Collect. Czech. Chem. Commun. 1998, 63, 541-548

Peptide Inhibitors of Aspartic Proteinases with Hydroxyethylene Isostere Replacement of Peptide Bond. II. Preparation of Pseudotetrapeptides Derived from Diastereoisomeric 5-Amino-2-benzyl-4-hydroxy-6-phenylhexanoic Acids

Jaroslav Litera, Jan Weber, Ivana Křížová, Iva Pichová, Jan Konvalinka, Martin Fusek and Milan Souček

Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic,166 10 Prague 6, Czech Republic


Twelve pseudotetrapeptides, Boc-NHCH(CH2Ph)CH(OH)CH2CH(CH2Ph) CO-Xaa-Phe-NH2 9-11, were prepared by [(benzotriazol-1-yl)oxy]tris(dimethylamino)phosphonium hexafluorophosphate-mediated couplings of diastereoisomeric O-silylated (2R or 2S,4R or 4S,5S)-2-benzyl-5-(tert-butoxycarbonyl)amino-4-hydroxy-6-phenylhexanoic acids 1 with dipeptides H-Xaa-Phe-NH2 (Xaa = Gln, Glu(OBzl) or Ile) 3-5, followed by O-deprotection. Pseudotetrapeptides 9-11 were tested for inhibition of aspartic proteinases secreted by Candida albicans and C. tropicalis. The level of inhibition of both yeast proteinases was very low, contrasting with the nanomolar IC50 values obtained for inhibition of HIV-1 proteinase.

Keywords: Candida sp. proteinases; HIV-1 proteinase; Aspartic proteinase inhibitors; Pseudopeptides; Peptidomimetics.