Andre Kiryanov, Srinivasa Natala, Benjamin Jones, Christopher McBride, Victoria Feher, Betty Lam, Yan Liu, Kouhei Honda, Noriko Uchiyama, Tomohiro Kawamoto, Yuichi Hikichi, Lilly Zhang, David Hosfield, Robert Skene, Hua Zou, Jeffrey Stafford, Xiaodong Cao, Takashi Ichikawa
Using structure-based drug design, we identified a novel series of 5,6-dihydroimidazolo[1,5-f]pteridine PLK1 inhibitors. Rational improvements to compounds of this class resulted in single-digit nanomolar enzyme and cellular activity against PLK1, and oral bioavailability. Compound 1 exhibits >7 fold induction of phosphorylated Histone H3 and is efficacious in an in vivo HT-29 tumor xenograft model.
October 15, 2016: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters