Saturday, April 11, 2020

Identification of the Clinical Development Candidate MRTX849, a Covalent KRASG12C Inhibitor for the Treatment of Cancer

Jay B. Fell, John P. Fischer, Brian R. Baer, James F. Blake, Karyn Bouhana, David M. Briere, Karin D. Brown, Laurence E. Burgess, Aaron C. Burns, Michael R. Burkard, Harrah Chiang, Mark J. Chicarelli, Adam W. Cook, John J. Gaudino, Jill Hallin, Lauren Hanson, Dylan P. Hartley, Erik J. Hicken, Gary P. Hingorani, Ronald J. Hinklin, Macedonio J. Mejia, Peter Olson, Jennifer N. Otten, Susan P. Rhodes, Martha E. Rodriguez, Pavel Savechenkov, Darin J. Smith, Niranjan Sudhakar, Francis X. Sullivan, Tony P. Tang, Guy P. Vigers, Lance Wollenberg, James G. Christensen, Matthew A. Marx

J. Med. Chem., 2020
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.jmedchem.9b02052

Capping off an era marred by drug development failures and punctuated by waning interest and presumed intractability toward direct targeting of KRAS, new technologies and strategies are aiding in the target’s resurgence. As previously reported, the tetrahydropyridopyrimidines were identified as irreversible covalent inhibitors of KRASG12C that bind in the switch-II pocket of KRAS and make a covalent bond to cysteine 12. Using structure-based drug design in conjunction with a focused in vitro absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion screening approach, analogues were synthesized to increase the potency and reduce metabolic liabilities of this series. The discovery of the clinical development candidate MRTX849 as a potent, selective covalent inhibitor of KRASG12C is described.

Oncogenic KRAS G12C: Kinetic and Redox Characterization of Covalent Inhibition

Minh V. Huynh, Derek Parsonage, Tom E. Forshaw, Venkat R. Chirasani, G. Aaron Hobbs, Hanzhi Wu, Jingyun Lee, Cristina M. Furdui, Leslie B. P...