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X-Ray Co-Crystal Structure Guides the Way to Subnanomolar Competitive Ecto-5 '-Nucleotidase (CD73) Inhibitors for Cancer Immunotherapy

List of Authors: Sanjay Bhattarai, Jan Pippel, Anne Meyer, Marianne Freundlieb, Constanze Schmies, Aliaa Abdelrahman, Amelie Fiene, Sang-Yong Lee, Herbert Zimmermann, Ali El-Tayeb, Gennady G. Yegutkin, Norbert Sträter, Christa E. Muller

Publisher: WILEY

Publication year: 2019

Journal: Advanced therapeutics

Journal name in source: ADVANCED THERAPEUTICS

Journal acronym: ADV THER-GERMANY

Volume number: 2

Issue number: 10

Number of pages: 8

eISSN: 2366-3987

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/adtp.201900075

URL: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/adtp.201900075

Ecto-5'-nucleotidase (CD73, EC catalyzes the extracellular hydrolysis of AMP yielding adenosine, which induces immunosuppression, angiogenesis, metastasis, and proliferation of cancer cells. CD73 inhibition is therefore proposed as a novel strategy for cancer (immuno)therapy, and CD73 antibodies are currently undergoing clinical trials. Despite considerable efforts, the development of small molecule CD73 inhibitors has met with limited success. To develop a suitable drug candidate, a high resolution (2.05 degrees A) co-crystal structure of the CD73 inhibitor PSB-12379, a nucleotide analogue, in complex with human CD73 is determined. This allows the rational design and development of a novel inhibitor (PSB-12489) with subnanomolar inhibitory potency toward human and rat CD73, high selectivity, as well as high metabolic stability. A co-crystal structure of PSB-12489 with CD73 (1.85 degrees A) reveals the interactions responsible for increased potency. PSB-12489 is the most potent CD73 inhibitor to date representing a powerful tool compound and novel lead structure.

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