Phosphonamide-based inhibitors were synthesized and evaluated for the inhibitory activities against the shedding of epidermal growth factors, amphiregulin and heparin-binding EGF-like growth factor, that would participate in the development of psoriasis. All compounds exhibited excellent inhibitory activities for these EGF sheddings; however, they also inhibited matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs). To avoid adverse effects reported by the clinical development of MMP inhibitors, the antedrug concept was introduced. Among the phosphonamide inhibitors, the 2,2,2-trifluoroethyl ester 8d and 2,2-difluoroethyl ester 8c showed rapid decomposition in human plasma, which is an essential property for the antedrug. Topical applications of these compounds significantly suppressed TPA-induced epidermal hyperplasia in murin skin, a model of psoriasis. These results suggested that the phosphonamide-based inhibitors have a therapeutic potential for the treatment of psoriasis as an antedrug application.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Molecular Medicine
- Drug Discovery