Synthesis of RGD analogs as potential vectors for targeted drug delivery

Ji Jiang, Wei Wang, David C. Sane, Binghe Wang

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RGD analogs bind to integrin receptors with high affinity and therefore have the potential to be used as vectors for the targeted delivery of pharmaceutical agents to designated sites. Critical to this application is the ability to synthesize RGD analogs with different side chain functional groups that allow for the ready tethering of pharmaceutical agents without sacrificing their affinity for the target receptor significantly. A series of RGD analogs intended to be used as delivery vectors of pharmaceutical agents were prepared and evaluated for their ability to inhibit platelet aggregation by binding to glycoprotein IIb/IIIa. Among them, compound 11 showed the lowest IC50 against platelets activated by ADP. It was found that such RGD analogs could tolerate side chain modification fairly well with various functional groups attached such as amide, amine, ester, protected amine and poly(ethylene glycol). The fact that the compound with a side chain modification of poly(ethylene glycol) retained high affinity for glycoprotein IIb/IIIa (IC50 150 nM) suggests the feasibility of tethering fairly large pharmaceutical agents to such RGD analogs without significant sacrifice of their affinity to the intended receptor.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)357-379
Number of pages23
JournalBioorganic Chemistry
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Drug Discovery
  • Organic Chemistry


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