Diacylglycerol acyltransferase-1 (DGAT-1) is the enzyme that catalyzes the final and committed step of triglyceride formation, namely, the acylation of diacylglycerol with acyl coenzyme A. DGAT-1 deficient mice demonstrate resistance to weight gain on high fat diet, improved insulin sensitivity, and reduced liver triglyceride content. Inhibition of DGAT-1 thus represents a potential novel approach for the treatment of obesity, dyslipidemia, and metabolic syndrome. In this communication, we report the identification of the lead structure 6 and our lead optimization efforts culminating in the discovery of potent, selective, and orally efficacious carboxylic acid derivatives of 2-phenyl-5-trifluoromethyloxazole-4-carboxamides. In particular, compound 29 (DGAT-1 enzyme assay, IC(50) = 57 nM; CHO-K1 cell triglyceride formation assay, EC(50) = 0.5 μM) demonstrated dose dependent inhibition of weight gain in diet induced obese (DIO) rats (0.3, 1, and 3 mg/kg, p.o., qd) during a 21-day efficacy study. Furthermore, compound 29 demonstrated improved glucose tolerance determined by an oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT).
Journal of Medicinal Chemistry 03/2011; 54(7):2433-46. DOI:10.1021/jm101580m · 5.48 Impact Factor