Cereblon was identified as a direct target of thalidomide by Prof. H. Handa, and this pioneering work triggered active research on IMiDs (immunomodulatory drugs), which include thalidomide-derivatives, such as lenalidomide and pomalidomide. These small molecules have been shown to bind to cereblon (CRBN) to modulate its activity as a substrate receptor. In addition, structural analyses on CRBN have revealed unique actions of these small agents, by which degradation of transcription factors is controlled in a specific and unique way. I summarize recent progress on CRBN-CRLA ubiquitin ligase and IMiDs, focusing on the therapeutic application of these drugs for treatment of multiple myeloma.
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