BCL6 inhibitor | BI-3812

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Chemical structure

2D Structure of BI 3812


B-cell lymphoma 6 (BCL6) is a known oncogenic driver and frequently overexpressed in many Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL). BI-3812 potently inhibits the interaction of the BTB/POZ domain of BCL6 with several co-repressors in vitro (IC50 ≤ 3 nM). In a cellular context, BI-3812 inhibits the BCL6::Co-repressor complex formation with an IC50 of 40 nM1. The high potency and good permeability properties of BI-3812 make this molecule a very good cellular probe compound for testing hypotheses around BCL6 biology. With BI-5273 we also offer a structurally close analog which can be used as a negative control for in vitro experiments (IC50 ~ 10 µM)1.

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Target information

B-cell lymphoma 6 (BCL6) functions as a transcriptional repressor that binds specific DNA sequences via its Zn-fingers and recruits transcriptional co-repressors (e.g. BCOR, SMRT, NCOR) by its BTB/POZ domain2. BCL6 is essential for the germinal center (GC) reaction3. It represses a broad set of genes that are required to sustain mutagenic activity without activating the DNA damage response or apoptosis4. BCL6 also prevents maturation to plasma or memory cells and helps to maintain a de-differentiated state. Its expression must be switched off to allow the B-cell to exit the GC cycle and differentiate. BCL6 is a known oncogenic driver of DLBCL5,6 and frequently overexpressed in DLBCL.

BCL6-BTB dimer with BI-3802, as observed by X-ray. BI-3802, a close analog of BI-3812, binds at the interface of two monomers (monomers are shown in green and grey).

BCL6-BTB dimer with BI-3802, as observed by X-ray.1 BI-3802, a close analog of BI-3812, binds at the interface of two monomers
(monomers are shown in green and grey).

In vitro Activity

BI-3812 displays an IC50 ≤ 3 nM in a BCL6::BCOR ULight TR-FRET assay.

In vitro activity table

Probe name / Negative control BI-3812 BI-5273
MW [Da] 558 500
BCL6::BCOR ULight TR-FRET (IC50) [nM]a ≤ 3 10162
BCL6::NCOR LUMIER in cells (IC50) [nM] 40 n.d.

a With affinities of approximately 3 nM, the assay wall of this assay is reached, limiting the accuracy of the biochemical assay.

We recommend to store and use 1 mM DMSO stock solutions of BI-3812 for all in vitro experiments.

In vitro DMPK parameters

In vitro DMPK parameters table

Probe name / Negative control



Solubility @ pH 6.8 [µg/ml]

< 1


CACO permeability @ pH 7.4 [*10-6 cm/s]



CACO efflux ratio



Human hepatocyte clearance [% QH]



Plasma protein binding human [%]



Negative control


BI-5273 is a close analog of BI-3812 which binds only very weakly to the BCL6 BTB domain (IC50 ~ 10 µM).

BI-5273, negative control

BI-5273, negative control


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Co-crystal structure of the BI probe compound and the target protein

Not available. However, the X-ray structure with the close analog BI-3802 (PDB code: 5MW2) was solved at Boehringer Ingelheim.

reference molecules

Several small molecule BCL6 inhibitors have been published recently7,8,9,10.


BI-3812 is a single digit nanomolar BCL6::Co-repressor inhibitor which also inhibits the BCL6::Co-repressor complex formation in cells (IC50 = 40 nM). BI-3812 is a classical PPI inhibitor probe compound for testing hypotheses around BCL6 biology in vitro.

Supplementary data


  1. Chemically induced degradation of the oncogenic transcription factor BCL6

    Kerres N., Steurer S., Schlager S., Bader G., Berger H., Caligiuri M., Dank C., Engen J. R., Ettmayer P., Fischerauer B., Flotzinger G., Gerlach D., Gerstberger T., Gmaschitz T., Greb P., Han B., Heyes E., Iacob R. E., Kessler D., Kölle H., Lamarre L., Lancia D. R., Lucas S., Mayer M., Mayr K., Mischerikow N., Mück K., Peinsipp C., Petermann O., Reiser U., Rudolph D., Rumpel K., Salomon C., Scharn D., Schnitzer R., Schrenk A., Schweifer N., Thompson D., Traxler E., Varecka R., Voss T., Weiss-Puxbaum A., Winkler S., Zheng X., Zoephel A., Kraut N., McConnell D., Pearson M., Koegl M.

