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(11)EP 2 805 746 B1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT SPECIFICATION

(45)Mention of the grant of the patent:
06.05.2020 Bulletin 2020/19

(21)Application number: 14170446.0

(22)Date of filing:  16.02.2010
(51)Int. Cl.: 
A61K 31/196  (2006.01)
A61Q 19/02  (2006.01)
A61Q 19/08  (2006.01)
C07C 233/54  (2006.01)
A61K 8/42  (2006.01)
A61K 31/42  (2006.01)
A61Q 19/06  (2006.01)
C07D 319/08  (2006.01)
C07D 307/79  (2006.01)

(54)

Alkylamido compounds and uses thereof

Alkylamido-Verbindungen und Verwendungen davon

Composés alkylamido et leurs utilisations


(84)Designated Contracting States:
AT BE BG CH CY CZ DE DK EE ES FI FR GB GR HR HU IE IS IT LI LT LU LV MC MK MT NL NO PL PT RO SE SI SK SM TR

(30)Priority: 16.02.2009 EP 09425056
18.05.2009 US 179062 P
17.12.2009 US 287461 P

(43)Date of publication of application:
26.11.2014 Bulletin 2014/48

(62)Application number of the earlier application in accordance with Art. 76 EPC:
10708105.1 / 2396081

(73)Proprietor: Nogra Pharma Limited
Dublin 2 (IE)

(72)Inventors:
  • Baroni, Sergio
    24030 Villa d'Adda (BG) (IT)
  • Bellinvia, Salvatore
    33170 Pordenone (PN) (IT)
  • Viti, Francesca
    20129 Milano (IT)

(74)Representative: Harris, Jennifer Lucy 
Kilburn & Strode LLP Lacon London 84 Theobalds Road
London WC1X 8NL
London WC1X 8NL (GB)


(56)References cited: : 
WO-A1-2005/084658
WO-A2-2007/010516
US-A1- 2003 229 083
WO-A1-2008/104557
US-A- 4 933 330
  
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Remarks:
The file contains technical information submitted after the application was filed and not included in this specification
 
Note: Within nine months from the publication of the mention of the grant of the European patent, any person may give notice to the European Patent Office of opposition to the European patent granted. Notice of opposition shall be filed in a written reasoned statement. It shall not be deemed to have been filed until the opposition fee has been paid. (Art. 99(1) European Patent Convention).


Description

BACKGROUND



[0001] Peroxisome Proliferator Activated Receptors (PPARs) are members of the nuclear hormone receptor super family, which are ligand-activated transcription factors regulating gene expression. Certain PPARs play roles in the regulation of cell differentiation, development and metabolism of higher organisms.

[0002] Three types of PPAR has been identified: alpha, expressed in the liver, kidney, heart and other tissues and organs, beta/delta expressed for example in the brain, and gamma, expressed in three forms: gamma1, gamma2, and gamma3. PPARy receptors have been associated with a number of disease states including dyslipidemia, hyperlipidemia, hypercholesteremia, atherosclerosis, atherogenesis, hypertriglyceridemia, heart failure, myocardial infarction, vascular diseases, cardiovascular diseases, hypertension, obesity, inflammation, arthritis, cancer, Alzheimer's disease, skin disorders, respiratory diseases, ophthalmic disorders, IBDs (irritable bowel disease), ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease.

[0003] Further, treatment of tumor cells with ligands of PPARy receptors can induce a decrease in cellular proliferation, cell differentiation and apoptosis, and therefore may be useful in preventing carcinogenesis. Intestinal anti-inflammatory activity may be dependent on binding and subsequent activation of PPARy receptors.

[0004] In addition, numerous studies have indicated that EGF receptor inhibitors may control proliferation and spread of tumors.

[0005] Accordingly, molecules that modulate the activity of PPARs and/or EGF receptors are useful as therapeutic agents in the treatment of such diseases.

[0006] U.S. Patent No. 4,933,330 discloses pharmaceutical compositions for use in the treatment of psoriasis comprising 4-aminosalicylic acid (4-ASA) or 5-aminosalicylic acid (5-ASA). International Publication No. WO 2008/104557 discloses in its title PPAR-gamma agonists for the induction of cationic antimicrobial peptide expression as immunoprotective stimulants. U.S. Patent Application Publication No. 2003/229083 discloses in its abstract antidiabetic, hypolipidemic, antiobesity and hypocholesterolemic compounds of formula (I) defined therein. International Publication No. WO 2005/084658 discloses in its title derivatives of actarit and their therapeutic use. International Publication No. WO 2007/010516 discloses in its title compounds and their salts specific to the PPAR receptors and the EGF receptors and their use in the medical field.

SUMMARY



[0007] This disclosure is generally directed to compounds which may be specific to PPAR receptors and/or EGF receptors, and their use as, for example, medicinal agents. Also disclosed are pharmaceutical compositions comprising a disclosed compound, or pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof, and a pharmaceutically acceptable carrier.

[0008] The invention is as defined in the appended claims. In one aspect, the invention provides a compound of formula:



[0009] having an S configuration, or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof, for use in the treatment of a dermatological condition. In an embodiment, the compound is for use in the treatment of ichthyosis, Darrier's disease, skin disorders due to exposure to UV radiation, skin aging, simple seborrhoea or seborrhoeic dermatitis, atopic dermatitis or psoriasis.

