[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: CDC7 is a serine/threonine kinase that has been shown to be required for the initiation and maintenance of DNA replication. Up-regulation of CDC7 is detected in multiple tumor cell lines, with inhibition of CDC7 resulting in cell cycle arrest. In this paper, we disclose the discovery of a potent and selective CDC7 inhibitor, XL413 (14), which was advanced into Phase 1 clinical trials. Starting from advanced lead 3, described in a preceding communication, we optimized the CDC7 potency and selectivity to demonstrate in vitro CDC7 dependent cell cycle arrest and in vivo tumor growth inhibition in a Colo-205 xenograft model.
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: A series of substituted benzofuropyrimidinones with pan-PIM activities and excellent selectivity against a panel of diverse kinases is described. Initial exploration identified aryl benzofuropyrimidinones that were potent, but had cell permeability limitation. Using X-ray crystal structures of the bound PIM-1 complexes with 3, 5m, and 6d, we were able to guide the SAR and identify the alkyl benzofuropyrimidinone (6l) with good PIM potencies, permeability, and oral exposure.