Identification of N,1,4,4-tetramethyl-8-{[4-(4-methylpiperazin-1-yl)phenyl] amino}-4,5-dihydro-1H-pyrazolo[4,3-h]quinazoline-3-carboxamide (PHA-848125), a potent, orally available cyclin dependent kinase inhibitor

Maria Gabriella Brasca, Nadia Amboldi, Dario Ballinari, Alexander Cameron, Elena Casale, Giovanni Cervi, Maristella Colombo, Francesco Colotta, Valter Croci, Roberto D'Alessio, Francesco Fiorentini, Antonella Isacchi, Ciro Mercurio, Walter Moretti, Achille Panzeri, Wilma Pastori, Paolo Pevarello, Francesca Quartieri, Fulvia Roletto, Gabriella TraquandiPaola Vianello, Anna Vulpetti, Marina Ciomei

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Abstract

The discovery of a novel class of inhibitors of cyclin dependent kinases (CDKs) is described. Starting from compound 1, showing good potency as inhibitor of CDKs but being poorly selective against a panel of serine-threonine and tyrosine kinases, new analogues were synthesized. Enhancement in selectivity, antiproliferative activity against A2780 human ovarian carcinoma cells, and optimization of the physical properties and pharmacokinetic profile led to the identification of highly potent and orally available compounds. Compound 28 (PHA-848125), which in the preclinical xenograft A2780 human ovarian carcinoma model showed good efficacy and was well tolerated upon repeated daily treatments, was identified as a drug candidate for further development. Compound 28 is currently undergoing phase I and phase II clinical trials.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5152-5163
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Medicinal Chemistry
Volume52
Issue number16
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 27 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Medicine
  • Drug Discovery

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