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Title:
URACIL REDUCTASE INACTIVATORS
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/1992/004901
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
Uracil reductase inactivators, notably a 5-substituted uracil or 5,6-dihydro -5-substituted uracil, potentiate 5-fluorouracil and find use particularly in the treatment of cancer. The 5-substituent is selected from bromo, iodo, cyano, halo-substituted C1-4 alkyl, C2-6 alkenyl, 1-halo- C2-6 alkenyl and halo-substituted C2-6 alkynyl.

Inventors:
SPECTOR THOMAS (US)
PORTER DAVID JOHN TIMOTHY (US)
RAHIM SAAD GEORGE (GB)
Application Number:
PCT/GB1991/001650
Publication Date:
April 02, 1992
Filing Date:
September 25, 1991
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Assignee:
WELLCOME FOUND (GB)
International Classes:
A61K31/505; A61K31/513; A61K31/7105; A61K31/70; A61K45/00; A61K45/06; A61P35/00; C07D239/54; C07H19/06; A61K; (IPC1-7): A61K31/505; A61K31/70; C07D239/54
Foreign References:
EP0409575A11991-01-23
EP0371139A11990-06-06
US4719214A1988-01-12
US4863927A1989-09-05
EP0356166A21990-02-28
EP0272065A21988-06-22
Other References:
Chemical Abstracts, volume 107, no. 21, 23 November 1987, (Columbus, Ohio, US), Tatsumi, Kunihiko et al : "Inhibitory effects of pyrimidine, barbituric acid and pyridine derivatives on 5-fluorouracil degradation in rat liver extracts ", see page 28, abstract 190461z, & Jpn.J.Cancer Res.(GANN) 1987, 78( 7), 748- 75
Chemical Abstracts, volume 104, no. 3, 20 January 1986, (Columbus, Ohio, US), Tuchman, Mendel et al : "Effects of uridine and thymidine on the degradation of 5-fluorouracil, uracil, and thymine by rat liver dihydropyrimidine dehydrogenase. ", see page 28, abstract 14633m, & Cancer Res. 1985, 45(11), 5553-555
NUCLEIC ACIDS RESEARCH, Vol. 3, No. 10, 1976 P.J. Barr et al: "Incorporation of 5-substituted uracil derivatives into nucleic acids. Part IV. The synthesis of 5-ethynyluracil. ",
CANCER RESEARCH, Vol. 46, 1986 Claude Desgranges et al: "Effect of (E)-5-(2-Bromovinyl)uracil on the Catabolism and Antitumor Activity of 5-Fluorouracil in Rats and Leukemic Mice ",
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Claims:
CLAIMS
1. Use of a uracil reductase inactivator, which is a 5substituted or 5,6dihydro5substituted uracil derivative, wherein the 5 substituent is bromo, iodo, cyano, halosubstituted Cχ_4 alkyl, C26 alkenyl, 1halo C26 alkenyl, C26 alkynyl, or halosubstituted C26 alkynyl, or prodrug thereof; in medical therapy.
2. Use according to claim 1 wherein the 5substituent is C26 alkynyl.
3. Use according to claim 2 wherein the 5substituent is C26 alk1ynyl.
4. Use according to claim 1 wherein the uracil reductase inactivator is 5ethynyluracil.
5. Use according to claim 1 wherein the uracil reductase inactivator is 5propynyluracil.
6. Use according to claim 1 wherein the uracil reductase inactivator is selected from 5cyanouracil 5bromoethynyluracil 5(1chlorovinyl)uracil 5iodouracil 5hexlynyluracil 5vinyluracil 5trifluoromethyluracil and 5bromouracil.
7. Use according to any preceding claim in cancer chemotherapy.
8. Use according to any of claims 1 to 7 for rescue from 5fluorouracil toxicity.
9. Use according to any of claims 1 to 7 for the treatment of psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis or human papilloma virus infection.
10. Use according to any preceding claim in conjunction with 5fluorouracil whereby the effect of the 5fluorouracil is potentiated.
11. A pharmaceutical formulation which comprises a uracil reductase inactivator or prodrug thereof as defined in any of claims 1 to 6; together with a pharmaceutically acceptable carrier.
12. A formulation according to claim 11 in unit dosage form, which comprises 1 to 200 mg of uracil reductase inactivator or prodrug thereof.
13. A formulation according to claim 11 or 12 which further comprises 5fluorouracil or a prodrug thereof.
14. A formulation according to claim 13 in unit dosage form and comprises 5 to 3000 mg of 5fluorouracil or prodrug thereof.
15. A formulation according to any of claims 11 to 14 presented for oral administration.
16. A pharmaceutically acceptable combination which comprises as separate or mixed components a uracil reductase inactivator or a prodrug thereof as defined in any of claims 1 to 6, together with 5fluorouracil or a prodrug thereof.
17. A combination according to claim 16 wherein the ratio of uracil reductase inactivator or prodrug thereof to 5fluorouracil or prodrug thereof is in the range 1:0.01 to 1:100 by weight.
18. A process of preparing a pharmaceutical formulation which comprises admixing the uracil reductase inactivator or prodrug thereof according to any of claims 1 to 6, with a pharmaceutically acceptable carrier.
19. A process according to claim 18 which further comprises including 5fluorouracil or a prodrug thereof.
20. A process of preparing a pharmaceutically acceptable combination which comprises bringing together a uracil reductase inactivator or prodrug thereof according to any of claims 1 to 6, and 5fluorouracil or prodrug thereof.
21. A compound which is 5propynyluracil.
22. A process for the preparation of 5propynyluracil which comprises; (a) treating a corresponding 5propynyluridine compound to effect conversion to 5propynyluracil; or (b) treatment of a uracil compound substituted in the 5position by a leaving group, with a propyne compound to liberate the leaving group and form 5propynyluracil.
23. A method of treatment or prophylaxis of cancer tumours which comprises administration to a patient of an effective nontoxic amount of a uracil reductase inactivator or prodrug thereof as defined in any of claims 1 to 6.
24. A method according to claim 23 which further comprises the concomitant or subsequent administration of an effective nontoxic amount of 5fluorouracil or a prodrug thereof.
25. A method according to claim 24 wherein the 5fluorouracil or prodrug thereof is administered 1 to 15 hours after administration of the uracil reductase inactivator or prodrug thereof.
26. A method of rescue from 5fluorouracil toxicity which comprises administration to a patient of an effective nontoxic amount of a uracil reductase inactivator as defined in any of claims 1 to 6.
27. A method of treatment or prophylaxis of psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis or human papilloma virus infection which comprises administration to a patient of an effective nontoxic amount of a combination according to claim 16 or 17.
Description:
URACIL REDUCTASE INACTIVATORS

