Title of Invention


Abstract A nucleoside compound of formula I R wherein: R is independently H or -CH3 and pharmaceutically acceptable salts thereof.
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MEDIVIR AB, of Lunastigen 7, S-141 44 Huddinge, Sweden,
The following specification particularly describes the nature of the invention and the manner in which it is to be performed:-

The present invention relates to a nucleoside compound of formula I and the
composition of the said nucleoside compound.
including inhibitors of retroviral reverse transcriptase and the DNA polymerase OJ Hepatitis B Virus (HBV). The invention provides novel compounds with favourable pharmaceutical parameters, methods for their preparation, pharmaceutical compositions comprising these compounds and methods employing then for the inhibition of viral and neoplastic diseases including HBV and HIV.
Background to the invention
International patent application no.WO 88/00050 describes the antiretroviral and anti-HBV activity of a series of 3'-fluorinated nucleosides, including the compounds 2',3'-dideoxy, 3'-fluoroguanosine (FLG) and 3'-f]uorothymidine (FLT). The latter compound underwent clinical evaluation as an anti-HIV agent and although its antiviral activity and pharmacokinetics were good, it showed unexpected toxicity (Flexner et al, J Inf Dis 170(6) 1394-403 (1994)). The former compound FLG is very active in vitro however the present inventors have detected that its bioavailability is so poor - around 4% - that the in vivo utility of the compound has thus far been limited to intraperitoneally or subcutaneously administered animal models.
US patent 4,963,662 discloses generically a series of 3'-fluorinated nucleosides and
corresponding triphosphates and specifically describes the preparation of the 5*-0-
palmitoyl derivative of FLT, without reporting any improvement in bioavailability.
International patent application WO 93 13778 describes FLG derivatives modified at
the 6-position of the base, in particular with n-propoxy, cyclobutoxy,
cyclopropanylamino, piperidino or pyrrolidino. International patent application no.
93 14103 describes FLG derivatives where the oxygen at the guanine 6-position is
replaced with amino, ether, halo or sulphonate.
Our unpublished international patent application nos PCT/SE 98/01467, TH 45550 and TW 87113427 describe prodrugs of FLG comprising a linker structure and one

or two aliphatic amino acids. We have now discovered a particularly convenient prodrug within the broad concept disclosed in these unpublished patent applications which produces superior bioavailability, while at the same lime resulting in metabolic degradation products which are nature identical. In other words, the metabolic by-products are identical to compounds produced by the body for which the body has efficient regulatory and elimination machinery.
Brief description of the invention
In accordance with the invention there are provided compounds of the formula I:

R is independently H or -CH3
and pharmaceutically acceptable salts thereof.
The invention further provides pharmaceutical compositions comprising the compounds and salts of formula I and pharmaceutically acceptable carriers or diluents therefor. Additional aspects of the invention provide methods for the inhibition of HBV and retroviruses such as HIV, comprising bringing a compound or salt of the formula I into contact with a'retrovirus or HBV, for example by administering an effective amount of the compound or salt to an individual afflicted with a retrovirus or HBV. The invention also extends to the use of the compounds or salts of formula I in therapy, for example in the preparation of a medicament for the treatment of retroviral or HBV infections.
In treating conditions caused by retroviruses such as HIV, or HBV, the compounds or salts of formula I are preferably administered in an amount of 50 to 1 500 mg

once, twice or three times per day, especially 100 to 700 mg twice or thrice daily. It is-desirable to achieve serum levels of the active metabolite of 0.01 to 100 μg/ml, especially 0.1 to 5 p.g/ml.
Thus preferred compounds of formula 1 include:
and most preferably
and their pharmaceutically acceptable salts.
The compounds of the invention can form salts which form an additional aspect of the invention. Appropriate pharmaceutically acceptable salts of the compounds of Formula 1 include salts of organic acids, especially carboxylic acids, including but not limited to acetate, trifluoroacetate, lactate, gluconate, citrate, tartrate, maleate, malate, pantothenate, isethionate, adipate, alginate, aspartate, benzoate, butyrate, digluconate, cyclopentanate, glucoheptanate, glycerophosphate, oxalate, heptanoate, hexanoate, fumarate, nicotinate, palmoate, pectinate, 3-phenylpropionate, picrate, pivalate, proprionate, tartrate, lactobionate,'pivolate, camphorate, undecanoate and succinate, organic sulphonic acids such as methanesulphonate, ethanesulphonate, 2-hydroxyethane sulphonate, camphorsulphonate, 2-napthalenesulphonate, benzenesulphonate, p-chlorobenzenesulphonate and p-toluenesulphonate; and inorganic acids such as hydrochloride, hydrobromide, hydroiodide, sulphate, bisulphate, hemisulphate, thiocyanate, persulphate, phosphoric and sulphonic acids. The compounds of Formula I may in some cases be isolated as the hydrate.
In keeping with the usual practice with retroviral and HBV inhibitors it is advantageous to co-administer one to three or more additional antivirals, such as AZT, ddl, ddC. d4T, 3TC, H2G, abacavir. ABT 606, foscamet, hydroxyurea, ritonavir, indinavir, saquinavir, nevirapinc, delaviridine, MIV 150, efavirenz. Vertex

