Xavier Bourdrez

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Based on the structure of R115777 (tipifarnib, Zarnestra), a series of farnesyltransferase inhibitors have been synthesized by modification of the 2-quinolinone motif and transposition of the 4-chlorophenyl ring to the imidazole or its replacement by 5-membered rings. This has yielded a novel series of potent farnesyltransferase inhibitors.
The emergence of multidrug-resistant strains of Mycobacterium tuberculosis and resistance to current anti-TB drugs call for the discovery and development of new effective anti-TB drugs. TMC207 is the lead candidate of a novel class of antimycobacterial agents, the diarylquinolines, which specifically inhibit mycobacterial ATP synthase and displays high(More)
Replacement of the 1-methylimidazol-5-yl moiety in the farnesyltransferase inhibitor ZARNESTRA series by a 4-methyl-1,2,4-triazol-3-yl group gave us compounds with similar structure-activity relationship profiles showing that this triazole is potentially a good surrogate to imidazole for farnesyltransferase inhibition.
A series of (4-chlorophenyl)-alpha-(1-methyl-1H-imidazol-5-yl)azoloquinolines and -quinazolines was prepared. These compounds displayed potent Farnesyl Protein Transferase inhibitory activity and tetrazolo[1,5-a]quinazolines are promising agents for oral in vivo inhibition.
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