Thioxophosphoranyl aryl- and heteroaryloxiranes as the representants of a new class of metallocarboxypeptidase inhibitors

Daniel Fernández, Ona Illa, Francesc X. Avilés, Vicenç Branchadell, Josep Vendrell, Rosa M. Ortuño

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A novel and potent family of metallocarboxypeptidase inhibitors based on thioxophosphoranyl oxiranes is presented. These compounds bear aryl or heteroaryl substituents with trans-stereochemistry with respect to the phosphorylated group and they have been synthesized by the addition of [bis(diisopropylamino)phosphino](trimethylsilyl)carbene to the corresponding aldehydes and the subsequent thiolation of the phosphine. These oxiranes contain a tetrahedral P atom harboring shielded N,N-groups. The screening of their biological activity as metallocarboxypeptidase inhibitors and some structural studies, as well as full experimental details for the new compounds, is disclosed. Thus, from the analysis of their activity against the prototypical metallocarboxypeptidases A and B (CPA and CPB), we have observed that hydrophobic phosphorylated oxiranes perform better as CPB inhibitors, reaching Ki values comparable to classical synthetic carboxypeptidase inhibitors. X-ray diffraction analysis revealed that the packing in the structure of one phosphorylated oxirane is mediated mainly by hydrophobic contacts and that the N,N-groups are highly flexible. Consequently, phosphorylated oxiranes might constitute an attractive material for subsequent improvements in the design of novel inhibitors against human proteolytic enzymes with enhanced oral availability. © 2008 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4823-4828
JournalBioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2008


  • Human carboxypeptidase B
  • Inhibitor screening
  • Metallocarboxypeptidases
  • Thioxophosphoranyl oxiranes


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