VX 478/amprenavir or Agouron AG 1343 and the like in the case of HIV or lamivudine, interferon, famciclovir, adefovir, lobucovir, BMS 200475 L-FMAU, FTC, DAPD, Nabi 3700001 etc in the case of HBV. Such additional antivirals will normally be administered at dosages relative to each other which broadly reflect their respective therapeutic values. Molar ratios of 100:1 to 1:100, especially 25:1 to 1:25, relative to the compound or salt of formula I will often be convenient. Administration of additional antivirals is generally less common with those antiviral nucleosides intended for treating herpes infections.
While it is possible for the active agent to be administered alone, it is preferable to present it as part of a pharmaceutical formulation. Such a formulation will comprise the above defined active agent together with one or more acceptable carriers/excipients and optionally other therapeutic ingredients. The carrier(s) must be acceptable in the sense of being compatible with the other ingredients of the formulation and not deleterious to the recipient.
The formulations include those suitable for rectal, nasal, topical (including buccal and sublingual), vaginal or parenteral (including subcutaneous, intramuscular, intravenous and intradermal) administration, but preferably the formulation is an orally administered formulation. The formulations may conveniently be presented in unit dosage form, e.g. tablets and sustained release capsules, and may be prepared by any methods well known in the art of pharmacy.
Such methods include the step of bringing into association the above defined active agent with the carrier. In general, the formulations are prepared by uniformly and intimately bringing into association the active agent with liquid carriers or finely divided solid carriers or both, and then if necessary shaping the product. The invention extends to methods for preparing a pharmaceutical composition comprising

bringing a compound of Formula I or its pharmaceutically acceptable salt in conjunction or association with a pharmaceutically acceptable carrier or vehicle. If the manufacture of pharmaceutical formulations involves intimate mixing of pharmaceutical excipients and the active ingredient in salt form, then it is often preferred to use excipients which are non-basic in nature, i.e. either acidic or neutral.
Formulations for oral administration in the present invention may be presented as discrete units such as capsules, cachets or tablets each containing a predetermined amount of the active agent; as a powder or granules; as a solution or a suspension of the active agent in an aqueous liquid or a non-aqueous liquid; or as an oil-in-water liquid emulsion or a water in oil liquid emulsion and as a bolus etc.
With regard to compositions for oral administration (e.g. tablets and capsules), the term suitable carrier includes vehicles such as common excipients e.g. binding agents, for example syrup, acacia, gelatin, sorbitol, tragacanth, polyvinylpyrrolidone (Povidone), methylcellulose, ethylcellulose, sodium carboxymethylcellulose, hydroxypropylmethylcelluiose, sucrose and starch; fillers and carriers, for example corn starch, gelatin, lactose, sucrose, microcrystalline cellulose, kaolin, mannitol, dicalcium phosphate, sodium chloride and alginic acid; and lubricants such as magnesium stearate. sodium stearate and other metallic stearates, glycerol stearate stearic acid, silicone fluid, talc waxes, oils and colloidal silica. Flavouring agents such as peppermint, oil of wintergreen, cherry flavouring or the like can also be used. It may be desirable to add a colouring agent to make the dosage form readily identifiable. Tablets may also be coated by methods well known in the art.
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 agent in a free flowing form such as a powder or

granules, optionally mixed with a binder, lubricant, inert diluent, preservative, 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 be optionally be coated or scored and may be formulated so as to provide slow or controlled release of the active agent.
Other formulations suitable for oral administration include lozenges comprising the active agent in a flavoured base, usually sucrose and acacia or tragacanth; pastilles comprising the active agent in an inert base such as gelatin and glycerin, or sucrose and acacia; and mouthwashes comprising the active agent in a suitable liquid carrier.

