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Bioorg Med Chem Lett. 2008 Dec 1;18(23):6071-7. doi: 10.1016/j.bmcl.2008.10.030. Epub 2008 Oct 11.

Trifluoromethylpyrimidine-based inhibitors of proline-rich tyrosine kinase 2 (PYK2): structure-activity relationships and strategies for the elimination of reactive metabolite formation.

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Pfizer Global Research and Development, Eastern Point Road, Groton, CT 06340, USA.


The synthesis and SAR for a series of diaminopyrimidines as PYK2 inhibitors are described. Using a combination of library and traditional medicinal chemistry techniques, a FAK-selective chemical series was transformed into compounds possessing good PYK2 potency and 10- to 20-fold selectivity against FAK. Subsequent studies found that the majority of the compounds were positive in a reactive metabolite assay, an indicator for potential toxicological liabilities. Based on the proposed mechanism for bioactivation, as well as a combination of structure-based drug design and traditional medicinal chemistry techniques, a follow-up series of PYK2 inhibitors was identified that maintained PYK2 potency, FAK selectivity and HLM stability, yet were negative in the RM assay.

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