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Design, Synthesis, and StructureActivity Relationships for Chimeric Inhibitors of Hsp90

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posted on 29.09.2006 by Gang Shen, Mingwen Wang, Timothy R. Welch, Brian S. J. Blagg
Inhibition of the 90 kDa heat shock protein (Hsp90) family of molecular chaperones represents a promising new chemotherapeutic approach toward the treatment of several cancers. Previous studies have demonstrated that the natural products, radicicol and geldanamycin, are potent inhibitors of the Hsp90 N-terminal ATP binding site. The cocrystal structures of these molecules bound to Hsp90 have been determined, and through molecular modeling and superimposition of these ligands, hybrids of radicicol and geldanamycin have been designed. A series of macrocylic chimeras of radicicol and geldanamycin and the corresponding seco-agents have been prepared and evaluated for both antiproliferative activity and their ability to induce Hsp90-dependent client protein degradation.