The development of novel LTA4 H modulators to selectively target LTB4 generation

Academic Article


  • The pro-inflammatory mediator leukotriene B 4 (LTB4) is implicated in the pathologies of an array of diseases and thus represents an attractive therapeutic target. The enzyme leukotriene A 4 hydrolase (LTA4 H) catalyses the distal step in LTB4 synthesis and hence inhibitors of this enzyme have been actively pursued. Despite potent LTA4 H inhibitors entering clinical trials all have failed to show efficacy. We recently identified a secondary anti-inflammatory role for LTA4 H in degrading the neutrophil chemoattractant Pro-Gly-Pro (PGP) and rationalized that the failure of conventional LTA4 H inhibitors may be that they inadvertently prevented PGP degradation. We demonstrate that these inhibitors do indeed fail to discriminate between the dual activities of LTA4 H, and enable PGP accumulation in mice. Accordingly, we have developed novel compounds that potently inhibit LTB4 generation whilst leaving PGP degradation unperturbed. These novel compounds could represent a safer and superior class of LTA4 H inhibitors for translation into the clinic.
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  • Scientific Reports  Journal
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    Author List

  • Low CM; Akthar S; Patel DF; Löser S; Wong CT; Jackson PL; Blalock JE; Hare SA; Lloyd CM; Snelgrove RJ
  • Volume

  • 7