[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: In ongoing studies towards novel hepatitis C virus (HCV) therapeutics, inhibitors of nonstructural protein 5A (NS5A) were evaluated. Specifically, starting from previously reported lead compounds, peripheral substitution patterns of a series of biaryl-linked pyrrolidine NS5A replication complex inhibitors were probed and structure–activity relationships were elucidated. Using molecular modelling and a supercritical fluid chromatographic (SFC) technique, intramolecular H-bonding and peripheral functional group topology were evaluated as key determinants of activity and membrane permeability. The novel compounds exhibited retained potency as compared with the lead compounds, and also showed promising results against a panel of resistance viruses. Together, the results of the study take us a step closer towards understanding the potency of daclatasvir, a clinical candidate upon which the compounds were based, and to designing improved analogues as second-generation antiviral agents targeting NS5A.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Nonstructural protein 5A (NS5A) represents a novel target for the treatment of hepatitis C virus (HCV). Daclatasvir, recently reported by Bristol–Myers–Squibb, is a potent NS5A inhibitor currently under investigation in phase 3 clinical trials. While the performance of daclatasvir has been impressive, the emergence of resistance could prove problematic and as such, improved analogues are being sought. By varying the biphenyl-imidazole unit of daclatasvir, novel inhibitors of HCV NS5A were identified with an improved resistance profile against mutant strains of the virus while retaining the picomolar potency of daclatasvir. One compound in particular, methyl ((S)-1-((S)-2-(4-(4-(6-(2-((S)-1-((methoxycarbonyl)-L-valyl)pyrrolidin-2-yl)-1H-imidazol-5-yl)quinoxalin-2-yl)phenyl)-1H-imidazol-2-yl)pyrrolidin-1-yl)-3-methyl-1-oxobutan-2-yl)carbamate (17), exhibited very promising activity and showed good absorption and a long predicted human pharmacokinetic half-life. This compound represents a promising lead that warrants further evaluation.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: A flexible route which enables access to derivatives of 4-amino-1,3-dihydroimidazo[4,5-c]pyridin-2-ones is described. Issues of selectivity, reaction safety, and low yields in original routes are overcome with the key improvements to the route, including a Negishi cross-coupling and use of a carbamate as a protecting group and intrinsic carbonyl source. The new route enables variation of C-6 and N-1 substituents.
No preview · Article · Nov 2011 · Tetrahedron Letters
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The discovery of a series of highly potent and novel TLR7 agonist interferon inducers is described. Structure-activity relationships are presented, along with pharmacokinetic studies of a lead molecule from this series of N9-pyridylmethyl-8-oxo-3-deazapurine analogues. A rationale for the very high potency observed is offered. An investigation of the clearance mechanism of this class of compounds in rat was carried out, resulting in aldehyde oxidase mediated oxidation being identified as a key component of the high clearance observed. A possible solution to this problem is discussed.
No preview · Article · Oct 2011 · Bioorganic & medicinal chemistry letters
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The development and implementation of a scalable process for the manufacture of the Toll-like receptor (TLR7) agonist PF-4171455 (1) is described. Initial routes used to synthesise 1 in milligram quantities were unsuitable for large-scale synthesis to provide bulk material. As part of the transfer between Medicinal Chemistry and Research-API, collaboration provided a fit for purpose route for the kilo-scale synthesis of 1. Key aspects of the synthesis included (i) a safe and practical synthesis of a key nitropyridone intermediate 7 over four steps, (ii) a sequential regioselective chlorination to selectively functionalise 7 and (iii) use of a carbamate as a tethered carbonyl group, allowing an efficient regiospecific synthesis of 1.
No preview · Article · May 2011 · Organic Process Research & Development
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: A series of heterocycle analogues of an adenine template were explored for TLR7 agonist potency and pharmacokinetics. One compound was identified with an excellent pharmacokinetic, in vitro potency and in vivo interferon induction profile in a mouse model, and was selected for further pre-clinical evaluation as a potential treatment for hepatitis C viral infection.
Full-text · Article · Mar 2011 · Medicinal Chemistry Communication
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The synthesis and structure-activity relationships of a series of novel interferon inducers are described. Pharmacokinetic studies and efficacy assessment of a series of 8-oxo-3-deazapurine analogues led to the identification of compound 33, a potent and selective agonist of the TLR7 receptor with an excellent in vivo efficacy profile in a mouse model.
No preview · Article · Mar 2011 · Bioorganic & medicinal chemistry letters
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The synthesis and structure-activity relationship of a series of novel gp120-CD4 inhibitors are described. Pharmacokinetic studies and antiviral spectrum assessment of lead compounds led to the identification of compound 36, a potent gp120-CD4 inhibitor which exhibited antiviral potency across a spectrum of 25 clade B isolates.
No preview · Article · Aug 2009 · Bioorganic & medicinal chemistry letters
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: A series of piperazine derivatives were designed and synthesised as gp120-CD4 inhibitors. SAR studies led to the discovery of potent inhibitors in a cell based anti viral assay represented by compounds 9 and 28. The rat pharmacokinetic and antiviral profiles of selected compounds are also presented.