PMID: 21366329
Solanki S, Innocenti P, Mas-Droux C, Boxall K, Barillari C, van Montfort RL, Aherne GW, Bayliss R, Hoelder S
Benzimidazole Inhibitors Induce a DFG-Out Conformation of Never in Mitosis Gene A-Related Kinase 2 (Nek2) without Binding to the Back Pocket and Reveal a Nonlinear Structure-Activity Relationship.
J Med Chem. 2011 Mar 24;54(6):1626-39. Epub 2011 Mar 2.
We describe herein the structure-activity relationship (SAR) and cocrystal structures of a series of Nek2 inhibitors derived from the published polo-like kinase 1 (Plk1) inhibitor (R)-1. Our studies reveal a nonlinear SAR for Nek2 and our cocrystal structures show that compounds in this series bind to a DFG-out conformation of Nek2 without extending into the enlarged back pocket commonly found in this conformation. These observations were further investigated, and structure-based design led to Nek2 inhibitors derived from (R)-1 with more than a hundred-fold selectivity against Plk1.