Kirstin Petersen

Bayer HealthCare, Leverkusen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

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Publications (2)5.26 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: Using PD325901 as a starting point for identifying novel allosteric MEK inhibitors with high cell potency and long-lasting target inhibition in vivo, truncation of its hydroxamic ester headgroup was combined with incorporation of alkyl and aryl ethers at the neighboring ring position. Whereas alkoxy side chains did not yield sufficient levels of cell potency, specifically substituted aryloxy groups allowed for high enzymatic and cellular potencies. Sulfamide 28 was identified as a highly potent MEK inhibitor with nanomolar cell potency against B-RAF (V600E) as well as Ras-mutated cell lines, high metabolic stability and resulting long half-lives. It was efficacious against B-RAF as well as K-Ras driven xenograft models and showed-despite being orally bioavailable and not a P-glycoprotein substrate-much lower brain/plasma exposure ratios than PD325901.
    Bioorganic & medicinal chemistry letters 02/2013; 23(8). DOI:10.1016/j.bmcl.2013.02.028 · 2.33 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) pathway is aberrantly activated in tumors and plays a key role in promoting tumor growth. Small molecule inhibitors which bind reversibly to EGFR have demonstrated limited clinical activity. Thus, there is a continued need to develop novel EGFR inhibitors with improved anti-tumor activity. Bay846 is a newly developed small molecule inhibitor that binds irreversibly to the tyrosine kinase domains of EGFR and Her2. The in vitro and in vivo efficacy of Bay846 was tested using a panel of nine human malignant brain tumor (glioma) models. Lapatinib, a reversible inhibitor of EGFR and Her2, was included for comparison. Six glioma cell lines were sensitive to Bay846 treatment. Bay846 strongly suppressed tumor cell growth in vitro by inducing cell lysis/death rather than cell cycle arrest. Consistent with this, Bay846 had potent anti-tumor activity which led to regressions in tumor size. The active, phosphorylated form of EGFR was reduced by Bay846 treatment in vitro and in tumors. Importantly, the efficacy of Bay846 was significantly greater than lapatinib in all assays. Bay846-sensitivity was associated with expression of a wild-type PTEN in conjunction with high levels of an oncogenic EGFR variant (A289V or EGFRvIII). These studies demonstrate that targeting the EGFR pathway with the irreversible inhibitor Bay846 has great potential to increase the efficacy of this cancer therapy.
    Investigational New Drugs 12/2011; DOI:10.1007/s10637-011-9784-4 · 2.93 Impact Factor