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J Med Chem ; 62(21): 9931-9946, 2019 Nov 14.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31638797

RESUMO

RORγt is an important nuclear receptor that regulates the production of several pro-inflammatory cytokines such as IL-17 and IL-22. As a result, RORγt has been identified as a potential target for the treatment of various immunological disorders such as psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis, and inflammatory bowel diseases. Structure and computer-assisted drug design led to the identification of a novel series of tricyclic RORγt inverse agonists with significantly improved in vitro activity in the reporter (Gal4) and human whole blood assays compared to our previous chemotype. Through careful structure activity relationship, several potent and selective RORγt inverse agonists have been identified. Pharmacokinetic studies allowed the identification of the lead molecule 32 with a low peak-to-trough ratio. This molecule showed excellent activity in an IL-2/IL-23-induced mouse pharmacodynamic study and demonstrated biologic-like efficacy in an IL-23-induced preclinical model of psoriasis.

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J Med Chem ; 62(20): 8973-8995, 2019 Oct 24.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31318208

RESUMO

Small molecule JAK inhibitors have emerged as a major therapeutic advancement in treating autoimmune diseases. The discovery of isoform selective JAK inhibitors that traditionally target the catalytically active site of this kinase family has been a formidable challenge. Our strategy to achieve high selectivity for TYK2 relies on targeting the TYK2 pseudokinase (JH2) domain. Herein we report the late stage optimization efforts including a structure-guided design and water displacement strategy that led to the discovery of BMS-986165 (11) as a high affinity JH2 ligand and potent allosteric inhibitor of TYK2. In addition to unprecedented JAK isoform and kinome selectivity, 11 shows excellent pharmacokinetic properties with minimal profiling liabilities and is efficacious in several murine models of autoimmune disease. On the basis of these findings, 11 appears differentiated from all other reported JAK inhibitors and has been advanced as the first pseudokinase-directed therapeutic in clinical development as an oral treatment for autoimmune diseases.

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Bioorg Med Chem Lett ; 29(16): 2265-2269, 2019 Aug 15.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31257087

RESUMO

An X-ray crystal structure of one of our previously discovered RORγt inverse agonists bound to the RORγt ligand binding domain revealed that the cyclohexane carboxylic acid group of compound 2 plays a significant role in RORγt binding, forming four hydrogen bonding and ionic interactions with RORγt. SAR studies centered around the cyclohexane carboxylic acid group led to identification of several structurally diverse and more potent compounds, including new carboxylic acid analogues 7 and 20, and cyclic sulfone analogues 34 and 37. Notably, compounds 7 and 20 were found to maintain the desirable pharmacokinetic profile of 2.

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ACS Med Chem Lett ; 10(3): 367-373, 2019 Mar 14.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30891142

RESUMO

A new phenyl (3-phenylpyrrolidin-3-yl)sulfone series of RORγt inverse agonists was discovered utilizing the binding conformation of previously reported bicyclic sulfonamide 1. Through a combination of structure-based design and structure-activity relationship studies, a polar set of amides at N1-position of the pyrrolidine ring and perfluoroisopropyl group at para-position of the 3-phenyl group were identified as critical structural elements to achieve high selectivity against PXR, LXRα, and LXRß. Further optimization led to the discovery of (1R,4r)-4-((R)-3-((4-fluorophenyl)sulfonyl)-3-(4-(perfluoropropan-2-yl)phenyl)pyrrolidine-1-carbonyl)cyclohexane-1-carboxylic acid (26), which displayed excellent selectivity, desirable liability and pharmacokinetic properties in vitro, and a good pharmacokinetic profile in mouse. Oral administration of 26 demonstrated dose-dependent inhibition of IL-17 production in a mouse IL-2/IL-23-induced pharmacodynamic model and biologic-like efficacy in an IL-23-induced mouse acanthosis model.

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ACS Med Chem Lett ; 9(11): 1117-1122, 2018 Nov 08.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30429955

RESUMO

The multifunctional cytokine TGFß plays a central role in regulating antitumor immunity. It has been postulated that inhibition of TGFß signaling in concert with checkpoint blockade will provide improved and durable immune response against tumors. Herein, we describe a novel series of 4-azaindole TGFß receptor kinase inhibitors with excellent selectivity for TGFß receptor 1 kinase. The combination of compound 3f and an antimouse-PD-1 antibody demonstrated significantly improved antitumor efficacy compared to either treatment alone in a murine tumor model.