The present invention relates to certain enzyme inactivators which are useful in medicine, particularly cancer chemotherapy, especially in combination with antimetabolite antineoplastic agents such as 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) .

5-Fluorouracil has been used in cancer chemotherapy since 1957. Sensitive tumours include breast cancer, gastrointestinal malignancies, and cancers of the head and neck; 5-fluorouracil is also used as a radiation sensitiser. 5-Fluorouracil is metabolised rapidly in the liver (half life between about 8 and 20 minutes) by the enzyme dihydropyrimidine dehydrogenase (uracil reductase) . It has been reported (Cancer Research 46, 1094, 1986) that 5-(2-bromovinyl)-uracil (BVU) is an inhibitor of dihydrothymidine dehydrogenase which both retards the metabolism of 5-fluorouracil and enhances its antitumour activity. It has been reported that 5-(2-bromovinyl)-2 / -deoxyuridine (which is metabolised in vivo to BVU) enhances the antitumour activity of 5-fluorouracil and 5-deoxy-5-fluorouridine, a prodrug of 5-fluorouracil (Biochemical Pharmacology 38; 2885, (1989)).

Unfortunately BVU is toxic to humans.

It has now been discovered that a group of 5-substituted uracil derivatives are inactivators of uracil reductase; they increase the level and half life of 5-fluorouracil in plasma and enhance the activity of 5-fluorouracil. They also reduce the normally encountered variations of 5-fluorouracil plasma levels between subjects.

Accordingly, in a first aspect, the present invention provides a uracil reductase inactivator which is a

5-substituted- or 5,6-dihydro-5-substituted -uracil derivative, wherein the 5-substituent is bromo, iodo, cyano, halo-substituted Cχ_4 alkyl, C2-6 alkenyl, a 1-halo C2-6 alkenyl group, a C2-6 alkynyl group, a halo-substituted C2-6 alkynyl group, or a prodrug thereof, for use in medicine, particularly for use in cancer chemotherapy. The uracil reductase inhibitor will generally be used in conjunction with 5-fluorouracil or a prodrug thereof.

By a C2-6 alkynyl group is meant a straight or branched chain alkynyl group, the latter including an alkynyl group substituted by a cycloalkyl group containing between 2 and 6 carbon atoms in total.

The halogen substituent on the alkenyl or alkynyl group is preferably bromo, chloro or iodo. Halo-substituted ethenyl and ethynyl groups are particularly preferred. Usually only one halo substituent will be present.

In a further aspect, the present invention provides a uracil derivative as hereinbefore defined for use in the manufacture of a medicament for use in cancer chemotherapy. The medicament may also be useful for rescue from 5-fluorouracil toxicity; and together with 5-fluorouracil or a prodrug thereof for the treatment of psoriasis or rheumatoid arthritis, or human papilloma virus infections.

In a further aspect, the present invention provides a method for the treatment or prophylaxis of tumours which comprises the administration of an effective amount of uracil derivative as hereinbefore defined in the treatment of tumours in mammals, including man. Preferably the treatment is in combination with 5-fluorouracil or a prodrug thereof.

In a yet further aspect, the present invention provides a combination of a uracil derivative as hereinbefore defined or prodrug thereof, and 5-fluorouracil or a prodrug thereof.

Preferred uracil derivatives are these wherein the 5-substituent is a C2-6 alkynyl group (optionally halo-substituted) , conveniently a C2-4 alkynyl group and preferably an ethynyl or propynyl group. In preferred 1-halo-alkenyl and alkynyl derivatives the multiple bond is in the 1-position. Particularly preferred inactivators of uracil reductase for use in accordance with the invention are 5-ethynyluracil and 5-propynyluracil. Other inactivators for such use include:-

5-cyanouracil 5-bromoethynyluracil 5-(l-chlorovinyl)uracil 5-iodouracil 5-h ^ x-l-ynyluracil 5-vinyluracil 5-trifluoromethyluracil 5-bro ouraci1

Uracil derivatives where the 5-substituent is a substituted or unsubstituted C3_g alkynyl group are novel compounds and form a further aspect of the present invention.

