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J Med Chem. 2005 May 5;48(9):3118-21.

1-(5-Chloro-2-alkoxyphenyl)-3-(5-cyanopyrazin-2-yl)ureas [correction of cyanopyrazi] as potent and selective inhibitors of Chk1 kinase: synthesis, preliminary SAR, and biological activities.

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Cancer Research, Global Pharmaceutical R and D, Abbott Laboratories, Abbott Park, Illinois 60064, USA.


The discovery of 1-(5-chloro-2-alkoxyphenyl)-3-(5-cyanopyrazin-2-yl)ureas as a new class of potent (IC(50) values of 3-10 nM) and selective inhibitors of Chk1 kinase was described. One of these compounds (2e) potentiates HeLa cells by over 22-fold against doxorubicin in an antiproliferation assay, and SW620 cells against camptothecin by 20-fold in an antiproliferation assay and 14-fold in a soft agar assay. Flow cytometry (FACS) analysis confirmed that 2e abrogated G2 checkpoint arrest of H1299 cells caused by doxorubicin and S checkpoint arrest caused by camptothecin.

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