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Journal of Medicinal Chemistry

Thierry Lioux, Marc-Antoine Mauny, Alain Lamoureux, Nicolas Bascoul, Mathieu Hays, Fabienne Vernejoul, Anne-Sophie Baudru, Cédric Boularan, Justine Lopes-Vicente, Gregory Qushair, Gérard Tiraby
We describe novel STING-activating cyclic dinucleotides whose constituent nucleosides are adenosine and inosine, and that vary by ribose substitution, internucleotide linkage position and phosphate modification. In mammalian cells in vitro, some of these cAIMP analogs induce greater STING-dependent IRF and NF-κB pathway signaling than do the reference agonists for murine (DMXAA) or human (2',3'-cGAMP) STING. In human blood ex vivo, they induce type I interferons (IFNs) and pro-inflammatory cytokines: for the former, 3',3'-cAIMP (9; EC50: 6...
October 26, 2016: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Xingyue Ji, Jinhua Chen, Guang-Hui Zheng, Meng-Hao Huang, Lei Zhang, Jie Jin, Hong Yi, Jian-Dong Jiang, Zong-Gen Peng, Zhuo-Rong Li
There still remains a need to develop new anti-HCV agents with distinct mechanism of action (MOA) due to the occurrence of resistance to direct-acting antiviral agents (DAAs). Cajanine, a stilbenic component isolated from Cajanus cajan L., was identified as a potent HCV inhibitor by phenotypic screening in this work (EC50 = 3.17±0.75 μM). The intensive structure optimization provided significant insights into the structure-activity relationships. Furthermore, the MOA study revealed that cajanine inhibited HCV replications via down-regulating a cellular protein chondroitin sulfate N-acetylgalactosaminyltransferase 1...
October 26, 2016: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Travis S Hughes, Jinsai Shang, Richard Brust, Ian Mitchelle S de Vera, Jakob Fuhrmann, Claudia Ruiz, Michael D Cameron, Theodore M Kamenecka, Douglas J Kojetin
In a previous study, a co-crystal structure of PPARγ bound to 2-chloro-N-(3-chloro-4-((5-chlorobenzo[d]thiazol-2-yl)thio)phenyl)-4-(trifluoromethyl)benzenesulfonamide (1, T2384) revealed two orthosteric pocket binding modes attributed to a concentration-dependent biochemical activity profile. However, 1 also bound an alternate/allosteric site that could alternatively account for the profile. Here, we show ligand aggregation afflicts the activity profile of 1 in biochemical assays. However, ligand-observed fluorine (19F) and protein-observed NMR confirms 1 binds PPARγ with two orthosteric binding modes and an allosteric site...
October 26, 2016: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Bryan H Norman, Jeff S McDermott
The neurotrophin nerve growth factor (NGF) has been implicated as a key mediator of chronic pain. NGF binds the tropomysin receptor kinase A (TrkA) and p75, resulting in the activation of downstream signaling pathways that have been linked to pro-nociception. While anti-NGF antibodies have demonstrated analgesia both preclinically and in patients, the mechanism of action of these agents remains unclear. We describe ligands targeting NGF, its receptors, and downstream/related targets. This Perspective highlights large and small molecule approaches to targeting the NGF-TrkA pathway both extra- and intracellularly...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Andreas Gollner, Dorothea Rudolph, Heribert Arnhof, Markus Bauer, Sophia Maria Blake, Guido Boehmelt, Xiao-Ling Cockcroft, Georg Dahmann, Peter Ettmayer, Thomas Gerstberger, Jale Karolyi-Oezguer, Dirk Kessler, Christiane Kofink, Juergen Ramharter, Jörg Rinnenthal, Alexander Savchenko, Renate Schnitzer, Harald Weinstabl, Ulrike Weyer-Czernilofsky, Tobias Wunberg, Darryl B McConnell