    Cell Rep. 2017, 20, 2860-2875.

  2. The BTB domain, found primarily in zinc finger proteins, defines an evolutionarily conserved family that includes several developmentally regulated genes in Drosophila

    Zollman S., Godt D., Privé G. G., Couderc J. L., Laski F. A.

    Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U S A 1994, 91, 10717-10721.

  3. Control of inflammation, cytokine expression, and germinal center formation by BCL-6

    Dent A. L., Shaffer A. L., Yu X., Allman D., Staudt L. M.

    Science 1997, 276, 589-592.

  4. Integrated biochemical and computational approach identifies BCL6 direct target genes controlling multiple pathways in normal germinal center B cells

    Basso K., Saito M., Sumazin P., Margolin A. A., Wang K., Lim W. K., Kitagawa Y., Schneider C., Alvarez M. J., Califano A., Dalla-Favera R.

    Blood 2010, 115, 975-984.

  5. Roles of BCL6 in normal and transformed germinal center B cells

    Basso K., Dalla-Favera R.

    Immunol. Rev. 2012, 247, 172-183.

  6. Breaking bad in the germinal center: how deregulation of BCL6 contributes to lymphomagenesis

    Hatzi K., Melnick A.

    Trends Mol. Med. 2014, 20, 343-352.

  7. Rationally designed BCL6 inhibitors target activated B cell diffuse large B cell lymphoma

    Cardenas M. G., Yu W., Beguelin W., Teater M. R., Geng H., Goldstein R. L., Oswald E., Hatzi K., Yang S. N., Cohen J., Shaknovich R., Vanommeslaeghe K., Cheng H., Liang D., Cho H. J., Abbott J., Tam W., Du W., Leonard J. P., Elemento O., Cerchietti L., Cierpicki T., Xue F., MacKerell A. D. Jr., Melnick A. M.

    J. Clin. Invest. 2016, 126, 3351-3362.

  8. Discovery of Pyrazolo[1,5-a]pyrimidine B-Cell Lymphoma 6 (BCL6) Binders and Optimization to High Affinity Macrocyclic Inhibitors

    McCoull W., Abrams R. D., Anderson E., Blades K., Barton P., Box M., Burgess J., Byth K., Cao Q., Chuaqui C., Carbajo R. J., Cheung T., Code E., Ferguson A. D., Fillery S., Fuller N. O., Gangl E., Gao N., Grist M., Hargreaves D., Howard M. R., Hu J., Kemmitt P. D., Nelson J. E., O'Connell N., Prince D. B., Raubo P., Rawlins P. B., Robb G. R., Shi J., Waring M. J., Whittaker D., Wylot M., Zhu X.

    J. Med. Chem. 2017, 60, 4386-4402.

  9. Discovery of a B-cell lymphoma 6 Protein–Protein Interaction Inhibitor by a Biophysics-driven Fragment-based Approach

    Kamada Y., Sakai N., Sogabe S., Ida K., Oki H., Sakamoto K., Lane W., Snell G., Iida M., Imaeda Y., Sakamoto J., Matsui J.

    J. Med. Chem. 2017, 60, 4358-4368.

  10. Discovery of a novel B-cell lymphoma 6 (BCL6)-corepressor interaction inhibitor by utilizing structure-based drug design

    Yasui T., Yamamoto T., Sakai N., Asano K., Takai T., Yoshitomi Y., Davis M., Takagi T., Sakamoto K., Sogabe S., Kamada Y., Lane W., Snell G., Iwata M., Goto M., Inooka H., Sakamoto J. I., Nakada Y., Imaeda Y.

    Bioorg. Med. Chem. 2017, 25, 4876-4886.

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