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Structure-based design, synthesis, and biological evaluation of isatin derivatives as potential glycosyltransferase inhibitors.

Chemical biology & drug design (2014-06-04)
Yong Wang, Fung-Yi Chan, Ning Sun, Hok-Kiu Lui, Pui-Kin So, Siu-Cheong Yan, Kin-Fai Chan, Jiachi Chiou, Sheng Chen, Ruben Abagyan, Yun-Chung Leung, Kwok-Yin Wong
ABSTRACT

Peptidoglycan glycosyltransferase (PGT) has been shown to be an important pharmacological target for the inhibition of bacterial cell wall biosynthesis. Structure-based virtual screening of about 3,000,000 commercially available compounds against the crystal structure of the glycosyltransferase (GT) domain of the Staphylococcus aureus penicillin-binding protein 2 (S. aureus PBP2) resulted in identification of an isatin derivative, 2-(3-(2-carbamimidoylhydrazono)-2-oxoindolin-1-yl)-N-(m-tolyl)acetamide (4) as a novel potential GT inhibitor. A series of 4 derivatives were synthesized. Several compounds showed more active antimicrobial activity than the initial hit compound 4, in particular 2-(3-(2-carbamimidoylhydrazono)-2-oxoindolin-1-yl)-N-(3-nitrophenyl)acetamide (4l), against Gram-positive Bacillus subtilis and S. aureus with MIC values of 24 and 48 μg/mL, respectively. Saturation transfer difference (STD) NMR study revealed that there is a binding contact between 4l and the GT domain of S. aureus PBP2. Competitive STD-NMR further proved that 4l and moenomycin A bind to GT domain in a competitive manner. Molecular docking study suggests a potential binding pocket of 4l in the GT domain of S. aureus PBP2. Taken together, compound 4l would provide a new scaffold for further development of potent GT inhibitors.

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