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4-(3',5'-Dibromo-4'-hydroxyphenyl)amino-6,7-dimethoxyquinazoline (WHI-P97) is a rationally designed potent inhibitor of Janus kinase (JAK)-3. Treatment of mast cells with WHI-P97 inhibited the translocation of 5-lipoxygenase (5-LO) from the nucleoplasm to the nuclear membrane and consequently 5-LO-dependent leukotriene (LT) synthesis after IgE receptor/FcepsilonRI crosslinking by >90% at low micromolar concentrations. WHI-P97 did not directly inhibit the enzymatic activity of 5-LO, but prevented its translocation to the nuclear membrane without affecting the requisite calcium signal. WHI-P97 was very well tolerated in mice, with no signs of toxicity at dose levels ranging from 5 microg/kg to 50 mg/kg, and LD(10) was not reached at a 50 mg/kg dose level when administered as a single i. p. or i.v. bolus dose. Therapeutic WHI-P97 concentrations, which inhibit mast cell leukotriene synthesis in vitro, could easily be achieved in vivo after the i.v. or i.p. administration of a single nontoxic 40 mg/kg bolus dose of WHI-P97. Notably, WHI-P97 showed promising biological activity in a mouse model of allergic asthma at nontoxic dose levels. Treatment of ovalbumin-sensitized mice with WHI-P97 prevented the development of airway hyper-responsiveness to methacholine in a dose-dependent fashion. Furthermore, WHI-P97 inhibited the eosinophil recruitment to the airway lumen after the ovalbumin challenge in a dose-dependent fashion. Further development of WHI-P97 may therefore provide the basis for new and effective treatment as well as prevention programs for allergic asthma in clinical settings.


R Malaviya, C L Chen, C Navara, R Malaviya, X P Liu, M Keenan, B Waurzyniak, F M Uckun. Treatment of allergic asthma by targeting janus kinase 3-dependent leukotriene synthesis in mast cells with 4-(3', 5'-dibromo-4'-hydroxyphenyl)amino-6,7-dimethoxyquinazoline (WHI-P97). The Journal of pharmacology and experimental therapeutics. 2000 Dec;295(3):912-26

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