2-Anilino-4-aryl-1,3-thiazole inhibitors of valosin-containing protein (VCP or p97)

Matthew G. Bursavich, Daniel P. Parker, J. Adam Willardsen, Zhonghua Gao, Thaylon Davis, Kirill Ostanin, Rosann Robinson, Ashley Peterson, Daniel M. Cimbora, Ju Fen Zhu, Burt Richards

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Valosin-containing protein (VCP; also known as p97) is a member of the AAA ATPase family with a central role in the ubiquitin-degradation of misfolded proteins. VCP also exhibits antiapoptotic function and metastasis via activation of nuclear factor kappa-B signaling pathway. We have discovered that 2-anilino-4-aryl-1,3-thiazoles are potent drug-like inhibitors of this enzyme. The identified compounds show low nanomolar VCP potency, demonstrate SAR trends, and show activity in a mechanism based cellular assay. This series of compounds represents the first steps towards a novel, small molecule VCP inhibitor as a cancer therapeutic.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1677-1679
Number of pages3
JournalBioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry Letters
Issue number5
StatePublished - Mar 1 2010


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Molecular Biology
  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Drug Discovery
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Organic Chemistry

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Bursavich, M. G., Parker, D. P., Willardsen, J. A., Gao, Z., Davis, T., Ostanin, K., Robinson, R., Peterson, A., Cimbora, D. M., Zhu, J. F., & Richards, B. (2010). 2-Anilino-4-aryl-1,3-thiazole inhibitors of valosin-containing protein (VCP or p97). Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry Letters, 20(5), 1677-1679. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bmcl.2010.01.058