with an activated acid of the formula:

A still further aspect of the invention provides a method for the preparation of a compound of Formula I comprising the acylation of the nucleoside FLG,
where PGR is R as defined above N-protected with a conventional protecting group such as Fmoc, BOC or CBz.
The activated derivative used in the acyiation may comprise e.g, the acid halide, acid anhydride, activated acid ester or the acid in the presence of coupling reagent, for example dicyclohexylcarbodiimide. Representative activated acid derivatives include

the acid chloride, anhydrides derived from alkoxycarbonyl halides such as isobutyloxycarbonylchloridc and the like, N-hydroxysuccinamide derived esters, N:hydroxyphthalimide derived esters, N-hydroxy-5-norbornene- 2,3-dicarboxamide derived esters, 2,4,5-trichlorophenol derived esters and the like. Further activated acids include those where X in the formula RX represents an OR'moiety where R is R as defined herein, and R' is, for example COCH3. COCH2:CH3 or COCF3 or where X is benzotriazole.
The activated acid may be pre-formed or generated in situ by the use of reagents such as dicyclohexylcarbodiimide (DCC) or O-(lH-benzotriazol-l-yl) N,N,N',N'-tetramethyluroniurn tetrafluoroborate (TBTU). When an acid halide, such as the acid chloride is used, a tertiary amine catalyst, such as triethylamine, N,N'-dimethylaniline, pyridine or dimethylaminopyridine may be added to the reaction mixture to bind the liberated hydrohalic acid.
The reactions are preferably carried out in an unreactive solvent such as N,N-dimethylformamide, tetrahydrofuran, dioxane, acetonitrile or a halogenatated hydrocarbon, such as dichloromethane. If desired, any of the above mentioned tertiary amine catalysts may be used as solvent, taking care that a suitable excess is present. The reaction temperature can typically be varied between 0° C and 60° C, but will preferably be kept be'tween 5° and 50° C. After a period of 1 to 60 hours the reaction will usually be essentially complete. The progress of the reaction can be followed using thin layer chromatography (TLC) and appropriate solvent systems. In general, when the reaction is completed as determined by TLC, the product is extracted with an organic solvent and purified by chromatography and/or recrystallisation from an appropriate solvent system.
By-products where acylation has taken place on the nucleoside base can be separated by chromatography, but such misacylation can be minimized by controlled reaction conditions. These controlled conditions can be achieved, for example, by manipulating the reagent concentrations or rate of addition, especially of the acylating agent, by lowering the temperature or by the choice

of solvent. The reaction can be followed by TLC to monitor the controlled conditions. It may be convenient to protect the 6-oxo group on the base and especially the 2 amino with conventional protecting groups to forestall misacylation.
The 2,3-bis N-protected amino acyl glyceric acid intermediate is prepared by protecting the carboxy group of glyceric acid with a conventional protecting group such as methoxybcnzyl and esterifying with the appropriate N-protectcd amino acid, followed by selective deprotection of the methoxybenzyl group.
The amino acid derivative of R2 and, if present, R1 can alternatively be esterified to the linker group with the 2-oxa-4-aza-cycloalkane-l,3-dione methodology described in international patent application no. WO 94/29311, the contents of which are hereby incorporated by reference.
Detailed description
2.3-Bis-(N-CBz-L-valvloxv1-propionic acid. ( MSS-137 )

a) 1,1 -dimethylethyi 2,3-(bis N-CBZ-L-valyloxypropionate.
To a solution of 1,1-dimethylethyi 2,3-dihydroxypropionate (2.43g, 15 mmole), N-CBZ-L-valine (7.54g, 30 mmole) and DMAP (0.37g, 3 mmole) in 150 ml dichloromethane was added DCC (7.2g 35 mmole) and the mixture was stirred for two days at room temperature. The mixture was cooled to about 5°C and the urethanc was filtered. The filtrate was evaporated, ethyl acetate was added and the organic phase washed twice with 5% acetic acid, 5% sodium hydrogen carbonate and water. The organic phase was dried with sodium sulfate filtered and evaporated under

