Novel Pyrimidines as Antitubercular Agents.
Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
Journal:Antimicrobial agents and chemotherapy, Volume: 62, Issue: 3
infection is responsible for a global pandemic. New drugs are needed that do not show cross-resistance with the existing front-line therapeutics. A triazine antitubercular hit led to the design of a related pyrimidine family. The synthesis of a focused series of these analogs facilitated exploration of their activity, cytotoxicity, and physiochemical and absorption-distribution-metabolism-excretion properties. Select pyrimidines were then evaluated for their pharmacokinetic profiles in mice. The findings suggest a rationale for the further evolution of this promising series of antitubercular small molecules, which appear to share some similarities with the clinical compound PA-824 in terms of activation, while highlighting more general guidelines for the optimization of small-molecule antitubercular agents.