Scaffold modification based on Wang´s pioneering MDM2-p53 inhibitors led to novel, chemically stable spiro-oxindole compounds bearing a spiro[3H-indole-3,2´-pyrrolidin]-2(1H)-one scaffold that are not prone to epimerization as observed for the initial spiro[3H-indole-3,3´-pyrrolidin]-2(1H)-one scaffold. Further structure based optimization inspired by natural product architectures led to a complex fused ring system ideally suited to bind to the MDM2 protein and to interrupt its protein-protein interaction (PPI) with TP53...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Tony Fröhlich, Svetlana B Tsogoeva
In order to overcome one of the greatest challenges in malaria treatment, drug resistance, new drug candidates are urgently needed, which should preferably act via novel mechanisms. Successful optimization of a phenotypic screening hit based on a quinoline-4-carboxamide derivative resulted in the highly promising lead structure 4, which according to the Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV) met the efficacy and drug metabolism and pharmacokinetics (DMPK) requirements for a malaria drug target candidate and consequently was selected for preclinical development...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Chantal Cossette, Shishir Chourey, Qiuji Ye, Chintam Nagendra Reddy, Vivek Gore, Sylvie Gravel, Irina Slobodchikova, Dajana Vuckovic, Joshua Rokach, William S Powell
The potent eosinophil chemoattractant 5-oxo-6,8,11,14-eicosatetraenoic acid (5-oxo-ETE) is a 5-lipoxygenase product that acts via the selective OXE receptor, which is present in many species, but not rodents. We previously reported that the indole 230 is a potent human OXE receptor antagonist. The objective of the present study was to determine whether the monkey would be a suitable animal model to investigate its pharmaceutical potential. We found that monkey leukocytes synthesize and respond to 5-oxo-ETE, and that 230 is a potent antagonist of the OXE receptor in monkey eosinophils...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Wei Tuo, Natascha Leleu-Chavain, John Spencer, Supojjanee Sansook, Regis Millet, Philippe Chavatte
Fatty acid ethanolamides (FAEs) and endocannabinoids (ECs) have been shown to alleviate pain and inflammation, regulate motility and appetite, and produce anti-cancer, anxiolytic, and neuroprotective efficacies via cannabinoid receptor type 1 (CB1) or type 2 (CB2), or via peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor α (PPAR-α) stimulation. FAEs and ECs are synthesized by a series of endogenous enzymes, including N-acylphosphatidylethanolamine-phospholipase D (NAPE-PLD), diacylglycerol lipase (DAGL), or phospholipase C (PLC), and their metabolism is mediated by several metabolic enzymes, including fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH), monoacylglycerol lipase (MAGL), N-acylethanolamine acid amidase (NAAA), or cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2)...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Sarah Elizabeth Skerratt, Mark D Andrews, Sharan K Bagal, James Bilsland, David Brown, Peter J Bungay, Susan Cole, Karl R Gibson, Russell Jones, Inaki Morao, Angus Nedderman, Kiyoyuki Omoto, Colin Robinson, Thomas Ryckmans, Kimberly Skinner, Paul Anthony Stupple, Gareth Waldron
The neurotrophin family of growth factors, comprised of nerve growth factor (NGF), brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), neurotrophin 3 (NT3) and neurotrophin 4 (NT4), is implicated in the physiology of chronic pain. Given the clinical efficacy of anti-NGF monoclonal antibody (mAb) therapies, there is significant interest in the development of small molecule modulators of neurotrophin activity. Neurotrophins signal through the tropomyosin related kinase (Trk) family of tyrosine kinase receptors, hence Trk kinase inhibition represents a potentially "druggable" point of intervention...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Apirat Chaikuad, Julien Diharce, Martin Schröder, Alicia Foucourt, Bertrand Leblond, Anne-Sophie Casagrande, Laurent Desire, Pascal Bonnet, Stefan Knapp, Thierry Besson