[0010] In another aspect, the invention provides a pharmaceutical composition comprising the compound, or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof, of the invention and a pharmaceutically acceptable carrier for use in the treatment of a dermatological condition.

[0011] In an embodiment, the pharmaceutical composition is for use in the treatment of ichthyosis, Darrier's disease, skin disorders due to exposure to UV radiation, skin aging, simple seborrhoea or seborrhoeic dermatitis, atopic dermatitis or psoriasis.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE FIGURES



[0012] 

Figure 1 depicts the % mortality of mice receiving TNBS (trinitrobenzene sulfonic acid) versus mice receiving TNBS and N-acetyl E2 in a murine colitis model.

Figure 2 depicts the observed level of colonic lesions in mice receiving TNBS versus mice receiving TNBS and N-acetyl E2 in a murine colitis model.

Figure 3 depicts the observed level of MPO activity in mice receiving TNBS versus mice receiving TNBS and N-acetyl E2 in a murine colitis model.

Figure 4 depicts the observed level of colonic inflammation in mice receiving TNBS versus mice receiving TNBS and N-acetyl E2 in a murine colitis model.

Figure 5 depicts effects of a disclosed compound on human keratinocytes.

Figure 6 depicts inhibitionr of TNF alpha by H2O2 and a disclosed compound.

Figure 7 depicts inhibition on mRNA expression of IL-6 induced by the presence of IFN-gamma.

Figure 8 depicts inhibition of a disclosed compound on the activation of NF-kB.

Figure 9 depicts inhibition of a disclosed compound on protein expression of IL-6 induced by presence of LPS.

Figure 10 depicts effect of a disclosed compound on human sebocytes.

Figure 11 depicts inhibitory capacity of a disclosed compound on sebogenesis induced by lipid type stimulus.

Figure 12 depicts the results of a fatty acid assay (A) and squalene analysis (B) of sebogenesis inhibition.


DETAILED DESCRIPTION



[0013] The features and other details of the disclosure will now be more particularly described. Before further description of the present invention, certain terms employed in the specification, examples and appended claims are collected here. These definitions should be read in light of the remainder of the disclosure and understood as by a person of skill in the art. Unless defined otherwise, all technical and scientific terms used herein have the same meaning as commonly understood by a person of ordinary skill in the art.

Definitions



[0014] "Treating" includes any effect, e.g., lessening, reducing, modulating, or eliminating, that results in the improvement of the condition, disease, disorder and the like.

[0015] The term "pharmaceutically acceptable carrier" or "pharmaceutically acceptable excipient" as used herein refers to any and all solvents, dispersion media, coatings, isotonic and absorption delaying agents, and the like, that are compatible with pharmaceutical administration. The use of such media and agents for pharmaceutically active substances is well known in the art. The compositions may also contain other active compounds providing supplemental, additional, or enhanced therapeutic functions.

[0016] The term "pharmaceutical composition" as used herein refers to a composition comprising at least one compound as disclosed herein formulated together with one or more pharmaceutically acceptable carriers.

[0017] "Individual," "patient," or "subject" are used interchangeably and include to any animal, including mammals, preferably mice, rats, other rodents, rabbits, dogs, cats, swine, cattle, sheep, horses, or primates, and most preferably humans. The compounds of the invention can be administered to a mammal, such as a human, but can also be other mammals such as an animal in need of veterinary treatment, e.g., domestic animals (e.g., dogs, cats, and the like), farm animals (e.g., cows, sheep, pigs, horses, and the like) and laboratory animals (e.g., rats, mice, guinea pigs, and the like). The mammal treated in the methods of the invention is desirably a mammal in whom modulation of PPAR and/or EGF receptors is desired. "Modulation" includes antagonism (e.g., inhibition), agonism, partial antagonism and/or partial agonism.

[0018] In the present specification, the term "therapeutically effective amount" means the amount of the subject compound that will elicit the biological or medical response of a tissue, system, animal or human that is being sought by the researcher, veterinarian, medical doctor or other clinician. The compounds of the invention are administered in therapeutically effective amounts to treat a disease. Alternatively, a therapeutically effective amount of a compound is the quantity required to achieve a desired therapeutic and/or prophylactic effect, such as an amount which results in the prevention of or a decrease in the symptoms associated with a disease associated with PPAR and/or EGF receptors.

[0019] The term "pharmaceutically acceptable salt(s)" as used herein refers to salts of acidic or basic groups that may be present in compounds used in the present compositions. Compounds included in the present compositions that are basic in nature are capable of forming a wide variety of salts with various inorganic and organic acids. The acids that may be used to prepare pharmaceutically acceptable acid addition salts of such basic compounds are those that form non-toxic acid addition salts, i.e., salts containing pharmacologically acceptable anions, including but not limited to malate, oxalate, chloride, bromide, iodide, nitrate, sulfate, bisulfate, phosphate, acid phosphate, isonicotinate, acetate, lactate, salicylate, citrate, tartrate, oleate, tannate, pantothenate, bitartrate, ascorbate, succinate, maleate, gentisinate, fumarate, gluconate, glucuronate, saccharate, formate, benzoate, glutamate, methanesulfonate, ethanesulfonate, benzenesulfonate, p-toluenesulfonate and pamoate (i.e., 1,r-methylene-bis-(2-hydroxy-3-naphthoate)) salts. Compounds included in the present compositions that include an amino moiety may form pharmaceutically acceptable salts with various amino acids, in addition to the acids mentioned above. Compounds included in the present compositions that are acidic in nature are capable of forming base salts with various pharmacologically acceptable cations. Examples of such salts include alkali metal or alkaline earth metal salts and, particularly, calcium, magnesium, sodium, lithium, zinc, potassium, and iron salts.

