A systematic study of medicinal chemistry aimed at identifying a new generation of HDAC inhibitors, through the introduction of a thiol zinc-binding group (ZBG) and of an amide-lactam in the ω-position of the polyethylene chain of the vorinostat scaffold, allowed the selection of a new class of potent pan-HDAC inhibitors (pan-HDACis). Simple, highly versatile, and efficient synthetic approaches were used to synthesize a library of these new derivatives, which were then submitted to a screening for HDAC inhibition as well as to a preliminary in vitro assessment of their antiproliferative activity. Molecular docking into HDAC crystal structures suggested a binding mode for these thiol derivatives consistent with the stereoselectivity observed upon insertion of amide-lactam substituents in the ω-position. ST7612AA1 (117), selected as a drug candidate for further development, showed an in vitro activity in the nanomolar range associated with a remarkable in vivo antitumor activity, highly competitive with the most potent HDAC inhibitors, currently under clinical trials. A preliminary study of PK and metabolism is also illustrated.
ST7612AA1, a thioacetate-ω(γ-lactam carboxamide) derivative selected from a novel generation of oral HDAC inhibitors / Giannini, Giuseppe; Vesci, Loredana; Battistuzzi, Gianfranco; Vignola, Davide; Milazzo, Ferdinando M; Guglielmi, Mario Berardino; Barbarino, Marcella; Santaniello, Mosè; Fantò, Nicola; Mor, Marco; Rivara, Silvia; Pala, Daniele; Taddei, Maurizio; Pisano, Claudio; Cabri, Walter. - In: JOURNAL OF MEDICINAL CHEMISTRY. - ISSN 0022-2623. - 57:20(2014), pp. 8358-8377. [10.1021/jm5008209]
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