Structure-activity relationship for the oxadiazole class of antibiotics

Edward Spink, Derong Ding, Zhihong Peng, Marc A. Boudreau, Erika Leemans, Elena Lastochkin, Wei Song, Katerina Lichtenwalter, Peter I. O'Daniel, Sebastian A. Testero, Hualiang Pi, Valerie A. Schroeder, William R. Wolter, Nuno T. Antunes, Mark A. Suckow, Sergei Vakulenko, Mayland Chang, Shahriar Mobashery

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The structure-activity relationship (SAR) for the newly discovered oxadiazole class of antibiotics is described with evaluation of 120 derivatives of the lead structure. This class of antibiotics was discovered by in silico docking and scoring against the crystal structure of a penicillin-binding protein. They impair cell-wall biosynthesis and exhibit activities against the Gram-positive bacterium Staphylococcus aureus, including methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA) and vancomycin-resistant and linezolid-resistant S. aureus. 5-(1H-Indol-5-yl)-3-(4-(4-(trifluoromethyl)phenoxy)phenyl)-1,2,4-oxadiazole (antibiotic 75b) was efficacious in a mouse model of MRSA infection, exhibiting a long half-life, a high volume of distribution, and low clearance. This antibiotic is bactericidal and is orally bioavailable in mice. This class of antibiotics holds great promise in recourse against infections by MRSA.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1380-1389
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Medicinal Chemistry
Issue number3
StatePublished - Feb 12 2015

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  • Drug Discovery


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