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Synthesis and Structure-Activity Relationship of alpha-Sulfonylhydroxamic Acids as Novel, Orally Active Matrix Metalloproteinase Inhibitors for the Treatment of Osteoarthritis

J Med Chem 2003 Jun 5;46(12):2361-75
Aranapakam V, Grosu GT, Davis JM, Hu B, Ellingboe J, Baker JL, Skotnicki JS, Zask A, DiJoseph JF, Sung A, Sharr MA, Killar LM, Walter T, Jin G, Cowling R.
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The matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) are a family of zinc-containing endopeptidases that play a key role in both physiological and pathological tissue degradation.

These enzymes are strictly regulated by endogenous inhibitors such as tissue inhibitors of MMPs and alpha(2)-macroglobulins.

Overexpression of these enzymes has been implicated in various pathological disorders such as arthritis, tumor metastasis, cardiovascular diseases, and multiple sclerosis.

Developing effective small-molecule inhibitors to modulate MMP activity is one approach to treat these degenerative diseases.

The present work focuses on the discovery and SAR of novel N-hydroxy-alpha-phenylsulfonylacetamide derivatives, which are potent, selective, and orally active MMP inhibitors.