Scott D Cowen

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Protein lysine methyltransferases are important regulators of epigenetic signaling. These enzymes catalyze the transfer of donor methyl groups from S-adenosylmethionine to specific acceptor lysines on histones, leading to changes in chromatin structure and transcriptional regulation. These enzymes also methylate nonhistone protein substrates, revealing an(More)
Cathepsin B is a member of the papain superfamily of cysteine proteases and has been implicated in the pathology of numerous diseases, including arthritis and cancer. As part of an effort to identify potent, reversible inhibitors of this protease, we examined a series of dipeptidyl nitriles, starting with the previously reported Cbz-Phe-NH-CH(2)CN (19,(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)
A series of amidoheteroaryl compounds were designed and synthesized as inhibitors of B-Raf kinase. Several compounds from the series show excellent potency in biochemical, phenotypic and mode of action cellular assays. Potent examples from the series have also demonstrated good plasma exposure following an oral dose in rodents and activity against the(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)
To improve the pharmacokinetics of a previously reported series of dipeptidyl nitrile cathepsin B inhibitors, the P(2)-P(3) amide group was replaced with an arylamine. Further optimization of this template resulted in highly potent and selective inhibitors with excellent oral availability.
The syntheses of 5a'-homo-vinblastine (3a) and its C-20' methyl congener 62a were achieved. In contrast to vinblastine, these compounds did not allow isolation of atropisomers because of their lower conformational inversion barrier. However, annelation of a six-membered ring to the conformationally mobile D'-piperidine ring provided an isolated atropisomer(More)
Protein lysine methyltransferases (KMTs) have emerged as important regulators of epigenetic signaling. These enzymes catalyze the transfer of donor methyl groups from the cofactor S-adenosylmethionine to specific acceptor lysine residues on histones, leading to changes in chromatin structure and transcriptional regulation. These enzymes also methylate an(More)
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