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J Med Chem. 2010 Mar 11;53(5):2000-9. doi: 10.1021/jm901453q.

Discovery of 7-(4-(3-ethynylphenylamino)-7-methoxyquinazolin-6-yloxy)-N-hydroxyheptanamide (CUDc-101) as a potent multi-acting HDAC, EGFR, and HER2 inhibitor for the treatment of cancer.

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Curis Inc, 45 Moulton Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138, USA.


By incorporating histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitory functionality into the pharmacophore of the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) and human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) inhibitors, we synthesized a novel series of compounds with potent, multiacting HDAC, EGFR, and HER2 inhibition and identified 7-(4-(3-ethynylphenylamino)-7-methoxyquinazolin-6-yloxy)-N-hydroxyheptanamide 8 (CUDC-101) as a drug candidate, which is now in clinical development. 8 displays potent in vitro inhibitory activity against HDAC, EGFR, and HER2 with an IC(50) of 4.4, 2.4, and 15.7 nM, respectively. In most tumor cell lines tested, 8 exhibits efficient antiproliferative activity with greater potency than vorinostat (SAHA), erlotinib, lapatinib, and combinations of vorinostat/erlotinib and vorinostat/lapatinib. In vivo, 8 promotes tumor regression or inhibition in various cancer xenograft models including nonsmall cell lung cancer (NSCLC), liver, breast, head and neck, colon, and pancreatic cancers. These results suggest that a single compound that simultaneously inhibits HDAC, EGFR, and HER2 may offer greater therapeutic benefits in cancer over single-acting agents through the interference with multiple pathways and potential synergy among HDAC and EGFR/HER2 inhibitors.

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