Title
Prodrugs of reverse fosmidomycin analogues Prodrugs of reverse fosmidomycin analogues
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Pharmaceutical, Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences. Pharmacy
Publication type
article
Publication
Washington, D.C. ,
Subject
Pharmacology. Therapy
Source (journal)
Journal of medicinal chemistry. - Washington, D.C., 1963, currens
Volume/pages
58(2015) :4 , p. 2025-2035
ISSN
0022-2623
ISI
000351186700030
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
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Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
Fosmidomycin inhibits IspC (Dxr, 1-deoxy-D-xylulose 5-phosphate reductoisomerase), a key enzyme in nonmevalonate isoprenoid biosynthesis that is essential in Plasmodium falciparum. The drug has been used successfully to treat malaria patients in clinical studies, thus validating IspC as an antimalarial target. However, improvement of the drugs pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics is desirable. Here, we show that the conversion of the phosphonate moiety into acyloxymethyl and alkoxycarbonyloxymethyl groups can increase the in vitro activity against asexual blood stages of P. falciparum by more than 1 order of magnitude. We also synthesized double prodrugs by additional esterification of the hydroxamate moiety. Prodrugs with modified hydroxamate moieties are subject to bioactivation in vitro. All prodrugs demonstrated improved antiplasmodial in vitro activity. Selected prodrugs and parent compounds were also tested for their cytotoxicity toward HeLa cells and in vivo in a Plasmodium berghei malaria model as well as in the SCID mouse P. falciparum model.
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