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WEHI-539Bcl-xL inhibitor,potent and selective


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Product Citations

1. Bi C, Zhang X, et al."Inhibition of 4EBP phosphorylation mediates the cytotoxic effect of mechanistic target of rapamycin kinase inhibitors in aggressive B-cell lymphomas."Haematologica. 2017 Apr;102(4):755-764. PMID:28104700
2. Bennett A, Sloss O, et al. "Inhibition of Bcl-xL sensitizes cells to mitotic blockers, but not mitotic drivers." Open Biol. 2016 Aug;6(8). PMID:27512141
3. Winter PS, et al. "RAS signaling promotes resistance to JAK inhibitors by suppressing BAD-mediated apoptosis." Sci Signal. 2014 Dec 23. PMID:25538080

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WEHI-539, has high affinity (subnanomolar) and selectivity for BCL-XL and potently kills cells by selectively antagonizing its prosurvival activity. WEHI-539 has a high affinity for BCL-XL (IC50 = 1.1 nM).
Targets BCL-XL          
IC50 1.1 nM          


Cell experiment[1]:

Cell lines

Human colon cancer cell

Preparation method

The solubility of this compound in DMSO is >10 mM. General tips for obtaining a higher concentration: Please warm the tube at 37 °C for 10 minutes and/or shake it in the ultrasonic bath for a while.Stock solution can be stored below -20°C for several months.

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1 μM, 24h


Limiting dilution analysis with CSCs that were pre-treated with ABT-737, ABT-199 or WEHI-539 revealed that ABT-737 and WEHI-539 both were sufficient to decrease clonogenic capacity, whereas ABT-199 did not affect clonogenic growth. As WEHI-539 is selective for BCLXL, this points to a dependency of CSCs on BCLXL for survival. Importantly, ABT-737- or WEHI-539-induced loss of clonogenicity could be restored when BCLXL was ectopically overexpressed. When spheroid cultures were treated with ABT-737 or WEHI-539 compounds, CSCs were effectively sensitized toward oxaliplatin and other chemotherapeutic agents.


1. Colak S, Zimberlin CD, Fessler E et al. Decreased mitochondrial priming determines chemoresistance of colon cancer stem cells. Cell Death Differ. 2014 Jul;21(7):1170-7.

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Chemical Properties

Cas No. 1431866-33-9 SDF Download SDF
Synonyms WEHI539,WEHI 539
Chemical Name 5-[3-[4-(aminomethyl)phenoxy]propyl]-2-[(8E)-8-(1,3-benzothiazol-2-ylhydrazinylidene)-6,7-dihydro-5H-naphthalen-2-yl]-1,3-thiazole-4-carboxylic acid
Canonical SMILES C1CC2=C(C=C(C=C2)C3=NC(=C(S3)CCCOC4=CC=C(C=C4)CN)C(=O)O)C(=NNC5=NC6=CC=CC=C6S5)C1
Formula C31H29N5O3S2 M.Wt 583.72
Solubility Soluble in DMSO Storage Store at -20°C
General tips For obtaining a higher solubility , please warm the tube at 37 ℃ and shake it in the ultrasonic bath for a while.Stock solution can be stored below -20℃ for several months.
Shipping Condition Evaluation sample solution : ship with blue ice
All other available size: ship with RT , or blue ice upon request


WEHI-539 is a small-molecule inhibitor of BCLXLwith an IC50 value of 1.1 nM [1].

WEHI-539 was designed as a BCL-XLinhibitor with high affinity. It interacted the with the binding groove of BCL-XLwith a Kd value of 0.6 nM. In MEF cells lacking MCL-1, WEHI-539 induced apoptosis which was evidenced by the release of mitochondrial cytochrome cand caspase-3 processing. In BCL-XLoverexpressed MEF cells, WEHI-539 showed EC50 value of 0.48 μM. WEHI-539 also significantly induced apoptosis of the platelets purified from mice. Besides that, WEHI-539can not kill MEF cells lacking BAK because the cell death mediator BAK is regulated by BCL-XLand MCL-1. [1].

[1] Lessene G, Czabotar P E, Sleebs B E, et al. Structure-guided design of a selective BCL-XL inhibitor. Nature chemical biology, 2013, 9(6): 390-397.