Potent inhibitors of the human UDP-glucuronosyltransferase 2B7 derived from the sesquiterpenoid alcohol longifolol

ChemMedChem. 2007 Jun;2(6):881-9. doi: 10.1002/cmdc.200600246.


The tricyclic sesquiterpenol (+)-longifolol served as a lead structure for the design of inhibitors of the human UDP-glucuronosyltransferase (UGT) 2B7. Twenty-four homochiral and epimeric longifolol derivatives were synthesized and screened for their ability to inhibit the enzyme. The absolute configuration at the stereogenic center C1' was determined by X-ray crystallography and 2D NMR spectroscopy (gHSQC, gNOESY). The phenyl-substituted secondary alcohol 16 b (beta-phenyllongifolol) displayed the highest affinity toward UGT2B7, and its inhibitory dissociation constant was 0.91 nM. The mode of inhibition was rapidly reversible and competitive. The inhibitor was not glucuronidated by UGT2B7 or other hepatic UGTs, presumably as a result of the high steric demand exerted by the phenyl group. Inhibition assays employing 14 other UGT isoforms suggested that inhibitor 16 b was highly selective for UGT2B7.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Alcohols / chemistry*
  • Alcohols / pharmacology
  • Drug Design
  • Enzyme Inhibitors / chemistry*
  • Enzyme Inhibitors / pharmacology*
  • Glucuronosyltransferase / antagonists & inhibitors*
  • Glucuronosyltransferase / chemistry
  • Humans
  • Quantitative Structure-Activity Relationship
  • Terpenes / chemistry*
  • Terpenes / pharmacology


  • Alcohols
  • Enzyme Inhibitors
  • Terpenes
  • UGT2B7 protein, human
  • Glucuronosyltransferase