A practical drug discovery project at the undergraduate level

Fray, Michael J. and Macdonald, Simon J.F. and Baldwin, Ian R. and Barton, Nick and Brown, Jack and Campbell, Ian B. and Churcher, Ian and Coe, Diane M. and Cooper, Anthony W.J. and Craven, Andrew P. and Fisher, Gail and Inglis, Graham G.A. and Kelly, Henry A. and Liddle, John and Maxwell, Aoife C. and Patel, Vipulkumar K. and Swanson, Stephen and Wellaway, Natalie (2013) A practical drug discovery project at the undergraduate level. Drug Discovery Today, 18 (23-24). pp. 1158-1172. ISSN 1359-6446

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Abstract

A practical drug discovery project for third-year undergraduates is described. No previous knowledge of medicinal chemistry is assumed. Initial lecture-workshops cover the basic principles; then students are asked to improve the profile of a weakly potent, poorly soluble PI3K inhibitor (1). Compound array design, molecular modelling and screening data analysis are followed by laboratory work in which each student, as part of a team, attempts to synthesise at least two target compounds. The project benefits from significant industrial support, including lectures, student mentoring and consumables. The aim is to make the learning experience as close as possible to real-life industrial situations. Forty-eight target compounds have been prepared, the best of which (5b, 5j, 6b and 6ap) improved the potency and aqueous solubility of the lead compound (1) by 100-1000 fold and 10-fold, respectively.

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Additional Information: NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Drug Discovery Today. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Drug Discovery Today, 18(23-24), (2013), doi: 10.1016/j.drudis.2013.09.004
Keywords: undergraduate research project, asthma, kinase, PI3K delta, thienopyrimidines
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham UK Campus > Faculty of Science > School of Chemistry
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.drudis.2013.09.004
Depositing User: Fray, Dr M. Jonathan
Date Deposited: 23 Jul 2014 13:32
Last Modified: 16 Sep 2016 02:22
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/2292

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