Chronic hepatitis B (CHB) is a major worldwide public health problem and novel anti-HBV therapies preventing liver disease progression to cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma are urgently needed. Over the last several years, capsid assembly modulators (CAM) have emerged as clinically effective anti-HBV agents which can inhibit HBV replication in CHB patients. As part of a drug discovery program aimed at obtaining novel CAM endowed with high in vitro and in vivo antiviral activity, we identified a novel series of sulfamoylbenzamide (SBA) de-rivatives. Compound 10, one of the most in vitro potent SBA-derived CAM discovered to date, showed excellent pharmacokinetics in mice suitable for oral dosing. When studied in a transgenic mouse model of hepatic HBV replication, it was considerably more potent than NVR 3-778, the first sulfamoylbenzamide (SBA) CAM that entered clinical trials for CHB, at reducing viral replication in a dose-dependent fashion. We present herein the discovery process, the SAR analysis and the pre-clinical profile of this novel SBA CAM.

Discovery and antiviral profile of new sulfamoylbenzamide derivatives as HBV capsid assembly modulators

Ferrante, Luca;Iannacone, Matteo;Guidotti, Luca G;
2022

Abstract

Chronic hepatitis B (CHB) is a major worldwide public health problem and novel anti-HBV therapies preventing liver disease progression to cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma are urgently needed. Over the last several years, capsid assembly modulators (CAM) have emerged as clinically effective anti-HBV agents which can inhibit HBV replication in CHB patients. As part of a drug discovery program aimed at obtaining novel CAM endowed with high in vitro and in vivo antiviral activity, we identified a novel series of sulfamoylbenzamide (SBA) de-rivatives. Compound 10, one of the most in vitro potent SBA-derived CAM discovered to date, showed excellent pharmacokinetics in mice suitable for oral dosing. When studied in a transgenic mouse model of hepatic HBV replication, it was considerably more potent than NVR 3-778, the first sulfamoylbenzamide (SBA) CAM that entered clinical trials for CHB, at reducing viral replication in a dose-dependent fashion. We present herein the discovery process, the SAR analysis and the pre-clinical profile of this novel SBA CAM.
Capsid assembly modulator (CAM)
Chronic hepatitis B
Hepatic B virus (HBV)
Animals
Capsid Proteins
Hepatitis B virus
Mice
Virus Assembly
Virus Replication
Antiviral Agents
Capsid
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