• Aryl hydroxamic acid analogues as potential therapeutic agents /

      Tays, Kevin.; Department of Chemistry (Brock University, 1997-05-21)
      A new synthetic pathway to analogues of the aglucones of naturally occurring cyclic hydroxamic acids (2,4-dihydroxy-l,4-benzoxazin-3-ones) has been developed. The new pathway involves the coupling of substituted nitrophenols wdth /-propyl-abromo- O-methoxymethylglycolate. These materials were reductively cyclised to reveal the hydroxamic acid functionality. Removal of the C-2 0-methoxymethyl protecting group was achieved chemoselectively using boron trichloride. The analogue 7-methoxy-2,4-dihydroxy-l,4-benzoxazin-3-one (DIMBOA) was assayed with papain and a semilog plot of activity of papain in the presence of excess DIMBOA was found to be linear. A single exponential equation was suggested as the model for kinetic analysis. '^ Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectra of a couple of hydroxamates were acquired as reference standards for future mechanistic studies of these compounds as thiol protease inhibitors. A 10% '^-labeled sample ofDIMBOA was also prepared for future mechanistic studies using NMR techniques.