Special Issue "Click Reactions in Medicinal Chemistry II"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 29 December 2023 | Viewed by 2169
Interests: click chemistry; macrocycles; drug design; metalloproteases; KTGS; medicinal chemistry; chemical probes; chemical space; new modalities.
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Since the term “click chemistry” was coined by K. B. Sharpless 20 years ago, click reactions have been used for their wide range of assets by medicinal chemists. In recognition of the tremendous impact of click chemistry, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2022 to Dr. Carolyn R. Bertozzi, Dr. Morten Meldal, and Dr. K. Barry Sharpless. These “click chemistry” reactions share many features such as a high yield, modularity, large scope, and stereospecificity, which meet the requirements of drug discovery. Indeed, this field is in constant search of methodologies that allow for fast and easy access to large libraries of compounds. The ability to carry out click reactions in biological media is of great interest to medicinal chemists who wish to perform chemistry with biological macromolecules.
The flagship of click chemistry reactions, copper-catalyzed azide-alkyne cycloaddition (CuAAC), has all of these advantages. Moreover, the resulting 1,4-disubstituted 1,2,3-triazoles exhibit favorable physicochemical properties, which are particularly appealing for medicinal chemists. In addition to CuAAC, other click reactions are exploited for drug discovery, such as cycloadditions involving various reactants (e.g., mesoionics, isocyanides, and alkenes), nucleophilic substitutions on three-membered heterocycles (epoxides and aziridines), and addition reactions with carbon–carbon multiple bonds or a sulfur–fluoride exchange (SuFEx).
The applications of click reactions in medicinal chemistry are numerous. Almost all facets of drug discovery are involved. For example, bioorthogonal click reactions are convenient for designing chemical probes for target validation and proteomics. Hits can then be identified by screening large libraries that stem from diversity-oriented click synthesis or through in situ protein-templated click chemistry. Click reactions are also useful for lead optimization when considering bioisosterism, pharmacophore, linking, and ADME.
For this Special Issue, comprehensive reviews, original research articles, and short communications highlighting the potential of click reactions in medicinal chemistry and focusing on, but not limited to, the synthesis of privileged scaffolds, and the design and optimization of small molecules or new modalities (macrocycles and PROTACs) for therapeutic applications and proteomics, are welcome.
Dr. Damien Bosc
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- click chemistry
- drug discovery
- chemical probes
- bioorthogonal reactions
- protein-templated reactions
- chemical space