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J Med Chem. 2007 Dec 27;50(26):6685-91. Epub 2007 Nov 27.

Dual inhibitors of inosine monophosphate dehydrogenase and histone deacetylases for cancer treatment.

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Center for Drug Design, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis 55455, USA.


Mycophenolic acid (MPA), an inhibitor of IMP-dehydrogenase (IMPDH), is used worldwide in transplantation. Recently, numerous studies showed its importance in cancer treatment. Consequently, MPA entered clinical trials in advanced multiple myeloma patients. Suberoylanilide hydroxamic acid (SAHA), a potent differentiation agent acting through inhibition of histone deacetylases (HDACs), was recently approved for treatment of cutaneous T cell lymphoma. We report herein the synthesis of dual inhibitors of IMPDH and HDACs. We found that mycophenolic hydroxamic acid (9, MAHA) inhibits both IMPDH (Ki=30 nM) and HDAC (IC50=5.0 microM). A modification of SAHA with groups known to interact with IMPDH afforded a SAHA analogue 14, which inhibits IMPDH (Ki=1.7 microM) and HDAC (IC50=0.06 microM). Both MAHA (IC50=4.8 microM) and SAHA analogue 14 (IC50=7.7 microM) were more potent than parent compounds as antiproliferation agents. They were also significantly more potent as differentiation inducers.

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