alexa Design, synthesis and evaluation of a cellular stable and detectable biotinylated fumagillin probe and investigation of cell permeability of fumagillin and its analogs to endothelial and cancer cells


Research & Reviews: Journal of Chemistry

Author(s): Zhou GC

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Fumagillin (1), a natural product of fungal origin, and its analogs were discovered to be extremely potent and highly selective inhibitors restraining endothelial cell proliferation in vitro by covalently binding to MetAP2. In order to further understand the unclear biological mechanisms and pharmacological processes of fumagillin and its derivatives, fumagillin-biotin conjugate 8 was designed and synthesized, which is linked with a 27-atom connection chain and by urethane (carbamate) bonds between fumagillol and D-norbiotinamine. The conjugate 8 shows comparable activity and selectivity against HUVEC proliferation as fumagillin. It was demonstrated that the conjugate 8 is stable inside the cell and its linker is of a suitable length for the detection of biotin in native and denatured conditions. Using the conjugate 8, it was determined that the cell permeability of fumagillin (1) and its analogs are not responsible for their inhibitory activity difference against the proliferation of endothelial and cancer cells. Furthermore, we confidently believe that our present strategy is a versatile and convenient method for investigating drug's cell permeability along with other studies regardless of reversible or irreversible interaction between the drug and binding target/s.

This article was published in Eur J Med Chem and referenced in Research & Reviews: Journal of Chemistry

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