Starting from our previous eIF4A3-selective inhibitor 1a, a novel series of (piperazine-1-carbonyl)pyridin-2(1H)-one derivatives was designed, synthesized, and evaluated for identification of orally bioavailable probe molecules. Compounds 1o and 1q showed improved physicochemical and ADMET profiles, while maintaining potent and subtype-selective eIF4A3 inhibitory potency. In accord with their promising PK profiles and results from initial in vivo PD studies, compounds 1o and 1q showed antitumor efficacy with T/C values of 54% and 29%, respectively, without severe body weight loss. Thus, our novel series of compounds represents promising probe molecules for the in vivo pharmacological study of selective eIF4A3 inhibition.
Keywords: Eukaryotic initiation factor 4A3 (eIF4A3) inhibitor; P-gp substrate; RNA helicase; metabolic stability; pyridin-2(1H)-one derivative; solubility.