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Title:
PROCESS FOR PREPARING ACYCLIC HCV PROTEASE INHIBITORS
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2005/116054
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
Disclosed are highly convergent processes for preparing compounds of formula (I), which compounds are potent active agents for the treatment of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. The disclosed processes use SNAr-type coupling reactions between peptidic compounds having a hydroxyproline moiety and halogenated or sulfonated bromoquinoline compounds.

Inventors:
Busacca, Carl Alan (900 Ridgebury Road, Ridgefield CT, Ridgefield CT 06877, 06877, US)
Frutos, Rogelio Perez (900 Ridgebury Road, P.O. Box 368 Ridgefield, CT, 06877, US)
Haddad, Nizar (900 Ridgebury Road, P.O. Box 368 Ridgefield, CT, 06877, US)
Kapadia, Suresh R. (900 Ridgebury Road, P.O. Box 368 Ridgefield, CT, 06877, US)
Lorenz, Jon Charles (900 Ridgebury Road, P.O. Box 368 Ridgefield, CT, 06877, US)
Saha, Anjan (900 Ridgebury Road, P.O. Box 368 Ridgefield, CT, 06877, US)
Senanayake, Chris Hugh (900 Ridgebury Road, P.O. Box 368 Ridgefield, CT, 06877, US)
Wei, Xudong (900 Ridgebury Road, P.O. Box 368 Ridgefield, CT, 06877, US)
Application Number:
PCT/US2005/018177
Publication Date:
December 08, 2005
Filing Date:
May 23, 2005
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Assignee:
BOEHRINGER INGELHEIM INTERNATIONAL, GMBH (Binger Strasse 173, Ingelheim, 55216, DE)
Busacca, Carl Alan (900 Ridgebury Road, Ridgefield CT, Ridgefield CT 06877, 06877, US)
Frutos, Rogelio Perez (900 Ridgebury Road, P.O. Box 368 Ridgefield, CT, 06877, US)
Haddad, Nizar (900 Ridgebury Road, P.O. Box 368 Ridgefield, CT, 06877, US)
Kapadia, Suresh R. (900 Ridgebury Road, P.O. Box 368 Ridgefield, CT, 06877, US)
Lorenz, Jon Charles (900 Ridgebury Road, P.O. Box 368 Ridgefield, CT, 06877, US)
Saha, Anjan (900 Ridgebury Road, P.O. Box 368 Ridgefield, CT, 06877, US)
Senanayake, Chris Hugh (900 Ridgebury Road, P.O. Box 368 Ridgefield, CT, 06877, US)
Wei, Xudong (900 Ridgebury Road, P.O. Box 368 Ridgefield, CT, 06877, US)
International Classes:
A61K31/4709; C07C217/84; C07C225/22; C07D277/56; C07D417/04; C07D417/14; C07K5/08; C07K5/083; (IPC1-7): C07K5/08; C07C217/84; C07D277/56; C07D417/04; C07D417/14
Domestic Patent References:
WO2004103996A1
WO2000009543A2
WO2005028501A1
Foreign References:
US6608027B1
Other References:
DATABASE BEILSTEIN Beilstein Institute for Organic Chemistry, Frankfurt/Main, DE; XP002352534 & J. MED. CHEM., vol. 31, no. 4, 1988, pages 875-885,
DATABASE BEILSTEIN Beilstein Institute for Organic Chemistry, Frankfurt/Main, DE; XP002352535 & MED. CHEM. RES., vol. 9, no. 5, 1999, pages 340-354,
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
Morris, Michael P. (Boehringer Ingelheim Corporation, 900 Ridgebury Road P.O. Box 36, Ridgefield CT, 06877-0368, US)
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Claims:
CLAIMS
1. A process for preparing a compound of formula II: π wherein Het is a five, six or sevenmembered saturated or unsaturated heterocycle containing from one to four heteroatoms selected from nitrogen, oxygen and sulfur; said heterocycle being substituted with R1 at any available position on the heterocycle; R1 is R20, NR22COR20, NR22COOR20 NR22R21 and NR22CONR21R23, wherein R20 is selected from (C18)alkyl, (C37)cycloalkyl and (C37)cycloalkyl(C14)alkyl, wherein said cycloalkyl or cycloalkylalkyl may be mono, di or trisubstituted with (C13)alkyl; R21 is H or has one of the meanings of R20 as defined above, R22 and R23 are independently selected from H and methyl, AIk is a C1 C6 alkyl group; RA is PG wherein PG is an aminoprotecting group, or RA is a moiety of the formula: wherein: A is O or NH; B is (Ciio)alkyl, (C37)cycloalkyl, (C37)cycloalkyl(C14)alkyl, a) wherein said cycloalkyl, cycloalkylalkyl may be mono, di or trisubstituted with (C13)alkyl; and b) wherein said alkyl, cycloalkyl, cycloalkylalkyl may be mono or disubstituted with substituents selected from hydroxy and (Ci4)alkoxy; and c) wherein all said alkylgroups may be mono, di or trisubstituted with halogen; and d) wherein said cycloalkylgroups being 4, 5, 6 or 7membered having optionally one (for the A, 5, 6, or 7membered) or two (for the 5, 6 or 7membered) CH2groups not directly linked to each other replaced by O such that the Oatom is linked to the group A via at least two Catoms; and R.
2. is (C18)alkyl, (C37)cycloalkyl or (C37)cycloalkyl(C13)alkyl, wherein said cycloalkyl groups may be mono, di or trisubstituted with (C14)alkyl; RB is CO2H or a moiety of the formula: wherein: R3 is ethyl or vinyl; and Rc is hydroxyl, C1C6 alkoxy or NHSO2RS wherein Rs is (C16)alkyl, (C37)cycloalkyl, (C37)cycloalkyl(C16)alkyl, phenyl, naphthyl, pyridinyl, phenyl(C14)alkyl, naphthyl(d. 4)alkyl or pyridinyl(C14)alkyl; all of which optionally being mono, di or trisubstituted with substituents selected from halogen, hydroxy, cyano, (C14)alkyl, (C16)alkoxy, CO NH2, CONH(C14alkyl), CON(C 14alkyl)2, NH2, NH(C14alkyl) and N(C14alkyl)2; and all of which optionally being monosubstituted with nitro; or Rs can be further selected from: NH(C16alkyl), N(C16alkyl)2, Het, — N N — (C, 6alkyl) said process comprising reacting a compound of formula QUESf, wherein X is a halogen atom or SO2R group, wherein R is Ci6alkyl, C6 or C1O aryl or heteroaryl, with a compound of formula P2 to obtain a compound of formula II: π wherein AIk, Het, R1, RΛ and RB in formulas QUIN and P2 are the same as defined above for formula II.
3. 2 A process according to claim 1, wherein RA is PG and RB is CO2H.
4. 3 A process according to claim 1, wherein RA is a moiety of the formula: and RB is CO2H.
5. A process according to claim 1, wherein RA is PG and RB is a moiety of the formula:.
