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Bioorg Med Chem Lett. 2006 Aug 1;16(15):4011-5. Epub 2006 Jun 5.

Synthesis and biochemical evaluation of a range of potent benzyl imidazole-based compounds as potential inhibitors of the enzyme complex 17alpha-hydroxylase/17,20-lyase (P450(17alpha)).

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  • 1Department of Pharmacy, School of Pharmacy and Chemistry, Kingston University, Penrhyn Road, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT1 2EE, UK.


The cytochrome P-450 enzyme, 17alpha-hydroxylase/17,20-lyase (P450(17alpha)), is a potential target in hormone-dependent cancers. Here, we report the synthesis and biochemical evaluation of a range of benzyl imidazole-based compounds which have been targeted against the two components of this enzyme, that is, 17alpha-hydroxylase (17alpha-OHase) and 17,20-lyase (lyase). The results from the biochemical testing suggest that the compounds synthesised are good inhibitors, with N-4-iodobenzyl imidazole (5) (IC50=10.06 microM against 17alpha-OHase and IC50=1.58 microM against lyase) showing equipotent activity against lyase compared to the standard compound, ketoconazole (KTZ) (IC50=3.76+/-0.01 microM against 17alpha-OHase and IC50=1.66+/-0.15 microM against lyase). Furthermore, the compounds tested are less potent towards the 17alpha-OHase component, a desirable property in the development of novel inhibitors of P450(17alpha).

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