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Bioorg Med Chem ; 26(5): 1026-1034, 2018 03 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-29422332

RESUMO

The TGFß-TGFßR signaling pathway has been reported to play a protective role in the later stages of tumorigenesis via increasing immunosuppressive Treg cells and facilitating the epithelial to mesenchymal transition (EMT). Therefore, inhibition of TGFßR has the potential to enhance antitumor immunity. Herein we disclose the identification and optimization of novel heterobicyclic inhibitors of TGFßRI that demonstrate potent inhibition of SMAD phosphorylation. Application of structure-based drug design to the novel pyrrolotriazine chemotype resulted in improved binding affinity (Ki apparent = 0.14 nM), long residence time (T1/2 > 120 min) and significantly improved potency in the PSMAD cellular assay (IC50 = 24 nM). Several analogs inhibited phosphorylation of SMAD both in vitro and in vivo. Additionally, inhibition of TGFß-stimulated phospho-SMAD was observed in primary human T cells.


Assuntos
Compostos Bicíclicos com Pontes/química , Proteínas Serina-Treonina Quinases/antagonistas & inibidores , Receptores de Fatores de Crescimento Transformadores beta/antagonistas & inibidores , Sítios de Ligação , Compostos Bicíclicos com Pontes/síntese química , Compostos Bicíclicos com Pontes/farmacologia , Células Cultivadas , Cristalografia por Raios X , Desenho de Drogas , Transição Epitelial-Mesenquimal/efeitos dos fármacos , Humanos , Simulação de Dinâmica Molecular , Fosforilação , Ligação Proteica , Estrutura Terciária de Proteína , Proteínas Serina-Treonina Quinases/metabolismo , Pirróis/síntese química , Pirróis/química , Pirróis/metabolismo , Receptor do Fator de Crescimento Transformador beta Tipo I , Receptores de Fatores de Crescimento Transformadores beta/metabolismo , Proteínas Smad/metabolismo , Relação Estrutura-Atividade , Linfócitos T/citologia , Linfócitos T/metabolismo , Tiazinas/síntese química , Tiazinas/química , Tiazinas/metabolismo
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J Mol Biol ; 427(4): 924-942, 2015 Feb 27.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-25579995

RESUMO

The human pregnane X receptor (PXR) is a promiscuous nuclear receptor that functions as a sensor to a wide variety of xenobiotics and regulates expression of several drug metabolizing enzymes and transporters. We have generated "Adnectins", derived from 10th fibronectin type III domain ((10)Fn3), that target the PXR ligand binding domain (LBD) interactions with the steroid receptor co-activator-1 (SRC-1) peptide, displacing SRC-1 binding. Adnectins are structurally homologous to the immunoglobulin superfamily. Three different co-crystal structures of PXR LBD with Adnectin-1 and CCR1 (CC chemokine receptor-1) antagonist Compound-1 were determined. This structural information was used to modulate PXR affinity for a related CCR1 antagonist compound that entered into clinical trials for rheumatoid arthritis. The structures of PXR with Adnectin-1 reveal specificity of Adnectin-1 in not only targeting the interface of the SRC-1 interactions but also engaging the same set of residues that are involved in binding of SRC-1 to PXR. Substituting SRC-1 with Adnectin-1 does not alter the binding conformation of Compound-1 in the ligand binding pocket. The structure also reveals the possibility of using Adnectins as crystallization chaperones to generate structures of PXR with compounds of interest.


Assuntos
Coativador 1 de Receptor Nuclear/química , Receptores CCR1/antagonistas & inibidores , Receptores de Esteroides/química , Ureia/análogos & derivados , Valina/análogos & derivados , Sequência de Aminoácidos , Sítios de Ligação , Cristalografia por Raios X , Humanos , Lignanas/metabolismo , Modelos Moleculares , Dados de Sequência Molecular , Receptor de Pregnano X , Ligação Proteica , Estrutura Terciária de Proteína , Receptores CCR1/metabolismo , Alinhamento de Sequência , Ressonância de Plasmônio de Superfície , Ureia/química , Ureia/metabolismo , Ureia/farmacologia , Valina/química , Valina/metabolismo , Valina/farmacologia
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