6. A process according to claim 1, wherein R is a moiety of the formula: and RB is is a moiety of the formula: .
7. A compound of formula II: π wherein Het is a five, six or sevenmembered saturated or unsaturated heterocycle containing from one to four heteroatoms selected from nitrogen, oxygen and sulfur; said heterocycle being substituted with R1 at any available position on the heterocycle; R1 is R20, NR22COR20, NR22COOR20 NR22R21 and NR22CONR21R23, wherein R20 is selected from (C18)alkyl, (C37)cycloalkyl and (C37)cycloalkyl(C14)alkyl, wherein said cycloalkyl or cycloalkylalkyl may be mono, di or trisubstituted with (C13)alkyl; R21 is H or has one of the meanings of R20 as defined above, R22 and R23 are independently selected from H and methyl, AIk is a C1 C6 alkyl group; RA is H or PG wherein PG is an aminoprotecting group, or RA is a moiety of the formula: wherein: A is O or NH; B is (C110)alkyl, (C37)cycloalkyl, (C37)cycloalkyl(C14)alkyl, a) wherein said cycloalkyl, cycloalkylalkyl may be mono, di or trisubstituted with (C13)alkyl; and b) wherein said alkyl, cycloalkyl, cycloalkylalkyl may be mono or disubstituted with substituents selected from hydroxy and (C14)alkoxy; and c) wherein all said alkylgroups may be mono, di or trisubstituted with halogen; and d) wherein said cycloalkylgroups being A, 5, 6 or 7membered having optionally one (for the A, 5, 6, or 7membered) or two (for the 5, 6 or 7membered) CH2groups not directly linked to each other replaced by O such that the Oatom is linked to the group A via at least two Catoms; and R2 is (C18)alkyl, (C37)cycloalkyl or (C37)cycloalkyl(C13)alkyl, wherein said cycloalkyl groups may be mono, di or trisubstituted with (C14)alkyl; RB is CO2H or a moiety of the formula: wherein: R3 is ethyl or vinyl; and Rc is hydroxyl, C1C6 alkoxy or NHSO2RS wherein Rs is (C16)alkyl, (C37)cycloalkyl, (C37)cycloalkyl(C16)alkyl, phenyl, naphthyl, pyridinyl, phenyl(C14)alkyl, naphthy^Ci 4)alkyl or pyridinyl(C14)alkyl; all of which optionally being mono, di or trisubstituted with substituents selected from halogen, hydroxy, cyano, (C14)alkyl, (C16)alkoxy, CO NH2, CONH(C14alkyl), CON(C14alkyl)2, NH2, NH(C14alkyl) and N(C14alkyl)2; and all of which optionally being monosubstituted with nitro; or Rs can be further selected from: NH(C16alkyl), N(C16alkyl)2, Het, and wherein when RA is RB cannot be .
8. A compound of formula II according to claim 6, wherein RA is H or PG and RB is CO2H.
9. A compound of formula II according to claim 6, wherein RA is a moiety of the formula: and RB is CO2H.
10. A compound of formula II according to claim 6, wherein RΛ is H or PG and RB is a moiety of the formula: .
11. A compound of the formula QUIN' : QUIN' wherein Het is a five, six or sevenmembered saturated or unsaturated heterocycle containing from one to four heteroatoms selected from nitrogen, oxygen and sulfur; said heterocycle being substituted with R1 at any available position on the heterocycle; R1 is R20, NR22COR20, NR22COOR20 NR22R21 and Ml22CONR21R23, wherein R20 is selected from (C18)alkyl, (C37)cycloalkyl and (C37)cycloalkyl(C14)alkyl, wherein said cycloalkyl or cycloalkylalkyl may be mono, di or trisubstituted with (C13)alkyl; R21 is H or has one of the meanings of R20 as defined above, R22 and R23 are independently selected from H and methyl, AIk is a C1 C6 alkyl group; and X' is a hydroxyl group, a halogen atom or an SO2R group, wherein R is C16alkyl, C6 or C1Q aryl or heteroaryl.
12. A compound of formula QUIN' according to claim 10, wherein X' is a hydroxyl group.
13. A compound of formula QUIN' according to claim 10, wherein X' is a halogen atom.
14. A compound of formula QUIN' according to claim 10, wherein X' is an SO2R group wherein R is Ci6alkyl, C6 or C1O aryl or heteroaryl.
15. A process for preparing a compound of formula QUIN' according to claim 10, said process comprising: (a) when X' is a hydroxyl group, cyclizing a compound of foπnula 6 in the presence of a sutiable base in a suitable solvent to obtain a compound of formula 7: ; or (b) when X' is a halogen atom, treating a compound of formula 7 with a halogenating agent to obtain a compound of formula QUINI: AI or (c) when X' is an SO2R group, R is C16alkyl, C6 or C10 aryl or heteroaryl, either: (1) treating a compound of formula 7 with a halogenating agent to obtain a compound of formula QUINI and then reacting compound QUINI with a sulfinate salt RSO2M, where R is as defined previously and M is an alkali metal, to obtain a compound of formula QUIN2; or (2) reacting a compound of formula 7 with a compound RASO2CI wherein RA is an electron rich arene group, in the presence of a suitable base, and then reacting the resulting compound in situ, under acidic conditions, with a sulfinate salt RSO2M, where R is as defined previously, wherein M is an alkali metal, to obtain a compound of formula QUIN2: Br AlkON N, /Het SO2R QUIN2 wherein Het, R1 and AIk are as defined in claim 10.
16. A compound of formula 4 or formula 6 : wherein Het is a five, six or sevenmembered saturated or unsaturated heterocycle containing from one to four heteroatoms selected from nitrogen, oxygen and sulfur; said heterocycle being substituted with R1 at any available position on the heterocycle; R1 is R20, NR22COR20, NR22COOR20 NR22R21 and NR22CONR21R23, wherein R20 is selected from (C18)alkyl, (C37)cycloalkyl and (C37)cycloalkyl(C14)alkyl, wherein said cycloalkyl or cycloalkylalkyl may be mono, di or trisubstituted with (C13)alkyl; R21 is H or has one of the meanings of R20 as defined above, R22 and R23 are independently selected from H and methyl, each AIk is independently a C1 — C6 alkyl group; and X is a hydroxyl group, a halogen atom or an SO2R group, wherein R is C16alkyl, C6 or C10 aryl or heteroaryl.
Description:
PROCESS FOR PREPARING ACYCLIC HCV PROTEASE INHIBITORS

CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS This application claims the benefit of the following U.S. Provisional Applications: 60/574,182, filed May 25, 2004; 60/652,018, filed February 11, 2005 and 60/660,745, filed March 11, 2005.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

1. TECHNICAL FIELD The invention relates to an improved process for the preparation of acyclic compounds useful as agents for the treatment of hepatitis C viral (HCV) infections.

2. BACKGROUND INFORMATION The compounds of the following formula (I) and methods for their preparation are disclosed in the following patent publications: WO 00/09543; US 6,323,180 Bl; and U.S. Patent Application Publication No. 2005/0020503 Al:

wherein Het is a five-, six- or seven-membered saturated or unsaturated heterocycle containing from one to four heteroatoms selected from nitrogen, oxygen and sulfur; said heterocycle being substituted with R1 at any available position on the heterocycle;

R1 is R20, -NR22COR20, -NR22COOR20 -NR22R21 and -NR22CONR21R23, wherein R20 is selected from (C1-8)alkyl, (C3-7)cycloalkyl and (C3-7)cycloalkyl(C1-4)alkyl-, wherein said cycloalkyl or cycloalkylalkyl may be mono-, di- or tri-substituted with (C1-3)alkyl; R21 is H or has one of the meanings of R20 as defined above, R22 and R23 are independently selected from H and methyl,

AIk is a Ci - C6 alkyl group;

A is O or NH;

B is (Q-K^alkyl, (C3-7)cycloalkyl, (C3-7)cycloalkyl(Ci-4)alkyl, a) wherein said cycloalkyl, cycloalkylalkyl may be mono-, di- or tri-substituted with (C1-3)alkyl; and b) wherein said alkyl, cycloalkyl, cycloalkylalkyl may be mono- or di-substituted with substituents selected from hydroxy and (C1-4)alkoxy; and c) wherein all said alkyl-groups may be mono-, di- or tri-substituted with halogen; and d) wherein said cycloalkyl-groups being 4-, 5-, 6- or 7-membered having optionally one (for the 4-, 5, 6, or 7-membered) or two (for the 5-, 6- or 7-membered) -CH2-groups not directly linked to each other replaced by -O- such that the O- atom is linked to the group A via at least two C-atoms;

R2 is (C1-8)alkyl, (C3-7)cycloalkyl or (C3-7)cycloalkyl(C1-3)alkyl, wherein said cycloalkyl groups may be mono-, di- or tri-substituted with (C1-4)alkyl;

R3 is ethyl or vinyl; Rc is hydroxy!, C1-C6 alkoxy or NHSO2RS wherein Rs is (C1-6)alkyl, (C3-7)cycloalkyl, (C3-7)cycloalkyl(C1-6)alkyl, phenyl, naphthyl, pyridinyl, phenyl(C1-4)alkyl, naphthyl(C1-4)alkyl or pyridinyl(C1-4)alkyl; all of which optionally being mono-, di- or tri-substituted with substituents selected from halogen, hydroxy, cyano, (CM)alkyl, (C1-6)alkoxy, -CO-NH2, -CO-NH(C1-4-alkyl), -CO-N(CM-alkyl)2, -NH2, -NH(C1-4-alkyl) and -N(C1-4-alkyl)2; and all of which optionally being monosubstituted with nitro; or Rs can be further selected from: -NH(C1-6alkyl), N(C1-6alkyl)2, -Het,

or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt or ester thereof.

The compounds of formula (I) are disclosed in the above-mentioned patent documents as being active agents for the treatment of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections. The methods disclosed for the preparation of these compounds included many synthetic steps and were extremely linear, in that groups were built up sequentially in small increments, rather than synthesizing large fragments and bringing them together (convergency). The problem addressed by the present invention is to provide highly convergent processes which allow for the manufacture of these compounds with a minimum number of steps and with sufficient overall yield.

BRIEF SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

The processes provided by the present invention, as described herein, are highly convergent and this convergency manifests itself in a much shorter synthetic sequence leading to the compounds of Formula (I). The SNAT assembly strategy of the present invention utilizing monopeptides, dipeptides and tripeptides eliminates steps from the known synthetic sequence since it is not necessary to invert the natural hydroxyproline stereochemistry. This allows one to utilize the far less expensive natural aminoacid as starting material, thereby gaining a further economic advantage.

The processes of the present invention also provide for the preparation of certain intermediates in crystalline form. This crystallinity imparts numerous large scale handling and storage advantages over an amorphous solid or an oil.

The processes of the present invention all provide for the preparation of Formula (I) via SNAT coupling reaction between a compound having a hydroxyproline moiety of the following general formula A:

and the following quinoline compound QUTN:

QUIN wherein Het and R1 are as defined previously and X is a halogen atom or an SO2R group, wherein R is C1-6alkyl, C6 or C10 aryl or heteroaryl, leading to compounds of the following general formula B:

B

Depending upon the hydroxyproline compound of general formula A that is used in this step, be it a mono-, di- or tripeptide, highly convergent processes leading to compound of Formula (I) are possible by employing standard peptide coupling techniques as described in the schemes set forth herein.

The present invention is therefore directed to a multi-step synthetic process for preparing compounds of formula (I) using the synthetic sequences as described herein; particular individual steps of this multi-step process; and particular individual intermediates used in this multi-step process.

The present invention is also directed to novel crystalline forms of particular intermediates and also of the compound of Formula (I).

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

DEFINITION OF TERMS AND CONVENTIONS USED Terms not specifically defined herein should be given the meanings that would be given to them by one of skill in the art in light of the disclosure and the context. As used in the specification, however, unless specified to the contrary, the following terms have the meaning indicated and the following conventions are adhered to. In the groups, radicals, or moieties defined below, the number of carbon atoms is often specified preceding the group, for example, (Ci-8)alkyl means an alkyl group or radical having 1 to 8 carbon atoms and (C3-7)cycloalkyl means a cyclo alkyl group having from 3 to 7 carbon atoms in the ring. In general, for groups comprising two or more subgroups, the last named group is the radical attachment point, for example, "cyclo alkylalkyl" means a monovalent radical of the formula cycloalkyl-alkyl- and phenylalkyl means a monovalent radical of the formula phenyl-alkyl-. Unless otherwise specified below, conventional definitions of terms control and conventional stable atom valences are presumed and achieved in all formulas and groups.

The term "alkyl" as used herein, either alone or in combination with another substituent, means acyclic, straight or branched chain alkyl substituents containing the specified number of carbon atoms.

The term "alkoxy" as used herein, either alone or in combination with another substituent, means an alkyl group as defined above linked as a substituent through an oxygen atom: alkyl-O-.

The term "C6 or C10 aryl" as used herein, either alone or in combination with another substituent, means either an aromatic monocyclic system containing 6 carbon atoms or an aromatic bicyclic system containing 10 carbon atoms. For example, aryl includes a phenyl or a naphthyl ring system.

The term "Het" as used herein, either alone or in combination with another substituent, means a monovalent substituent derived by removal of a hydrogen from a five-, six-, or seven-membered saturated or unsaturated (including aromatic) heterocycle containing carbon atoms and from one to four ring heteroatoms selected from nitrogen, oxygen and sulfur. Examples of suitable heterocycles include: tetrahydrofuran, thiophene, diazepine,

isoxazole, piperidine, dioxane, morpholine, pyrimidine or The term "Het " also includes a heterocycle as defined above fused to one or more other cycle be it a heterocycle or a carbocycle, each of which may be saturated or unsaturated. One such example includes thiazolo[4,5-b]-pyridine. Although generally covered under the term "Het", the term "heteroaryl" as used herein precisely defines an unsaturated heterocycle for which the double bonds form an aromatic system. Suitable example of heteroaromatic system include: quinoline, indole, pyridine,

In general, all tautomeric forms and isomeric forms and mixtures, whether individual geometric isomers or optical isomers or racemic or non-racemic mixtures of isomers, of a chemical structure or compound are intended, unless the specific stereochemistry or isomeric form is specifically indicated in the compound name or structure.

