1,4-Dihydropyridinebutyrolactone-derived ring-opened ester and amide analogs targeting BET bromodomains

Jiewei Jiang, Pei Liang Zhao, Logan H. Sigua, Alice Chan, Ernst Schönbrunn, Jun Qi, Gunda I. Georg

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Based on a previously reported 1,4-dihydropyridinebutyrolactone virtual screening hit, nine lactone ring-opened ester and seven amide analogs were prepared. The analogs were designed to provide interactions with residues at the entrance of the ZA loop of the testis-specific bromodomain (ZA) channel to enhance the affinity and selectivity for the bromodomain and extra-terminal (BET) subfamily of bromodomains. Compound testing by AlphaScreen showed that neither the affinity nor the selectivity of the ester and lactam analogs was improved for BRD4-1 and the first bromodomain of the testis-specific bromodomain (BRDT-1). The esters retained affinity comparable to the parent compound, whereas the affinity for the amide analogs was reduced 10-fold. A representative benzyl ester analog was found to retain high selectivity for BET bromodomains as shown by a BROMOscan. X-ray analysis of the allyl ester analog in complex with BRD4-1 and BRDT-1 revealed that the ester side chain is located next to the ZA loop and solvent exposed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number2200288
JournalArchiv der Pharmazie
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2022

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This project was supported by the NIH/NICHD: HHSN275201300017C and P50HD093540 from the Contraception Research Branch. Open Access Funding provided by Big Ten Academic Alliance hybrid ‐ University of Minnesota Twin Cities.

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© 2022 The Authors. Archiv der Pharmazie published by Wiley-VCH GmbH on behalf of Deutsche Pharmazeutische Gesellschaft.


  • AlphaScreen
  • BET selectivity
  • BROMOscan
  • X-ray
  • bromodomain and extra-terminal (BET) proteins


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