[0020] The compounds of the disclosure may contain one or more chiral centers and/or double bonds and, therefore, exist as stereoisomers, such as geometric isomers, enantiomers or diastereomers. The term "stereoisomers" when used herein consist of all geometric isomers, enantiomers or diastereomers. These compounds may be designated by the symbols "R" or "S," depending on the configuration of substituents around the stereogenic carbon atom. Various stereoisomers of these compounds and mixtures thereof are disclosed herein. Stereoisomers include enantiomers and diastereomers. Mixtures of enantiomers or diastereomers may be designated "(±)" in nomenclature, but the skilled artisan will recognize that a structure may denote a chiral center implicitly.

[0021] Individual stereoisomers of the disclosed compounds can be prepared synthetically from commercially available starting materials that contain asymmetric or stereogenic centers, or by preparation of racemic mixtures followed by resolution methods well known to those of ordinary skill in the art. These methods of resolution are exemplified by (1) attachment of a mixture of enantiomers to a chiral auxiliary, separation of the resulting mixture of diastereomers by recrystallization or chromatography and liberation of the optically pure product from the auxiliary, (2) salt formation employing an optically active resolving agent, or (3) direct separation of the mixture of optical enantiomers on chiral chromatographic columns. Stereoisomeric mixtures can also be resolved into their component stereoisomers by well known methods, such as chiral-phase gas chromatography, chiral-phase high performance liquid chromatography, crystallizing the compound as a chiral salt complex, or crystallizing the compound in a chiral solvent. Stereoisomers can also be obtained from stereomerically-pure intermediates, reagents, and catalysts by well known asymmetric synthetic methods.

[0022] Geometric isomers can also exist in the disclosed compounds. The symbol

denotes a bond that may be a single, double or triple bond as described herein. Various geometric isomers and mixtures thereof may result from the arrangement of substituents around a carbon-carbon double bond or arrangement of substituents around a carbocyclic ring. Substituents around a carbon-carbon double bond are designated as being in the "Z" or "E" configuration wherein the terms "Z" and "E" are used in accordance with IUPAC standards. Unless otherwise specified, structures depicting double bonds encompass both the "E" and "Z" isomers.

[0023] Substituents around a carbon-carbon double bond alternatively can be referred to as "cis" or "trans," where "cis" represents substituents on the same side of the double bond and "trans" represents substituents on opposite sides of the double bond. The arrangement of substituents around a carbocyclic ring are designated as "cis" or "trans." The term "cis" represents substituents on the same side of the plane of the ring and the term "trans" represents substituents on opposite sides of the plane of the ring. Mixtures of compounds wherein the substituents are disposed on both the same and opposite sides of plane of the ring are designated "cis/trans."

[0024] The compounds disclosed herein can exist in solvated as well as unsolvated forms with pharmaceutically acceptable solvents such as water, ethanol, and the like, and it is intended that the invention embrace both solvated and unsolvated forms. In one embodiment, the compound is amorphous. In one embodiment, the compound is a polymorph. In another embodiment, the compound is in a crystalline form.

[0025] The invention also embraces isotopically labeled compounds of the invention which are identical to those recited herein, except that one or more atoms are replaced by an atom having an atomic mass or mass number different from the atomic mass or mass number usually found in nature. Examples of isotopes that can be incorporated into compounds of the invention include isotopes of hydrogen, carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, phosphorus, fluorine and chlorine, such as 2H, 3H, 13C, 14C, 15N, 18O, 17O, 31P, 32P, 35S, 18F, and 36Cl, respectively.

[0026] Certain isotopically-labeled disclosed compounds (e.g., those labeled with 3H and 14C) are useful in compound and/or substrate tissue distribution assays. Tritiated (i.e., 3H) and carbon-14 (i.e., 14C) isotopes are particularly preferred for their ease of preparation and detectability. Further, substitution with heavier isotopes such as deuterium (i.e., 2H) may afford certain therapeutic advantages resulting from greater metabolic stability (e.g., increased in vivo half-life or reduced dosage requirements) and hence may be preferred in some circumstances. Isotopically labeled compounds of the invention can generally be prepared by following procedures analogous to those disclosed in the e.g., Examples herein by substituting an isotopically labeled reagent for a non-isotopically labeled reagent.

[0027] The invention is as defined in the appended claims. Disclosed compounds, and pharmaceutical compositions, comprising at least one compound, may be selected from the group consisting of: N-acetyl-(R)-(-)-3-(4-aminophenyl)-2-methoxypropionic acid (Compound A) , N-acetyl-(S)-(-)-3-(4-aminophenyl)-2-methoxypropionic acid (Compound B), racemic N-acetyl-(S)-(-)-3-(4-aminophenyl)-2-methoxypropionic acid (compound AB);

or pharmaceutically acceptable salts thereof.

[0028] The present disclosure also provides pharmaceutical compositions comprising compounds as disclosed herein formulated together with one or more pharmaceutically acceptable carriers. These formulations include those suitable for oral, rectal, topical, buccal and parenteral (e.g., subcutaneous, intramuscular, intradermal, or intravenous) administration, although the most suitable form of administration in any given case will depend on the degree and severity of the condition being treated and on the nature of the particular compound being used.

