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Synthesis, structure-activity, and structure-stability relationships of 2-substituted-N-(4-oxo-3-oxetanyl) N-acylethanolamine acid amidase (NAAA) inhibitors.

ChemMedChem (2014-01-10)
Romina Vitale, Giuliana Ottonello, Rita Petracca, Sine Mandrup Bertozzi, Stefano Ponzano, Andrea Armirotti, Anna Berteotti, Mauro Dionisi, Andrea Cavalli, Daniele Piomelli, Tiziano Bandiera, Fabio Bertozzi
ABSTRACT

N-Acylethanolamine acid amidase (NAAA) is a cysteine amidase that preferentially hydrolyzes saturated or monounsaturated fatty acid ethanolamides (FAEs), such as palmitoylethanolamide (PEA) and oleoylethanolamide (OEA), which are endogenous agonists of nuclear peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-α (PPAR-α). Compounds that feature an α-amino-β-lactone ring have been identified as potent and selective NAAA inhibitors and have been shown to exert marked anti-inflammatory effects that are mediated through FAE-dependent activation of PPAR-α. We synthesized and tested a series of racemic, diastereomerically pure β-substituted α-amino-β-lactones, as either carbamate or amide derivatives, investigating the structure-activity and structure-stability relationships (SAR and SSR) following changes in β-substituent size, relative stereochemistry at the α- and β-positions, and α-amino functionality. Substituted carbamate derivatives emerged as more active and stable than amide analogues, with the cis configuration being generally preferred for stability. Increased steric bulk at the β-position negatively affected NAAA inhibitory potency, while improving both chemical and plasma stability.

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