development of a High-Throughput Lysyl Hydroxylase (LH) Assay and Identification of Small-Molecule Inhibitors against LH2'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this