Bioorganic & medicinal chemistry

Development of potent antagonists for formyl peptide receptor 1 based on Boc-Phe-D-Leu-Phe-D-Leu-Phe-OH.

PMID 25035262


While stimulation of formyl peptide receptors (FPRs) on the surface of human neutrophils induces several immune responses, under conditions of continuous activation of the receptor by agonists such as formyl-Met-Leu-Phe-OH (fMLP), neutrophil-dependent tissue damage ensues. Thus, FPR antagonists could be anticipated as drugs for FPR-related disease. In this study, Boc-Phe-D-Leu-Phe-D-Leu-Phe-OH (Boc-FlFlF), one of several FPR subtype selective antagonists, was chosen and the positions at the Phe residues were optimized. We found that substitution with unnatural amino acids resulted in an improvement of two orders of magnitude. The most potent antagonist indicated FPR subtype selectivity at 1 μM. In addition to finding a potent antagonist, the structure-activity trends observed in this study should be valuable in designing a new type of FPR subtype selective antagonist.