The term "pharmaceutically acceptable salt" as used herein includes those derived from pharmaceutically acceptable bases. Examples of suitable bases include choline, ethanolamine and ethylenediamine. Na+, K+, and Ca+4 salts are also contemplated to be within the scope of the invention (also see Pharmaceutical Salts, Birge, S. M. et al., J. Pharm. Sci., (1977), 66, 1-19, incorporated herein by reference).

The term "pharmaceutically acceptable ester" as used herein, either alone or in combination with another substituent, means esters of the compound of formula I in which any of the carboxyl functions of the molecule, but preferably the carboxy terminus, is replaced by an alkoxycarbonyl function: O

OR in which the R moiety of the ester is selected from alkyl (e.g. methyl, ethyl, n-propyl, t-

butyl, «-butyl); alkoxyalkyl (e.g. methoxymethyl); alkoxyacyl (e.g. acetoxymethyl);

aralkyl (e.g. benzyl); aryloxyalkyl (e.g. phenoxymethyl); aryl (e.g. phenyl), optionally

substituted with halogen, C1-4 alkyl or C1-4 alkoxy. Other suitable prodrug esters are found

in Design of Prodrugs, Bundgaard, H. Ed. Elsevier (1985) incorporated herewith by

reference. Such pharmaceutically acceptable esters are usually hydrolyzed in vivo when

injected in a mammal and transformed into the acid form of the compound of formula I.

With regard to the esters described above, unless otherwise specified, any alkyl moiety

present advantageously contains 1 to 16 carbon atoms, particularly 1 to 6 carbon atoms.

Any aryl moiety present in such esters advantageously comprises a phenyl group.

In particular the esters may be a C1-I6 alkyl ester, an unsubstituted benzyl ester or a benzyl

ester substituted with at least one halogen, C1-6 alkyl, C1-6 alkoxy, nitro or trifluoromethyl.

The following chemicals may be referred to by these abbreviations:

Abbreviation Chemical Name , s _ * ACN Acetonitrile BOC Tert-butoxylcarbonyl DABCO l,4-diazabicyclo[2.2.2]octane DBU l,8-Diazabicyclo[5.4.0]undec-7-ene DCC 1 ,3-Dicyclohexylcarbodiimide DCHA Dicyclohexylamine DCM Dichloromethane DIPEA or Diisopropylethylamine or Hϋnigs-Base DIEA DMAP Dimethylaminopyridine DMF N,N-Dimethylformamide DMSO Dimethylsulfoxide DMTMM 4-(4,6-Dimethoxy- 1 ,3,5-triazin-2-yl)-4-methylmorpholinium Chloride

EDC 1 -(3 -dimethylaminopropyl)-3 -ethylcarbodiinide hydrocholide HATU O-(7-azabenzotriazol- 1 -yl)-N,N, ' ,N' -tetramethyluronium hexafluorophosphate HBTU 0-B enzotriazol- 1 -yl-N,N, ' ,N' -tetramethyluronium hexafluorophosphate HOAT 1 -Hydroxy-7-azabenzotriazole HOBT 1 -Hydroxybenzotriazole IPA Isopropyl alcohol KDMO Potassium 3 ,7-dimethyl-3 -octanoxide MCH Methylcyclohexane MIBK 4-Methyl-2-pentanone MTBE Methyl, tert-butyl ether Abbreviation Chemical Name NMP l-Methyl-2-pyrrolidinone SEH Sodium 2-ethylhexanoate TBTU O-(B enzotriazol- 1 -yl)-N,N,N',N'-tetramethyluronium tetrafluoroborate THF Tetrahydofuran

EMBODIMENTS OF THE INVENTION

In the synthetic schemes below, unless specified otherwise, all the substituent groups in the chemical formulas shall have the same meanings as in the Formula (I). The reactants used in the synthetic schemes described below may be obtained either as described herein, or if not described herein, are themselves either commercially available or may be prepared from commercially available materials by methods known in the art. Certain starting materials, for example, may be obtained by methods described in the International Patent Applications WO 00/09543, WO 00/09558, WO 00/59929, U.S. Patent 6,323,180 Bl and US Patent 6,608,027 Bl.

Optimum reaction conditions and reaction times may vary depending on the particular reactants used. Unless otherwise specified, solvents, temperatures, pressures, and other reaction conditions may be readily selected by one of ordinary skill in the art. Specific procedures are provided in the Synthetic Examples section. Typically, reaction progress may be monitored by High Pressure Liquid Chromatography (HPLC), if desired, and intermediates and products may be purified by chromatography on silica gel and/or by recrystallization.

I. Preparation of OUIN

In one embodiment, the present invention is directed to the following general multi-step synthetic methods for preparing the intermediate compounds of formula QUIN, as well as the individual steps and intermediates set forth therein. Those compounds of formula QUTN wherein X is a halogen are herein designated as formula QUIN-I and those compounds of formula QUTN wherein X is an SO2R group, where R is as defined previously, are herein designated as formula QUIN-2. The compounds of formula QUIN-I and QUIN-2 are prepared as set forth in Schemes IA and IB below, respectively: SCHEME IA - 1 to QUIN-I

Acid, H2O AIk-CN Lewis acid

halogenating agent

wherein each AIk is independently a C1-C6 alkyl group, X is a halogen atom, Z is fert-butyl or t-butyl-oxy, and R1 and Het in this and subsequent schemes are as defined for Formula I.

In the first step, a compound of formula 1 is treated with a base and a brominating agent to obtain compound 2. The general requirements for this step are the use of a base of strength sufficient to form the desired dianion. This could be any alkyllithium, a metalloamide such as Lithium diisopropylamide (LDA), Lithium tetramethylpiperidide, a metallohexamethyldisilazide such as KHMDS, an organozincate, a metal alkoxide in a cation-solvating solvent such as DMSO, and the like. The preferred bases would be n- Butyllithium and LDA. Any organic solvent that does not interfere with the dianion formation could be used, such as THF, alkyl-THF's, dioxane, alkanes, cycloalkanes, dialkylethers such as MTBE, cyclopentylmethylether, dibutylether, and the like. The preferred solvents would be THF, alkyl-THF's and alkanes. The temperature for the dianion formation could be between -1000C and 250C, with the preferred range between - 3O0C and 250C. The brominating reagent could be any compound which contains a labile bromine atom such as Br2, NBS, bromohydantoins, N-bromophthalimides, bromohaloalkanes such as 1,2-dibromotetrachloroethane and perfluoroalkylbromides, and the like. The preferred brominating reagents would be the bromohaloalkanes. Once the dianion has been generated in a suitable solvent, the brominating reagent could be added neat or in solution, or alternatively the dianion could be added to the brominating reagent either neat or in solution. The preferred mode would be to add the dianion slowly to the brominating reagent in solution. The temperature for the bromination could be between - 1000C and 250C, with the preferred range between -3O0C and 250C.