Therapeutic Applications



[0029] The disclosed compounds may be used in methods of modulating activity of one or more PPAR and/or EGF receptors by exposing said receptor to said compound. For example, the disclosed compounds may be used in methods of treating a disease associated with expression or activity of one or more PPAR and/or EGF receptors in a patient comprising administering to the patient a therapeutically effective amount of a compound of the invention.

[0030] The compounds disclosed herein may be used in methods of treating dermatological conditions, such as the treatment of at least one of: acne vulgaris, comedo-type acne, polymorphic acne, acne rosacea, nodulocystic acne, acne conglobata, senile acne, secondary acne, solar acne, acne medicamentosa or occupational acne, ichthyosis, Darrier's disease, keratosis palmaris or plantaris, cutaneous, mucosal or ungual psoriasis, skin disorders due to exposure to UV radiation, of skin aging, photoinduced or chronological or actinic pigmentations and keratoses, acne hyperseborrhoea, simple seborrhoea or seborrhoeic dermatitis, cicatrization disorders or stretch marks. The compounds disclosed herein may also be used in methods of treating atopic dermatitis. The composition may be administered orally or topically.

[0031] For example, continuous sebum production can increase in acne patients; and application of a sebum inhibitor, such as disclosed herein, may be useful in the treatment of acne, seborrhea or alopecia. In another example, chronic inflammation of hair follicles (keratinocytes) can be an indication of e.g., androgenic alopecia. An inhibitor of such inflammation such as disclosed herein can be useful in e.g., the treatment of hair loss.

[0032] The compounds of the invention may be administered to patients (animals and humans) in need of such treatment in dosages that will provide optimal pharmaceutical efficacy. It will be appreciated that the dose required for use in any particular application will vary from patient to patient, not only with the particular compound or composition selected, but also with the route of administration, the nature of the condition being treated, the age and condition of the patient, concurrent medication or special diets then being followed by the patient, and other factors which those skilled in the art will recognize, with the appropriate dosage ultimately being at the discretion of the attendant physician. For treating clinical conditions and diseases noted above, the compound of this invention may be administered orally, topically, parenterally, by inhalation spray or rectally in dosage unit formulations containing conventional non-toxic pharmaceutically acceptable carriers, adjuvants and vehicles. The term parenteral as used herein includes subcutaneous injections, intravenous, intramuscular, intrasternal injection or infusion techniques.

[0033] Generally, a therapeutically effective amount of active component will be in the range of from 0.1 mg/kg to 100 mg/kg, optionally from 1 mg/kg to 100 mg/kg, optionally from 1 mg/kg to 10 mg/kg. The amount administered will depend on variables such as the type and extent of disease or indication to be treated, the overall health status of the particular patient, the relative biological efficacy of the compounds, formulation of compounds, the presence and types of excipients in the formulation, and the route of administration. The initial dosage administered may be increased beyond the upper level in order to rapidly achieve the desired blood-level or tissue level, or the initial dosage may be smaller than the optimum and the daily dosage may be progressively increased during the course of treatment depending on the particular situation. Human dosage can be optimized, e.g., in a conventional Phase I dose escalation study designed to run from 0.5 mg/kg to 20 mg/kg. Dosing frequency can vary, depending on factors such as route of administration, dosage amount and the disease condition being treated. Exemplary dosing frequencies are once per day, once per week and once every two weeks.

[0034] Contemplated formulations or compositions comprise a disclosed compound and typically include a compound a pharmaceutically acceptable carrier.

[0035] Contemplated compositions may be administered by various means, depending on their intended use, as is well known in the art. For example, if compositions of the present invention are to be administered orally, they may be formulated as tablets, capsules, granules, powders or syrups. Alternatively, formulations of the present invention may be administered parenterally as injections (intravenous, intramuscular or subcutaneous), drop infusion preparations or enemas or suppositories. For application by the ophthalmic mucous membrane route, compositions of the present invention may be formulated as eyedrops or eye ointments. These formulations may be prepared by conventional means, and, if desired, the compositions may be mixed with any conventional additive, such as an excipient, a binder, a disintegrating agent, a lubricant, a corrigent, a solubilizing agent, a suspension aid, an emulsifying agent or a coating agent.

[0036] In formulations of the subject invention, wetting agents, emulsifiers and lubricants, such as sodium lauryl sulfate and magnesium stearate, as well as coloring agents, release agents, coating agents, sweetening, flavoring and perfuming agents, preservatives and antioxidants may be present in the formulated agents.

[0037] Subject compositions may be suitable for oral, nasal, topical (including buccal and sublingual), rectal, vaginal, aerosol and/or parenteral administration. The formulations may conveniently be presented in unit dosage form and may be prepared by any methods well known in the art of pharmacy. The amount of composition that may be combined with a carrier material to produce a single dose vary depending upon the subject being treated, and the particular mode of administration.

[0038] Methods of preparing these formulations include the step of bringing into association compositions of the present invention with the carrier and, optionally, one or more accessory ingredients. In general, the formulations are prepared by uniformly and intimately bringing into association agents with liquid carriers, or finely divided solid carriers, or both, and then, if necessary, shaping the product.

