Title

A Versatile Chemoenzymatic Synthesis for the Discovery of Potent Cryptophycin Analogs.

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2-21-2020

Publication Title

ACS Chem Biol

Abstract

The cryptophycins are a family of macrocyclic depsipeptide natural products that display exceptionally potent antiproliferative activity against drug-resistant cancers. Unique challenges facing the synthesis and derivatization of this complex group of molecules motivated us to investigate a chemoenzymatic synthesis designed to access new analogs for biological evaluation. The cryptophycin thioesterase (CrpTE) and the cryptophycin epoxidase (CrpE) are a versatile set of enzymes that catalyze macrocyclization and epoxidation of over 20 natural cryptophycin metabolites. Thus, we envisioned a drug development strategy involving their use as standalone biocatalysts for production of unnatural derivatives. Herein, we developed a scalable synthesis of 12 new unit A-B-C-D linear chain elongation intermediates containing heterocyclic aromatic groups as alternatives to the native unit A benzyl group.

PubMed ID

31961651

Volume

15

Issue

2

First Page

524

Last Page

532

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