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Bioorg Med Chem. 2012 Jan 15;20(2):910-4. doi: 10.1016/j.bmc.2011.11.058. Epub 2011 Dec 8.

N⁴-Aryl-6-substitutedphenylmethyl-7H-pyrrolo[2,3-d]pyrimidine-2,4-diamines as receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitors.

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Division of Medicinal Chemistry, Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA 15282, USA.


Six novel N(4)-substitutedphenyl-6-substitutedphenylmethyl-7H-pyrrolo[2,3-d]pyrimidine-2,4-diamines were synthesized as multiple receptor tyrosine kinase (RTK) inhibitors and antitumor agents. An improvement in the inhibitory potency against epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR), vascular endothelial growth factor receptor 1 (VEGFR-1) and vascular endothelial growth factor receptor 2 (VEGFR-2) assays and in the A431 cellular proliferation assay was observed for compounds 8-13 over the previously reported 5-7. Three compounds (8, 9 and 13) demonstrated potent, multiple RTK inhibition and were more potent or equipotent compared to the lead compounds 5 and 7 and the standard compounds. Compounds 10 and 12 showed potent inhibition of VEGFR-2 over EGFR, platelet-derived growth factor receptor-β (PDGFR-β) and VEGFR-1. The results indicate that the RTK inhibitory profile could be modulated with slight variations to the N(4)-aryl-6-substitutedphenylmethyl-7H-pyrrolo[2,3-d]pyrimidine-2,4-diamino scaffold.

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