Trypanocidal activity of aziridinyl nitrobenzamide prodrugs.

Bot, C; Hall, BS; Bashir, N; Taylor, MC; Helsby, NA; Wilkinson, SR; (2010) Trypanocidal activity of aziridinyl nitrobenzamide prodrugs. Antimicrobial agents and chemotherapy, 54 (10). pp. 4246-52. ISSN 0066-4804 DOI:

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: The trypanocidal agents nifurtimox and benznidazole both function as prodrugs and must undergo enzyme-mediated activation, a reaction catalyzed by type I nitroreductase (NTR). In the search for new parasitic therapies, we have utilized this finding to investigate whether aziridinyl nitrobenzamide derivatives have activity against bloodstream-form Trypanosoma brucei and Trypanosoma cruzi amastigotes, parasite stages that replicate in the mammalian host. For T. cruzi drug screening, we generated trypanosomes that expressed the luciferase reporter gene and optimized a mammalian infection model in a 96-well plate format. A subset of compounds having a 5-(aziridin-1-yl)-2,4-dinitrobenzyl structure was shown to be metabolized by purified T. brucei NTR and when screened against both parasite life cycle stages displayed significant growth-inhibitory properties: the most potent compounds generated 50% inhibitory concentrations of <1 μM. The trypanocidal activity was shown to be NTR specific, since parasites overexpressing this enzyme were hypersensitive to the aziridinyl dinitrobenzyl agents. We conclude that members of the aziridinyl nitrobenzamide class of nitroheterocycles provide new lead structures that have the potential to treat trypanosomal infections.<br/>

Item Type: Article
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases > Dept of Pathogen Molecular Biology
Research Centre: Antimicrobial Resistance Centre (AMR)
PubMed ID: 20679506
Web of Science ID: 281907200027


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