Methyl 9-anilinothiazolo[5,4-f]quinazoline-2-carbimidates 1 (EHT 5372) and 2 (EHT 1610) are strong inhibitors of DYRK's family kinases. The crystal structures of the complex revealed a non-canonical binding mode of compound 1 and 2 in DYRK2 explaining the remarkable selectivity and potency of these inhibitors. The structural data and comparison presented here provide therefore a template for further improvement of this inhibitor class and for the development of novel inhibitors selectively targeting DYRK kinase...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Marco Falasca, Justin R Hamilton, Maria Selvadurai, Krithika Sundaram, Aleksandra Adamska, Philip E Thompson
The phosphoinositide 3-kinases (PI3Ks) are a family of lipid kinases central to regulating a wide range of important intracellular processes. Despite the vast knowledge around class I PI3Ks, the class II PI3Ks have been neglected, seemingly only due to the chronology of their discovery. Here we focus on the cellular functions of the three class II PI3K isoforms, PI3KC2α, PI3KC2β, and PI3KC2γ, in different cell systems and underline the emerging importance of these enzymes in different physiological and pathological contexts...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Ingo Muegge, Prasenjit Mukherjee
A statistical analysis of 203 high-throughput screens was conducted studying the propensity of small molecules in the Boehringer Ingelheim screening deck to show biological activity after having tested inactive previously in a growing number of screening assays. Dark chemical matter (DCM) compounds, which have been tested and found inactive in 50 or more assays, exhibit hit rates that are comparable to those of compounds tested in much fewer assays. Only compounds tested inactive in 125 or more assays start showing a hit rate deterioration of up to 40% compared to compounds tested in less than 25 assays...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Jesse McClure, Cheng Zhang, Elizabeth Inks, Yuri K Peterson, Jiaying Li, C James Chou
One of the biggest hurdles yet to be overcome for the continued improvement of Histone Deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitors is finding alternative motifs equipotent to the classic and ubiquitously used hydroxamic acid. The N-hydroxyl group of this motif is highly subject to sulfation/glucoronidation-based inactivation in humans; compounds containing this motif require much higher dosing in clinic to achieve therapeutic concentrations. With the goal of developing a second generation of HDAC inhibitors, lacking this hydroxamate, we designed a series of potent and selective class I HDAC inhibitors using a hydrazide motif...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Pravin Kumar Ankush Jagtap, Divita Garg, Tobias G Kapp, Cindy L Will, Oliver Demmer, Reinhard Luhrmann, Horst Kessler, Michael Sattler
U2AF homology motifs (UHMs) are atypical RNA Recognition Motif (RRM) domains that mediate critical protein-protein interactions during the regulation of alternative pre-mRNA splicing and other processes. The recognition of UHM domains by UHM Ligand Motif (ULM) peptide sequences plays important roles during early steps of spliceosome assembly. Splicing factor 45 kDa (SPF45) is an alternative splicing factor implicated in breast and lung cancer and splicing regulation of apoptosis-linked pre-mRNAs by SPF45 was shown to depend on interactions of its UHM domain with ULM motifs in constitutive splicing factors...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Olga Gherbovet, Maria Concepcion Garcia Alvarez, Jérôme Bignon, Fanny Roussi
The first example of vinca derivatives 16-18 able to modulate P-glycoprotein (Pgp) efflux activity is reported. They were elaborated in two steps from vinorelbine 3 (VLN) by a modification of the velbenamine moiety. These compounds were able to decrease efficiently Pgp mediated influx and efflux of rhodamine-123 (Rho) and to restore the cytotoxicity of vinorelbine 3 (VLN) and doxorubicin (Dox) on K562R (dox-resistant) cell lines.
