Quinazolinone-based Anticancer Agents: Synthesis, Anti-proliferative SAR, Anti-tubulin Activity and Tubulin Co-crystal Structure

Wolfgang Dohle, Fabrice Jourdan, Gregory Menchon, Andrea Prota, Paul A. Foster, Pascoe Mannion, Ernest Hamel, Mark Thomas, Philip G Kasprzyk, Eric Ferrandis, Michel O. Steinmetz, Mathew Leese, Barry Potter

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Abstract

Quinazolinone-based anti-cancer agents were designed, decorated with functional groups from a 2-methoxyestradiol-based microtubule disruptor series, incorporating the aryl sulfamate motif of steroid sulfatase (STS) inhibitors. The steroidal AB-ring system was mimicked, favoring conformations with an N-2 substituent occupying D-ring space. Evaluation against breast and prostate tumor cell lines identified 7b with DU-145 anti-proliferative activity (GI50 300 nM). A preliminary structure-activity relationship afforded compounds (e.g. 7j GI50 50 nM) with activity exceeding that of the parent. Both 7b and 7j inhibit tubulin assembly in vitro and colchicine binding and 7j was successfully co-crystallized with the αβ-tubulin heterodimer as the first of its class, its sulfamate group interacting positively at the colchicine binding site. Microtubule destabilization by 7j likely prevents the curved-to-straight conformational transition. Quinazolinone sulfamates surprisingly showed weak STS inhibition. Preliminary in vivo studies in a multiple myeloma xenograft model for 7b showed oral activity, confirming the promise of this template.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages49
JournalJournal of Medicinal Chemistry
Early online date11 Dec 2017
Publication statusUnpublished - 2018

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    Dohle, W., Jourdan, F., Menchon, G., Prota, A., Foster, P. A., Mannion, P., Hamel, E., Thomas, M., Kasprzyk, P. G., Ferrandis, E., Steinmetz, M. O., Leese, M., & Potter, B. (2018). Quinazolinone-based Anticancer Agents: Synthesis, Anti-proliferative SAR, Anti-tubulin Activity and Tubulin Co-crystal Structure. Unpublished.