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Resistance-modifying agents. 9. Synthesis and biological properties of benzimidazole inhibitors of the DNA repair enzyme poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase

Lookup NU author(s): Alex White, Professor Alan Calvert, Professor Nicola CurtinORCiD, Professor Roger Griffin, Professor Herbie Newell, Emeritus Professor Bernard Golding


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The nuclear enzyme poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP) facilitates the repair of DNA strand breaks and is implicated in the resistance of cancer cells to certain DNA-damaging agents. Inhibitors of PARP have clinical potential as resistance-modifying agents capable of potentiating radiotherapy and the cytotoxicity of some forms of cancer chemotherapy. The preclinical development of 2-aryl-1H-benzimidazole-4-carboxamides as resistance-modifying agents in cancer chemotherapy is described. 1H-Benzimidazole-4-carboxamides, particularly 2-aryl derivatives, are identified as a class of potent PARP inhibitors. Derivatives of 2-phenyl-1H-benzimidazole-4-carboxamide (23, K(i) = 15 nM), in which the phenyl ring contains substituents, have been synthesized. Many of these derivatives exhibit K(i) values for PARP inhibition < 10 nM, with 2-(4-hydroxymethylphenyl)-1H-benzimidazole-4-carboxamide (78, K(i) = 1.6 nM) being one of the most potent. Insight into structure-activity relationships (SAR) for 2-aryl-1H-benzimidazole-4-carboxamides has been enhanced by studying the complex formed between 2-(3-methoxyphenyl)-1H-benzimidazole-4-carboxamide (44, K(i) = 6 nM) and the catalytic domain of chicken PARP. Important hydrogen-bonding and hydrophobic interactions with the protein have been identified for this inhibitor. 2-(4-Hydroxyphenyl)-1H-benzimidazole-4-carboxamide (45, K(i) = 6 nM) potentiates the cytotoxicity of both temozolomide and topotecan against A2780 cells in vitro (by 2.8- and 2.9-fold, respectively).

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Author(s): White, A.W., Almassy, R., Calvert, A.H., Curtin, N.J., Griffin, R.J., Hostomsky, Z., Maegley, K., Newell, D.R., Srinivasan, S, Golding, B.T.

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry

Year: 2000

Volume: 43

Issue: 22

Pages: 4084-4097

Print publication date: 02/11/2000

ISSN (print): 0022-2623

ISSN (electronic): 1520-4804


DOI: 10.1021/jm000950v

PubMed id: 11063605


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