The role of the acidity of N-heteroaryl sulfonamides as inhibitors of bcl-2 family protein-protein interactions

ACS Med Chem Lett. 2013 Jan 4;4(2):186-90. doi: 10.1021/ml300321d. eCollection 2013 Feb 14.


Overexpression of the antiapoptotic members of the Bcl-2 family of proteins is commonly associated with cancer cell survival and resistance to chemotherapeutics. Here, we describe the structure-based optimization of a series of N-heteroaryl sulfonamides that demonstrate potent mechanism-based cell death. The role of the acidic nature of the sulfonamide moiety as it relates to potency, solubility, and clearance is examined. This has led to the discovery of novel heterocyclic replacements for the acylsulfonamide core of ABT-737 and ABT-263.

Keywords: B cell lymphoma; Bcl-2 family; apoptosis; cancer; protein−protein interaction.