Tumor cells normally depend on both glycolysis and oxidative phosphorylation (OXPHOS) to provide the energy and macromolecule building blocks needed to enable continued tumor cell growth. Genetic or epigenetic inactivation of one of these two redundant pathways represents a metabolic vulnerability that should be susceptible to an inhibitor of the other pathway. Through an extensive medicinal chemistry campaign, IACS-10759 was identified as a potent inhibitor of complex I of oxidative phosphorylation. In isolated mitochondria or permeabilized cells, ATP production or oxygen consumption was inhibited at single digit nM concentrations in the presence of malate/glutamate, but not succinate. More directly, IACS-10759 inhibited the conversion of NADH to NAD+ in an immunoprecipitated complex I assay at low nM concentrations. Using genetic and pharmacological approaches, the specific complex I subunit inhibited by IACS-10759 has been identified and the mechanism of complex I inhibition is being investigated. Importantly, IACS-10759 is orally bioavailable with excellent physicochemical properties in preclinical species and achieved significant in vivo efficacy with daily oral dosing of 10-25 mg/kg. Specifically, there was a >50 day extension of median survival in an orthotopic AML cell line xenograft and robust regression in DLBCL and GBM xenograft models. In light of these results, as well as its drug like profile IACS-10759 has entered IND enabling studies with first-in-human studies targeted for third quarter of 2015.

Citation Format: Marina Protopopova, Madhavi Bandi, Jennifer Bardenhagen, Christopher Bristow, Christopher Carroll, Edward Chang, Ningping Feng, Jason Gay, Mary Geck Do, Jennifer Greer, Marina Konopleva, Polina Matre, Zhijun Kang, Gang Liu, Florian Muller, Timothy Lofton, Timothy McAfoos, Yuting Sun, Melinda Smith, Jay Theroff, Yuanqiang Wu, Lynda Chin, Giulio Draetta, Philip Jones, Carlo Toniatti, M. Emilia Di Francesco, Joseph R. Marszalek. IACS-10759: A novel OXPHOS inhibitor which selectively kill tumors with metabolic vulnerabilities. [abstract]. In: Proceedings of the 106th Annual Meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research; 2015 Apr 18-22; Philadelphia, PA. Philadelphia (PA): AACR; Cancer Res 2015;75(15 Suppl):Abstract nr 4380. doi:10.1158/1538-7445.AM2015-4380