Nicotinamide phosphoribosyltransferase (Nampt) is an attractive therapeutic target for cancer. A Nampt inhibitor with novel benzothiophene scaffold was discovered by high throughput screening. Herein the structure-activity relationship of the benzothiophene Nampt inhibitor was investigated. Several new inhibitors demonstrated potent activity in both biochemical and cell-based assays. In particular, compound 16b showed good Nampt inhibitory activity (IC50=0.17 μM) and in vitro antitumor activity (IC50=3.9 μM, HepG2 cancer cell line). Further investigation indicated that compound 16b could efficiently induce cancer cell apoptosis. Our findings provided a good starting point for the discovery of novel antitumor agents.
Keywords: Antiproliferative activity; Nampt inhibitors; Structure–activity relationship.
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