[0039] Formulations suitable for oral administration may be in the form of capsules, cachets, pills, tablets, lozenges (using a flavored basis, usually sucrose and acacia or tragacanth), powders, granules, or as a solution or a suspension in an aqueous or non-aqueous liquid, or as an oil-in-water or water-in-oil liquid emulsion, or as an elixir or syrup, or as pastilles (using an inert base, such as gelatin and glycerin, or sucrose and acacia), each containing a predetermined amount of a subject composition thereof as an active ingredient. Compositions of the present invention may also be administered as a bolus, electuary, or paste.

[0040] In solid dosage forms for oral administration (capsules, tablets, pills, film-coated tablets, sugar-coated tablets, powders, granules and the like), the subject composition is mixed with one or more pharmaceutically acceptable carriers, such as sodium citrate or dicalcium phosphate, and/or any of the following: (1) fillers or extenders, such as starches, lactose, sucrose, glucose, mannitol, and/or silicic acid; (2) binders, such as, for example, carboxymethylcellulose, alginates, gelatin, polyvinyl pyrrolidone, sucrose and/or acacia; (3) humectants, such as glycerol; (4) disintegrating agents, such as agar-agar, calcium carbonate, potato or tapioca starch, alginic acid, certain silicates, and sodium carbonate; (5) solution retarding agents, such as paraffin; (6) absorption accelerators, such as quaternary ammonium compounds; (7) wetting agents, such as, for example, acetyl alcohol and glycerol monostearate; (8) absorbents, such as kaolin and bentonite clay; (9) lubricants, such a talc, calcium stearate, magnesium stearate, solid polyethylene glycols, sodium lauryl sulfate, and mixtures thereof; and (10) coloring agents. In the case of capsules, tablets and pills, the compositions may also comprise buffering agents. Solid compositions of a similar type may also be employed as fillers in soft and hard-filled gelatin capsules using such excipients as lactose or milk sugars, as well as high molecular weight polyethylene glycols and the like.

[0041] Formulations and compositions may include micronized crystals of the disclosed compounds. Micronization may be performed on crystals of the compounds alone, or on a mixture of crystals and a part or whole of pharmaceutical excipients or carriers. Mean particle size of micronized crystals of a disclosed compound may be for example 5 to 200 microns, or 10 to 110 microns.

[0042] A tablet may be made by compression or molding, optionally with one or more accessory ingredients. Compressed tablets may be prepared using binder (for example, gelatin or hydroxypropylmethyl cellulose), lubricant, inert diluent, preservative, disintegrant (for example, sodium starch glycolate or cross-linked sodium carboxymethyl cellulose), surface-active or dispersing agent. Molded tablets may be made by molding in a suitable machine a mixture of the subject composition moistened with an inert liquid diluent. Tablets, and other solid dosage forms, such as film coated tablets or sugar coated tablets, capsules, pills and granules, may optionally be scored or prepared with coatings and shells, such as enteric coatings and other coatings well known in the pharmaceutical-formulating art.

[0043] Liquid dosage forms for oral administration include pharmaceutically acceptable emulsions, microemulsions, solutions, suspensions, syrups and elixirs. In addition to the subject composition, the liquid dosage forms may contain inert diluents commonly used in the art, such as, for example, water or other solvents, solubilizing agents and emulsifiers, such as ethyl alcohol, isopropyl alcohol, ethyl carbonate, ethyl acetate, benzyl alcohol, benzyl benzoate, propylene glycol, 1,3-butylene glycol, oils (in particular, cottonseed, groundnut, corn, germ, olive, castor and sesame oils), glycerol, tetrahydrofuryl alcohol, polyethylene glycols and fatty acid esters of sorbitan, cyclodextrins and mixtures thereof.

[0044] Suspensions, in addition to the subject composition, may contain suspending agents as, for example, ethoxylated isostearyl alcohols, polyoxyethylene sorbitol and sorbitan esters, microcrystalline cellulose, aluminum metahydroxide, bentonite, agar-agar and tragacanth, and mixtures thereof.

[0045] Formulations for rectal or vaginal administration may be presented as a suppository, which may be prepared by mixing a subject composition with one or more suitable non-irritating excipients or carriers comprising, for example, cocoa butter, polyethylene glycol, a suppository wax or a salicylate, and which is solid at room temperature, but liquid at body temperature and, therefore, will melt in the body cavity and release the active agent. Formulations which are suitable for vaginal administration also include pessaries, tampons, creams, gels, pastes, foams or spray formulations containing such carriers as are known in the art to be appropriate.

[0046] Dosage forms for transdermal or topical administration of a subject composition include powders, sprays, ointments, pastes, creams, lotions, gels, solutions, patches and inhalants. The active component may be mixed under sterile conditions with a pharmaceutically acceptable carrier, and with any preservatives, buffers, or propellants which may be required.

[0047] The ointments, pastes, creams and gels may contain, in addition to a subject composition, excipients, such as animal and vegetable fats, oils, waxes, paraffins, starch, tragacanth, cellulose derivatives, polyethylene glycols, silicones, bentonites, silicic acid, talc and zinc oxide, or mixtures thereof.

[0048] Powders and sprays may contain, in addition to a subject composition, excipients such as lactose, talc, silicic acid, aluminum hydroxide, calcium silicates and polyamide powder, or mixtures of these substances. Sprays may additionally contain customary propellants, such as chlorofluorohydrocarbons and volatile unsubstituted hydrocarbons, such as butane and propane.

