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Peripheral Selective Oxadiazolylphenyl Alanine Derivatives as Tryptophan Hydroxylase 1 Inhibitors for Obesity and Fatty Liver Disease

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posted on 2021-01-08, 20:44 authored by Eun Jung Bae, Won Gun Choi, Haushabhau S. Pagire, Suvarna H. Pagire, Saravanan Parameswaran, Jun-Ho Choi, Jihyeon Yoon, Won-il Choi, Ji Hun Lee, Jin Sook Song, Myung Ae Bae, Mijin Kim, Jae-Han Jeon, In-Kyu Lee, Hail Kim, Jin Hee Ahn
Tryptophan hydroxylase 1 (TPH1) has been recently suggested as a promising therapeutic target for treating obesity and fatty liver disease. A new series of 1,2,4-oxadiazolylphenyl alanine derivatives were identified as TPH1 inhibitors. Among them, compound 23a was the most active in vitro, with an IC50 (half-maximal inhibitory concentration) value of 42 nM, showed good liver microsomal stability, and showed no significant inhibition of CYP and hERG. Compound 23a inhibited TPH1 in the peripheral tissue with limited BBB penetration. In high-fat diet-fed mice, 23a reduced body weight gain, body fat, and hepatic lipid accumulation. Also, 23a improved glucose intolerance and energy expenditure. Taken together, compound 23a shows promise as a therapeutic agent for the treatment of obesity and fatty liver diseases.