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J Med Chem. 2012 Sep 13;55(17):7686-95. doi: 10.1021/jm300717c. Epub 2012 Aug 21.

Potent and highly selective benzimidazole inhibitors of PI3-kinase delta.

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Genentech, Inc., 1 DNA Way, South San Francisco, California 94080, USA.


Inhibition of PI3Kδ is considered to be an attractive mechanism for the treatment of inflammatory diseases and leukocyte malignancies. Using a structure-based design approach, we have identified a series of potent and selective benzimidazole-based inhibitors of PI3Kδ. These inhibitors do not occupy the selectivity pocket between Trp760 and Met752 that is induced by other families of PI3Kδ inhibitors. Instead, the selectivity of the compounds for inhibition of PI3Kδ relative to other PI3K isoforms appears to be due primarily to the strong interactions these inhibitors are able to make with Trp760 in the PI3Kδ binding pocket. The pharmacokinetic properties and the ability of compound 5 to inhibit the function of B-cells in vivo are described.

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