Alex J Buckmelter

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This Letter details the synthesis and evaluation of imidazo[4,5-b]pyridines as inhibitors of B-Raf kinase. These compounds bind in a DFG-in, αC-helix out conformation of B-Raf, which is a binding mode associated with significant kinase selectivity. Structure-activity relationship studies involved optimization of the ATP-cleft binding region of these(More)
The V600E mutation of B-Raf kinase results in constitutive activation of the MAPK signaling pathway and is present in approximately 7% of all cancers. Using structure-based design, a novel series of pyrazolopyridine inhibitors of B-Raf(V600E) was developed. Optimization led to the identification of 3-methoxy pyrazolopyridines 17 and 19, potent, selective,(More)
Herein we describe the discovery of a novel series of ATP competitive B-Raf inhibitors via structure based drug design (SBDD). These pyridopyrimidin-7-one based inhibitors exhibit both excellent cellular potency and striking B-Raf selectivity. Optimization led to the identification of compound 17, a potent, selective and orally available agent with(More)
Structure-activity relationships around a novel series of B-Raf(V600E) inhibitors are reported. The enzymatic and cellular potencies of inhibitors derived from two related hinge-binding groups were compared and3-methoxypyrazolopyridine proved to be superior. The 3-alkoxy group of lead B-Raf(V600E) inhibitor 1 was extended and minimally affected potency. The(More)
Recent clinical data provided proof-of-concept for selective B-Raf inhibitors in treatment of B-Raf(V600E) mutant melanoma. Pyrazolopyridine-type B-Raf inhibitors previously described by the authors are potent and selective but exhibit low solubility requiring the use of amorphous dispersion-based formulation for achieving efficacious drug exposures.(More)
The development of inhibitors of B-Raf(V600E) serine-threonine kinase is described. Various head-groups were examined to optimize inhibitor activity and ADME properties. Several of the head-groups explored, including naphthol, phenol and hydroxyamidine, possessed good activity but had poor pharmacokinetic exposure in mice. Exposure was improved by(More)
Herein we describe a novel series of ATP competitive B-Raf inhibitors based on the pyrazolo[1,5-a]pyrimidine scaffold. These inhibitors exhibit both excellent cellular potency and striking B-Raf selectivity. Optimization led to the identification of compound 17, a potent, selective and orally available agent with improved physicochemical and pharmacokinetic(More)
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