Discovery of a Series of 3-Cinnoline Carboxamides as Orally Bioavailable, Highly Potent, and Selective ATM Inhibitors

ACS Med Chem Lett. 2018 Jul 13;9(8):809-814. doi: 10.1021/acsmedchemlett.8b00200. eCollection 2018 Aug 9.


We report the discovery of a novel series of 3-cinnoline carboxamides as highly potent and selective ataxia telangiectasia mutated (ATM) kinase inhibitors. Optimization of this series focusing on potency and physicochemical properties (especially permeability) led to the identification of compound 21, a highly potent ATM inhibitor (ATM cell IC50 0.0028 μM) with excellent kinase selectivity and favorable physicochemical and pharmacokinetics properties. In vivo, 21 in combination with irinotecan showed tumor regression in the SW620 colorectal tumor xenograft model, superior inhibition to irinotecan alone. Compound 21 was selected for preclinical evaluation alongside AZD0156.