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Sulfonate-Containing Thiiranes as Selective Gelatinase Inhibitors

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posted on 10.02.2011, 00:00 by Sebastian A. Testero, Mijoon Lee, Rachel T. Staran, Mana Espahbodi, Leticia I. Llarrull, Marta Toth, Shahriar Mobashery, Mayland Chang
Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) are important zinc-dependent endopeptidases. Two members of this family of enzymes called gelatinases (MMP-2 and MMP-9) have been implicated in a number of human diseases, including cancer, neurological and cardiovascular diseases, and inflammation, to name a few. We describe in this report the preparation and evaluation of two structural types of thiirane inhibitors that show selectivity toward gelatinases. The biphenyl series targets both gelatinases, whereas the monophenyl analogues exhibit potent inhibition of only MMP-2. The latter structural type also exhibits improved water solubility and metabolic stability, both traits desirable for progress of these molecules forward in gelatinase-dependent animal models of disease.