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Bioorg Med Chem. 2009 Jul 15;17(14):5054-8. doi: 10.1016/j.bmc.2009.05.063. Epub 2009 May 30.

Carbonic anhydrase inhibitors. Inhibition studies of a coral secretory isoform by sulfonamides.

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Centre Scientifique de Monaco, Avenue Saint-Martin, MC-98000 Principality of Monaco, Monaco.


The inhibition of a newly cloned coral carbonic anhydrase (CA, EC has been investigated with a series of sulfonamides, including some clinically used derivatives (acetazolamide, methazolamide, ethoxzolamide, dichlorophenamide, dorzolamide, brinzolamide, benzolamide, and sulpiride, or indisulam, a compound in clinical development as antitumor drug), as well as the sulfamate antiepileptic topiramate. Some simple amino-/hydrazine-/hydroxy-substituted aromatic/heterocyclic sulfonamides have also been included in the study. All types of activity have been detected, with low potency inhibitors (K(I)s in the range of 163-770nM), or with medium potency inhibitors (K(I)s in the range of 75.1-105nM), whereas ethoxzolamide, several clinically used sulfonamides and heterocyclic compounds showed stronger potency, with K(I)s in the range of 16-48.2nM. These inhibitors may be useful to better understand the physiological role of the Stylophora pistillata CA (STPCA) in corals and its involvement in biomineralisation in this era of global warming.

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