Prodrugs of the uracil derivatives hereinbefore defined are compounds which may be metabolised in vivo to give the uracil derivatives. These prodrugs may or may not have activity in their own right but will normally have little activity. Such prodrugs include nucleoside analogues which contain a nucleobase corresponding to the above

5-substituted uracil compounds, for example nucleoside derivatives containing a ribose, 2 , -deoxyribose,

2', 3'-dideoxyribose, arabinose or other cleavable sugar portion, which may additionally contain a 2' or

3'-substituent such as halo, eg. chloro or fluoro; alkoxy; amino or thio. Specific examples of such nucleoside derivatives are

1-(b-D-arabinofuranosyl)-5-prop-l-ynyluracil; and

2',3'-dideoxy-5-ethynyl-3'-flourouridine. Compounds analogous to prodrugs of 5-FU as mentioned hereafter may in general be employed. References herein to uracil derivatives (or uracil reductase inactivators) include reference to prodrugs thereof.

Prodrugs of 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) are compounds which are metabolised in vivo to 5-fluorouracil and include 5-fluorouridine, 5-fluoro-2-deoxyuridine, 5-fluoro-2-deoxycytidine, 5'-deoxy-4' ,5-fluorouridine, 5'-deoxy-5-fluorouridine, l-(2-tetrahydrofuranyl)-5-fluorouracil and 1-Cι_g alkylcarbamoyl-5-fluorouracil derivatives.

5-FU or a prodrug thereof and the said 5-uracil derivative may be employed in combination in accordance with the invention by administration of the components of the combination to an appropriate subject either concomitantly, for example in a unitary pharmaceutical formulation; or, more preferably, separately or sequentially within a sufficient time period whereby the desired therapeutic effect of the combination is achieved. Preferably the 5-uracil derivative is administered first, and 5-FU or a prodrug thereof administered subsequently, advantageously from 15 mins to four days, usually 1 to 15 hours, especially 1 to 2 hours thereafter.

5-FU or a prodrug thereof and the 5-uracil derivative may be administered respectively for therapy by any suitable route including oral, rectal, nasal, topical (including buccal and sublingual) , vaginal and parenteral (including subcutaneous, intramuscular, intravenous and intradermal) . It will be appreciated that the preferred route will vary with the condition and age of the recipient, the nature of the infection and other clinical factors.

Hitherto it has not been viable to administer 5-FU orally, as it is destroyed by uracil reductase in the gastro-intestinal tract. However, it has now been found that if a 5- substituted uracil derivative (as hereinbefore defined) is administered prior to oral administration of 5-FU (or a prodrug thereof) , high and persistent levels of 5-FU are obtained in the plasma, indicating that this compound is not being destroyed. This is a further advantage of the present invention. Preferably the 5-FU is administered within 15 mins to four days, usually 1 to 15 hours, especially 1 to 2 hours of the 5-uracil derivative.

Normally, patients exhibit a high degree of variability in 5-FU plasma concentrations resulting from a given 5-FU dosage, which may be due to rates of 5-FU elimination which differ from patient to patient. There may also be diurnal variations within individual patients. The use of the 5-substituted uracil derivative according to the present invention is found to markedly reduce this subject-to-subject variability (see Experiment 3) .

In general a suitable dose of 5-FU or a prodrug thereof will be in the range of 0.1 to 1000 mg per kilogram body weight of the recipient per day, preferably in the range of 0.1 to 200 mg per kilogram body weight per day. If

5-FU itself is administered the dose is preferably in the range of 0.1 to 50 mg per kilogram body weight per day but higher doses of prodrugs of 5-FU may be administered. The dose of 5-FU or prodrug thereof may be administered in unit dosage forms, for example, containing 5 to 3000 mg, preferably 20 to 1000 mg, active ingredient per unit dosage form.

Experiments with 5-FU suggest that a dose should be administered to achieve peak plasma concentrations of the active compound of from about 0.01 to about 1.5 ug/ml.

The 5-uracil derivative may be administered in a dosage in the range of 0.01 to 50 mg per kilogram body weight of the recipient per day, particularly 0.01 to 10 mg/kg. The dose is more preferably in the range of 0.01 to 0.4 mg per kilogram body weight per day, depending on the derivative used. An alternative preferred administration regime is 0.5 to 10 mg/kg once per week.

The desired dose is preferably presented as one, two or more sub-doses administered at appropriate intervals throughout the day. These sub-doses may be administered in unit dosage forms for example containing 1 to 200 mg preferably 2 to 100 mg, more preferably 2 to 50 mg, of the 5-uracil derivative.

The uracil reductase inactivator and the 5-FU are usually employed in an appropriate ratio to substantially reduce the natural subsisting uracil reductase level in the subject. Such a ratio based on the respective weights of uracil reductase inactivator and 5-FU is generally in the range 1:0.01 to 1:100, preferably in the range 1:0.1 to 1:50, and particularly in the range 1:1 to 1:10.

5-FU or prodrug thereof and the 5-uracil derivative are

preferably administered in a pharmaceutical formulation, either in a single pharmaceutical formulation containing both components or in separate administrations each containing one of the components of the combinations. The 5-uracil derivative will potentiate 5-FU, so that lower doses of 5-FU will be employed.

