Synthesis and evaluation of 1-hydroxy/methoxy-4-methyl-2-phenyl-1H-imidazole-5-carboxylic acid derivatives as non-purine xanthine oxidase inhibitors

Shaolei Chen, Tingjian Zhang, Jian Wang, Fangyang Wang, Handong Niu, Chunfu Wu, Shaojie Wang
European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry 2015 October 20, 103: 343-53
Xanthine oxidase is a key enzyme that catalyses hypoxanthine and xanthine to uric acid, whose overproduction leads to the gout-causing hyperuricemia. In this study, a series of 1-hydroxy/methoxy-4-methyl-2-phenyl-1H-imidazole-5-carboxylic acid derivatives (4a-4k and 6a-6k) was synthesized and evaluated for their inhibitory potency against xanthine oxidase. The 1-hydroxyl substituted derivatives 4a-4k showed excellent inhibitory potency with IC50 values ranging from 0.003 μM to 1.2 μM, with compounds 4d (IC₅₀ = 0.003 μM), 4e (IC₅₀ = 0.003 μM), and 4f (IC₅₀ = 0.006 μM) manifesting the most potent xanthine oxidase inhibitory potency that were comparable with that of Febuxostat (IC₅₀ = 0.01 μM). Lineweaver-Burk plot analysis revealed that representative compound 4f acted as a mixed-type inhibitor for xanthine oxidase. The basis of significant inhibition of xanthine oxidase by 4f was rationalized by its molecular docking into the active site of xanthine dehydrogenase.

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