2,6-Difluorophenol as a bioisostere of a carboxylic acid: bioisosteric analogues of gamma-aminobutyric acid.

Abstract

3-(Aminomethyl)-2,6-difluorophenol (6) and 4-(aminomethyl)-2, 6-difluorophenol (7) were synthesized in eight and four steps, respectively, starting from 2,6-difluorophenol, to test the potential of the 2,6-difluorophenol moiety to act as a lipophilic bioisostere of a carboxylic acid. Compounds 6 and 7 are potential bioisosteric analogues of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA). Substrate studies and inhibition studies were carried out with pig brain gamma-aminobutyric acid aminotransferase; 6 and 7 are very poor substrates, but both inhibit the enzyme, indicating that the 2, 6-difluorophenol moiety appears to be able to substitute for a carboxylic acid to increase the lipophilicity of drug candidates.

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@article{Qiu199926DifluorophenolAA, title={2,6-Difluorophenol as a bioisostere of a carboxylic acid: bioisosteric analogues of gamma-aminobutyric acid.}, author={Jingxiang Qiu and Susan Stevenson and Maeve O'Beirne and Richard B Silverman}, journal={Journal of medicinal chemistry}, year={1999}, volume={42 2}, pages={329-32} }