Development and characterization of 3-(benzylsulfonamido)benzamides as potent and selective SIRT2 inhibitors
ABSTRACT Inhibitors of sirtuin-2 deacetylase (SIRT2) have been shown to be protective in various models of Huntington's disease (HD) by decreasing polyglutamine aggregation, a hallmark of HD pathology. The present study was directed at optimizing the potency of SIRT2 inhibitors containing the neuroprotective sulfobenzoic acid scaffold and improving their pharmacology. To achieve that goal, 176 analogues were designed, synthesized, and tested in deacetylation assays against the activities of major human sirtuins SIRT1-3. This screen yielded 15 compounds with enhanced potency for SIRT2 inhibition and 11 compounds having SIRT2 inhibition equal to reference compound AK-1. The newly synthesized compounds also demonstrated higher SIRT2 selectivity over SIRT1 and SIRT3. These candidates were subjected to a dose-response bioactivity assay, measuring an increase in α-tubulin K40 acetylation in two neuronal cell lines, which yielded five compounds bioactive in both cell lines and eight compounds bioactive in at least one of the cell lines tested. These bioactive compounds were subsequently tested in a tertiary polyglutamine aggregation assay, which identified five inhibitors. ADME properties of the bioactive SIRT2 inhibitors were assessed, which revealed a significant improvement of the pharmacological properties of the new entities, reaching closer to the goal of a clinically-viable candidate.
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ABSTRACT: Sirtuin 2 (SIRT2) is one of the sirtuins, a family of NAD(+)-dependent deacetylases that act on a variety of histone and non-histone substrates. Accumulating biological functions and potential therapeutic applications have drawn interest in the discovery and development of SIRT2 inhibitors. Herein we report our discovery of novel SIRT2 inhibitors using a fragment-based approach. Inspired by the purported close binding proximity of suramin and nicotinamide, we prepared two sets of fragments, namely, the naphthylamide sulfonic acids and the naphthalene-benzamides and -nicotinamides. Biochemical evaluation of these two series provided structure-activity relationship (SAR) information, which led to the design of (5-benzamidonaphthalen-1/2-yloxy)nicotinamide derivatives. Among these inhibitors, one compound exhibited high anti-SIRT2 activity (48 nM) and excellent selectivity for SIRT2 over SIRT1 and SIRT3. In vitro, it also increased the acetylation level of α-tubulin, a well-established SIRT2 substrate, in both concentration- and time-dependent manners. Further kinetic studies revealed that this compound behaves as a competitive inhibitor against the peptide substrate and most likely as a noncompetitive inhibitor against NAD(+). Taken together, these results indicate that we have discovered a potent and selective SIRT2 inhibitor whose novel structure merits further exploration.Journal of Medicinal Chemistry 10/2014; 57(20). DOI:10.1021/jm500777s · 5.48 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Inhibitors of sirtuin-2 (SIRT2) deacetylase have been shown to be protective in various models of Huntington’s disease (HD) by decreasing polyglutamine aggregation, a hallmark of HD pathology. The present study was directed at optimizing the potency of SIRT2 inhibitors containing the 3-(benzylsulfonamido)benzamide scaffold and improving their metabolic stability. Molecular modeling and docking studies revealed an unfavorable role of the sulfonamide moiety for SIRT2 binding. This prompted us to replace the sulfonamide with thioether, sulfoxide, or sulfone groups. The thioether analogues were the most potent SIRT2 inhibitors with a two-threefold increase in potency relative to their corresponding sulfonamide analogues. The newly synthesized compounds also demonstrated higher SIRT2 selectivity over SIRT1 and SIRT3. Two thioether-derived compounds (17 and 18) increased α-tubulin acetylation in a dose-dependent manner in at least one neuronal cell line, and 18 was found to inhibit polyglutamine aggregation in PC12 cells.ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters 04/2015; 6(5):150407154656003. DOI:10.1021/acsmedchemlett.5b00075 · 3.07 Impact Factor