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Bioorg Med Chem. 2012 Apr 1;20(7):2392-404. doi: 10.1016/j.bmc.2012.01.052. Epub 2012 Feb 9.

Design and synthesis of thiourea compounds that inhibit transmembrane anchored carbonic anhydrases.

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Eskitis Institute for Cell and Molecular Therapies, Griffith University, 170 Kessels Road, Nathan, Queensland 4111, Australia.


A library of 32 novel glycoconjugate thiourea-bridged benzene sulfonamides have been synthesized from the reaction of glycosyl isothiocyanates with a panel of simple benzene sulfonamides comprising either a free amine or hydrazide. All compounds were investigated for their ability to inhibit the enzymatic activity of five human carbonic anhydrase (hCA) isozymes: hCA I, II and membrane-associated isozymes IX, XII and XIV. A physicochemical feature of the free sugar thioureido glycoconjugates was high water solubility (> 20 mg/mL), as well many of these compounds exhibited a desirable potency and CA isozyme selectivity profile. From this library several inhibitors displayed excellent potency-selectivity profiles for transmembrane anchored CAs over off-target CA I and II. These molecules provide potential dual-acting candidates for the development of inhibitors that target the extracellular CAs (IX, XII and XIV)-either directly as free sugars (membrane impermeable) or indirectly as acetylated prodrugs, becoming free sugars upon esterase hydrolysis.

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