Discovery of a Highly Potent and Selective MEK Inhibitor: GSK1120212 (JTP-74057 DMSO Solvate)

ACS Med Chem Lett. 2011 Feb 28;2(4):320-4. doi: 10.1021/ml200004g. eCollection 2011 Apr 14.


Inhibition of mitogen-activated protein kinase/extracellular signal-regulated kinase kinase (MEK) represents a promising strategy for the discovery of a new generation of anticancer chemotherapeutics. Our synthetic efforts, beginning from the lead compound 2, were directed at improving antiproliferative activity against cancer cells as well as various drug properties. These efforts led to the discovery of N-{3-[3-cyclopropyl-5-(2-fluoro-4-iodophenylamino)-6,8-dimethyl-2,4,7-trioxo-3,4,6,7-tetrahydro-2H-pyrido[4,3-d]pyrimidin-1-yl]phenyl}acetamide dimethylsulfoxide solvate (GSK1120212, JTP-74057 DMSO solvate; 1), a selective and highly potent MEK inhibitor with improved drug properties. We further confirmed that the antiproliferative activity correlates with cellular MEK inhibition and observed significant antitumor activity with daily oral dosing of 1 in a tumor xenograft model. These qualities led to the selection of 1 for clinical development.

Keywords: GSK1120212; JTP-74057; MEK inhibitor; antiproliferative.