Indexed on: 10 Feb '07Published on: 10 Feb '07Published in: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
The title compound (4) was synthesized by the reaction of ethyl 1-(2,3,5-tri-O-benzoyl-beta-d-ribofuranosyl)-5-formylimidazole-4-carboxylate with excess guanidine in ethanol at reflux. Compound 4 was evaluated in vitro against NTPases/helicases of four different viruses of the Flaviviridae family, including the West Nile virus (WNV), hepatitis C virus (HCV), dengue virus (DENV), and the Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV), employing both an RNA and a DNA substrate. The compound showed activity against NTPase/helicase of WNV and HCV with an IC(50) of 23 and 37 microM, respectively, when a DNA substrate was employed, while no activity was observed when an RNA substrate was used. There was no activity against the NTPase/helicase of either DENV or JEV irrespective of whether an RNA or a DNA substrate was employed. Considering that Flaviviridae are RNA viruses, the observed absence of activity against an RNA substrate, but the presence of activity against a DNA substrate is intriguing and somewhat surprising. The preliminary studies show that compound 4 does not form a tight complex with either an RNA or a DNA substrate, suggesting that its mechanism of action may involve direct interaction with the enzyme.