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Bioorg Med Chem Lett. 2008 Jul 15;18(14):4118-23. doi: 10.1016/j.bmcl.2008.05.095. Epub 2008 May 29.

Achieving structural diversity using the perpendicular conformation of alpha-substituted phenylcyclopropanes to mimic the bioactive conformation of ortho-substituted biphenyl P4 moieties: discovery of novel, highly potent inhibitors of Factor Xa.

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Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Research and Development, PO Box 5400, Princeton, NJ 08543-5400, USA.


Ortho-substituted biphenyl moieties are widely used in drug design. We herein report a successful use of the perpendicular conformation of the alpha-substituted phenylcyclopropyl groups to mimic the aplanar, biologically active conformation of the ortho-substituted biphenyl moieties to achieve structural diversity. This is exemplified by the design and synthesis of a series of highly potent pyrazole bicyclic-based Factor Xa (FXa) inhibitors bearing alpha-substituted phenylcyclopropyl P4 moieties. The designed perpendicular conformation was confirmed by the X-ray structure of FXa-bound compound 2r. The potential structural basis for the high FXa potency in the phenylcyclopropyl P4 analogs and their improved FXa inhibitory activities compared with the biphenyl P4 counterparts are discussed.

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