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Bioorg Med Chem. 2007 Jan 15;15(2):791-9. Epub 2006 Oct 25.

alpha-Biphenylsulfonylamino 2-methylpropyl phosphonates: enantioselective synthesis and selective inhibition of MMPs.

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Dipartimento di Scienze del Farmaco, Università "G. d'Annunzio", Via dei Vestini 31, 66013 Chieti, Italy.


(R)-alpha-Biphenylsulfonylamino 2-methylpropyl phosphonates attain nM potency against several MMPs and are the most effective inhibitors based on phosphonate as zinc binding group. Since their preparation by direct N-acylation of expensive, enantiopure, alpha-aminophosphonic acids proceeds in low yields, we devised and evaluated a stereoselective and straightforward method of synthesis that avoids the unfavourable step of N-acylation. The key intermediate (R)-4-bromophenylsulfonylamino 2-methylpropyl phosphonate 9 was obtained by highly stereoselective addition of dibenzylphosphite to the enantiopure (S)-N-isobutylidene-p-bromobenzenesulfinamide 3, followed by oxidation with m-CPBA. Suzuki coupling of 9 with the desired arylboronic acids, gave the expected biphenylsulfonylamino derivatives in satisfactory yields. Liberation of the phosphonic group by hydrogenolysis led to the desired (R)-alpha-biphenylsulfonylamino 2-methylpropyl phosphonates 14a-i. Screening of the new compounds on MMP-1, -2, -3, -7, -8, -9, -13 and -14 showed IC(50) in the range of nM in most cases.

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