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Arginine Methyltransferase 5 (PRMT5) Inhibitors with 3-(1H-benzo[d]imidazol- 2-yl)anilines Core Identified by Virtual Screening and Biological Evaluation

[ Vol. 29 , Issue. 6 ]


Ying Zhang, Kongkai Zhu, Juan Zhang, Jin-He Zhang, Zhiling Song, Xinlei Zhang*, Shan-Kui Liu and Cheng-Shi Jiang*   Pages 474 - 479 ( 6 )


Background: PRMT5 is a major enzyme responsible for the post-translational symmetric demethylation of protein arginine residues, which has been validated as an effective therapeutic target for cancer. Thus, many nucleoside-based PRMT5 inhibitors have been reported in the past year.

Objective: To discover a novel series of non-nucleoside PRMT5 inhibitors through a molecular docking-based virtual screening approach.

Methods: Our in-house compound library was virtually screened using the Glide program, identifying a new PRMT5 inhibitor 1. Based on the structural similarity of hit 1, a series of structure-oriented derivatives, including 3a-3e, 7a-7g, and 12a-12f, were synthesized and selected for the inhibitory activity evaluation against PRMT5, as well as cytotoxicity against MV4-11 cell.

Results: The analogs 7a-7e with benzimidazole core exhibited potent PRMT5 inhibitory activities, with 7e displaying the most potent activity with an IC50 of 6.81 ± 0.12 μM. In the anti-proliferative assay, compound 7e showed a strong inhibitory effect on MV4-11 cell growth. Finally, the binding mode of 7e with PRMT5 was predicted to provide insights for further structural optimization.

Conclusion: The newly discovered PRMT5 inhibitors have potential antitumor activity against MV4-11 cells. This work highlighted this series of 3-(1H-benzo[d]imidazol-2-yl)aniline derivatives as novel anti-cancer lead compounds targeting PRMT5, which were worthy of further investigation.


PRMT5 inhibitor, non-nucleoside, 3-(1H-benzo[d]imidazol-2-yl)aniline, virtual screening, molecular docking, anti-proliferative.


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