In the next step, compound 2 is hydrolyzed by treatment with an aqueous acid mixture to obtain 3. Any aqueous acid mixture could be used such as water with [trifluoroacetic acid, a chloroacetic acid such as trichloroacetic acid, a sulfonic acid such as methanesulfonic acid, hydrochloric acid, sulfuric acid, nitric acid, phosphoric acid, a strong acid resin such as DOWEX 50], and the like. The preferred acids would be hydrochloric acid and sulfuric acid in 2-12 M concentration, preferably at least 6M. Cosolvents that are miscible with water could also be used, such as alcohols like ethanol, isopropanol, or ethers such as DME, diglyme, and the like. The hydrolysis could be carried out between O0C and 2000C, with the preferred temperature between O0C and 1000C.

In the next step, compound 3 is treated with an alkylated nitrile (AIk-CN) and a Lewis acid to obtain compound 4. For the conversion of 3 to 4, Lewis acids by themselves or in combination, could be used, such as AlCl3, BCl3, GaCl3, FeCl3 and mixtures thereof, and the like. The preferred method would be to use BCl3 with AlCl3. Any solvent which will not be easily acylated could be used such as halocarbons, halobenzenes, alkylbenzenes such as toluene, and alkylnitriles such as acetonitrile, with the preferred solvents being 1,2- dichloroethane, fluorobenzene, chlorobenzene and toluene. The reaction temperature could be between O0C and 15O0C, preferably between 250C and 750C.

In the next step, compound 4 is acylated with compound 5 to obtain compound 6. For the conversion of 4 to 6, acylation could be achieved by either first converting carboxylic acid 5 to an activated form such as an acid chloride or by using standard peptide coupling protocols. The preferred method would be to create the acid chloride of compound 5 using oxalyl chloride or thionyl chloride. This activated species would then be coupled with aniline 4 in any organic solvent or in water, with or without an added base. The preferred solvents would be NMP and THF and the preferred base (if used) is triethylamine. The reaction temperature could be between -3O0C and 15O0C, preferably between -2O0C and 5O0C.

In the next step, compound 6 is cyclized in the presence of a base to obtain compound 7. Compound 6 can be isolated and purified, or alternatively, crude 6 in an organic solvent such as NMP can simply be subjected to the cyclization conditions to furnish quinolone 7 directly, preforming two steps in a one-pot process. For the conversion of 6 to 7 in Scheme I, any base capable of forming the enolate could be used, such as t-BuOK, KDMO, LDA, and the like, with t-BuOK and KDMO being preferred. Any organic solvent which does not react with the enolate could be used, such as THF's, dioxane, DMSO, NMP, DME, and the like, with NMP, DME and DMSO being preferred. The cyclization could be performed at any temperature between 250C and 15O0C, with 5O0C to 1000C being preferred.

In the final step, hydroxoquinoline compound 7 is treated with a halogenating agent to obtain the compound QUIN. For the conversion of 7 to QUIN in Scheme I, many halogenating reagents could be used, such as methanesulfonyl chloride, SOCl2, POCl3, PCl3, PCl5, POBr3, HF, and the like, with POCl3 and SOCl2 being preferred. The halogenation could be performed neat in the halogenating reagent, or in any organic solvent which does not react with the halogenating reagent, such as DME, diglyme, THF's, halocarbons and the like, with DME and THF's being preferred. The reaction temperature could be between -2O0C and 15O0C with 250C to 1000C being preferred.

SCHEME IB - PREPARATION OF QUIN-2

In a first embodiment, the hydroxyl-susbtituted quinolines 7 can first be converted to the halogen substituted quinolines QUIN-I according the final step of Scheme IA above. The compound of formula QUIN-I is then converted to the target sulfonequinoline QUIN-2 by reaction with a sulfmate salt RSO2M, wherein R is as defined previously and M is an alkali metal, such as PhSO2Na, PhSO2K or PhSO2Cs.

Alternatively, compound 7 can be converted to the sulfonequinoline QUIN-2 in a one-pot procedure by first generating an intermediate sulfonate by reaction with an arene sulfonylchloride compound RASO2CI wherein RA is an electron rich arene group, such as benzenesulfonyl chloride or tosyl chloride, in the presence of a suitable base in a sutiable solvent. Suitable bases for this step include tertiary amine bases such as N- methylpyrrolidine and diisopropylethylamine, and suitable solvents include aprotic solvents such as acetonitrile, THF, toluene and DMF, preferably acetonitrile. The resulting species is then reacted in situ, under acidic conditions (for example in the presence of acetic, trifluoroacetic, hydrochloric acid or the like, preferably acetic acid), with a sulfmate salt RSO2M wherein M is an alkali metal,, such as PhSO2Na, PhSO2K or PhSO2Cs at a suitable reaction temperature, for example in the range of O to 100 0C, preferably 25 to 50 0C. The sulfonequinoline product can be isolated from the reaction mixture using conventional techniques well know to those skilled in the art. hi one embodiment, the sulfonequinoline can be crystallized out by cooling the solution to room temperature and adding water. The crystallized product can then be filtered, rinsed and washed using conventional techniques.

hi particular, the individual intermediate compounds 4, 6, 7, QUDSf-I and QUIN-2, as well as the synthetic procedures to obtain these compounds, all as depicted in the above schemes, are additional aspects and embodiments of the present invention.

LA. General Embodiment Relating to Quinoline Compounds 7, QUTN-I and QUIN-2

Another aspect of the present invention are the quinoline intermediates 7, QUTN-I and QUTN-2 set forth above, as represented by the general formula QUTN' below:

QUIN1

wherein Het is a five-, six- or seven-membered saturated or unsaturated heterocycle containing from one to four heteroatoms selected from nitrogen, oxygen and sulfur; said heterocycle being substituted with R1 at any available position on the heterocycle;

R1 is R20, -NR22COR20, -NR22COOR20 -NR22R21 and -NR22CONR21R23, wherein R20 is selected from (C1-8)alkyl, (C3-7)cycloalkyl and (C3-7)cycloalkyl(C1-4)alkyl-, wherein said cycloalkyl or cycloalkylalkyl may be mono-, di- or tri-substituted with (C1-3)alkyl; R21 is H or has one of the meanings of R20 as defined above, R22 and R23 are independently selected from H and methyl,

AIk is a C1 - C6 alkyl group;

and X' is a hydroxyl group, a halogen atom or an SO2R group, wherein R is C1-6alkyl, C6 or C10 aryl or heteroaryl.

With respect to the processes for preparing such QUIN' compounds set forth previously, additional embodiments of the present invention include processes comprising:

(a) when X' is a hydroxyl group, cyclizing a compound of formula 6 in the presence of a sutiable base in a suitable solvent to obtain a compound of formula 7:

(b) when X' is a halogen atom, treating a compound of formula 7 with a halogenating agent to obtain a compound of formula QUIN-I :

halogenating agent

or

(c) when X' is an SO2R group, R is C1-6alkyl, C6 or C10 aryl or heteroaryl, either: (1) treating a compound of formula 7 with a halogenating agent to obtain a compound of formula QUIN-I and then reacting compound QUTN-I with a sulfmate salt RSO2M, where R is as defined previously and M is an alkali metal, to obtain a compound of formula QUIN-2; or (2) reacting a compound of formula 7 with a compound RASO2CI wherein RA is an electron rich arene group, in the presence of a suitable base, and then reacting the resulting compound in situ, under acidic conditions, with a sulfmate salt RSO2M, where R is as defined previously, wherein M is an alkali metal, to obtain a compound of formula QUIN-2:

QUIN-2 all of which processes are as set forth previously in Schemes IA and IB above.

