Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Targeting Cysteine Located Outside the Active Site: An Effective Strategy for Covalent ALKi Design

Guoyi Yan, Xinxin Zhong, Chunlan Pu, Lin Yue, Huifang Shan, Suke Lan, Meng Zhou, Xueyan Hou, Jie Yang, Deyu Li, Shilong Fan, and Rui Li
Journal of Medicinal Chemistry 2021

DOI: 10.1021/acs.jmedchem.0c01707

Potent inhibitors of ALK are highly desired because of the occurrence of drug resistance. We herein firstly report the development of a rationally designed inhibitor, Con B-1, which can covalently bind to Cys1259, a cysteine located outside the ALK active site by linking a warhead with Ceritinib through a 2,2′-Oxybis(ethylamine) linker. The in vitro and in vivo assays showed ConB-1 is a potent selective ALKi with low toxicity to normal cells. In addition, the molecule showed significant improvement of anticancer activities and potential antidrug resistant activity compared with Ceritinib, demonstrating the covalent inhibitor of ALK can be a promising drug candidate for the treatment of NSCLC. This work may provide a novel perspective on the design of covalent inhibitors.

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...