Drug discovery in the kinase inhibitory field using the nested chemical library™ technology

György Kéri, Zsolt Székelyhidi, Péter Bánhegyi, Zoltán Varga, Bálint Hegymegi-Barakonyi, Csaba Szántai-Kis, Doris Hafenbradl, Bert Klebl, Gerhard Muller, Axel Ullrich, Dániel Erös, Zoltán Horváth, Zoltán Greff, Jenö Marosfalvi, János Pató, István Szabadkai, Ildikó Szilágyi, Zsolt Szegedi, István Varga, Frigyes WáczekLászló Örfi

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Kinase inhibitors are at the forefront of modern drug research, where mostly three technologies are used for hit-and-lead finding: high throughput screening of random libraries, three-dimensional structure-based drug design based on X-ray data, and focused libraries around limited number of new cores. Our novel Nested Chemical Library™ (NCL) (Vichem Chemie Research Ltd., Budapest, Hungary) technology is based on a knowledge base approach, where focused libraries around selected cores are used to generate pharmacophore models. NCL was designed on the platform of a diverse kinase inhibitory library organized around 97 core structures. We have established a unique, proprietary kinase inhibitory chemistry around these core structures with small focused sublibraries around each core. All the compounds in our NCL library are stored in a big unified Structured Query Language database along with their measured and calculated physicochemical and ADME/toxicity (ADMET) properties, together with thousands of molecular descriptors calculated for each compound. Biochemical kinase inhibitory assays on selected, cloned kinase enzymes for a few hundred NCL compound sets can provide sufficient biological data for rational computerized design of new analogues, based on our pharmacophore model-generating 3DNET4W™ QSPAR (quantitative structure-property/activity relationships) approach. Using this pharmacophore modeling approach and the ADMET filters, we can preselect synthesizable compounds for hit-and-lead optimization. Starting from this point and integrating the information from QSPAR, high-quality leads can be generated within a small number of optimization cycles. Applying NCL technology we have developed lead compounds for several validated kinase targets.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)543-551
Number of pages9
JournalAssay and Drug Development Technologies
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - okt. 1 2005


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Medicine
  • Drug Discovery

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Kéri, G., Székelyhidi, Z., Bánhegyi, P., Varga, Z., Hegymegi-Barakonyi, B., Szántai-Kis, C., Hafenbradl, D., Klebl, B., Muller, G., Ullrich, A., Erös, D., Horváth, Z., Greff, Z., Marosfalvi, J., Pató, J., Szabadkai, I., Szilágyi, I., Szegedi, Z., Varga, I., ... Örfi, L. (2005). Drug discovery in the kinase inhibitory field using the nested chemical library™ technology. Assay and Drug Development Technologies, 3(5), 543-551. https://doi.org/10.1089/adt.2005.3.543