The present invention thus includes as a further feature a pharmaceutical formulation comprising a 5-uracil derivative as hereinbefore defined optionally in combination with 5-FU or a prodrug thereof together with at least one pharmaceutically acceptable carrier or excipient.

Each carrier must be "pharmaceutically acceptable" in the sense of being compatible with the other ingredients of the formulation and not injurious to the patient. Formulations include those adapted for oral, rectal, nasal, topical (including buccal and sublingual) , vaginal and parenteral (including subcutaneous, intramuscular, intravenous and intradermal) 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. Such methods include the step of bringing into association the active ingredient with the carrier which constitutes one or more accessory ingredients. In general, the formulations are prepared by uniformly and intimately bringing into association the active ingredient with liquid carriers or finely divided solid carriers or both, and then if necessary shaping the product.

Formulations of the present invention adapted for oral administration may be presented as discrete units such as capsules, cachets or tablets each containing a predetermined amount of the active ingredient; as a

powder or granules; as a solution or a suspension in an aqueous or non-aqueous liquid; or as an oil-in-water liquid emulsion or a water-in-oil liquid emulsion. The active ingredient may also be presented as a bolus, electuary or paste. Oral administration is the preferred route.

A tablet may be made by compression or moulding, optionally with one or more accessory ingredients. Compressed tablets may be prepared by compressing in a suitable machine the active ingredient in a free-flowing form such as a powder or granules, optionally mixed with a binder (e.g. povidone, gelatin, hydroxypropylmethylcellulose) , lubricant, inert diluent, preservative, disintegrant (eg. sodium starch glycollate, cross-linked povidone, cross-linked sodium caroxymethylcellulose) surface-active or dispersing agent. Moulded tablets may be made by moulding in a suitable machine a mixture of the powdered compound moistened with an inert liquid diluent. The tablets may optionally be coated or scored and may be formulated so as to provide controlled release of the active ingredient therein using, for example, hydroxypropylmethylcellulose in varying proportions to provide the desired release profile.

Formulations for topical administration in the mouth include lozenges comprising the active ingredient in a flavoured basis, usually sucrose and acacia or tragacanth; pastilles comprising the active ingredient in an inert basis such as gelatin and glycerin, or sucrose and acacia; and mouthwashes comprising the active ingredient in a suitable liquid carrier.

Formulations for rectal administration may be presented as a suppository with a suitable base comprising for example cocoa butter or a salicylate.

Formulation for vaginal administration may be presented as pessaries, tampons, creams, gels, pastes, foams or spray formulations containing in addition to the active ingredient such carriers as are known in the art to be appropriate.

Formulations for parenteral administration include aqueous and non-aqueous isotonic sterile injection solutions which may contain anti-oxidants, buffers, bacteriostats and solutes which render the formulation isotonic with the blood of the intended recipient; and aqueous and non-aqueous sterile suspensions which may include suspending agents and thickening agents. The formulations may be presented in unit-dose or multi-dose sealed containers, for example, ampoules and vials, and may be stored in a freeze-dried (lyophilized) condition requiring only the addition of the sterile liquid carrier, for example water for injections, immediately prior to use. Extemporaneous injection solutions and suspensions may be prepared from sterile powders, granules and tablets of the kind previously described.

Liquid formulations including dissolved 5-uracil derivative are preferably buffered to a pH of 7 to 11, generally 9.5 to 10.5. Preferred unit dosage formulations are those containing a daily dose or unit, daily sub-dose, as hereinabove recited, or an appropriate fraction thereof, of an active ingredient.

The above-mentioned 5-uracil derivatives which are employed in combination with 5-fluorouracil or a prodrug thereof in accordance with the present invention may be prepared in conventional manner. For example, the inactivators referred to above may be prepared by the methods described in J. Heterocycl. Chem. 19(3) 463-4

(1982) for the preparation of 5-ethynyluracil; J.Chem. Soc. Perkin Trans. 1(16), 1665-70 (1981) for the preparation of 5-(2-bromovinyl)uracil,

5-bromoethynyluracil and 5-(2-bromo-l-chlorovinyl)uracil; Nucleic Acid Chemistry, Vol. 2, 927-30 (1978) for the preparation 5-cyano-uracil; Nucleic Acids Research, 1(1) 105-7 (1974) for the preparation of 5-vinyluracil; Z. Chem 17(11) 415-16 (1977) for the preparation of 5-trifluoromethyluracil; Nucleic Acids Research 3 (10), 2845 (1976) for the preparation of 5-(1-chlorovinyl)uracil.

The above prodrug nucleoside derivatives may also be prepared in conventional manner, for example in accordance with processes described in European Patent Specification

No. 356166 for the preparation of 3'-fluoro-2',

3'-dideoxy-5-alkynyluridine compounds, such as

2',3'-dideoxy-5-ethynyl-3'-fluorouridine, and European

Patent Specification No.272065 for the preparation of

5-alkynyluracil arabinosides, such as

1-(b-D-arabinofuranosyl)-5-prop-l-ynyluracil.

The novel 5-C 3 _g alkynyluracil compounds referred to above, which are preferred 5-uracil derivatives for use in accordance with the invention, may be prepared by one of the following processes, namely:-

a) treatment of 5-C 3 _g alkynyluridine compound to effect conversion thereof to be desired uracil compound; or

b) treatment of uracil compound substituted in the 5-position by an appropriate leaving group with a C 3 .-6 alkyne to give the desired uracil compound.

