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J Comput Aided Mol Des. 2003 Aug;17(8):475-93.

3D-QSAR and docking studies on 4-anilinoquinazoline and 4-anilinoquinoline epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) tyrosine kinase inhibitors.

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Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy, University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center, 847 Monroe Avenue Suite 327, Memphis, TN 38163, USA.


The overexpression and/or mutation of the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) tyrosine kinase has been observed in many human solid tumors, and is under intense investigation as a novel anticancer molecular target. Comparative 3D-QSAR analyses using different alignments were undertaken employing comparative molecular field analysis (CoMFA) and comparative molecular similarity analysis (CoMSIA) for 122 anilinoquinazoline and 50 anilinoquinoline inhibitors of EGFR kinase. The SYBYL multifit alignment rule was applied to three different conformational templates, two obtained from a MacroModel Monte Carlo conformational search, and one from the bound conformation of erlotinib in complex with EGFR in the X-ray crystal structure. In addition, a flexible ligand docking alignment obtained with the GOLD docking program, and a novel flexible receptor-guided consensus dynamics alignment obtained with the DISCOVER program in the INSIGHTII modeling package were also investigated. 3D-QSAR models with q2 values up to 0.70 and r2 values up to 0.97 were obtained. Among the 4-anilinoquinazoline set, the q2 values were similar, but the ability of the different conformational models to predict the activities of an external test set varied considerably. In this regard, the model derived using the X-ray crystallographically determined bioactive conformation of erlotinib afforded the best predictive model. Electrostatic, hydrophobic and H-bond donor descriptors contributed the most to the QSAR models of the 4-anilinoquinazolines, whereas electrostatic, hydrophobic and H-bond acceptor descriptors contributed the most to the 4-anilinoquinoline QSAR, particularly the H-bond acceptor descriptor. A novel receptor-guided consensus dynamics alignment has also been introduced for 3D-QSAR studies. This new alignment method may incorporate to some extent ligand-receptor induced fit effects into 3D-QSAR models.

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