Brendan Frett

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The RAS proteins play a role in cell differentiation, proliferation, and survival. Aberrant RAS signaling has been found to play a role in 30% of all cancers. KRAS, a key member of the RAS protein family, is an attractive cancer target, as frequent point mutations in the KRAS gene render the protein constitutively active. A number of attempts have been made(More)
The global incidence of cancer is on the rise, and within the next decade, the disease is expected to become the leading cause of death worldwide. Forthcoming strategies used to treat cancers focus on the design and implementation of multidrug therapies to target complementary cancer specific pathways. A more direct means by which this multitargeted(More)
Oncogenic conversion of the RET (rearranged during transfection) tyrosine kinase is associated with several cancers. A fragment-based chemical screen led to the identification of a novel RET inhibitor, Pz-1. Modeling and kinetic analysis identified Pz-1 as a type II tyrosine kinase inhibitor that is able to bind the "DFG-out" conformation of the kinase.(More)
We present herein the discovery and development of novel and potent Nek2 inhibitors with distinctive in vitro and in vivo antitumor activity based on an imidazo[1,2-a]pyridine scaffold. Our studies identified a nonlinear SAR for activity against both Nek2 and cancer cells. Bioisostere and structure-based design techniques were employed to identify compounds(More)
Accumulating evidence suggests that glioma stem cells (GSCs) are important therapeutic targets in glioblastoma (GBM). In this study, we identified NIMA-related kinase 2 (NEK2) as a functional binding protein of enhancer of zeste homolog 2 (EZH2) that plays a critical role in the posttranslational regulation of EZH2 protein in GSCs. NEK2 was among the most(More)
An expeditious one-pot, ligand-free, Pd(OAc)2-catalyzed, three-component reaction for the synthesis of 2,3-diarylimidazo[1,2-a]pyridines was developed under microwave irradiation. With the high availability of commercial reagents and great efficiency in expanding molecule diversity, this methodology is superior to the existing procedures for the synthesis(More)
From an MCR fragment library, two novel chemical series have been developed as inhibitors of RET, which is a kinase involved in the pathology of medullary thyroid cancer (MTC). Structure activity relationship studies (SAR) identified two sub-micromolar tractable leads, 6g and 13g. 6g was confirmed to be a Type-II RET inhibitor. 13g and 6g inhibited RET in(More)
A two-step strategy for the synthesis of arrays of tricyclic tetrazolo-fused benzodiazepines and benzodiazepinones has been investigated. The protocol uses ortho-N-Boc phenylisocyanides and phenylglyoxaldehydes or ethyl glyoxylate in the 4-component Ugi-Azide reaction to afford MCR (Multi Component Reactions) derived adducts equipped with the desired(More)
Trk receptors play a key role in the development and maintenance of neuronal networks. Recent evidence suggests that the Trk family, specifically TrkA, is an important driver for tumour growth, inflammatory and neuropathic pain, and chemoresistance. Through a computational screen, a novel Trk active pharmacophore was identified and a series of(More)
The FLT3 kinase represents an attractive target to effectively treat AML. Unfortunately, no FLT3 targeted therapeutic is currently approved. In line with our continued interests in treating kinase related disease for anti-FLT3 mutant activity, we utilized pioneering synthetic methodology in combination with computer aided drug discovery and identified low(More)