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2YER: Synthesis and evaluation of triazolones as checkpoint kinase 1 inhibitors
Bioorg. Med. Chem. Lett. (2012) 22 p.2330-2337» All references (2)
Checkpoint kinase 1 (Chk1, CHEK1) is a Ser/Thr protein kinase that plays a key role in mediating the cellular response to DNA-damage. Synthesis and evaluation of a previously described class of Chk1 inhibitors, triazoloquinolones/triazolones (TZs) is further described herein. Our investigation of structure-activity relationships led to the identification of potent inhibitors 14c, 14h and 16e. Key challenges included modulation of physicochemical properties and pharmacokinetic (PK) parameters to enable compound testing in a Chk1 specific hollow fiber pharmacodynamic model. In this model, 16e was shown to abrogate topotecan-induced cell cycle arrest in a dose dependent manner. The demonstrated activity of TZs in this model in combination with a chemotherapeutic agent as well as radiotherapy validates this series of Chk1 inhibitors. X-ray crystal structures (PDB code: 2YEX and 2YER) for an initial lead and an optimized analog are also presented.