Preparation, biological & cheminformatics-based assessment of N2,N4-diphenylpyrimidine-2,4-diamine as potential Kinase-targeted antimalarials

Borvornwat Toviwek, Oraphan Phuangsawai, Adchatawut Konsue, Supa Hannongbua, Jennifer Riley, Nicole Mutter, Mark Anderson, Lauren Webster, Irene Hallyburton, Kevin D. Read, M. Paul Gleeson (Lead / Corresponding author)

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Twenty eight new N2,N4-diphenylpyrimidine-2,4-diamines have been prepared in order to expand our understanding of the anti-malarial SAR of the scaffold. The aim of the study was to make structural modifications to improve the overall potency, selectivity and solubility of the series by varying the anilino groups attached to the 2- and 4-position. We evaluated the activity of the compounds against Plasmodium falciparum (Pf) 3D7, cytotoxicity against HepG2, % inhibition at a panel of 10 human kinases, solubility, permeability and lipophilicity, and human and rat in vitro clearance. 11 was identified as a potent anti-malarial with an IC50 of 0.66 µM at the 3D7 strain and a selectivity (SI) of ~ 40 in terms of cytotoxicity against the HepG2 cell line. It also displayed low experimental logD7.4 (2.27), reasonable solubility (124 µg/ml), good metabolic stability, but low permeability. A proteo-chemometric workflow was employed to identify putative Pf targets of the most promising compounds. Ligand-based similarity searching of the ChEMBL database led to the identification of most probable human targets. These were then used as input for sequence-based searching of the Pf proteome. Homology modelling and molecular docking were used to evaluate whether compounds could indeed bind to these targets with valid binding modes. In vitro biological testing against close human analogs of these targets was subsequently undertaken. This allowed us to identify potential Pf targets and human anti-targets that could be exploited in future development.

Original languageEnglish
Article number116348
Number of pages13
JournalBioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
Early online date8 Aug 2021
Publication statusPublished - 15 Sept 2021


  • Plasmodium falciparum
  • N2
  • N4-diphenylpyrimidine-24-diamine
  • Protein kinases inhibitors
  • Cheminformatics
  • Structure-based design
  • Molecular docking
  • 4-diamine
  • N ,N -diphenylpyrimidine-2

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Drug Discovery
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Molecular Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Organic Chemistry


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