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When structure-affinity relationships meet structure-kinetics relationships: 3-((Inden-1-yl)amino)-1-isopropyl-cyclopentane-1-carboxamides as CCR2 antagonists

Source: Eur J Med Chem (2015)

Vilums, M.; Zweemer, A.J.; Barmare, F.; Van der Gracht, A.M.; Bleeker, D.C.; Yu, Z.; De Vries, H.; Gross, R.; Clemens, J.; Krenitsky, P.; Brussee, J.; Stamos, D.; Saunders, J.; Heitman, L.H.; IJzerman, A.P.
02 February 2015
Online publication

Chemokine ligand 2 (CCL2) mediates chemotaxis of monocytes to inflammatory sites via interaction with its G protein-coupled receptor CCR2. Preclinical animal models suggest that the CCL2-CCR2 axis has a critical role in the development and maintenance of inflammatory disease states (e.g., multiple sclerosis, atherosclerosis, insulin resistance, restenosis, and neuropathic pain), which can be treated through inhibition of the CCR2 receptor. However, in clinical trials high-affinity inhibitors of CCR2 have often demonstrated a lack of efficacy. We have previously described a new approach for the design of high-affinity CCR2 antagonists, by taking their residence time (RT) on the receptor into account. Here, we report our findings on both structure-affinity relationship (SAR) and structure-kinetic relationship (SKR) studies for a series of 3-((inden-1-yl)amino)-1-isopropyl-cyclopentane-1-carboxamides as CCR2 antagonists. SAR studies showed that this class of compounds tolerates a vast diversity of substituents on the indenyl ring with only small changes in affinity. However, the SKR is affected greatly by minor modifications of the structure. The combination of SAR and SKR in the hit-to-lead process resulted in the discovery of a new high-affinity and long-residence-time CCR2 antagonist (compound 15a, Ki = 2.4 nM; RT = 714 min).

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