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J Med Chem. 2013 Feb 14;56(3):879-94. doi: 10.1021/jm301581y. Epub 2013 Jan 28.

Identification of GZD824 as an orally bioavailable inhibitor that targets phosphorylated and nonphosphorylated breakpoint cluster region-Abelson (Bcr-Abl) kinase and overcomes clinically acquired mutation-induced resistance against imatinib.

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Institute of Chemical Biology, Guangzhou Institutes of Biomedicine and Health, Chinese Academy of Sciences, #190 Kaiyuan Avenue, Guangzhou 510530, China.


Bcr-Abl(T315I) mutation-induced imatinib resistance remains a major challenge for clinical management of chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML). Herein, we report GZD824 (10a) as a novel orally bioavailable inhibitor against a broad spectrum of Bcr-Abl mutants including T315I. It tightly bound to Bcr-Abl(WT) and Bcr-Abl(T315I) with K(d) values of 0.32 and 0.71 nM, respectively, and strongly inhibited the kinase functions with nanomolar IC(50) values. The compound potently suppressed proliferation of Bcr-Abl-positive K562 and Ku812 human CML cells with IC(50) values of 0.2 and 0.13 nM, respectively. It also displayed good oral bioavailability (48.7%), a reasonable half-life (10.6 h), and promising in vivo antitumor efficacy. It induced tumor regression in mouse xenograft tumor models driven by Bcr-Abl(WT) or the mutants and significantly improved the survival of mice bearing an allograft leukemia model with Ba/F3 cells harboring Bcr-Abl(T315I). GZD824 represents a promising lead candidate for development of Bcr-Abl inhibitors to overcome acquired imatinib resistance.

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