The Aurora kinases are a family of serine/threonine kinases that mediate multiple events in cell division. Humans have three Aurora kinases, A, B and C, that are differentially localized and mediate distinct functions during mitosis. Because the Aurora kinases play a key role in mitosis and are overexpressed in multiple human tumor types, there has been considerable interest in developing Aurora kinase inhibitors as antitumor agents. A number of small-molecule Aurora kinase inhibitors have been reported and there are several compounds currently in Phase I/II clinical trials for cancer. ABT-348 is a novel, potent and orally bioavailable inhibitor of the Aurora kinases as well as the VEGF and PDGF families of receptor tyrosine kinases and is currently in Phase I clinical trials. Herein we describe the discovery and preparation of this molecule including the SAR work that provided improved Aurora kinase potency, aqueous solubility and oral bioavailability with reduced hERG and CYP liabilities relative to earlier analogs.

Citation Format: {Authors}. {Abstract title} [abstract]. In: Proceedings of the AACR-NCI-EORTC International Conference: Molecular Targets and Cancer Therapeutics; 2011 Nov 12-16; San Francisco, CA. Philadelphia (PA): AACR; Mol Cancer Ther 2011;10(11 Suppl):Abstract nr C202.