October 18, 2016: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Nayan Patel, Paula Pera, Penny Joshi, Mykhaylo Dukh, Walter A Tabaczynski, Kevin E Siters, Mark Kryman, Ravindra R Cheruku, Farukh Durrani, Joseph R Missert, Ramona Watson, Tymish Y Ohulchanskyy, Erin Tracy, Heinz Baumann, Ravindra K Pandey
We report herein, the synthesis and biological efficacy of near-infrared (NIR), bacteriochlorin analogs: 3-(1'-butyloxy)ethyl-3-deacetyl-bacteriopurpurin-18-N-butylimide methyl ester (3) and the corresponding carboxylic acid 10. In in vitro assays, compared to its methyl ester analog 3, the corresponding carboxylic acid derivative 10 showed higher photosensitizing efficacy. However, due to drastically different pharmacokinetics in vivo, the PS 3 (HPLC purity > 99%) showed higher tumor uptake and long-term tumor cure than 10 (HPLC purity > 96...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Jeremy L Yap, Lijia Chen, Maryanna E Lanning, Steven Fletcher
A hallmark of cancer is the evasion of apoptosis, which is often associated with the upregulation of the anti-apoptotic members of the Bcl-2 family of proteins. The prosurvival function of the anti-apoptotic Bcl-2 proteins is manifested by capturing the pro-apoptotic Bcl-2 proteins through their BH3 death domains. Accordingly, strategies to antagonize the anti-apoptotic Bcl-2 proteins have largely focused on the development of low-molecular-weight, synthetic and selective BH3 mimetics ("magic bullets") to disrupt the protein-protein interactions between anti- and pro-apoptotic Bcl-2 proteins...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Chafiq Hamdouchi, Steven D Kahl, Anjana Patel Lewis, Guemalli R Cardona, Richard W Zink, Keyue Chen, Thomas E Eessalu, James V Ficorilli, Marialuisa C Marcelo, Keith A Otto, Kelly L Wilbur, Jayana P Lineswala, Jared L Piper, D Scott Coffey, Stephanie A Sweetana, Joseph V Haas, Dawn A Brooks, Edward J Pratt, Ruth M Belin, Mark A Deeg, Xiaosu Ma, Ellen A Cannady, Jason T Johnson, Nathan P Yumibe, Qi Chen, Pranab Maiti, Chahrzad Montrose-Rafizadeh, Yanyun Chen, Anne Reifel Miller
The G protein-coupled receptor 40 (GPR40) also known as Free Fatty Acid Receptor 1 (FFAR1) is highly expressed in pancreatic, islet cells and responds to endogenous fatty acids resulting in amplification of insulin secretion only in the presence of elevated glucose levels. Hypothesis driven structural modifications to endogenous FFAs, focused on breaking planarity and reducing lipophilicity, led to the identification of spiropiperidine and tetrahydroquinoline acid derivatives as GPR40 agonists with unique pharmacology, selectivity and pharmacokinetic properties...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Nis Halland, Jörg Czech, Werngard Czechtizky, Andreas Evers, Markus Follmann, Markus Kohlmann, Herman A Schreuder, Christopher Kallus
Previously disclosed TAFIa inhibitors having a urea zinc-binding motif were used as the starting point for the development of a novel class of highly potent inhibitors having a sulfamide zinc-binding motif. High-resolution X-ray cocrystal structures were used to optimize the structures and reveal a highly unusual sulfamide configuration. A selected sulfamide was profiled in vitro and in vivo and displayed a promising ADMET profile.
October 17, 2016: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Claire Le Manach, Aloysius T Nchinda, Tanya Paquet, Diego Gonzalez Cabrera, Yassir Younis Adam, Ze Han, Sridevi Bashyam, Mohammed Zabiulla, Dale Taylor, Nina Lawrence, Karen L White, Susan A Charman, David Waterson, Michael J Witty, Sergio Wittlin, Mariette E Botha, Sindisiswe H Nondaba, Janette Reader, Lyn-Marie Birkholtz, Maria Belen Jimenez-Diaz, Maria S Martínez-Martínez, Santiago Ferrer-Bazaga, Iñigo Angulo-Barturen, Stephan Meister, Yevgeniya Antonova-Koch, Elizabeth A Winzeler, Leslie J Street, Kelly Chibale
Introduction of water-solubilizing groups on the 5-phenyl ring of a 2-aminopyrazine series led to the identification of highly potent compounds against the blood life-cycle stage of the human malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum. Several compounds displayed high in vivo efficacy in two different mouse models for malaria, P. berghei-infected mice and P. falciparum-infected NOD-scid IL-2Rγnull mice. One of the frontrunners, compound 3, was identified to also have good pharmacokinetics, and additionally, very potent activity against the liver and gametocyte parasite life-cycle stages...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
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