Pharmacophore-Based Design of New Chemical Scaffolds as Translational Readthrough-Inducing Drugs (TRIDs)

Laura Lentini, Ivana Pibiri, Riccardo Perriera, Raffaella Melfi, Marco Tutone, Andrea Pace, Anna Maria Almerico, Marco Tutone, Giulia Culletta, Ambra Campofelice, Giulia Culletta

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Translational readthrough-inducing drugs (TRIDs) rescue the functional full-length protein expression in genetic diseases, such as cystic fibrosis, caused by premature termination codons (PTCs). Small molecules have been developed as TRIDs to trick the ribosomal machinery during recognition of the PTC. Herein we report a computational study to identify new TRID scaffolds. A pharmacophore approach was carried out on compounds that showed readthrough activity. The pharmacophore model applied to screen different libraries containing more than 87000 compounds identified four hit-compounds presenting scaffolds with diversity from the oxadiazole lead. These compounds have been synthesized and tested using the Fluc reporter harboring the UGA PTC. Moreover, the cytotoxic effect and the expression of the CFTR protein were evaluated. These compounds, a benzimidazole derivative (NV2899), a benzoxazole derivative (NV2913), a thiazole derivative (NV2909), and a benzene-1,3-disulfonate derivative (NV2907), were shown to be potential new lead compounds as TRIDs, boosting further efforts to address the optimization of the chemical scaffolds.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)747-753
Number of pages7
JournalACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters
Publication statusPublished - 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biochemistry
  • Drug Discovery
  • Organic Chemistry

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