In the above process a) , conversion may be effected by enzymatic means, for example by treatment of the uridine compound with a thymidine phosphorylase enzyme.

advantageously in a buffered medium at a pH of 6 to 8.

In the above process b) , a uracil compound substituted in the 5-position by a suitable leaving group e.g. iodo or bromo, is treated with a C3-5 alkyne in the presence of an appropriate palladium catalyst such as bis (triphenylphosphine) palladium (II) chloride and cuprous iodide in an amine solvent such as triethylamine. The following Examples illustrate the present invention. Example 1

5-Propynyluracil

A) To a stirred solution of 2 , -deoxy-5-propynyluridine (European Patent Specification No. 272065) (20g, 75 mmol) in aqueous phosphate buffer at pH 6.84 (1250 L) was added purified E.coli thymidine phosphorylase (10,000 units) (T.A. Krenitsky et al, Biochemistry, 20, 3615, 1981; U.S. Patent Specification No. 4,381,344) and alkaline phosphatase (10,000 units) [Sigma type VII-S from bovine intestinal mucosa] and the whole mixture was incubated at 37°C for 24 hours. The resulting white precipitate was filtered, washed with water (3 x 100 mL) , ethanol (2 x 100 mL) , ether (2 x 100 mL) and dried in vacuo over phosphorus pentoxide to give the title compound.

M.pt. : 275-280°C (dec.) nmr & (d 6 DMS0) 11.5-11.0 (bs, 2H, NH) , 7.61 (1H, s, H-6) , 1.95 pp (3H, s, CH3)

Microanalysis calculated for C7H6N2O2 : C,56.00;

H,4.03; N,18.66 Found : C,55.92; H,4.05; N,18.77

B) l-Arabinofuranosyl-5-propynyluracil, (2.92 g, 20.4 mmoles) , 200 ml aqueous potassium phosphate, pH 6,8 4,000 IU thymidine phosphorylase (Krenitsky, T.A. et

al Biochemistry, 20,3615,1981 and US Patent 4,381,444), 4,000 IU uridine phosphorylase (Krenitsky, T.A. et al Biochemistry, 20,3615,1981 and US Patent 4,381,444) and 2,000 IU alkaline phosphatase (Boehringer Mannheim) were stirred at 40°C for five days. Then 8,000 IU of thymidine phosphorylase, 20,000 IU uridine phosphorylase, 2,000 IU alkaline phosphatase and 30 IU acid phosphatase (Boehringer Mannheim) were added and incubationcontinued for an additional five days. 5-Propynyluracil, being less soluble than the nucleoside, precipitated from the reaction mixture.

The precipitate and liquid were dried in vacuo, then 5-propynyluracil was crystallized twice from hot water and vacuum dried at room temperature to give 0.92 g (6.1 mmoles) 5-propynyluracil in 59% yield.

•■ tø NMR & (dDMSO) 11.2 ppm (bs, 2H, 1H and 3H) , 7.6 ppm

(1H, s, 6H) , 1.95 ppm (3H, s CH 3 ) .

CHN calculated for C 7 H 6 N 2 0 2 : C, 56.00; H, 4.03; N, 18.66

Analyzed at: C, 55.95; H, 4.03; N, 18.60.

UV spectra: in 0.1 M HC1 max at 287nm and 231nm; in 50 M potassium phosphate, pH 7.0 max at 287nm and 231nm; in 0.1

M NaOH max at 306nm and 240nm.

Mass spectrum gave peak at molecular ion weight of 151.

Example 2 (5-ethynyluracil (EU))

(a) 5-(Trimethylsilylethynyiyuracil

A solution of 5-iodouracil (8g, 30mmol) in redistilled triethylamine (500mL) and dry DMF (lOmL) was degassed with oxygen-free nitrogen for 15 minutes.

Bis(triphenylophosphine)palladium (II) chloride (0.5g), copper (I) iodide (0.5g) and trimethylsilylacetylene (10g,

102mmol) were then added and the mixture was heated with stirring at 50°C for 24 hours. The cooled reaction

mixture was filtered, the filtrate evaporated to dryness and the residue dissolved in dichloromethane (500mL) . The organic solution was washed with a 2% aqueous solution of disodium EDTA (3 x 250mL) , water (3 x 200mL) , dried (Na2S04) and evaporated to dryness. The residue was triturated with ethanol to give the first crop of the title compound. The solid filtered from the reaction mixture was also found to contain the required product but in a more impure form and so was worked up as above in a separate batch to give a second crop.

iH nmr & (d 6 DMSO) 11.75-10.85 (2H, bs, NH) , 7.75 (1H, s, H-6), O.lδppm (9H, m, SiCH 3 ) .

(h) 5-Ethynyluracil

A solution of 5-(trimethylsilylethynyl)uracil (5.3g, 24.4mmol) in 0.2M solution of sodium methoxide in methanol (400 mL) was stirred at room temperature for 3 hours and neutralized to pH 7 with dilute hydrochloric acid. The precipitated product was filtered, washed with methanol and dried to give a first crop of the title compound. The filtrates and washings were combined, evaporated to dryness and the residue crystallised from methanol to give the second crop of product. Combination of both crops and a further recrystallisation from ethanol gave a pure product.

M.pt. : 260°C (dec.)

