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Jan 2006 Journal of medicinal chemistry

Synthesis and antiviral evaluation of cyclic and acyclic 2-methyl-3-hydroxy-4-pyridinone nucleoside derivatives.


Barral K, Balzarini J, Neyts J, De Clercq E, Hider RC, Camplo M


A series of cyclic and acyclic nucleoside analogues derived from 3-hydroxy-4-pyridinone were synthesized using the Vorbrüggen reaction. Iron chelation studies, and antiviral evaluation against a broad panel of viruses, were performed. The pK(a) value of ligand 25 and the stability constant of the corresponding iron(III) complex were compared to those of deferiprone. The pFe(3+) values were found to be similar. Some compounds showed moderate activity against both wild-type HSV-1 and HSV-2, as well as against a thymidine kinase deficient strain of HSV-1. These results suggest a novel mode of action for this group of nucleoside analogues.

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