A novel natural small molecule, voacangine (Voa), has been discovered as a potent antiangiogenic compound. Notably, Voa directly binds the kinase domain of the vascular endothelial growth factor receptor 2 (VEGFR2) and thereby inhibits downstream signaling. Herein, we developed synthetic small molecules based on the unique chemical structure of Voa that directly and specifically target and modulate the kinase activity of VEGFR2. Among these Voa structure analogues, Voa analogue 19 (V19) exhibited increased antiangiogenic potency against VEGF-induced VEGFR2 phosphorylation without cytotoxic effects. Moreover, treatment with V19 resulted in significant tumor cell death in a mouse xenograft model. In conclusion, this new VEGFR2 modulator, inspired from the rigid scaffold of a natural compound, Voa, is presented as a potent candidate in the development of new antiangiogenic agents.
|Tidskrift||Journal of Medicinal Chemistry|
|Status||Published - 2021 nov.|
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- Cancer och onkologi
- Cell- och molekylärbiologi