II. Preparation of mono- and di-peptide OUIN compounds

hi additional embodiments, the present invention is directed to the synthetic methods for preparing of the mono- and di-peptide QUIN compounds P2-QUIN, P3-P2-QUIN and P2- QUIN-Pl, as outlined in Schemes II through VI, as well as the individual steps and intermediates in these methods. SCHEME II - QUIN TO P2-QUIN

For the formation of P2-QUIN-PG in Scheme II, the SNAT reaction between QUIN and P2-PG, wherein PG is an amino-protecting group, could be performed in any organic solvent, or organic solvent mixture, that will not react with the base used, such as DMSO, DMF, DMA, THF, NMP, DMPU, DME, and the like, or mixtures thereof, with DMSO, DMF, and the combination of DMF and THF being preferred. The reaction could be performed at a temperature between -2O0C and 15O0C with O0C to 250C being preferred. 10 Any base capable of forming the alkoxide could be used such as t-BuOK, LDA, KHMDS, KDMO, LiTMP, Cs-t-amylate and the like, with t-BuOK, Cs-t-amylate, and KDMO being preferred, and KDMO being most preferred. The preferred amount of base used is 3 to 6 equivalents. Cosolvents such as alkanes and cycloalkanes could also be used, with heptane being a preferred co-solvent.

In the next step, the compound P2-QUIN-PG is deprotected to obtain P2-QUIN under suitable deprotection conditions. For the formation of P2-QUIN, any acid could be used for the removal OfPG=BOC, such as TFA, HCl, methanesulfonic acid and the like, with HCl being preferred. For PG=CBZ, any hydrogenative or transfer hydrogenative removal could be used, such as H2 with PdVC, NH4HCO3 with PdZC3 or HCO2H with Pd/C, with HCO2H with Pd/C being preferred. For PG=FMOC, and organic amine could be used such as Et2NH, morpholine, piperidine, and the like, with morpholine and piperidine being preferred. The product P2-QUIN may be isolated by precipitation from aqueous acid or by standard extractive isolation once the free carboxylic acid has been generated. SCHEME III - QUIN TO P3-P2-QUIN

P3-P2-QUIN

For the formation of P3-P2-QUIN in Scheme III, the SNAT reaction could be performed in any organic solvent, or organic solvent mixture, that will not react with the base used, such as DMSO, DMF, DMA, THF, NMP, DMPU, DME, and the like, or mixtures thereof, with DMSO, DMF, and the combination of DMF and THF being preferred. The reaction could be performed at a temperature between -2O0C and 15O0C with O0C to 250C being preferred. Any base capable of forming the alkoxide could be used such as t-BuOK, LDA, KHMDS, KDMO, LiTMP, Cs-t-amylate and the like, with t-BuOK, Cs-t-amylate and KDMO being preferred, and KDMO being most preferred. The preferred amount of base used is 3-6 equivalents. Cosolvents such as alkanes and cycloalkanes could also be used, with heptane being a preferred co-solvent.

SCHEME IV - QUIN TO P2-QUIN-P1

QUIN P2-P1-PG

P2-QUIN-P1-PG P2-QUIN-P1

For the formation of P2-QUIN-P1-PG in Scheme IV, the SNAT reaction between QUIN and P2-P1-PG , wherein PG is an amino-protecting group, could be performed in any organic solvent, or organic solvent mixture, that will not react with the base used, such as DMSO, DMF, DMA, THF, NMP, DMPU, DME, and the like, or mixtures thereof, with DMSO, DMF and the combination of DMF and THF being preferred. The reaction could be performed at a temperature between -2O0C and 15O0C with O0C to 250C being preferred. Any base capable of forming the alkoxide could be used such as t-BuOK, LDA, KHMDS, KDMO, LiTMP, Cs-t-amylate and the like, with t-BuOK, Cs-t-amylate and KDMO being preferred, and KDMO being most preferred. The preferred amount of base used is 3-6 equivalents. Cosolvents such as alkanes and cycloalkanes could also be used, with heptane being a preferred co-solvent.

The removal of the amino-protecting group in the next step to obtain P2-QUIN-P1 is performed under suitable deprotection conditions, for example, treatment with any acid for the removal Of PG=BOC, such as TFA, HCl, methanesulfonic acid and the like, with HCl being preferred. For PG=CBZ, any hydrogenative or transfer hydrogenative removal could be used, such as H2 with Pd/C, NH4HCO3 with Pd/C, or HCO2H with Pd/C, with HCO2H with Pd/C being preferred, with the proviso that R not equal to vinyl for the use of PG=CBZ. For PG=FMOC, and organic amine could be used such as Et2NH, morpholine, piperidine, and the like, with morpholine and piperidine being preferred. SCHEME V - P2-QUIN TO P3-P2-QUIN

peptide coupling

P2-QUIN-Me

P3-P2-QUIN-Me P3-P2-QUIN

The peptide coupling between P2-QUIN-Me (obtainable via Scheme II but using the methyl-ester of P2-PG as starting material)_and P3 to give P3-P2-QUIN-Me in Scheme V could be performed using any of the conventional peptide coupling reagents and protocols know in the art. Examples of suitable peptide coupling reagents include, but would not be limited to, DCC, EDC, TBTU, HATU, PYBOP, mixed anhydrides, and acidhalides. The preferred reagent would be EDC or mixed anhydrides formed with chloroformates such as isobutylchloroformate or sulfonyl chlorides such as tosylchloride and a tertiary amine such as N-methylpyrrolidine or N-methylmorpholine. The coupling can be performed in any suitable non-reactive organic solvent such as, for example, acetonitrile, THF, CH2Cl2, 1,2- dichloroethane, DMA, NMP, DMPU or dioxane. The reaction temperature could be between -780C and 1000C, with -3O0C to 250C being preferred.

The subsequent hydrolysis to give P3-P2-QUIN in Scheme V could be performed with an aqueous basic solution, optionally containing a co-solvent that is miscible with H2O such as THF, dioxane, alcohols, or DME or combinations of these co-solvents. The preferred solvent mixture would be aqueous base containing THF as a co-solvent. Any water soluble base could be used such as LiOH, NaOH, KOH, Na2CO3, K2CO3, and the like. The preferred base would be LiOH. The amount of base could vary from 1 to 100 equivalents with 1-10 equivalents being preferred. The concentration of base could range from 0.25 M to 12 M, with 1-4 M being preferred. The reaction temperature could vary from -4O0C to 1000C, with -2O0C to 5O0C being preferred. SCHEME VI - P2-QUIN-PG TO P2-QUIN-P1

peptide coupling

P2-QUIN-P1-PG P2-QUIN-P1

The peptide coupling between P2-QUIN-PG, wherein PG is an amino-protecting group, and Pl to give P2-QUIN-P1-PG in Scheme VI could be performed using any of the conventional peptide coupling reagents and protocols known in the art. Examples of suitable reagents and conditions are outlined above with respect to peptide coupling step of Scheme V.

