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Eur J Med Chem. 2013 Feb;60:89-100. doi: 10.1016/j.ejmech.2012.10.016. Epub 2012 Nov 1.

Sulphonamides: Deserving class as MMP inhibitors?

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Pharmaceutical Chemistry Research Laboratory, Department of Pharmaceutics, Indian Institute of Technology (BHU), Varanasi 221005, India.


The importance of sulphonamide moiety in medicinal chemistry cannot be ignored as it constitutes an important class of extensively used drugs. Recently, sulphonamides have also been reported for their matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) inhibitory activity. MMPs are calcium- and zinc-dependent endopeptidases, involved in both inter- and intra-cellular activity. This review documents the emergence of sulphonamides as matrix metalloproteinase inhibitors (MMPIs) from the first generation to the recent third generation MMPIs, their mode of action - how sulphonamides act on MMPs? as well as the structure activity relationship along with their therapeutic uses in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), ulcer, asthma, arthritis and cancer. From this review, readers can get answer for the question- is sulphonamides a potential class of MMPIs?

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