Discovery of a clinical stage multi-kinase inhibitor sodium (E)-2-{2-methoxy-5-[(2′,4′,6′-trimethoxystyrylsulfonyl)methyl] phenylamino}acetate (ON 01910.Na): Synthesis, structure-activity relationship, and biological activity

M. V.Ramana Reddy, Padmavathi Venkatapuram, Muralidhar R. Mallireddigari, Venkat R. Pallela, Stephen C. Cosenza, Kimberly A. Robell, Balaiah Akula, Benjamin S. Hoffman, E. Premkumar Reddy

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Abstract

Cyclin D proteins are elevated in many cancer cells, and targeted deletion of cyclin D1 gene in the mammary tissues protects mice from breast cancer. Accordingly, there is an increasing awareness of this novel nonenzymatic target for cancer therapeutics. We have developed novel, nonalkylating styrylbenzylsulfones that induce cell death in wide variety of cancer cells without affecting the proliferation and survival of normal cells. The development of derivatized styrylbenzylsulfones followed logically from a tumor cell cytotoxicity screen performed in our laboratory that did not have an a priori target profile. Modifications of some of the precursor molecules led to lead optimization with regard to tumor cell cytotoxicity. In this report we describe the synthesis and structure-activity relationships of novel, nonalkylating (E)-styrylbenzylsulfones and the development of the novel anticancer agent sodium (E)-2-{2-methoxy-5-[(2′,4′,6′- trimethoxystyrylsulfonyl)methyl]phenylamino}acetate (ON 01910.Na), which is in phase III trials for myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) associated with aberrant expression of cyclin D proteins.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6254-6276
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Medicinal Chemistry
Volume54
Issue number18
DOIs
StatePublished - 22 Sep 2011

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