X H nmr & (d 6 DMSO) 11.6-10.8 (2H, bs, NH) , 7.8 (1H, s,

H-6) , 4.03 ppm (1H, s, acetylenic H)

Microanalysis calculated for C 6 H4N2O2 : C, 52.95; H, 2.96;

N, 20.58

Found : C, 52.04; H, 2.92; N, 20.3

Example 3 (5-ethynyluracil)

a) 2,4-Dimethoxy-5-iodo-pyrimidine

A dry 1L round-bottomed flask was charged with 5-iodouracil (50 g, 0.21 mol), phosphorus oxychloride (300 ml) , and N,N-diethylaniline (6 drops) . The heterogenous mixture was heated in a 120°C oil bath under a nitrogen atmosphere for 24 hours. The phosphorus oxychloride was distilled off (some product co-distills off) . The reaction solution was next slowly and cautiously poured over ice (1L) and solid sodium bicarbonate keeping the internal temperature at or below -20°C. (This was accomplished by cooling in a dry-ice acetone bath) . Once the addition was complete, the reaction mixture was adjusted to pH 7 by addition of solid sodium bicarbonate. The mixture was extracted with methylene chloride and the organic fractions dried by passage through phase separator paper. The crude solution of

2,4-dichloro-5-iodopyrimidine was immediately added dropwise to a solution containing MeOH (400 ml) and sodium methoxide (28.8 g, 0.533 mol). This addition took 1 hour. The reaction was then stirred at room temperature overnight. The solution was neutralized with C0 2 (gas), extracted with methylene chloride, dried over anhydrous 2≤θ4, filtered and concentrated. The crude product was adsorbed onto silica gel (100 g) and loaded onto a 400 g silica gel flash chromatography column. The column was eluted with 90:10 hexanes: ethyl acetate (v:v) . The appropriate fractions were combined and concentrated to a white solid as the title compound.

Yield 26.7 g (48%)

200MHZ NMR CDC1 3 &=3.97 (s, 3H) ; 4.02 (s, 3H) , 8.43 (s,lH)

b) 2,4-Dimethoxy-5-(b-trimethylsilyl)-ethynylpyrimidine

A dry IL round-bottomed flask under a nitrogen atmosphere was charged with the product of stage a) (26.7 g, 0.10 mol) , dry methylene chloride (Aldrich, 150 L) , dry Et3N (freshly distilled from KOH pellets, 250 L) . The system was evacuated and purged with nitrogen several times via a Firestone valve. Trimethylsilylacetylene (21.2 mL, 0.15 mol; Aldrich) was added by syringe. Next were added bis(triphenylphosphine)palladium (II) chloride (Aldrich 5.84 g, 8.32 mmol) and copper (I) iodide (Aldrich 4.76 g, 25 mmol) . The mixture was heated in a 60°C oil bath for 2 hours, cooled and filtered through Celite. The filtrate was concentrated in vacuo. The residue was diluted with toluene (100 mL) and then the toluene was removed in vacuo. The residue was taken up into methylene chloride (200 mL) , filtered and the filtrate extracted with 5% aq. ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid, disodium salt dihydrate (3 x 100 mL Aldrich), H 2 0 (l x 100 mL) . The organic layer was dried via passage through phase separator paper and concentrated in vacuo. The product was purified on a Waters Prep 500 eluting with 95:5 hexanes: ethyl acetate (v:v) . The crude product was adsorbed onto 100 g of silica gel and loaded onto a 400 g silica gel flash chromatography column. The column was eluted with 97.5:2.5 hexanes: ethyl acetate (v:v) . The appropriate fractions were combined and concentrated.

Yield 16.94 g (73%) .

A 1.2 g sample of the resulting compound was bound to 6 g of silica gel and loaded onto a 50 g flash chromatography column. The column was eluted with hexanes: ethyl acetate 95:5 (v:v) . The appropriate fractions were combined.

concentrated, stripped with CH2 C1 2 (2 x 30 mL) , and dr ad in vacuo to yield 1.000 g of the title compound, m.p.

72.5-73°C

Lit. m.p. 73-74°C J. Heterocyclic Chem., 19, 463 (1981

c) 5-(b-trimethylsilyl)ethynyluracil

A dry 3-necked round-bottomed flask under nitrogen was charged with

2,4-dimethoxy-5-(b-trimethylsilyl)ethynylpyrimidine (6.5 g, 27.5 mmol), dry acetonitrile (120 mL Aldrich), sodium iodide (oven dried in vacuo 80°C, 18 h, 12.4 g, 82.7 mmol) and chlorotrimethylsilane (10.5 mL, 82.7 mi? freshly distilled) . The mixture was heated at reflux :r 3 hours and then concentrated in vacuo. The residue v digested with a solution containing methanol (40 mL) a. water

(20 mL) and the product filtered off to give 1.48 g (26%) . The product was dissolved in chloroform and tl ~ solution adsorbed onto silica gel 7 g) which was then loaded onto a 35 g silica gel flash chromotography column. Elution with chloroform: ethanol 95:5 (v:v) followed by chloroform:methanol 90:10 (v:v) and evaporation of the product-containing fractions yields 1.23 g of the title compound as a white solid.

d) 5-Ethynyluracil

A solution containing 5-(b-trimethylsilyl)ethynyluraci (3.85 g, 18.4 mmol) and methanol (370 mL) was treated :.th a second solution containing sodium hydroxide (2.3 g, .5 mmol) and water (18mL) . The mixture was stirred at re ~ -» temperature for 2 hours and then concentrated in vacuo Th residue was suspended in water (35 mL) and the pH adju ~ ed 5 using 0.1 N HC1. The solids dissolved and then a se nd precipitate formed when the pH=5. The product was fil red

washed with H 0, and then dried in vacuo to give 2.3 g (92%) of 5-ethynyluracil as a light beige powder.

