Falcipain Inhibitors Based on the Natural Product Gallinamide A Are Potent in Vitro and in Vivo Antimalarials

Alexander Stoye, Annette Juillard, Arthur H. Tang, Jennifer Legac, Jiri Gut, Karen L. White, Susan A. Charman, Philip J. Rosenthal, Georges E.R. Grau, Nicholas H. Hunt, Richard J. Payne

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A library of analogues of the cyanobacterium-derived depsipeptide natural product gallinamide A were designed and prepared using a highly efficient and convergent synthetic route. Analogues were shown to exhibit potent inhibitory activity against the Plasmodium falciparum cysteine proteases falcipain 2 and falcipain 3 and against cultured chloroquine-sensitive (3D7) and chloroquine-resistant (W2) strains of P. falciparum. Three lead compounds were selected for evaluation of in vivo efficacy against Plasmodium berghei infection in mice on the basis of their improved blood, plasma, and microsomal stability profiles compared with the parent natural product. One of the lead analogues cured P. berghei-infected mice in the Peters 4 day-suppressive test when administered 25 mg kg-1 intraperitoneally daily for 4 days. The compound was also capable of clearing parasites in established infections at 50 mg kg-1 intraperitoneally daily for 4 days and exhibited moderate activity when administered as four oral doses of 100 mg kg-1.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5562-5578
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Medicinal Chemistry
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 13 Jun 2019

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