Identification of Non-nucleoside Human Ribonucleotide Reductase Modulators.

Publication Type:

Journal Article


J Med Chem, Volume 58, Issue 24, p.9498-509 (2015)


Antineoplastic Agents, Cell Line, Tumor, Cell Proliferation, Computer Simulation, Crystallography, X-Ray, Databases, Chemical, Drug Screening Assays, Antitumor, Humans, Molecular Docking Simulation, Phthalimides, Protein Binding, Protein Conformation, Protein Multimerization, Ribonucleotide Reductases, Structure-Activity Relationship, Tumor Suppressor Proteins


<p>Ribonucleotide reductase (RR) catalyzes the rate-limiting step of dNTP synthesis and is an established cancer target. Drugs targeting RR are mainly nucleoside in nature. In this study, we sought to identify non-nucleoside small-molecule inhibitors of RR. Using virtual screening, binding affinity, inhibition, and cell toxicity, we have discovered a class of small molecules that alter the equilibrium of inactive hexamers of RR, leading to its inhibition. Several unique chemical categories, including a phthalimide derivative, show micromolar IC50s and KDs while demonstrating cytotoxicity. A crystal structure of an active phthalimide binding at the targeted interface supports the noncompetitive mode of inhibition determined by kinetic studies. Furthermore, the phthalimide shifts the equilibrium from dimer to hexamer. Together, these data identify several novel non-nucleoside inhibitors of human RR which act by stabilizing the inactive form of the enzyme. </p>