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Aurora-A differs from Aurora-B/C at three positions in the ATP-binding pocket (L215, T217, and R220). Exploiting these differences, crystal structures of ligand-Aurora protein interactions formed the basis of a design principle for imidazo[4,5-b]pyridine-derived Aurora-A-selective inhibitors. Guided by a computational modeling approach, appropriate… (More)
Introduction of a 1-benzyl-1H-pyrazol-4-yl moiety at C7 of the imidazo[4,5-b]pyridine scaffold provided 7a which inhibited a range of kinases including Aurora-A. Modification of the benzyl group in 7a, and subsequent co-crystallisation of the resulting analogues with Aurora-A indicated distinct differences in binding mode dependent upon the pyrazole… (More)
Enynes undergo stereoselective syn intramolecular bromoetherification; the stereochemical course of the reaction was elucidated by X-ray crystallographic studies and by stereospecific synthesis of authentic bromoallenes.