Catecholic amides as potential selective phosphodiesterase 4D inhibitors: Design, synthesis, pharmacological evaluation and structure-activity relationships.Bioorg Med Chem. 2015 Nov 15; 23(22):7332-9.BM
In this study, a series of catechol-based amides (8a-n) with different amide linkers linking the catecholic moiety to the terminal phenyl ring was designed and synthesized as potent phosphodiesterase (PDE) 4D inhibitors. The inhibitory activities of these compounds were evaluated against the core catalytic domains of human PDE4 (PDE4CAT), full-length PDE4B1 and PDE4D7 enzymes, and other PDE family members. The results indicated the majority of compounds 8a-n displayed moderate to good inhibitory activities against PDE4CAT. Among these compounds, compound 8 j with a short amide linker (-CONHCH2-) displayed comparable PDE4CAT inhibitory activity (IC50=410 nM) with rolipram. More interestingly, compound 8 g, a potent and selective PDE4D inhibitor (IC50=94 nM), exhibited a 10-fold selectivity over the PDE4B subtypes and an over 1000-fold selectivity against other PDE family members. Docking simulations suggested that 8 g forms three extra H-bonds with the N-H of residue Asn487 and two water molecules.