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Using knowledge of the substrate specificity of cPLA(2) (phospholipases A(2)), a novel series of inhibitors of this enzyme were designed based upon a three point model of inhibitor binding to the enzyme active site comprising a lipophilic anchor, an electrophilic serine "trap", and an acidic binding moiety. The resulting 1,3-diheteroatom-substituted… (More)
The high lipophilicity of a series of cytosolic phospholipase A(2) inhibitors has been reduced by the modification of a decyloxyphenyl chain designed to mimic the arachidonyl group of the natural substrate. These changes have resulted in an improvement in the whole cell potency of the inhibitors.