Isoindole-1,3-dione derivatives as RSK2 inhibitors: synthesis, molecular docking simulation and SAR analysis†
RSK2 (p90 ribosomal S6 kinase 2) is a serine/threonine kinase expressed in a variety of cancers. Molecular-targeted inhibition of RSK2 as a potential therapeutic strategy for human cancers has been documented. In this work, a series of isoindole-1,3-dione derivatives as novel RSK2 inhibitors were designed and synthesized from a hit discovered in our previous study. Some compounds were confirmed to be moderately potent RSK2 inhibitors with IC50 values of about 0.5 μM. Structure–activity relationship analysis and binding mode studies by molecular docking were performed.