The removal of the amino-protecting group in the last step of Scheme VI could be performed under the conditions as described above for the deprotection step in Scheme IV. III. Preparation of Formula I In additional embodiments, the present invention is directed to the synthetic methods for preparing of the compounds of Formula I, as outlined in Schemes VI through VIII, as well as the individual steps and intermediates in these methods. SCHEME VII - P3-P2-QUIN TO FORMULA I

Pl P3-P2-QUIN peptide coupling

and when Rc is a C1-C6 alkoxy group, optionally subjecting the compound of formula (I) to de-protection conditions to obtain a compound of formula (I) wherein Rc is a hydroxyl group;

and when Rc is a hydroxyl group in the resulting compound of formula (I), optionally coupling this compound with a sulfonamide of formula RSSO2NH2 in the presence of a suitable coupling agent, such as carbodiimide reagents, TBTU or HATU, to obtain a compound of formula (I) wherein R is NHSO2R .

The peptide coupling to give compound I in Scheme VII could be performed using any of the conventional peptide coupling reagents and protocols known in the art. Examples of suitable reagents and conditions are outlined above with respect to peptide coupling step of Scheme V. SCHEME VIII - P2-QUIN-P1 TO FORMULA I

and when Rc is a C1-C6 alkoxy group, optionally subjecting the compound of formula (I) to de-protection conditions to obtain a compound of formula (I) wherein R is a hydroxyl group; and when Rc is a hydroxyl group in the resulting compound of formula (I), optionally coupling this compound with a sulfonamide of formula RSSO2NH2 in the presence of a suitable coupling agent, such as carbodiimide reagents, TBTU or HATU, to obtain a compound of formula (I) wherein Rc is NHSO2RS.

The peptide coupling to give compound I in Scheme VIII could be performed using any of the conventional peptide coupling reagents and protocols known in the art. Examples of suitable reagents and conditions are outlined above with respect to peptide coupling step of Scheme V. SCHEME IX - QUIN TO Formula I

and when R° is a Ci-C6 alkoxy group, optionally subjecting the compound of formula (I) to de-protection conditions to obtain a compound of formula (I) wherein Rc is a hydroxyl group; and when Rc is a hydroxyl group in the resulting compound of formula (I), optionally coupling this compound with a sulfonamide of formula R SO2NH2 in the presence of a suitable coupling agent, such as carbodiimide reagents, TBTU or HATU, to obtain a compound of formula (I) wherein Rc is NHSO2RS.

For the formation of compound I in Scheme IX, the SNAT reaction could be performed in any organic solvent, or organic solvent mixture, that will not react with the base used, such as DMSO, DMF, DMA, THF, NMP, DMPU, DME, and the like, or mixtures thereof, with DMSO, DMF and the combination of DMF and THF being preferred. The reaction could be performed at a temperature between -2O0C and 15O0C with O0C to 250C being preferred. Any base capable of forming the alkoxide could be used such as t-BuOK, LDA, KHMDS, KDMO, LiTMP, Cs-t-amylate and the like, with t-BuOK, Cs-t-amylate and KDMO being preferred, and KDMO being most preferred. The preferred amount of base used is 3-6 equivalents. Cosolvents such as alkanes and cycloalkanes could also be used, with heptane being a preferred co-solvent.

III. A. General Embodiments Relating to Schemes II, III, IV and TK

Another aspect of the present invention are the SNAT processes depicted in Schemes II, III, IV and DC, and depicted generally as a process for preparing a compound of formula II:

π wherein Het, R1 and AIk are as defined for formula I above; R is PG wherein PG is an amino-protecting group, or R is a moiety of the formula:

R >B is CO2H or a moiety of the formula:

and wherein A, B and R >2 , r R»3 and R are as defined for formula I above;

said process comprising reacting a compound of formula QUIN, wherein X is a halogen atom or SO2R group, wherein R is C1-6alkyl, C6 or C10 aryl or heteroaryl, with a compound of formula P2 to obtain a compound of formula II:

π

wherein AIk, Het, R . 11, r R>AA and RB in formulas QUIN and P2 are the same as defined above for formula II. Another aspect of the present invention are the P2-QUIN and substituted P2-QUIN compounds prepared by the SNAT processes depicted in Schemes II, III, IV and IX, and as depicted generally by formula II below:

π wherein Het, R1 and AIk are as defined for formula I above; R >A is H or PG wherein PG is an amino-protecting group, or R is a moiety of the formula:

R >B is CO2H or a moiety of the formula:

and wherein A, B and R >2 , τ R> 3 and j τ R»C are as defined for formula I above;

and wherein when RA is RB cannot be

Additional embodiments of formula II above are: (1) wherein RA is H or PG and RB is CO2H; or

(2) wherein RA is a moiety of the formula: BN ° and RB is CO2H; or

(3) wherein RA is H or PG and RB is a moiety of the formula:

IV. Preparation of Peptidic Starting Materials

The mono-, di- and tripeptidic starting materials employed in the above schemes may be synthesized from known materials using the procedures as outlines in the Schemes X to XIII below. SCHEME X - PREPARATION OF P3-P2

peptide coupling

P2-Me P3

P3-P2-Me P3-P2 The peptide coupling to give P3-P2-Me in Scheme X could be performed using any of the conventional peptide coupling reagents and protocols known in the art. Examples of suitable reagents and conditions are outlined above with respect to peptide coupling step of Scheme V. The peptide coupling step to give P3-P2-Me in Scheme X is preferably performed in the presence of tosyl chloride and N-methylmorpholine in acetonitrile.

The subsequent hydrolysis to give P3-P2 in Scheme X could be performed without isolation of the P3-P2-Me intermediate using an aqueous basic solution, optionally containing a co-solvent that is miscible with H2O such as THF, dioxane, alcohols, MeCN, DME or combinations of these co-solvents. The preferred solvent mixture would be aqueous base containing THF as a co-solvent. Any water soluble base could be used such as LiOH, NaOH, KOH, Na2CO3, K2CO3, and the like. The preferred base would be LiOH. The amount of base could vary from 1 to 100 equivalents with 1-10 equivalents being preferred. The concentration of base could range from 0.25 M to 12 M, with 1-4 M being preferred. The reaction temperature could vary from -4O0C to 1000C, with -2O0C to 5O0C being preferred.

SCHEME XI - PREPARATION OF P2-P1

peptide coupling

P2-PG Pl

P2-P1-PG P2-P1

The peptide coupling to give P2-P1-PG, wherein PG is an amino-protecting group, in Scheme XI could be performed using any of the conventional peptide coupling reagents and protocols known in the art. Examples of suitable reagents and conditions are outlined above with respect to peptide coupling step of Scheme V.

