Beta-strand mimicking macrocyclic amino acids: templates for protease inhibitors with antiviral activity

Matthew P Glenn, Leonard Keith Pattenden, Robert C Reid, David P Tyssen, Joel DA Tyndall, Christopher J Birch, David P Fairlie

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New amino acids are reported in which component macrocycles are constrained to mimic tripeptides locked in a beta-strand conformation. The novel amino acids involve macrocycles functionalized with both an N- and a C-terminus enabling addition of appendages at either end to modify receptor affinity, selectivity, or membrane permeability. We show that the cycles herein are effective templates within inhibitors of HIV-1 protease. Eleven compounds originating from such bifunctionalized cyclic templates are potent inhibitors of HIV-1 protease (Ki 0.3-50 nM; pH 6.5, I = 0.1 M). Unlike normal peptides comprising amino acids, five of these macrocycle-containing compounds are potent antiviral agents with sub-micromolar potencies (IC(50) 170-900 nM) against HIV-1 replication in human MT2 cells. The most active antiviral agents are the most lipophilic, with calculated values of LogD(6.5) > or = 4. All molecules have a conformationally constrained 17-membered macrocyclic ring that has been shown to structurally mimic a tripeptide segment (Xaa)-(Val/Ile)-(Phe/Tyr) of a peptide substrate in the extended conformation. The presence of two trans amide bonds and a para-substituted aromatic ring prevents intramolecular hydrogen bonds and fixes the macrocycle in the extended conformation. Similarly constrained macrocycles may be useful templates for the creation of inhibitors for the many other proteins and proteases that recognize peptide beta-strands.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)371 - 381
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Medicinal Chemistry
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2002

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