Development of novel conformationally restricted selective Clk1/4 inhibitors through creating an intramolecular hydrogen bond involving an imide linker

In this study, we present a novel series of N-aroylated 5-methoxybenzothiophene-2-carboxamides (imides) as potent and selective Clk1/4 inhibitors. Potency of this series was found to be mainly dependent on the presence of an intramolecular H-bond between an ortho-methoxy group and the imide NH, that stabilizes a nearly coplanar conformation of high affinity to the ATP binding pocket(s) of Clk1/4. The two most potent hits in this series, compounds 20 (4-fluoro-2-methoxy) and 31 (5-chloro-2-methoxy) had cell free Clk1 IC50s of 4 and 9.7 nM, respectively, besides an unprecedented selectivity over Clk2 with 62- and 50-times higher affinities towards Clk1, respectively. 20 and 31 also exhibited remarkable selectivity over most common off-targets including Dyrk1A. Moreover, compounds 26 (2-ethoxy) and 31 showed growth inhibitory activities in T24 cancer cells with GI50s of <0.1 and 1.1 μM, respectively.PMID:35635953 | DOI:10.1016/j.ejmech.2022.114411
Source: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry - Category: Chemistry Authors: Source Type: research