A series of 2,4-disubstituted-5-(6-alkylpyridin-2-yl)-1H-imidazoles, 7a–c, 11a–h, and 16a–h has been synthesised and evaluated for their ALK5 inhibitory activity in an enzyme assay and in a cell-based luciferase reporter assay. Incorporation of a quinoxalin-6-yl moiety and a methylene linker at the 4- and 2-position of the imidazole ring, respectively, and a m-CONH2 substituent in the phenyl ring generated a highly potent and selective ALK5 inhibitor 11e. Docking model of ALK5 in complex with 11e showed that it fitted well in the ATP-binding pocket with favourable interactions.
|Number of pages||11|
|Journal||Journal of Enzyme Inhibition and Medicinal Chemistry|
|State||Published - 1 Jan 2020|
- ALK5 inhibition
- cancer immunotherapeutic agent