Screening Hit to Clinical Candidate: Discovery of BMS-963272, a Potent, Selective MGAT2 Inhibitor for the Treatment of Metabolic Disorders

J Med Chem. 2021 Oct 14;64(19):14773-14792. doi: 10.1021/acs.jmedchem.1c01356. Epub 2021 Oct 6.


MGAT2 inhibition is a potential therapeutic approach for the treatment of metabolic disorders. High-throughput screening of the BMS internal compound collection identified the aryl dihydropyridinone compound 1 (hMGAT2 IC50 = 175 nM) as a hit. Compound 1 had moderate potency against human MGAT2, was inactive vs mouse MGAT2 and had poor microsomal metabolic stability. A novel chemistry route was developed to synthesize aryl dihydropyridinone analogs to explore structure-activity relationship around this hit, leading to the discovery of potent and selective MGAT2 inhibitors 21f, 21s, and 28e that are stable to liver microsomal metabolism. After triaging out 21f due to its inferior in vivo potency, pharmacokinetics, and structure-based liabilities and tetrazole 28e due to its inferior channel liability profile, 21s (BMS-963272) was selected as the clinical candidate following demonstration of on-target weight loss efficacy in the diet-induced obese mouse model and an acceptable safety and tolerability profile in multiple preclinical species.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Crystallography, X-Ray
  • Drug Discovery*
  • Enzyme Inhibitors / chemistry
  • Enzyme Inhibitors / pharmacology*
  • Enzyme Inhibitors / therapeutic use
  • High-Throughput Screening Assays / methods*
  • Humans
  • Metabolic Diseases / drug therapy*
  • N-Acetylglucosaminyltransferases / antagonists & inhibitors*
  • Structure-Activity Relationship


  • Enzyme Inhibitors
  • N-Acetylglucosaminyltransferases
  • alpha-1,6-mannosyl-glycoprotein beta-1,2-N-acetylglucosaminyltransferase