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Journal of medicinal chemistry

Studies of the synthesis of all stereoisomers of MG-132 proteasome inhibitors in the tumor targeting approach.


PMID 20112914

Abstract

MG-132 is a tripeptide aldehyde (Z-l-leu-l-leu-l-leu-H, 2) proteasome inhibitor that exerts antitumor activity and enhances cytostatic/cytotoxic effects of chemo- and radiotherapy. Because of a troublesome synthesis of tripeptides with a non-natural configuration and modified side chains of amino acids, only two stereoisomers of MG-132 have been reported. Here, we propose a new approach to the synthesis of tripeptide aldehydes based on the Ugi reaction. Chiral, enantiomerically stable 2-isocyano-4-methylpentyl acetates were used as substrates for Ugi reaction resulting in a formation of tripeptide skeletons. Further functionalization of the obtained products led to a synthesis of tripeptide aldehydes. All stereoisomers of MG-132 were synthesized and studied as potential inhibitors of chymotrypsin-like, trypsin-like, and peptidylglutamyl peptide hydrolyzing activities of proteasome. These studies demonstrated the influence of absolute configuration of chiral aldehydes on the cytostatic/cytotoxic effects of the synthesized compounds and revealed that only (S,R,S)-(-)-2 stereoisomer is a more potent proteasome inhibitor than MG-132.

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