SET domain-containing protein 2 (SETD2), a histone methyltransferase, has been identified as a target of interest in certain hematological malignancies, including multiple myeloma. This account details the discovery of EPZ-719, a novel and potent SETD2 inhibitor with a high selectivity over other histone methyltransferases. A screening campaign of the Epizyme proprietary histone methyltransferase-biased library identified potential leads based on a 2-amidoindole core. Structure-based drug design (SBDD) and drug metabolism/pharmacokinetics (DMPK) optimization resulted in EPZ-719, an attractive tool compound for the interrogation of SETD2 biology that enables in vivo target validation studies.
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