Inhibitors of HCV NS5B polymerase. Part 2: Evaluation of the northern region of (2Z)-2-benzoylamino-3-(4-phenoxy-phenyl)-acrylic acid.
ABSTRACT A novel series of non-nucleoside HCV NS5B polymerase inhibitors was prepared from a (2Z)-2-benzoylamino-3-(4-phenoxy-phenyl)-acrylic acid template. Solution and solid phase analog synthesis focused on the northern region of the template combined with structure based design led to the discovery of several potent and orally bioavailable lead compounds.
- SourceAvailable from: Gaetano Barbato[show abstract] [hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: Hepatitis C virus (HCV) exists in six major genotypes. Compared with the 1b enzyme, genotype 2b HCV polymerase exhibits a more than 100-fold reduction in sensitivity to the indole-N-acetamide class of non-nucleoside inhibitors. These compounds have been shown to bind in a pocket occupied by helix A of the mobile Lambda1 loop in the apoenzyme. The three-dimensional structure of the HCV polymerase from genotype 2b was determined to 1.9-A resolution and compared with the genotype 1b enzyme. This structural analysis suggests that genotypic variants result in a different shape of the inhibitor binding site. Mutants of the inhibitor binding pocket were generated in a 1b enzyme and evaluated for their binding affinity and sensitivity to inhibition by indole-N-acetamides. Most of the point mutants showed little variation in activity and IC(50), with the exception of 15- and 7-fold increases in IC(50) for Leu392Ile and Val494Ala mutants (1b-->2b), respectively. Furthermore, a 1b replicon with 20-fold resistance to this class of inhibitors was selected and shown to contain the Leu392Ile mutation. Chimeric enzymes, where the 2b fingertip Lambda1 loop, pocket or both replaced the corresponding regions of the 1b enzyme, were also generated. The fingertip chimera retained 1b-like inhibitor binding affinity, whereas the other two chimeric constructs and the 2b enzyme displayed between 50- and 100-fold reduction in binding affinity. Together, these data suggest that differences in the amino acid composition and shape of the indole-N-acetamide binding pocket are responsible for the resistance of the 2b polymerase to this class of inhibitors.Journal of Molecular Biology 07/2009; 390(5):1048-59. · 3.91 Impact Factor
- [show abstract] [hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: Using a support vector machine (SVM), three classification models were built to predict whether a compound is an active or weakly active inhibitor based on a dataset of 386 hepatitis C virus (HCV) NS5B polymerase NNIs (non-nucleoside analogue inhibitors) fitting into the pocket of the NNI III binding site. For each molecule, global descriptors, 2D and 3D property autocorrelation descriptors were calculated from the program ADRIANA.Code. Three models were developed with the combination of different types of descriptors. Model 2 based on 16 global and 2D autocorrelation descriptors gave the highest prediction accuracy of 88.24% and MCC (Matthews correlation coefficient) of 0.789 on test set. Model 1 based on 13 global descriptors showed the highest prediction accuracy of 86.25% and MCC of 0.732 on external test set (including 80 compounds). Some molecular properties such as molecular shape descriptors (InertiaZ, InertiaX and Span), number of rotatable bonds (NRotBond), water solubility (LogS), and hydrogen bonding related descriptors performed important roles in the interactions between the ligand and NS5B polymerase.International Journal of Molecular Sciences 01/2012; 13(4):4033-47. · 2.46 Impact Factor
- [show abstract] [hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: Hepatitis C is a viral liver infection considered as the major cause of cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Hepatitis C virus (HCV) possesses a single positive strand RNA genome encoding a polyprotein composed of approximatively 3000 amino acids. The polyprotein is cleaved at multiple sites by cellular and viral proteases to liberate structural and nonstructural (NS) proteins. NS5B, the RNA-dependent RNA polymerase (RdRp), which catalyzes the HCV RNA replication has emerged as an attractive target for the development of specifically targeted antiviral therapy for HCV (DAA, for direct-acting antivirals). In the last 10 years, a growing number of non-nucleoside compounds have been reported as RdRp inhibitors and few are undergoing clinical trials. Over the past 5 years, several reviews were published all describing potentially active molecules. To the best of our knowledge, only one review covers the structure-activity relationships.(1) In this review, we will discuss the reported non-nucleoside molecules acting as RdRp inhibitors according to their chemical class especially focusing on structure-activity relationship aspects among each class of compounds. Thereafter, we will attempt to address the global structural requirements needed for the design of specific inhibitors of RdRp.Medicinal Research Reviews 08/2012; · 9.58 Impact Factor