Poly(ADP-ribose)polymerase (PARP)1/2 inhibitors have been proved to be clinically effective anticancer drugs. Here we report a new PARP1/2 inhibitor, simmiparib, displaying apparently improved preclinical anticancer activities relative to the first approved inhibitor olaparib. Simmiparib inhibited PARP1/2 approximately 2-fold more potently than olaparib, with more than 90-fold selectivity over the other tested PARP family members. Simmiparib and olaparib caused similar cellular PARP1-DNA trapping. Simmiparib selectively induced the accumulation of DNA double-strand breaks, G2/M arrest and apoptosis in homologous recombination repair (HR)-deficient cells. Consistently, simmiparib showed 26- to 235-fold selectivity in its antiproliferative activity against HR-deficient cells over the corresponding isogenic HR-proficient cells. Notably, its antiproliferative activity was 43.8-fold more potent than that of olaparib in 11 HR-deficient cancer cell lines. Simmiparib also potentiated the proliferative inhibition of several conventional anticancer drugs. Simmiparib reduced the poly(ADP-ribose) formation in HR-deficient cancer cells and xenografts. When orally administered to nude mice bearing xenografts, simmiparib revealed excellent pharmacokinetic properties. Simmiparib caused approximately 10-fold greater growth inhibition than olaparib against HR-deficient human cancer cell- or tissue-derived xenografts in nude mice. Collectively, these findings support the undergoing clinical trials of simmiparib.
- Growth inhibition
- Homologous recombination repair defects
- Patient-derived xenografts
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cancer Research