In a prior communication we identified a novel class of benzimidazole-based inhibitors of EGF-induced phosphorylation of ERK5. In this paper we examine the biological activity of several 1-isopropyl-4-amino-6-ether linked benzimidazole-based compounds for their ability to selectively inhibit EGF-mediated ERK5 phosphorylation; potential utility of variation at the 6-position was indicated by the initial structural feature survey. Modification of EGF-induced formation of pERK1/2 and pERK5 in HEK293 cells were analyzed by Western blot analysis. Subsequent analysis of selected compounds in a high-throughput multiple kinase scan and the NCI 60-cell-line screen is presented.
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