Design, Synthesis and Evaluation of Quinoline-based Small Molecule Inhibitor of STAT3

Author(s): Zhi-Bing Shi, Lei Zhang, Zheng-Yang Bin, Xiang-Rong Cao, Zhu-Nan Gong, Jian-Xin Li

Journal Name: Letters in Drug Design & Discovery

Volume 10 , Issue 5 , 2013

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As STAT3 has been validated as an anticancer target, its inhibitors have been shown to possess therapeutic promise for the treatment of human cancers. To identify novel and selective STAT3 inhibitors, a virtual screening based on the STAT3 SH2 domain was performed and a small molecule, 2-phenylquinoline-4-carboxylic acid (5a), with an inhibition constant Ki value of 17.53 μM to STAT3 was discovered. On this basis, the derivatives of 5a including esters, amides and dimers were synthesized. The bioactivity and inhibitory selectivity of the derivatives were assayed using human breast cancer cell lines, MDA-MB-468 and MCF-7. Among the derivatives, 5c and 9b showed the most potent inhibitory activity with a good selectivity, and also inhibited STAT3 protein level of MDA-MB-468 cells. The results demonstrated a successful application of virtual screening for lead discovery. Compound 9b might be an effective STAT3 inhibitor lead for the further development of antitumor agents.

Keywords: 2-Phenyl quinoline-4-carboxylic acid, Breast cancer cell lines, Quinoline, SH2 domian, Small molecule inhibitor, STAT3

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Year: 2013
Published on: 31 March, 2013
Page: [420 - 426]
Pages: 7
DOI: 10.2174/1570180811310050009
Price: $65

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