Tuesday, August 31, 2021

A sulfonyl fluoride derivative inhibits EGFRL858R/T790M/C797S by covalent modification of the catalytic lysine

Francesca Ferlenghi, Laura Scalvini, Federica Vacondio, Riccardo Castelli, Nicole Bozza, Giuseppe Marseglia, Silvia Rivara, Alessio Lodola, Silvia La Monica, Roberta Minari, Pier Giorgio Petronini, Roberta Alfieri, Marcello Tiseo, Marco Mor,

European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, 225, 2021, 113786,


The emergence of the C797S mutation in EGFR is a frequent mechanism of resistance to osimertinib in the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). In the present work, we report the design, synthesis and biochemical characterization of UPR1444 (compound 11), a new sulfonyl fluoride derivative which potently and irreversibly inhibits EGFRL858R/T790M/C797S through the formation of a sulfonamide bond with the catalytic residue Lys745. Enzymatic assays show that compound 11 displayed an inhibitory activity on EGFRWT comparable to that of osimertinib, and it resulted more selective than the sulfonyl fluoride probe XO44, recently reported to inhibit a significant part of the kinome. Neither compound 11 nor XO44 inhibited EGFRdel19/T790M/C797S triple mutant. When tested in Ba/F3 cells expressing EGFRL858R/T790M/C797S, compound 11 resulted significantly more potent than osimertinib at inhibiting both EGFR autophosphorylation and proliferation, even if the inhibition of EGFR autophosphorylation by compound 11 in Ba/F3 cells was not long lasting.

Covalent drug discovery using sulfur(VI) fluoride exchange warheads

Huang Huang, Lyn H. Jones Expert Opinion on Drug Discovery , 2023 https://doi.org/10.1080/17460441.2023.2218642 Covalent drug discovery has ...