Discovery of 4-morpholino-6-aryl-1H-pyrazolo[3,4-d]pyrimidines as highly potent and selective ATP-competitive inhibitors of the mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR): Optimization of the 6-aryl substituent Academic Article uri icon


MeSH Major

  • Adenosine Triphosphate
  • Protein Kinase Inhibitors
  • Protein Kinases
  • Pyrimidines


  • Design and synthesis of a series of 4-morpholino-6-aryl-1H-pyrazolo[3,4-d]pyrimidines as potent and selective inhibitors of the mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) are described. Optimization of the 6-aryl substituent led to the discovery of inhibitors carrying 6-ureidophenyl groups, the first reported active site inhibitors of mTOR with subnanomolar inhibitory concentrations. The data presented in this paper show that 6-arylureidophenyl substituents led to potent mixed inhibitors of mTOR and phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase alpha (PI3K-alpha), whereas 6-alkylureidophenyl appendages gave highly selective mTOR inhibitors. Combination of 6-alkylureidophenyl groups with 1-carbamoylpiperidine substitution resulted in compounds with subnanomolar IC(50) against mTOR and greater than 1000-fold selectivity over PI3K-alpha. In addition, structure based drug design resulted in the preparation of several 6-arylureidophenyl-1H-pyrazolo[3,4-d]pyrimidines, substituted in the 4-position of the arylureido moiety with water solubilizing groups. These compounds combined potent mTOR inhibition (IC(50) < 1 nM) with unprecedented activity in cellular proliferation assays (IC(50) < 1 nM).

publication date

  • December 24, 2009



  • Academic Article



  • eng

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1021/jm9013828

PubMed ID

  • 19894727

Additional Document Info

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  • 8010

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  • 24


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