[0049] Compositions and compounds of the present invention may alternatively be administered by aerosol. This is accomplished by preparing an aqueous aerosol, liposomal preparation or solid particles containing the compound. A non-aqueous (e.g., fluorocarbon propellant) suspension could be used. Sonic nebulizers may be used because they minimize exposing the agent to shear, which may result in degradation of the compounds contained in the subject compositions.

[0050] Ordinarily, an aqueous aerosol is made by formulating an aqueous solution or suspension of a subject composition together with conventional pharmaceutically acceptable carriers and stabilizers. The carriers and stabilizers vary with the requirements of the particular subject composition, but typically include non-ionic surfactants (Tweens, Pluronics, or polyethylene glycol), innocuous proteins like serum albumin, sorbitan esters, oleic acid, lecithin, amino acids such as glycine, buffers, salts, sugars or sugar alcohols. Aerosols generally are prepared from isotonic solutions.

[0051] Pharmaceutical compositions of this invention suitable for parenteral administration comprise a subject composition in combination with one or more pharmaceutically-acceptable sterile isotonic aqueous or non-aqueous solutions, dispersions, suspensions or emulsions, or sterile powders which may be reconstituted into sterile injectable solutions or dispersions just prior to use, which may contain antioxidants, buffers, bacteriostats, solutes which render the formulation isotonic with the blood of the intended recipient or suspending or thickening agents.

[0052] Examples of suitable aqueous and non-aqueous carriers which may be employed in the pharmaceutical compositions of the invention include water, ethanol, polyols (such as glycerol, propylene glycol, polyethylene glycol, and the like), and suitable mixtures thereof, vegetable oils, such as olive oil, and injectable organic esters, such as ethyl oleate and cyclodextrins. Proper fluidity may be maintained, for example, by the use of coating materials, such as lecithin, by the maintenance of the required particle size in the case of dispersions, and by the use of surfactants. The efficacy of treatment with the subject compositions may be determined in a number of fashions known to those of skill in the art.

[0053] Throughout the description, where compositions are described as having, including, or comprising specific components, it is contemplated that compositions also consist essentially of, or consist of, the recited components. Similarly, where processes are described as having, including, or comprising specific process steps, the processes also consist essentially of, or consist of, the recited processing steps. Except where indicated otherwise, the order of steps or order for performing certain actions are immaterial so long as the invention remains operable. Moreover, unless otherwise noted, two or more steps or actions may be conducted simultaneously.

EXAMPLES



[0054] The disclosed compounds can be prepared in a number of ways well known to one skilled in the art of organic synthesis. More specifically, disclosed compounds may be prepared using the reactions and techniques described herein. In the description of the synthetic methods described below, it is to be understood that all proposed reaction conditions, including choice of solvent, reaction atmosphere, reaction temperature, duration of the experiment and workup procedures, can be chosen to be the conditions standard for that reaction, unless otherwise indicated. It is understood by one skilled in the art of organic synthesis that the functionality present on various portions of the molecule should be compatible with the reagents and reactions proposed. Substituents not compatible with the reaction conditions will be apparent to one skilled in the art, and alternate methods are therefore indicated. The starting materials for the examples are either commercially available or are readily prepared by standard methods from known materials.

Example 1 Preparation of N-acetyl-(R)-(-)-3-(4-aminophenyl)-2-methoxypropionic acid (N-Acetyl E2); Compound A



[0055] To (R)-(-)-3-(4-aminophenyl)-2-methoxypropionic acid (40 g) in a 0.5L glass reactor was added ethyl acetate (80 g) and acetic anhydride (62.8 g). The mixture was stirred at 90 °C for 1 hour. Upon cooling, the solvent was removed by vaccum distillation, providing an oily residue. To this residue was added water (120 g) and ethyl acetate (120 g). After stirring for 10 min at 35 °C, the layers were separated and the aqueous layer discarded. The organic layer solvent was removed by vacuum distillation. Acetone (120 g) was then added and the resulting mixture was warmed until dissolution was complete. The solution was cooled to 0 °C, and the product precipitated which was collected by filtration. The solid was rinsed with acetone (20 g) and dried at 65 °C to afford 26g of the title compound.

Example 2 Docking Studies



[0056] The binding of compounds A, B, and their non-acetylated derivatives, (as well as 5-aminosalicyclic acid (5-ASA) and 5-acetamido-hydroxybenzoic acid) to PPARy and PPARα receptors is evaluated.

[0057] While 5-ASA shows good affinity for PPARγ, the N-acetylation of 5-ASA led to a rigid linear structure that did not occupy the active site in a optimal way. A loss of the hydrogen bond between H449 and the phenolic group of the compound occurred which may explain the inactivity of NAc-5-ASA. The binding of compound B and its non-acetylated counterpart into PPARγ indicated that these compounds may activate the receptor based on the receptor's binding structural prerequisites. Superposition of the compounds indicated that they bind to different parts of the active site.

[0058] The binding of compound A and its non acetylated counterpart 3-(4-aminophenyl)-2-methoxypropanoic acid) into PPARy indicated that these compounds may also activate the receptor. In contrast to compound B, the superposition of compound A free amine and N-acetyl derivative show that they occupy the same portion of the active site, indicating a possible similarity in activity.

Example 3 Anti- Murine Colitis Model



[0059] Colitis in C57bI6 mice is induced by administering TNBS (150 mg/kg) by oral gavage on day -3. Stool samples were taken 8 hours after adminstration. At day 0-5, N-acetylated E2 (30mM) was administrated by oral gavage. On day 5, micewere analyzed to obtain a mortality macroscopic score (Wallace, Gastroenterology 96: 29-36, 1989).

