Lien vers Pubmed [PMID] – 31244111
Lien DOI – 10.1021/acs.jmedchem.9b00355
J Med Chem 2019 07; 62(13): 6102-6115
Helicobacter pylori (Hp) infection is the main cause of peptic ulcer and gastric cancer. Hp eradication rates have fallen due to increasing bacterial resistance to currently used broad-spectrum antimicrobials. We have designed, synthesized, and tested redox variants of nitroethylene- and 7-nitrobenzoxadiazole-based inhibitors of the essential Hp protein flavodoxin. Derivatives of the 7-nitrobenzoxadiazole lead, carrying reduced forms of the nitro group and/or oxidized forms of a sulfur atom, display high therapeutic indexes against several reference Hp strains. These inhibitors are effective against metronidazole-, clarithromycin-, and rifampicin-resistant Hp clinical isolates. Their toxicity for mice after oral administration is low, and, when administered individually at single daily doses for 8 days in a mice model of Hp infection, they decrease significantly Hp gastric colonization rates and are able to eradicate the infection in up to 60% of the mice. These flavodoxin inhibitors constitute a novel family of Hp-specific antimicrobials that may help fight the constant increase of Hp antimicrobial-resistant strains.