Design, Synthesis, and Biological Evaluation of Novel Pyrimido[4,5-b]indole Derivatives Against Gram-Negative Multidrug-Resistant Pathogens
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: Due to the poor permeability across Gram-negative bacterial membranes and the troublesome bacterial efflux mechanism, only a few GyrB/ParE inhibitors with potent activity against Gram-negative pathogens have been reported. Among them, pyrimido[4,5-b]indole derivatives represented by GP-1 demonstrated excellent broad-spectrum antibacterial activity against both Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria but were limited by hERG inhibition and poor pharmacokinetics profile. To improve their drug-like properties, we designed a series of novel pyrimido[4,5-b]indole derivatives based on the tricyclic scaffold of GP-1 and the C-7 moiety of acorafloxacin. These efforts have culminated in the discovery of a promising compound 18r with reduced hERG liability and an improved PK profile. Compound 18r exhibited superior broad-spectrum in vitro antibacterial activity compared to GP-1, including a variety of clinical multidrug G– pathogens, especially Acinetobacter baumannii, and the in vivo efficacy was also demonstrated in a neutropenic mouse thigh model of infection with multidrug-resistant A. baumannii.