[0060] As shown in Figure 1, mortality was comparable between mice given TNBS versus those given TNBS and N-acetyl E2. However, as shown in Figure 2, the level of colonic lesions was significantly less in mice given TNBS and N-acetyl E2 compared to those given TNBS alone. Figure 3 demonstrates how MPO (myleoperoxidase) decreased with administration of N-acetyl E2 with TNBS. In Figure 4, the Ameho score (Gut 41: 487-493, 1997) indicated that colonic inflammation had decreased with adminstration of N-acetyl E2 with TNBS.

Example 4 Keratinocytes



[0061] To assess the possible toxic or cytostatic effect of the substances under study, a spectrophotometric test (MTT) was carried out. The human primary keratinocytes, isolated from skin biopsies, were plated in wells of a 24-well plate in suitable medium with addition of antibiotics, calcium, and specific growth factors. At around 70% confluence, the cells were exposed to the presence of Compound A, at various concentrations (0.1-1-2 mM), for 24 and 48 h in suitable medium with addition of antibiotics, calcium, but no growth factors. This culture condition was done for all the subsequent experiments. At the end of the treatment, the MTT test was done. The results are indicated in Figure 5. Compound A in all concentrations used did not show any effect on cellular vitality.

Example 5 TNF alpha



[0062] Analysis of the inhibition of compound Aof the mRNA induction of the proinflammatory cytokine TNF-alpha by H2O2 was carried out by Real time RT-PCR. The keratinocytes were plated in dishes of 6 cm/Ø. At 80% confluence, the cells were treated with H2O2 (300µM) in presence of Compound A at the three concentrations (0.01-0.1-0.5 mM) for 6 h. At the end of the treatment, the cells were lysed in a lysis buffer and subjected to isolation and subsequent retrotranscription of the RNA. Compound A proved able to inhibit the expression of the mRNA of TNF-α induced by H2O2 at the two higher doses (0.1 mM; 0.5 mM). The higher dose demonstrated a complete inhibition of the proinflammatory cytokine with an effect similar to troglitazone (Tg). (Figure 6)

Example 6 Inhibition of mRNA expression of IL-6 induced by presence of IFN-γ.



[0063] Analysis of the inhibition by compound A of the mRNA induction of the proinflammatory cytokine IL-6 by IFN-γ was done through Real time RT-PCR. The keratinocytes were plated in dishes of 6 cm/Ø.

[0064] At 80% confluence, the cells were treated with IFN-γ (30 ng/ml) in presence of compound A (N-Acetylged) at the three concentrations (0.01-0.1-0.5 mM) for 6 h. At the end of the treatment, the cells were lysed in a lysis buffer and subjected to isolation and subsequent retrotranscription of the RNA The results (as shown in Figure 7) reveal the ability of Compound A to inhibit the expression of the inflammatory cytokine induced by presence of IFN-γ which does not appear to be dose-dependent.

Example 7 Inhibitory capacity on the activation of nuclear factor NF-kB induced by presence of H2O2.



[0065] Evaluation of the inhibition by compound A of the activation of nuclear transcription factor NF-kB induced by the presence of H2O2 was done by analysis in cytofluorimetry.

[0066] The keratinocytes were plated in wells of a 12-well plate. At 80% confluence, the cells were treated with H2O2 (300 µM) in presence of compound A at the three concentrations (0.01-0.1-0.5 mM) for 1 h. At the end of the treatment, the cells were fixed in paraformaldehyde, permeabilized in methanol and then incubated in presence of the specific antibody of subunit p65. Compound A revealed an inhibitory effect on the activation and subsequent translocation of NF-kB in dose-dependent manner (Figure 8).

Example 8 Inhibition of protein expression of IL-6 induced by presence of LPS



[0067] Analysis of the inhibition by Compound A of the protein induction of IL-6 by LPS (lipopolysaccharide) was done with the ELISA kit. The keratinocytes were plated in wells of a 24-well plate. At 80% confluence, the cells were treated with LPS (10 µg/ml) in presence of compound A at the three concentrations (0.01-0.1-0.5 mM) for 24 h. At the end of the treatment, the supernatant was decanted, centrifuged so as to remove any cell detritus, and kept at -80°C until the time of the analysis. The quantity of IL-6 present in the supernatant was normalized by the protein concentration of the sample itself. The results (Figure 9) revealed the ability of compound A to inhibit, in dose-dependent manner, the protein expression of the inflammatory cytokine under study.

Example 9- Human sebocytes



[0068] To assess the possible toxic or cytostatic effect of the substances under study, a spectrophotometric test (MTT) was carried out. The sebocytes were plated in wells of a 24-well plate in suitable medium with addition of antibiotics, calcium and EGF. At roughly 70% confluence, the cells were exposed to the presence of compound A , in various concentrations (0.1-0.5-1-2 mM), for 24 and 48 h. At the end of the treatment, the MTT test was performed. Compound A in all concentrations used demonstrated no effects on cell vitality. (Figure 10)

Example 10 Evaluation of the inhibitory capacity of a compound on sebogenesis induced by stimuli of lipid type (Linoleic acid, Testosterone)



[0069] Analysis of the inhibition by (compound A) of sebogenesis induced by treatment with linoleic acid (LA) and with testosterone (TST) was evaluated by spectrofluorimetry, using Nile Red as selective marker of intracellular lipids (Nile Red Assay). The sebocytes were plated in wells of a 24-well plate. Next day, they were deprived of serum (2%) and after 24 h they were stimulated, for another 24 h, with LA (10-4M), TST (20 nM) in presence or in absence of A (1 mM). At the end of the treatment, the sebocytes were stained with Nile Red. The quantitative analysis was done by spectrofluorimetry, which made it possible to distinguish between neutral lipids and polar lipids based on the different wavelength of excitation and emission. The data obtained revealed that the treatment with LA is able to induce lipid synthesis and that the combined LA+TST treatment further increases this effect. The presence of Compound A proved able to reduce the lipidogenic stimulus. (Figure 11).

