Design, Synthesis, and Biological Evaluation of Potent c-Met Inhibitors

c-Met is a receptor tyrosine kinase that plays a key role in several cellular processes but has also been found to be overexpressed and mutated in different human cancers. Consequently, targeting this enzyme has become an area of intense research in drug discovery. Our studies began with the design and synthesis of novel pyrimidone <b>7</b>, which was found to be a potent c-Met inhibitor. Subsequent SAR studies identified <b>22</b> as a more potent analog, whereas an X-ray crystal structure of <b>7</b> bound to c-Met revealed an unexpected binding conformation. This latter finding led to the development of a new series that featured compounds that were more potent both in vitro and in vivo than <b>22</b> and also exhibited different binding conformations to c-Met. Novel c-Met inhibitors have been designed, developed, and found to be potent in vitro and in vivo.