With the aim to explore the interest of the thiosemicarbazide scaffold for the inhibition of the indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase (IDO), a promising therapeutic target for anticancer immunotherapy, a series of 32 phenylthiosemicarbazide derivatives was prepared and their IDO inhibition evaluated. Our study demonstrated that among these derivatives, compound 14 characterized with a 4-cyanophenyl group on the thiosemicarbazide was the more potent IDO inhibitor in this series being endowed with an IC50 of 1.2 μM. The SAR depicted showed that substitution in the 3- and 4-position relative to the phenylthiosemicarbazide are very promising whereas substitution in the 2-position always leads to less potent or inactive derivatives. In fact the study highlighted a novel interesting scaffold for IDO inhibition for further development.
- Indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase
- Molecular modelling
Facility/equipment: Technological Platform