Inhibition of Insulin-Regulated Aminopeptidase (IRAP) by Arylsulfonamides.

Borhade SR, Rosenström U, Sävmarker J, Lundbäck T, Jenmalm-Jensen A, Sigmundsson K, Axelsson H, Svensson F, Konda V, Sköld C, Larhed M, Hallberg M

ChemistryOpen 3 (6) 256-263 [2014-12-00; online 2014-11-21]

The inhibition of insulin-regulated aminopeptidase (IRAP, EC by angiotenesin IV is known to improve memory and learning in rats. Screening 10 500 low-molecular-weight compounds in an enzyme inhibition assay with IRAP from Chinese Hamster Ovary (CHO) cells provided an arylsulfonamide (N-(3-(1H-tetrazol-5-yl)phenyl)-4-bromo-5-chlorothiophene-2-sulfonamide), comprising a tetrazole in the meta position of the aromatic ring, as a hit. Analogues of this hit were synthesized, and their inhibitory capacities were determined. A small structure-activity relationship study revealed that the sulfonamide function and the tetrazole ring are crucial for IRAP inhibition. The inhibitors exhibited a moderate inhibitory potency with an IC50=1.1±0.5 μm for the best inhibitor in the series. Further optimization of this new class of IRAP inhibitors is required to make them attractive as research tools and as potential cognitive enhancers.

Chemical Biology Consortium Sweden (CBCS) [Collaborative]

Drug Discovery and Development (DDD) [Collaborative]

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PubMed 25558444

DOI 10.1002/open.201402027

Crossref 10.1002/open.201402027

pmc PMC4280825