Pharmacophore filtering and 3D-QSAR in the discovery of new JAK2 inhibitors.
ABSTRACT Janus kinase 2 (JAK2) plays a crucial role in the patho-mechanism of cardiovascular pathologies, myeloproliferative disorders and many other diseases. Thus, effective JAK2 kinase inhibitors may be of significant therapeutic importance. In this study, a pharmacophore mapping studies were undertaken for a series of phenylaminopyrimidines derivatives. A five point pharmacophore with two hydrogen bond donors (D), two hydrogen bond acceptors (A) and one aromatic ring (R) as pharmacophoric features were developed. The pharmacophore hypothesis yielded a statistically significant 3D-QSAR model, with a correlation coefficient of R²=0.970 for training set compounds. The model generated showed excellent predictive power, with a correlation coefficient of Q²=0.822. The external validation indicated that our QSAR models possessed high predictive powers with r²(0) value of 0.999 and r²(m) value of 0.637 respectively. The model was then employed as 3D search query to screen against public compound libraries (Asinex, TOSLab, Maybride and Binding database) in-order to identify a new scaffold. We have identified thirteen distinct drug-like molecules binding to the JAK2. Interestingly, some of the compounds show activity against JAK2 by PASS biological activity prediction. Hence, these molecules could be potential selective inhibitors of JAK2 that can be experimentally validated and their backbone structural scaffold could serve as building blocks in designing drug-like molecules for JAK2.
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ABSTRACT: Human dihydroorotate dehydrogenase (hDHODH) is a class-2 dihydroorotate dehydrogenase. Because it is extensively used by proliferating cells, its inhibition in autoimmune and inflammatory diseases, cancers, and multiple sclerosis is of substantial clinical importance. In this study, we had two aims. The first was to develop an hDHODH pharma-similarity index approach (PhSIA) using integrated molecular dynamics calculations, pharmacophore hypothesis, and comparative molecular similarity index analysis (CoMSIA) contour information techniques. The approach, for the discovery and design of novel inhibitors, was based on 25 diverse known hDHODH inhibitors. Three statistical methods were used to verify the performance of hDHODH PhSIA. Fischer's cross-validation test provided a 98% confidence level and the goodness of hit (GH) test score was 0.61. The q(2) , r(2) , and predictive r(2) values were 0.55, 0.97, and 0.92, respectively, for a partial least squares validation method. In our approach, each diverse inhibitor structure could easily be aligned with contour information, and common substructures were unnecessary. For our second aim, we used the proposed approach to design 13 novel hDHODH inhibitors using a scaffold-hopping strategy. Chemical features of the approach were divided into two groups, and the Vitas-M Laboratory fragment was used to create de novo inhibitors. This approach provides a useful tool for the discovery and design of potential inhibitors of hDHODH, and does not require docking analysis; thus, our method can assist medicinal chemists in their efforts to identify novel inhibitors.PLoS ONE 01/2014; 9(2):e87960. · 3.53 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Aim:Both endothelin ETA receptor antagonists and angiotensin AT1 receptor antagonists lower blood pressure in hypertensive patients. A dual AT1 and ETA receptor antagonist may be more efficacious antihypertensive drug. In this study we identified the mode and mechanism of binding of imidazole series of compounds as dual AT1 and ETA receptor antagonists.Methods:Molecular modeling approach combining quantum-polarized ligand docking (QPLD), MM/GBSA free-energy calculation and 3D-QSAR analysis was used to evaluate 24 compounds as dual AT1 and ETA receptor antagonists and to reveal their binding modes and structural basis of the inhibitory activity. Pharmacophore-based virtual screening and docking studies were performed to identify more potent dual antagonists.Results:3D-QSAR models of the imidazole compounds were developed from the conformer generated by QPLD, and the resulting models showed a good correlation between the predicted and experimental activity. The visualization of the 3D-QSAR model in the context of the compounds under study revealed the details of the structure-activity relationship: substitution of methoxymethyl and cyclooctanone might increase the activity against AT1 receptor, while substitution of cyclohexone and trimethylpyrrolidinone was important for the activity against ETA receptor; addition of a trimethylpyrrolidinone to compound 9 significantly reduced its activity against AT1 receptor but significantly increased its activity against ETA receptor, which was likely due to the larger size and higher intensities of the H-bond donor and acceptor regions in the active site of ETA receptor. Pharmacophore-based virtual screening followed by subsequent Glide SP, XP, QPLD and MM/GBSA calculation identified 5 potential lead compounds that might act as dual AT1 and ETA receptor antagonists.Conclusion:This study may provide some insights into the development of novel potent dual ETA and AT1 receptor antagonists. As a result, five compounds are found to be the best dual antagonists against AT1R and ETA receptors.Acta Pharmacologica Sinica 12/2013; 34(12):1592-606. · 2.35 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: JAK2 and JAK3 are non-receptor protein tyrosine kinases implicated in B-cell- and T-cell-mediated diseases. Both enzymes work via different pathways but are involved in the pathogenesis of common lymphoid-derived diseases. Hence, targeting both Janus kinases together can be a potential strategy for the treatment of these diseases. In the present study, two separate pharmacophore-based 3D-QSAR models ADRR.92 ([Formula: see text], F value 219.3) for JAK2 and ADDRR.142 ([Formula: see text] 0.869, F value 206.9) for JAK3 were developed. These models were employed for the screening of a PHASE database of approximately 1.5 million compounds; subsequently, the retrieved hits were screened employing docking simulations with JAK2 and JAK3 proteins. Finally, ADME properties of screened dual inhibitors displaying essential interactions with both proteins were calculated to filter candidates with poor pharmacokinetic profiles. These candidates could serve as novel therapeutic agents in the treatment of lymphoid-related diseases.Molecular Diversity 01/2014; · 2.86 Impact Factor