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Synthesis and Src Kinase Inhibitory Activity of a Series of 4-Phenylamino-3-quinolinecarbonitriles

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posted on 24.01.2001, 00:00 by Diane H. Boschelli, Yanong D. Wang, Fei Ye, Biqi Wu, Nan Zhang, Minu Dutia, Dennis W. Powell, Allan Wissner, Kim Arndt, Jennifer M. Weber, Frank Boschelli
Screening of a directed compound library in a yeast-based assay identified 4-[(2,4-dichlorophenyl)amino]-6,7-dimethoxy-3-quinolinecarbonitrile (2a) as a Src inhibitor. An enzymatic assay established that 2a was an ATP-competitive inhibitor of the kinase activity of Src. We present here SAR data for 2a which shows that the aniline group at C-4, the carbonitrile group at C-3, and the alkoxy groups at C-6 and C-7 of the quinoline are crucial for optimal activity. Increasing the size of the C-2 substituent of the aniline at C-4 of 2a from chloro to bromo to iodo resulted in a corresponding increase in Src inhibition. Furthermore, replacement of the 7-methoxy group of 2a with various 3-heteroalkylaminopropoxy groups provided increased inhibition of both Src enzymatic and cellular activity. Compound 25, which contains a 3-morpholinopropoxy group, had an IC50 of 3.8 nM in the Src enzymatic assay and an IC50 of 940 nM for the inhibition of Src-dependent cell proliferation.