Synthesis of Glucosides
Case Study - Synthesis of N-glucosides of an agrochemical
In this project, four glucoside metabolites of an agrochemical were synthesised.
Three glucosides were synthesised by late-stage chemical synthesis, with the other made by both microbial biotransformation and recombinant glucosyl transferases. All of these were produced in good yield.
For the glucoside conjugate made using microbial biotransformation and glucosyltransferase enzymes, the best conversion was achieved using a mutant created from the parent glucosyltransferase, more than doubling the conversion to over 70%.
Chemical synthesis produced 3 different glucosides using two chemical conditions that produced the conjugates at good conversions.
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In recent years, FDA guidance has advised initiating human metabolite profiling earlier in drug development, emphasizing the importance of metabolite identification and quantification to evaluate a drug metabolite’s safety and pharmacological activity. Praliciguat (IW-1973) is a soluble guanylate cyclase (sGC) stimulator in Phase 2 clinical trials for diabetic nephropathy and heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF). During studies on metabolism of praliciguat in preclinical species and in human hepatocytes, a prominent direct O-glucuronide metabolite was detected.
We’ve observed an increase in requests for synthesis of N-glucuronides over the last couple of years. We speculate that this may be due to the increasing use of N-heterocyclic chemistry in the design of new small molecule drugs, and pan company strategies to reduce CYP metabolism. The situation is further complicated by the high interspecies variability in formation of some N-glucuronides, especially aliphatic tertiary amines and aromatic N-heterocycles. UGT1A4 and UGT2B10 are key enzymes responsible for N-glucuronidation reactions in humans, rates of which can be much higher than in other animals. To compound this, synthesis of N-glucuronides is not always straightforward, and can be further muddied by metabolite stability issues, complicating interpretation of data.
The FDA’s 2020 MIST guidance states that phase 2 conjugates are generally pharmacologically inactive, however where a potentially toxic conjugate, such as an acyl glucuronide is formed, additional safety assessments may be needed. Idiosyncratic drug toxicity of carboxylic acid-containing drugs can be caused by the formation of reactive acyl glucuronides, which have the ability to directly acylate proteins and undergo intramolecular rearrangement producing reactive aldehydes leading to protein glycation.
Hypha Discovery did a fantastic job synthesizing N- and O- glucuronides of our clinical stage drug substance. The project updates were detailed, our questions were answered in a timely manner, and the overall timeline was maintained. Hypha was highly recommended to us and I would not hesitate to recommend them to a colleague.
Joshua Day Ph.D, Director of Chemistry
Crestone, Inc., Colorado, USA
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