Optimization of a Benzothiazole Indolene Scaffold Targeting Bacterial Cell Wall Assembly.

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TitleOptimization of a Benzothiazole Indolene Scaffold Targeting Bacterial Cell Wall Assembly.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2020
AuthorsChauhan, J, Yu, W, Cardinale, S, Opperman, TJ, Mackerell, AD, Fletcher, S, de Leeuw, EPh
JournalDrug Des Devel Ther
Date Published2020

Background: The bacterial cell envelope is comprised of the cell membrane and the cell wall. The bacterial cell wall provides rigidity to the cell and protects the organism from potential harmful substances also. Cell wall biosynthesis is an important physiological process for bacterial survival and thus has been a primary target for the development of antibacterials. Antimicrobial peptides that target bacterial cell wall assembly are abundant and many bind to the essential cell wall precursor molecule Lipid II.

Methods: We describe the structure-to-activity (SAR) relationship of an antimicrobial peptide-derived small molecule 7771-0701 that acts as a novel agent against cell wall biosynthesis. Derivatives of compound 7771-0701 (2-[(1E)-3-[(2E)-5,6-dimethyl-3-(prop-2-en-1-yl)-1,3-benzothiazol-2-ylidene]prop-1-en-1-yl]-1,3,3-trimethylindol-1-ium) were generated by medicinal chemistry guided by Computer-Aided Drug Design and NMR. Derivatives were tested for antibacterial activity and Lipid II binding.

Results: Our results show that the N-alkyl moiety is subject to change without affecting functionality and further show the functional importance of the sulfur in the scaffold. The greatest potency against Gram-positive bacteria and Lipid II affinity was achieved by incorporation of a bromide at the R3 position of the benzothiazole ring.

Conclusion: We identify optimized small molecule benzothiazole indolene scaffolds that bind to Lipid II for further development as antibacterial therapeutics.

Alternate JournalDrug Des Devel Ther
PubMed ID32103898
PubMed Central IDPMC7024799