Microanalysis calculated for C5H 4 N2O2 C, 52.95: H, 2.96; N,

20.58

Found: C, 52.79; H, 3.02; N, 20.44

Example 4 (5-ethvnyluridine)

a) 2' .3'-5'-Tri-O-Acetyl-5-iodouridine

A dry 250 L round-bottomed flask was charged with 5-iodouridine (10 g, 27 mmol Aldrich) , anhydrous pyridine (30 mL) and acetic anhydride (30mL) . The reaction was stirred a room temperature for 30 minutes under a nitrogen atmosphere and the solvent removed in vacuo. The compound was diluted with toluene (2 x 50 L) and the toluene removed in vacuo. The product was purified on a 75 g flash chromatography column which was eluted with 90:10 (v:v) CHCl3:MeOH. The appropriate fractions were combined and concentrated to give the title compound as a white foam. This was used directly in the next stage.

b) 2 ' ,3' > 5 -Tri-0-Acetyl-5-r2-(trimethylsilyl)ethvnvnuridin

A dry IL round-bottomed flask equipped with a reflux condenser (under N 2 atmosphere) was charged with the product of stage a) (27 mmol) , dry methylene chloride (260 mL,

Aldrich) and dry triethylamine (260 mL. freshly distilled from NaOH pellets) . The system was evacuated and purged wit nitrogen several times and remained under a nitrogen atmosphere. Next was added (trimethylsilyl)acetylene

(11.65 mL, 82 mmol; Aldrich) followed by copper (I) iodide

(Aldrich, 1.57 g, 8.2 mmol) and bis(triphenylphosphine)palladium II chloride (Aldrich,

1.85 g, 2.6 mmol). The mixture was heated in a 60°C oil bat

for 30 minutes, cooled, and filtered. The filtrate was concentrated jln vacuo. The residue was taken up into CH 2 C1 2 (300 mL) , filtered, washed with 5% aq. ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid, disodiu salt (2 x 75 mL) , H2O (100 mL) , dried over Na 2 Sθ , filtered and concentrated i vacuo.

The resulting compound was bound to 50 g of silica gel and loaded onto a 400 g silica gel flash chromatography column which was eluted with CHCI3. The product fractions were combined and concentrated to yield the title compound as light yellow foam.

Yield 13 g

300 MHz NMR CDCI 3 & 8.2 (br s, NH, 1H) , 7.77 (s, 1H, H6) , 6.11 (d, H1',1H), 2.22 (S, 3H, OAc) , 2.13 (s,3H OAc), 2.11 (s, 3H, OAC), 0.22 (s, 9H, SiMe 3 ) .

c) 5-Ethynyluridine

The product of stage b) (9.5 g, 24 mmol) was dissolved in methanol (200 mL) and diluted with a solution containing sodium (0.8 g) and methanol (100 mL) . The reaction was stirred at room temperature for 2 hours and was then neutralized using Dowex 50W-X8 (H* form) resin. The resin was removed by filtering and washed with methanol. The filtrate was concentrated in vacuo to give 4.85 g of a beig solid. The compound was purified on a Waters Prep 500 reverse phase C^g column which was eluted with H 2 0/MeOH 85: (v:v) to give 1.2 g of the title product (white solid). Impure fractions were re-chro atographed. An additional 1.94 g of product were obtained.

Yield 49%

Calculated: % C,49.25 %H,4.47 %N,10.44

Found: % C,49,07 %H,4.53 %N,10.32

200 MHZ NMR (DMSOdg) & 11.60 (br S, NH, 1H) , 8.36 (s, H6,1H),

5.72 (d, J - 4.3 Hz HI', 1H) , 4.01 (s, 1H, C=C-H) .

The following Examples illustrate pharmaceutical formulations in which the "Active Ingredient" is 5-propynyluracil, 5-ethynyluracil or other uracil reductase inactivator as mentioned above; or mixtures thereof with 5-fluorouracil.

Example 5

Tablet Formulations

The following formulations 5A, 5B and 5C are prepared by wet granulation of the ingredients (except the magnesium stearate) with a solution of the povidone followed by drying of the granules, addition of the magnesium stearate and compression.

Formulation 5A

Active ingredient Lactose, B.P. Povidone, B.P. Sodium starch glycollate Magnesium stearate

250 100

mg/tablet

25 10 10 3 50

270

The following formulation 5D was prepared by direct compression of the admixed ingredients. The lactose used is of the direct compression type.

Formulation 5D mg/tablet

Active ingredient 5

Lactose 155

Avicel PH 101 100 260

The following formulation 5E is a controlled release tablet and is prepared by wet granulation of the ingredients (exce magnesium stearate) with a solution of the povidone, follow by drying of the granules, addition of the magnesium steara and compression.

