Lara T. Ward

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Loss of PTEN protein results in upregulation of the PI3K/AKT pathway, which appears dependent on the PI3Kβ isoform. Inhibitors of PI3Kβ have potential to reduce growth of tumors in which loss of PTEN drives tumor progression. We have developed a small-molecule inhibitor of PI3Kβ and PI3Kδ (AZD8186) and assessed its antitumor activity across a panel of cell(More)
Several studies have highlighted the dependency of PTEN deficient tumors to PI3Kβ activity and specific inhibition of PI3Kδ has been shown activity against human B-cell cancers. We describe the discovery and optimization of a series of 8-(1-anilino)ethyl)-2-morpholino-4-oxo-4H-chromene-6-carboxamides as PI3Kβ/δ inhibitors, which led to the discovery of the(More)
Biophysical methods have become established in many areas of drug discovery. Application of these methods was once restricted to a relatively small number of scientists using specialized, low throughput technologies and methods. Now, automated high-throughput instruments are to be found in a growing number of laboratories. Many biophysical methods are(More)
Starting from TGX-221, we designed a series of 9-(1-anilinoethyl)-2-morpholino-4-oxo-pyrido[1,2-a]pyrimidine-7-carboxamides as potent and selective PI3Kβ/δ inhibitors. Structure-activity relationships and structure-property relationships around the aniline and the amide substituents are discussed. We identified compounds 17 and 18, which showed profound(More)
The PIK3CA gene, encoding the p110α catalytic unit of PI3Kα, is one of the most frequently mutated oncogenes in human cancer. Hence, PI3Kα is a target subject to intensive efforts in identifying inhibitors and evaluating their therapeutic potential. Here, we report studies with a novel PI3K inhibitor, AZD8835, currently in phase I clinical evaluation.(More)
Starting from compound 1, a potent PI3Kα inhibitor having poor general kinase selectivity, we used structural data and modelling to identify key exploitable differences between PI3Kα and the other kinases. This approach led us to design chemical modifications of the central pyrazole, which solved the poor kinase selectivity seen as a strong liability for(More)
Systems Biology has established numerous approaches for mechanistic modeling of molecular networks in the cell and a legacy of models. The current frontier is the integration of models expressed in different formalisms to address the multi-scale biological system organization challenge. We present MUFINS (MUlti-Formalism Interaction Network Simulator)(More)
We report the discovery and optimisation of a series of 8-(2,3-dihydro-1,4-benzoxazin-4-ylmethyl)-2-morpholino-4-oxo-chromene-6-carboxamides, leading to compound 16 as a potent and selective PI3Kβ/δ inhibitor: PI3Kβ cell IC50 0.012 μM (in PTEN null MDA-MB-468 cell) and PI3Kδ cell IC50 0.047 μM (in Jeko-1 B-cell), with good pharmacokinetics and physical(More)
A major roadblock in the effective treatment of cancers is their heterogeneity, whereby multiple molecular landscapes are classified as a single disease. To explore the contribution of cellular metabolism to cancer heterogeneity, we analyse the Metabric dataset, a landmark genomic and transcriptomic study of 2,000 individual breast tumours, in the context(More)
Here we report the discovery and optimization of a series of bivalent bromodomain and extraterminal inhibitors. Starting with the observation of BRD4 activity of compounds from a previous program, the compounds were optimized for BRD4 potency and physical properties. The optimized compound from this campaign exhibited excellent pharmacokinetic profile and(More)