reduced pressure. The product was isolated by silica gel column chromatography. Yield: 8.2g = 86%
'H-NMR (DMSO d-6) 0.87 (m, 12H) 1.40 (d, 9H) 2.12 (m, 1H) 4.02-4.40 (m, 2H) 5.04 (d,4H) 5.20 (m, lH)7.36(m, 10H) 7.72 (d, 2H)
b) 2,3-Bis-(N-CBZ-L-valyloxy)-propionic acid.
To a solution of 1,1-dimethylcthyl -2,3-bis-(N-CBZ-L-valyloxy)-propionate (7.2g, 11.4 mmole) in dichloromethane (25 ml) was added trifluoroacetic acid (25 ml) and the solution was stirred for five hours at room temperature. The solution was evaporated under reduced pressure and coevaporated two times with toluene. The product was isolated by silica gel column chromatography. Yield : 5.9g = 90%
'H-NMR (DMSO-d6) 0.92 (m, 12H) 2.08 (m, 2H) 3.92-4.17 (m, 2H) 4.30-4.67 (m, 2H) 5.04 (s, 4H) 5.28 (m, 1H) 7.32 (m, 10H) 7.70 (m, 2H)
2'. 3,-Dideoxv-3'-fluoro-5,-O-r2.3-bis-(L-valvloxv)propanovllguanosine
a) 2', 3-Dideoxy^'-fluoro-5'-O- [2,3-bis-(N-CBZ-L-
valyloxy)propanoyl]guanosine (MSS-138 )
A mixture of 2', 3'-dideoxy-3'-fluoroguanosine (2.15g, 8 mmole), 2,3-bis-(N-CBZ-L-valyloxy)-propanoic acid (6.2g. 10.8 mmole), DMAP (244mg, 2 mmole) and HOBT (1.46g, 10.8 mmole) was coevaporated two times with DMF and reduced to about 120ml. DCC (2.48g, 12 mmole) was added and the mixture was stirred for two days at room temperature. The mixture was filtered and the solution was evaporated under reduced pressure. 150ml ethyl acetate was added and the organic phase was washed twice with 5% acetic acid, with 5% sodium hydrogen carbonate and with water. The organic phase was dried with sodium sulfate and evaporated under reduced pressure. The product was isolated by silica gel column chromatography. Yield: 2.25° = 35%

'H-NMR (DMSO d-6) 0.88 (m,12H) 2,12 (m, 2H) 2.50-3.00 (m, 2H) 3.88-4.14 (m;"2H) 4.22-4.62 (m, 6H) 5.04 (s, 4H) 5.30-5.61 (m, 2H) 6.16 (m, 1H) 6.50 (s, 2H) 7.32 (m, 10H) 7.70 (m, 2H) 7.92 (s, 1H)
b) 2', 3,-Dideoxy-3'-fluoro-5,-0- [2,3-bis-(L-valyloxy)propanoyl]
A solution of 2', 3'-dideoxy-3'fluoro-5'-0-[2,3-bis-(N-CBZ-L-valyloxy)propanoyl]guanosine (0.4 lg, 0.5 mmole) in ethyl acetate (40ml) and acetic acid (20ml) was hydrogenated with palladium black (200mg) at 30 psi for two hours at room temperature. The catalyst was filtered and washed with ethyl acetate and acetic acid. The solution was evaporated under reduced pressure and the product was dried in vacuo to give the dihydrochloride salt. Yield: 0.3g = 95%
'H-NMR (DMSO d-6 and D20) 0.94 (m, 12H) 2.18(m, 2H) 2.52-3.00 (m, 2H) 3.88-4.09 (m, 2H) 4.36-4.72 (m, 6H) 5.42-5.72.
BIOLOGICAL EXAMPLE 1 Pharmacokinetics
Confirmation that orally administered prodrugs of the invention release FLG in vivo is obtained in a rat model which is recognized as a useful model for assessing pharmacokinetic parameters of nucleoside analogues. The oral compositions are administered in a pharmaceutical vehicle comprising propylene glycol to triplicate fasted animals in a dosage corresponding to 0.1 mmol/kg. For comparison, a set of rats is iv dosed with 0.01 mmol/kg of the metabolite 2',3'-dideoxy-3'-fluoroguanosine. Serum levels of the metabolite are then monitored in serum collected at intervals from individual animals from 0.5 to up to 6 hours following administration (5 min to 6 hours for FLG).

The metabolite is analysed with HPLC with UV detection at 254 nm. in a manner analogous to Stahle ct al 1995, J Pharm. