Synthesis and evaluation of geometric analogs of 1α,25-dihydroxyvitamin D2 as potential therapeutics

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  • Narasimha Rao Bolla
  • Aoife Corcoran
  • Kaori Yasuda
  • Michał Chodyński
  • Krzysztof Krajewski
  • Piotr Cmoch
  • Ewa Marcinkowska
  • Toshiyuki Sakaki
  • Andrzej Kutner

Colleges, School and Institutes


An improved convergent strategy was developed for the synthesis of the previously obtained side-chain extended and rigidified analogs of 1α,25-dihydroxyvitamin D2, PRI-1906 and PRI-1907. New (24Z) geometric isomers of the analogs, PRI-1916 and PRI-1917, were also obtained and identified. These side-chain isomers were separable by flash chromatography, as C-25 alcohols, from the synthetic precursors of PRI-1906 and PRI-1907, respectively. The structures of new analogs were determined by advanced techniques of (1)H and (13)C NMR, including COSY, HSQC and HMBC sequences. Binding affinities of the geometric analogs PRI-1906 and PRI-1916 and their respective C-26, C-27 homologs PRI-1907 and PRI-1917 for the full-length human vitamin D receptor were determined by a fluorescence polarization competition assay. The binding affinity of (24Z) methyl analog PRI-1906 was much higher than that of (24E) analog PRI-1906, while the affinity of (24Z) ethyl analog PRI-1917 was lower than that of the respective PRI-1907. Investigation of the metabolism of these compounds by human CYP24A1 revealed they are much more resistant to CYP24A1 than 1α,25-dihydroxyvitamin D2, indicating they could have longer-term biological effects on target tissues.


Original languageEnglish
JournalThe Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Publication statusPublished - 28 Aug 2015