Mnk inhibitors: a patent review

The alteration of mRNA translation has a crucial role in defining the changes in cellular proteome. The phosphorylation of eukaryotic initiation factor 4E by mitogen-activated protein kinase-interacting kinases (Mnks) leads to the release and translation of mRNAs of specific oncogenic proteins. In recent years, the efforts made by the pharmaceutical industry to develop novel chemical skeletons to create potent and selective Mnk inhibitors have been fruitful. The pyridone-aminal scaffold has been utilized to generate several series of Mnk inhibitors presented in multiple patent applications and research articles. Tomivosertib (eFT508) is one of the molecules with such scaffold. It is one of the first two Mnk inhibitors that entered clinical trials, and has displayed momentous activity against several solid and hematological cancers. The present compilation provides a succinct review of the current state of development of pyridone-aminal-derived Mnk inhibitors through the analysis of relevant patent applications filed in the last 5 years.

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S8275 Tomivosertib (eFT-508) Tomivosertib (eFT-508) is a potent and selective MNK1/2 inhibitor with IC50s of 2.4 nM and 1 nM, respectively. It potentially results in decreased tumor cell proliferation and tumor growth. Tomivosertib (eFT-508) inhibits eIF4E phosphorylation and dramatically downregulates PD-L1 protein abundance.

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