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4JYT: Crystal Structure Of Matriptase In Complex With Inhibitor
ACS Med Chem Lett (2013) 4 p.1152-1157
Matriptase belongs to trypsin-like serine proteases involved in matrix remodeling/degradation, growth regulation, survival, motility, and cell morphogenesis. Herein, we report a structure-based approach, which led to the discovery of sulfonamide and amide derivatives of pyridyl bis(oxy)benzamidine as potent and selective matriptase inhibitors. Co-crystal structures of selected compounds in complex with matriptase supported compound designing. Additionally, WaterMap analyses indicated the possibility of occupying a distinct pocket within the catalytic domain, exploration of which resulted in >100-fold improvement in potency. Co-crystal structure of 10 with matriptase revealed critical interactions leading to potent target inhibition and selectivity against other serine proteases.