Screening of synthetic and natural product databases: Identification of novel androgens and antiandrogens

Claudia Bobach, Stephanie Tennstedt, Kristin Palberg, Annika Denkert, Wolfgang Brandt, Armin De Meijere, Barbara Seliger, Ludger A. Wessjohann*

*Corresponding author for this work
7 Citations (Scopus)


The androgen receptor is an important pharmaceutical target for a variety of diseases. This paper presents an in silico/in vitro screening procedure to identify new androgen receptor ligands. The two-step virtual screening procedure uses a three-dimensional pharmacophore model and a docking/scoring routine. About 39,000 filtered compounds were docked with PLANTS and scored by Chemplp. Subsequent to virtual screening, 94 compounds, including 28 steroidal and 66 nonsteroidal compounds, were tested by an androgen receptor fluorescence polarization ligand displacement assay. As a result, 30 compounds were identified that show a relative binding affinity of more than 50% in comparison to 100 nM dihydrotestosterone and were classified as androgen receptor binders. For 11 androgen receptor binders of interest IC50 and Ki values were determined. The compound with the highest affinity exhibits a Ki value of 10.8 nM. Subsequent testing of the 11 compounds in a PC-3 and LNCaP multi readout proliferation assay provides insights into the potential mode of action. Further steroid receptor ligand displacement assays and docking studies on estrogen receptors α and β, glucocorticoid receptor, and progesterone receptor gave information about the specificity of the 11 most active compounds.

Original languageEnglish
JournalEuropean Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Pages (from-to)267-279
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - 27.01.2015


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