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Bioorg Med Chem Lett. 2011 Oct 1;21(19):5916-9. doi: 10.1016/j.bmcl.2011.07.084. Epub 2011 Aug 9.

MDM2-p53 protein-protein interaction inhibitors: a-ring substituted isoindolinones.

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Newcastle Cancer Centre at the Northern Institute for Cancer Research and School of Chemistry, Bedson Building, Newcastle University, Newcastle, NE1 7RU, UK.


Structure-activity relationships for the MDM2-p53 inhibitory activity of a series of A-ring substituted 2-N-benzyl-3-(4-chlorophenyl)-3-(1-(hydroxymethyl)cyclopropyl)methoxy)isoindolinones have been investigated, giving rise to compounds with improved potency over their unsubstituted counterparts. Isoindolinone A-ring substitution with a 4-chloro group for the 4-nitrobenzyl, 4-bromobenzyl and 4-cyanobenzyl derivatives (10a-c) and substitution with a 6-tert-butyl group for the 4-nitrobenzyl derivative (10j) were found to confer additional potency. Resolution of the enantiomers of 10a showed that potent MDM2-p53 activity resided in the (-)-enantiomer ((-)-10a; IC(50)=44 ± 6 nM). The cellular activity of key compounds has been examined in cell lines with defined p53 and MDM2 status. Compounds 10a and (-)-10a increase p53 protein levels, activate p53-dependent MDM2 and p21 transcription in MDM2 amplified cells, and show improved selectivity for growth inhibition in wild type p53 cell lines over the parent compound.

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