The bromodomain and extra-terminal (BET) family of epigenetic proteins has attracted considerable attention in drug discovery given its involvement in regulating gene transcription. Screening a focused small molecule library based on the bromodomain pharmacophore resulted in the identification of 2-methylisoquinoline-1-one as a novel BET bromodomain-binding motif. Structure guided SAR exploration resulted in >10,000-fold potency improvement for the BRD4-BD1 bromodomain. Lead compounds exhibited excellent potencies in both biochemical and cellular assays in MYC-dependent cell lines. Compound 36 demonstrated good physicochemical properties and promising exposure levels in exploratory PK studies.
Keywords: BET; BRD4; Bromodomain inhibitors; Epigenetics; Fragment; Isoquinolinone.
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