In an effort to discover potent, clinically useful thrombin inhibitors, a rapid analogue synthetic approach was used to explore the P1 region. Various benzylamines were coupled to a pyridine/pyrazinone P2-P 3 template. One compound with an o-thiadiazole benzylic substitution was found to have a thrombin Ki of 0.84 nM. A study of ortho-substituted five-membered-ring heterocycles was undertaken and subsequently demonstrated that the o-triazole and tetrazole rings were optimal. Combination of these potent P1 aryl heterocycles with a variety of P2-P3 groups produced a compound with an extraordinary thrombin inhibitory activity of 1.4 pM. It is hoped that this potency enhancement in P1 will allow for more diversification in the P 2-P3 region to ultimately address additional pharmacological concerns.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||14|
|Journal||Journal of medicinal chemistry|
|State||Published - Jun 3 2004|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Molecular Medicine
- Drug Discovery