Synthesis, screening and docking of small heterocycles as Glycogen Phosphorylase inhibitors

Stephanie S. Schweiker, Wendy A. Loughlin*, Anna S. Lohning, Maria J. Petersson, Ian D. Jenkins

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A series of morpholine substituted amino acids (phenylalanine, leucine, lysine and glutamic acid) was synthesized. A fragment-based screening approach was then used to evaluate a series of small heterocycles, including morpholine, oxazoline, dihydro-1,3-oxazine, tetrahydro-1,3-oxazepine, thiazoline, tetrahydro-1,3-pyrimidine, tetrahydro-1,3-diazepine and hexahydro-1H- benzimidazole, as potential inhibitors of Glycogen Phosphorylase a. Thiazoline 7 displayed an improved potency (IC50 of 25 μM) and had good LE and LELP values, as compared to heterocycles 1, 5, 9-13 and 19 (IC50 values of 1.1 mM-23.9 mM). A docking study using the crystal structure of human liver Glycogen Phosphorylase, provided insight into the interactions of heterocycles 5, 7, 9-13 and 19 with Glycogen Phosphorylase.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)584-594
Number of pages11
JournalEuropean Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Publication statusPublished - 12 Sept 2014


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