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Chem Biodivers. 2017 Jul;14(7). doi: 10.1002/cbdv.201600372. Epub 2017 Jun 9.

Recent Development of the Second and Third Generation Irreversible Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor Inhibitors.

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School of Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Engineering, Qilu University of Technology, 3501 Daxue Road, Jinan, 250353, P. R. China.


Recent reports suggested that essential directions for new lung cancer, breast carcinoma therapies, as well as the roomier realm of targeted cancer therapies were provided through targeting the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR). Patients who carrying non-small cell lung carcinoma (NSCLC) with activating mutations in EGFR initially respond well to the EGFR inhibitors erlotinib and gefitinib, which were located the active site of the EGFR kinase and designed to act as competitive inhibitors of combining with the ATP. However, patients who were treated with the erlotinib and gefitinib will relapse because of the emergence of drug-resistant mutations, with T790M mutations accounting for approximately 60% of all resistance. In order to overcome drug resistance, Pharmaceutical chemistry experts recently devoted great endeavors to the development of second-generation irreversible selective inhibitors which covalently modify Cys797 or Cys773 at the ATP binding cleft. Nevertheless, these inhibitors have not reached ideal effect of experts in patients with T790M positive mutation and apparently because of the dose-limiting toxicities associated with inhibition of wild type EGFR. A novel class of 'third generation' EGFR TKIs have been developed that is sensitising and T790M mutant-specific whilst sparing WT EGFR, representing a significant breakthrough in the treatment in NSCLC patients with acquired resistance harboring these genotypes. Herein, we provides an overview of the second and third generation inhibitors currently approved, in clinical trial and also encompasses novel structures of discovery. This review mainly focuses on drug resistance, their mechanisms of action, development of structure-activity relationships and binding modes.


Anti-cancer agents; Covalent binding; EGFR/HER/ERBB; Irreversible; Selective inhibitors; Structure-activity relationship

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