Identification of novel allosteric modulators for the G-protein coupled US28 receptor of human cytomegalovirus

Bioorg Med Chem Lett. 2011 Sep 15;21(18):5446-50. doi: 10.1016/j.bmcl.2011.06.120. Epub 2011 Jul 2.


The highly constitutively active G-protein coupled receptor US28 of human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) is an interesting pharmacological target because of its implication on viral dissemination, cardiovascular diseases and tumorigenesis. We found that dihydroisoquinolinone and tetrahydroisoquinoline scaffolds may be promising lead structures for novel US28 allosteric inverse agonists. These scaffolds were rapidly synthesized by radical carboamination reactions followed by non-radical transformations. Our novel US28 allosteric modulators provide valuable scaffolds for further ligand optimization and may be helpful chemical tools to investigate molecular mechanisms of US28 constitutive signaling and its role in pathogenesis.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Allosteric Regulation / drug effects
  • Dose-Response Relationship, Drug
  • Drug Evaluation, Preclinical
  • HEK293 Cells
  • Humans
  • Isoquinolines / chemical synthesis
  • Isoquinolines / chemistry
  • Isoquinolines / pharmacology*
  • Molecular Structure
  • Receptors, Chemokine / agonists*
  • Stereoisomerism
  • Structure-Activity Relationship
  • Viral Proteins / agonists*


  • Isoquinolines
  • Receptors, Chemokine
  • US28 receptor, Cytomegalovirus
  • Viral Proteins