ABSTRACT: The development of the structure-activity studies leading to the discovery of anacetrapib is described. These studies focused on varying the substitution of the oxazolidinone ring of the 5-aryloxazolidinone system. Specifically, it was found that substitution of the 4-position with a methyl group with the cis-stereochemistry relative to the 5-aryl group afforded compounds with increased cholesteryl ester transfer protein (CETP) inhibition potency and a robust in vivo effect on increasing HDL-C levels in transgenic mice expressing cynomolgus monkey CETP.
Journal of Medicinal Chemistry 06/2011; 54(13):4880-95. · 4.80 Impact Factor