The removal of the amino-protecting group in the last step of Scheme XI could be performed under the conditions as described above for the deprotection step in Scheme IV. SCHEME XII - PREPARATION OF P3-P2-P1

P3-P2 Pl

peptide coupling

P3-P2-P1

P2-P1 P3 The peptide couplings to give P3-P2-P1 in Scheme XII could be performed using any of the conventional peptide coupling reagents and protocols known in the art. Examples of suitable reagents and conditions are outlined above with respect to peptide coupling step of Scheme V. When the Rc is an alkoxy group in the Pl moiety of the mono- or dipeptidic starting materials, the resulting tripeptide compound P3-P2-P1 wherein R is an alkoxy group may then be subjected to standard hydrolysis conditions to obtain the corresponding tripeptide comound wherein Rc is hydroxyl. Examples of suitable hydrolysis conditions are as outlined above with respect to the hydrolysis step of Scheme X.

Additional embodiments of the invention are directed to the individual steps of the multistep general synthetic method described above and the individual intermediates used in these steps. These individual steps and intermediates of the present invention are described in detail below. All substituent groups are as defined in the general multi-step method above.

V. Preferred Embodiments of The Compound of Formula (D

The compounds that may be prepared by the processes of the present invention are compounds of the formula (I) as previously set forth, i.e. compound of the following formula:

wherein Het is a five-, six- or seven-membered saturated or unsaturated heterocycle containing from one to four heteroatoms selected from nitrogen, oxygen and sulfur; said heterocycle being substituted with R1 at any available position on the heterocycle;

R1 is R20, -NR22COR20, -NR22COOR20 -NR22R21 and -NR22CONR21R23, wherein R20 is selected from (C1-8)allcyl, (C3-7)cycloalkyl and (C3-7)cycloalkyl(C1-4)alkyl-, wherein said cycloalkyl or cycloalkylalkyl may be mono-, di- or tri-substituted with (C1-3)alkyl; R21 is H or has one of the meanings of R20 as defined above, R22 and R23 are independently selected from H and methyl,

AIk is a C1 - C6 allcyl group;

A is O or NH;

B is (C1-10)alkyl, (C3-7)cycloalkyl, (C3-7)cycloalkyl(C1-4)alkyl, a) wherein said cycloalkyl, cycloalkylalkyl may be mono-, di- or tri-substituted with (C1-3)alkyl; and b) wherein said alkyl, cycloalkyl, cycloalkylalkyl may be mono- or di-substituted with substituents selected from hydroxy and (C1-4)alkoxy; and c) wherein all said alkyl-groups may be mono-, di- or tri-substituted with halogen; and d) wherein said cycloalkyl-groups being A-, 5-, 6- or 7-membered having optionally one (for the 4-, 5, 6, or 7-membered) or two (for the 5-, 6- or 7-membered) -CH2-groups not directly linked to each other replaced by -O- such that the O- atom is linked to the group A via at least two C-atoms;

R2 is (C1-8)alkyl, (C3-7)cycloalkyl or (C3-7)cycloalkyl(C1-3)alkyl, wherein said cycloalkyl groups may be mono-, di- or tri-substituted with (C1-4)alkyl;

R3 is ethyl or vinyl; Rc is hydroxyl, C1-C6 alkoxy or NHSO2RS wherein Rs is (C1-6)alkyl, (C3-7)cycloalkyl, (C3-7)cycloalkyl(C1-6)alkyl, phenyl, naphthyl, pyridinyl, phenyl(C1-4)alkyl, naphthyl(C1-4)alkyl or pyridinyl(C1-4)alkyl; all of which optionally being mono-, di- or tri-substituted with substituents selected from halogen, hydroxy, cyano, (C1-4)alkyl, (C1-6)alkoxy, -CO-NH2, -CO-NH(C1-4-alkyl), -CO-N(C 1-4-alkyl)2, -NH2, -NH(C1-4-alkyl) and -N(C1-4-alkyl)2; and all of which optionally being monosubstituted with nitro; or Rs can be further selected from: -NH(C1-6alkyl), N(C1-6alkyl)2, -Het,

or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt or ester thereof.

In another embodiment of the compounds of formula (I):

Het is selected from the following groups, wherein the arrow desigantes the position of the bond to the quinoline group of formula (I), said heterocycle being substituted with the R1 group at any available position on the heterocycle:

R1 is R20, -NHCOR20, -NHCOOR20, -NHR21 and -NHCONR21R22, wherein R20 is selected from (C1-8)alkyl, (C3-7)cycloalkyl, (C1-3)alkyl-(C3-7)cycloalkyl, wherein said cycloalkyl, alkyl-cycloalkyl may be mono-, di- or tri-substituted with (C1-3)alkyl; and R21 is H or has one of the meanings of R20 as defined above; and R22 is H or methyl;

AIk is a C1-3alkyl group;

A is O or NH;

B is (C2-8)alkyl, (C3-7)cycloalkyl or C1-3alkyl-C3-7cycloalkyl, all said groups being optionally mono- or di-substituted with methyl or halogen;

R2 is (C1-6)alkyl or (C3-7)cycloalkyl, both of which being optionally substituted by 1 to 3 substituents selected from C1-4 alkyl;

R3 is ethyl or vinyl; and

Rc is hydroxy, NHSO2-methyl, NHSO2-ethyl, NHSO2-(I -methyl) ethyl, NHSO2-propyl, NHSO2-cyclopropyl, NHSO2-cyclopropylmethyl, NHSO2-cyclobutyl, NHSO2-cyclopentyl or NHSO2-ρhenyl.

In yet another embodiment of formula (I): Het is selected from the following groups, wherein the arrow desigantes the position of the bond to the quinoline group of formula (I), said heterocycle being substituted with the R1 group at any available position on the heterocycle:

R*is -NHCOR20, -NHCOOR20 or -NHR21, wherein R20 and R21 are independently selected from: methyl, ethyl, 72-propyl, z-propyl and 2,2-dimethylpropyl; AIk is a C1-3alkyl group; A is O or NH; B is selected from: ethyl, n-propyl, cyclopentyl, F ' or ; R2 is selected from 1,1-dimethylethyl, cyclopentyl, cyclohexyl and 1-methylcyclohexyl; R3 is vinyl; and Rc is hydroxy, NHSO2-methyl, NHSO2-cyclopropyl and NHSO2-phenyl. hi yet another embodiment of the compounds of formula (I): Het-R1 is a group of the formula , wherein the arrow desigantes the position of the bond to the quinoline group of formula (I); R*is -NHCOR20, wherein R20 is selected from: methyl, ethyl, «-propyl, z-propyl and 2,2- dimethylpropyl; AIk is a C1-3alkyl group; A is O;

B is selected from: ethyl, n-propyl, 2-fluoroethyl, and cyclopentyl;

R is selected from 1,1 -dimethylethyl and cyclohexyl; R is vinyl; and Rc is hydroxy.

Representative compounds of formula (I) that may be prepared by the processes described herein can be found in Llinas-Brunet et al., U.S. Patent Application Publication No. 2005/0020503 Al, which is herein incorporated by reference in its entirety, including any specific compounds in this publication falling within the scope of formula (I) of the present invention. Representative compounds that may be prepared by the process of the present invention are also listed in the tables below:

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