Document Type

Article

Language

eng

Publication Date

9-5-2018

Publisher

Elsevier

Source Publication

Tetrahedron Letters

Source ISSN

0040-4039

Abstract

A simplified bicyclic scaffold inspired by the antifungal natural product sordarin was designed and synthesized which maintains the carboxylic acid/aldehyde (or nitrile) pharmacophore. Docking studies with the target for sordarin, the fungal protein eukaryotic elongation factor 2 (eEF2), suggested that the novel scaffolds may bind productively. A densely functionalized chiral cyclopentadiene was constructed in 8 steps and utilized in a Diels-Alder reaction with acrylonitrile. The resulting [2.2.1] cycloheptene was transformed into a scaffold possessing vicinal carboxylic acid and nitrile groups, with orientations predicted to provide high affinity for eEF2. The synthetic approach disclosed here sets the stage for a renewed medicinal chemistry campaign against eEF2.

Comments

Accepted version. Tetrahedron Letters, Vol 59, No. 36 (September 5, 2018): 3373-3376. DOI. © 2018 Elsevier B.V. Used with permission.

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