A series of novel benzyl-substituted (S)-phenylalanine derivatives were synthesized and evaluated for their dipeptidyl peptidase 4 (DPP-4) inhibitory activity and selectivity. It was found that most synthesized target compounds were potent DPP-4 inhibitors with IC50 values in 3.79–25.52nM, which were significantly superior to that of the marketed drug sitagliptin. Furthermore, the 4-fluorobenzyl substituted phenylalanine derivative 6g not only displayed the potent DPP-4 inhibition with an IC50 value of 3.79nM, but also showed better selectivity against DPP-4 over other related enzymes including DPP-7, DPP-8, and DPP-9. In an oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT) in normal Sprague Dawley rats, compound 6g reduced blood glucose excursion in a dose-dependent manner.
- Dipeptidyl peptidase 4 inhibitors
- Type 2 diabetes
- (S)-Phenylalanine derivatives