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Anti-Cancer Agents in Medicinal Chemistry


ISSN (Print): 1871-5206
ISSN (Online): 1875-5992

Synthesis of Cis-Fused Pyran Indolocarbazole Derivatives that Inhibit FLT3 Kinase and the DNA Damage Kinase, Checkpoint Kinase 1

Author(s): Francoise M. Perron-Sierra, Nathalie Kucharkzyk, Celine Boucley, Christel Guyard-Daumas, Sophie Sciberras, Christine Fouache, Sabine Plantier, Aurelie Studeny, Celine Bossard, Patrick J. Casara and Roy M. Golsteyn

Volume 12, Issue 3, 2012

Page: [194 - 201] Pages: 8

DOI: 10.2174/187152012800228823

Price: $65


Protein kinases are important enzymes in solid tumour and leukaemia pathologies. Their structures are well understood at the atomic level and their key role in the progression of certain cancers makes them valuable targets for anti-cancer therapy. Through medicinal chemical approaches, we developed an efficient preparative stereospecific synthesis of N12, N13 pyran-bridged indolocarbazoles that opens access to functional diversity within this previously challenging series. We focused upon the indolocarbazole class of chemical inhibitors, which includes S27888, an inhibitor we previously identified. We used biochemical and cell-based assays to identify small molecule inhibitors of Checkpoint kinase 1 (Chk1), a serine/threonine protein kinase that is activated when cancer cells are treated with genotoxic agents. These compounds show a promising inhibitory profile on Chk1. Furthermore, these compounds are active against FLT3, which is a tyrosine kinase that is frequently activated in human leukaemias. These data suggest that this chemical class may provide a source of therapeutic compounds for a broad range of human cancers.

Keywords: Checkpoint kinase 1, Chk1, FLT3, Checkpoint adaptation, Genotoxic agents, HT29 cells, Indolocarbazoles, Protein kinases, Stereospecific synthesis, antiproliferative properties

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