Efficient enantio-selective synthesis of conformationally constrained diacylglycerol analogues, 7-substituted isobenzofuranone derivatives, originally developed by us as PKCα ligands, was achieved by asymmetric dihydroxylation and γ-lactone formation via ortho-lithiation and carboxylation. A series of derivatives having straight and/or branched side chains were synthesized and evaluated, and low-nanomolar-concentration affinity ligands and highly potent PKCα activators were found among them. These potent ligands induced phenotypic change of K562 cells, which is characteristic of PKC activators.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Drug Discovery
- Organic Chemistry