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Bioorg Med Chem Lett. 1999 Oct 4;9(19):2833-6.

Synthesis and biological evaluation of 1,1-difluoro-2-(tetrahydro-3-furanyl)ethylphosphonic acids possessing a N9-purinylmethyl functional group at the ring. a new class of inhibitors for purine nucleoside phosphorylases.

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School of Pharmacy, Tokyo University of Pharmacy & Life Science, Hachioji, Japan.


1,1-Difluoro-2-(tetrahydro-3-furanyl)ethylphosphonic acids cis-3 and trans-3 possessing a N9-purinylmethyl functionality at the ring were synthesized and tested as "multi-substrate analogue" inhibitors for purine nucleoside phosphorylases. Radical cyclization of allyic alpha,alpha-difluorophosphonate (E)-7 was applied to construct the alpha,alpha-difluorophosphonate-functionalized tetrahydrofuranyl moiety. The IC50 values of cis-3 and trans-3 for human erythrocyte PNP-catalyzed phosphorylation of inosine were determined to be 88 and 320 nM, respectively. The stereochemistry of the inhibitors was found to affect significantly the inhibitory potency.

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