Example 11 Evaluation of the inhibitory capacity on sebogenesis induced by stimuli of lipid type (Linoleic acid, Testosterone): evaluation of fatty acids and squalene.



[0070] In order to evaluate in greater detail the inhibition by Compound A of sebogenesis induced by LA and TST, assays were performed on the lipid extract of the sebocytes using gas chromatography coupled with mass spectrometry (GC-MS). The sebocytes were treated by the scheme described for the Nile Red assay. At the end of the treatment, the cells were removed and then the lipid extraction was done by using organic solvents. One part of the extract was used to analyze the fatty acid composition, while the other part was used for the determination of the quantity of squalene, a lipid characteristic of sebum. The fatty acid assay showed that the lipidogenic stimulus induced by the treatment with LA and LA+TST was reduced by the presence of A (Figure 12A). These results are confirmed by the squalene analysis. (Figure 12B)

Equivalents



[0071] While specific embodiments of the subject invention have been discussed, the above specification is illustrative and not restrictive. Many variations of the invention will become apparent to those skilled in the art upon review of this specification. The full scope of the invention should be determined by reference to the claims, along with their full scope of equivalents, and the specification, along with such variations.

[0072] Unless otherwise indicated, all numbers expressing quantities of ingredients, reaction conditions, and so forth used in the specification and claims are to be understood as being modified in all instances by the term "about." Accordingly, unless indicated to the contrary, the numerical parameters set forth in this specification and attached claims are approximations that may vary depending upon the desired properties sought to be obtained by the present invention.


Claims

1. A compound of formula:

having an S configuration, or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof, for use in the treatment of a dermatological condition.
 
2. The compound for use according to claim 1 in the treatment of ichthyosis, Darrier's disease, skin disorders due to exposure to UV radiation, skin aging, simple seborrhoea or seborrhoeic dermatitis, atopic dermatitis or psoriasis.
 
3. A pharmaceutical composition comprising the compound of claim 1, or pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof, and a pharmaceutically acceptable carrier, for use in the treatment of a dermatological condition.
 
4. The pharmaceutical composition for use according to claim 3 in the treatment of ichthyosis, Darrier's disease, skin disorders due to exposure to UV radiation, skin aging, simple seborrhoea or seborrhoeic dermatitis, atopic dermatitis or psoriasis.
 


Ansprüche

1. Verbindung der Formel:

die eine S-Konfiguration aufweist, oder ein pharmazeutisch unbedenkliches Salz davon zur Verwendung bei der Behandlung eines dermatologischen Leidens.
 
2. Verbindung zur Verwendung nach Anspruch 1 bei der Behandlung von Ichthyose, Darrier-Krankheit, Hautstörungen infolge von Exposition gegenüber UV-Bestrahlung, Hautalterung, einfacher Seborrhoe oder seborrhoischer Dermatitis, atopischer Dermatitis oder Psoriasis.
 
3. Pharmazeutische Zusammensetzung, umfassend die Verbindung nach Anspruch 1 oder ein pharmazeutisch unbedenkliches Salz davon und einen pharmazeutisch unbedenklichen Träger zur Verwendung bei der Behandlung eines dermatologischen Leidens.
 
4. Pharmazeutische Zusammensetzung zur Verwendung nach Anspruch 3 bei der Behandlung von Ichthyose, Darrier-Krankheit, Hautstörungen infolge von Exposition gegenüber UV-Bestrahlung, Hautalterung, einfacher Seborrhoe oder seborrhoischer Dermatitis, atopischer Dermatitis oder Psoriasis.
 


Revendications

1. Composé de formule :

ayant une configuration S, ou sel pharmaceutiquement acceptable de celui-ci, pour utilisation dans le traitement d'une affection dermatologique.
 
2. Composé pour utilisation selon la revendication 1 dans le traitement de l'ichtyose, de la maladie de Darrier, des troubles cutanés dus à l'exposition au rayonnement UV, du vieillissement cutané, de la séborrhée simple ou de la dermatite séborrhéique, de la dermatite atopique ou du psoriasis.
 
3. Composition pharmaceutique comprenant le composé selon la revendication 1, ou un sel pharmaceutiquement acceptable de celui-ci, et un véhicule pharmaceutiquement acceptable, pour utilisation dans le traitement d'une affection dermatologique.
 
4. Composition pharmaceutique pour utilisation selon la revendication 3 dans le traitement de l'ichtyose, de la maladie de Darrier, des troubles cutanés dus à l'exposition au rayonnement UV, du vieillissement cutané, de la séborrhée simple ou de la dermatite séborrhéique, de la dermatite atopique ou du psoriasis.
 




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