Claudio Chuaqui

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A novel series of small-molecule inhibitors has been developed to target the double mutant form of the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) tyrosine kinase, which is resistant to treatment with gefitinib and erlotinib. Our reported compounds also show selectivity over wild-type EGFR. Guided by molecular modeling, this series was evolved to target a(More)
Centrosome amplification is observed in many human cancers and has been proposed to be a driver of both genetic instability and tumorigenesis. Cancer cells have evolved mechanisms to bundle multiple centrosomes into two spindle poles to avoid multipolar mitosis that can lead to chromosomal segregation defects and eventually cell death. KIFC1, a kinesin-14(More)
KIFC1 (HSET), a member of the kinesin-14 family of motor proteins, plays an essential role in centrosomal bundling in cancer cells, but its function is not required for normal diploid cell division. To explore the potential of KIFC1 as a therapeutic target for human cancers, a series of potent KIFC1 inhibitors featuring a phenylalanine scaffold was(More)
The design, synthesis and biological evaluation of a series of azabenzimidazole derivatives as TBK1/IKKε kinase inhibitors are described. Starting from a lead compound 1a, iterative design and SAR exploitation of the scaffold led to analogues with nM enzyme potencies against TBK1/IKKε. These compounds also exhibited excellent cellular activity against TBK1.(More)
Structure based design, synthesis, and biological evaluation of a novel series of 1-methyl-1H-imidazole, as potent Jak2 inhibitors to modulate the Jak/STAT pathway, are described. Using the C-ring fragment from our first clinical candidate AZD1480 (24), optimization of the series led to the discovery of compound 19a, a potent, orally bioavailable Jak2(More)
Targeted covalent inhibition of disease-associated proteins has become a powerful methodology in the field of drug discovery, leading to the approval of new therapeutics. Nevertheless, current approaches are often limited owing to their reliance on a cysteine residue to generate the covalent linkage. Here we used aryl boronic acid carbonyl warheads to(More)
In this paper we describe a series of 3-cyano-5-aryl-7-aminopyrazolo[1,5-a]pyrimidine hits identified by kinase-focused subset screening as starting points for the structure-based design of conformationally constrained 6-acetamido-indole inhibitors of CK2. The synthesis, SAR, and effects of this novel series on Akt signaling and cell proliferation in vitro(More)
The discovery and optimization of a series of 6-aryl-azabenzimidazole inhibitors of TBK1 and IKK-ε is described. Various internal azabenzimidazole leads and reported TBK1/IKK-ε inhibitors were docked into a TBK1 homology model. The resulting overlays inspired a focused screen of 6-substituted azabenzimidazoles against TBK1/IKK-ε. This screen resulted in(More)
We have identified a class of azabenzimidazoles as potent and selective JAK1 inhibitors. Investigations into the SAR are presented along with the structural features required to achieve selectivity for JAK1 versus other JAK family members. An example from the series demonstrated highly selective inhibition of JAK1 versus JAK2 and JAK3, along with inhibition(More)