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Synthesis of novel pyridine and pyrimidine thioglycoside phosphoramidates for the treatment of COVID-19 and influenza A viruses

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posted on 23.06.2022, 15:40 authored by Mamdouh A. Abu-Zaied, Galal H. Elgemeie, Fathi T. Halaweish, Sherif F. Hammad

A novel series of pyridine, cytosine, and uracil thioglycoside analogs (4a–i, 9a,b, and 13a,b, respectively) and their corresponding phosphoramidates (6a–I, 10a,b, and 14a,b, respectively) were synthesized and assessed for their antiviral inhibitory activities in a dual-pathogen screening protocol against SARS-CoV-2 and influenza A virus (IAV). MTT cytotoxicity (TC50) and plaque reduction assays were used to explore inhibition and cytotoxicity percentage values for H5N1 influenza virus strain and the half-maximal cytotoxic concentration (CC50) and inhibitory concentration (IC50) for SARS-CoV-2 virus. Most of the tested compounds demonstrated dose-dependent inhibition behavior. Both cytosine thioglycoside phosphoramidates 10a and 10b exhibited the most potent profiles with 83% and 86% inhibition at 0.25 µM concentration against H5N1 and IC50 values of 12.16 µM, 14.9 µM against SARS-CoV-2, respectively. Moreover, compounds 10a and 10b have been shown to have the highest selectivity index (SI) among all the tested compounds against SARS-CoV-2 with 28.2 and 26.9 values, respectively.


This work was supported by the Egyptian Academy of Scientific Research & Technology (ASRT) program of “Jessor”.