Prostate cancer is among the leading causes of cancer related death of men in the United States. The ERG gene fusion leading to overexpression of near full-length ERG transcript and protein represents most prevalent (50-65%) prostate cancer driver gene alterations. The ERG oncoprotein overexpression persists in approximately 35% of metastatic castration resistant prostate cancers. Due to the emergence of eventual refractoriness to second- and third-generation androgen axis-based inhibitors, there remains a pressing need to develop drugs targeting other validated prostate cancer drivers such as ERG. Here we report the new and more potent ERG inhibitor ERGi-USU-6 developed by structure-activity studies from the parental ERGi-USU. We have developed an improved procedure for the synthesis of ERGi-USU-6 and identified a salt formulation that further improves its activity in biological assays for selective targeting of ERG harboring prostate cancer cells.
- Metastatic castration resistant prostate cancer
- Precision medicine
- Prostate cancer
- Small molecule