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03 2022 Journal of medicinal chemistry

CRCM5484: A BET-BDII Selective Compound with Differential Anti-leukemic Drug Modulation.


Carrasco K, Montersino C, Derviaux C, Saez-Ayala M, Hoffer L, Restouin A, Castellano R, Casassa J, Roche P, Pasquier E, Combes S, Morelli X, Collette Y, Betzi S


Differentially screening the Fr-PPIChem chemical library on the bromodomain and extra-terminal (BET) BRD4-BDII versus -BDI bromodomains led to the discovery of a BDII-selective tetrahydropyridothienopyrimidinone (THPTP)-based compound. Structure-activity relationship (SAR) and hit-to-lead approaches allowed us to develop CRCM5484, a potent inhibitor of BET proteins with a preferential and 475-fold selectivity for the second bromodomain of the BRD3 protein (BRD3-BDII) over its first bromodomain (BRD3-BDI). Its very low activity was demonstrated in various cell-based assays, corresponding with recent data describing other selective BDII compounds. However, screening on a drug sensitivity and resistance-profiling platform revealed its ability to modulate the anti-leukemic activity in combination with various FDA-approved and/or in-development drugs in a cell- and context-dependent differential manner. Altogether, the results confirm the originality of the THPTP molecular mode of action in the bromodomain (BD) cavity and its potential as a starting scaffold for the development of potent and selective bromodomain inhibitors.

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