Table_4_Discovery and Identification of Pyrazolopyramidine Analogs as Novel Potent Androgen Receptor Antagonists.docx
Androgen receptor (AR), an important target in the current androgen derivation therapy, plays a critical role in the development and progress of prostate cancer (PCa). Nonsteroidal antiandrogens, such as enzalutamide and bicalutamide, are commonly used in clinic to treat PCa. Though they are very effective at the beginning, drug resistance problem appears after about 18 months. One of the reasons is that these antiandrogens share similar structure skeleton. Therefore, it is urgent to discover novel antiandrogens with different skeletons for resistance problem. Herein, we combined structure- and ligand-based methodologies for virtual screening chemical databases to identify potent AR antagonists. Then the cytotoxic activities of the screened hit samples were evaluated by using LNCaP prostate cancer cells. Virtual screening and biological evaluation assay results suggest that several chemicals with novel pyrazolopyrimidine skeleton can inhibit the proliferation of prostate cancer cells with similar, or even higher, bioactivities to bicalutamide. AR reporter gene assay experiments proved that Compound III showed potential antagonistic effects. In addition, molecular dynamics simulations results proved that Compound III can properly bind to AR and prevent helix 12 (H12) from closing to distort the formation of activation function 2 (AF2) site, resulting in the invalid transcription. Hence, pyrazolopyrimidine was discovered as a novel, potent and promising antiandrogen skeleton deserved to be further studied.