The phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K) pathway is involved in many cellular functions including cell growth, metabolism, and transformation. Hyperactivation of this pathway contributes to tumorigenesis, therefore, PI3K is a major target for anticancer drug discovery. Since the PI3Kα isoform is implicated mostly in cancer, we conducted a high-throughput screening (HTS) campaign using a 3-step PI3K homogenous time-resolved fluorescence assay against this isoform bearing the H1047R mutation. A total of 288,000 synthetic and natural product-derived compounds were screened and of which, we identified 124 initial hits that were further selected by considering the predicted binding mode, relationship to known pan-assay interference compounds and previous descriptions as a lipid kinase inhibitor. A total of 24 compounds were then tested for concentration-dependent responses. These hit compounds provide novel scaffolds that can potentially be optimized to create novel PI3K inhibitors.
Keywords: PI3 kinase; PI3Kα H1047R; high throughput screening; inhibitors; molecular modeling..