The following formulations 6A and 6B are prepared by admixin the uncompressed ingredients and filling into a two-part har gelatin capsule. Formulation 6A m ca sule

The Macrogol 4000, B.P. is melted and the active ingredient dispersed therein. The thoroughly mixed melt is then filled into a two-part hard gelatin capsule.

Example 7

Injectable Formulation

Active ingredient lOmg

Sterile, pyrogen free pyrophosphate buffer (pH 10) , q.s. to 10ml

The active ingredient is dissolved in most of the phosphate buffer (35-40°C) , then made up to volume and filtered through a sterile micropore filter into a 10 ml amber glass vial (type 1) and sealed with a sterile closure and overseal.

Example 8

Suppository Formulation

mq/suppository

Active ingredient, 63um* 10

Hard fat, B.P. (Witepsol H15-

Dynamit Noble 1) 1790

1800

*The active ingredient is used as a powder wherein at least 90% of the particles are of 63 um or less.

Our-fifth of the Witepsol H15 is melted in a steam-jacketed pan at 45°C maximum. The active ingredient is sifted through a 200 um sieve and added to the molten

base with mixing, using a silverson fitted with a cutting head, until a smooth dispersion is achieved. Maintaining the mixture at 45°C, the remaining Witepsol H15 is added to the suspension and stirred to ensure a homogeneous mix. The entire suspension is passed through a 250 um stainless steel screen and, with continuous stirring, is allowed to cool to about 40°C. At a temperature of 38°C to 40°C 1.80 g of the mixture is filled into suitable plastic moulds. The suppositories are allowed to cool to room temperature.

Certain Experiments were carried out into the effectiveness of 5-substituted uracils according to the invention. Experiment 1

Determination of Uracil Reductase Inactivation

Uracil reductase (1 micromolar) (dihydropyrimidine dehydrogenase, EC 1.3.1.2) purified from bovine liver was incubated with 100 micromolar inactivator and 5mM dithiothreitol (enzyme reductant) at 37° for 30 minutes in 0.05 M Tris-HCl at pH 8.0. The enzyme and inactivator were diluted 100-fold into the assay buffer, which contained 200 micromolar NADPH, 200 micromolar thymine and l M dithiothreitol in Tris-HCl at pH 8.0. The velocity of the enzyme was determined spectrophotometrically. These velocities have been corrected for NADPH oxidase activity, which was less than 10% of the rate of thymine-dependent oxidation of NADPH. The % inactivation of the enzyme was equal to 100% minus the percent of enzymatic activity remaining. Enzyme incubated without inhibitor was stable under these conditions. Parenthetical values are the relative first-order rate constants for inactivation of enzyme determined from similar experiments where the fractional activity was measured as a function of the time

of incubation of 50 micromol inactivator with enzyme.

a The inhibition was reversible since enzyme treated with this derivative slowly regained activity after a 100-fold dilution into the assay mixture.

b These nucleobases were generated in situ by treating the respective nucleosides with 40 units/ml of thymidine phosphorylase in 35 mM potassium phosphate for 20 minutes prior to addition to uracil reductase. The parent nucleosides were not inactivators.

The effectiveness of 5-ethynyluracil (EU) was investigated and is reported in the following Experiments 2 to 4 and

Figures wherein

Figure 1 shows increased levels of uracil and thymine at a time of four hours following various oral EU doses in rats; and

Figure 2 shows that EU increased plasma levels of 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) . Mice were dosed either orally (p.o.) or interperitoneally (i.p.) with 5-FU. 5-ethynyluracil (EU) at 2mg/kg was dosed i.p. 90 minutes prior to the 0-FU.

Experiment 2

Inactivation of uracil reductase (in vivo)

Mice, rats, dogs and monkeys dosed with small amounts of 5-ethynyluracil (EU) rapidly developed greatly elevated plasma uracil and thymine levels. The maximum effect occurred at about 0.1 mg/kg p.o. in rats, at 0.5 to 1 mg/kg s.c. in mice, and at approximately 1 mg/kg intravenously (i.v.) in dogs and probably represents total inactivation of uracil reductase. These doses elevated mouse, dog, and rat plasma uracil from about 3 uM to about 50-60 uM. Plasma uracil decreased to normal over 24 hr (half-life =- lOhr) . Figure 1 shows the increased plasma levels of uracil and thymine in the rat at a time of 4 hours following various oral doses of 5-ethynyluracil, due to inactivation of uracil reductase. The ED50 equals 0.01 mg/kg.

Experiment 3

Effect on plasma-FU level

Mice and rats pretreated with 5-ethynyluracil (EU) and then dosed with FU sustained higher plasma levels of FU than mice not pretreated (Figure 2). In addition, the usual variability in plasma FU in rats orally dosed with FU at 50 mg/kg was eliminated by EU pretreatment. The AUC of the plasma FU concentration-time curves were 41, 126

and 68 (ave = 78 + 55%) versus 417, 446 and 426 (ave = 430 + 3%) for nonpretreated and EU pretreated rats, respectively.

Experiment 4

Potentiation of the antitumor activity of 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) in mice by 5-Ethvnyluracil (EU) .

Colon 38 tumor was implanted in mice on day zero. Mice (8 per group) were treated with 5-FU on days one through nine with the doses indicated in Table 2 EU was dosed i.p. at 2 mg/kg 30 minutes prior to 5-FU dosing where indicated.

0

25 37.5 a

0

12.

12.

12. 12.

a One non-tumor related death occurred in these groups




 
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