TenNor Discloses TNP-2198 for the Treatment of H. pylori Infections in the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
February 18, 2022
TNP-2198, a stable conjugate of a rifamycin pharmacophore and a nitroimidazole pharmacophore, has been designed, synthesized, and evaluated as a novel dual-targeted antibacterial agent for the treatment of microaerophilic and anaerobic bacterial infections. TNP-2198 exhibits greater activity than a 1:1 molar mixture of the parent drugs and exhibits activity against strains resistant to both rifamycins and nitroimidazoles. A crystal structure of TNP-2198 bound to a Mycobacterium tuberculosis RNA polymerase transcription initiation complex reveals that the rifamycin portion of TNP-2198 binds to the rifamycin binding site on RNAP and the nitroimidazole portion of TNP-2198 interacts directly with the DNA template-strand in the RNAP active-center cleft, forming a hydrogen bond with a base of the DNA template strand. TNP-2198 is currently in Phase 2 clinical development for the treatment of Helicobacter pylori infection, Clostridioides difficile infection, and bacterial vaginosis.
Link to the article： https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acs.jmedchem.1c02045