Synthesis and Pharmacokinetic Evaluation of Siderophore Biosynthesis Inhibitors for Mycobacterium tuberculosis

Kathryn M. Nelson, Kishore Viswanathan, Surendra Dawadi, Benjamin P. Duckworth, Helena I. Boshoff, Clifton E. Barry, Courtney C. Aldrich

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MbtA catalyzes the first committed biosynthetic step of the mycobactins, which are important virulence factors associated with iron acquisition in Mycobacterium tuberculosis. MbtA is a validated therapeutic target for antitubercular drug development. 5′-O-[N-(Salicyl)sulfamoyl]adenosine (1) is a bisubstrate inhibitor of MbtA and exhibits exceptionally potent biochemical and antitubercular activity. However, 1 suffers from suboptimal drug disposition properties resulting in a short half-life (t1/2), low exposure (AUC), and low bioavailability (F). Four strategies were pursued to address these liabilities including the synthesis of prodrugs, increasing the pKa of the acyl-sulfonyl moiety, modulation of the lipophilicity, and strategic introduction of fluorine into 1. Complete pharmacokinetic (PK) analysis of all compounds was performed. The most successful modifications involved fluorination of the nucleoside that provided substantial improvements in t1/2 and AUC. Increasing the pKa of the acyl-sulfonyl linker yielded incremental enhancements, while modulation of the lipophilicity and prodrug approaches led to substantially poorer PK parameters.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5459-5475
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of medicinal chemistry
Issue number14
StatePublished - Jul 23 2015

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