Syntheses of 5-chlorouracils/thymines with 1-[phosphono(methyl/ difluoromethyl)]-1,2-unsaturated-moiety-substituted methyl groups at N(1) and human thymidine phosphorylase inhibitory activity

Matthew R. Birck, Keith Clinch, Graeme J. Gainsford, Vern L. Schramm, Peter C. Tyler

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By attaching (methyl)- or (difluoromethyl)-phosphonate groups to the 1-positions of ethene, cyclopentene or benzene, and attaching 1-(methyl)-5-chlorouracil or 1-(methyl)thymine groups to the corresponding 2-positions, compounds 1 - 5 were prepared as potential inhibitors of recombinant human thymidine phosphorylase (TP). The products were designed to mimic the interatomic distance (ca. 3.41 Å) between the incoming phosphate and leaving pyrimidine groups at the transition state for the putative S N2 mechanism of TP. Free rotation around the (unsaturated-CH 2) - pyrimidine bonds in 1 - 5 enabled a span of ca. 2.40-4.40 Å between the CH2 or CF2 C-atoms in the phosphonates and N(1) of the pyrimidines to be covered. The products were found to be ineffective inhibitors, and some reasons for this are given.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)823-838
Number of pages16
JournalHelvetica Chimica Acta
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 1 2009


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Biochemistry
  • Drug Discovery
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry

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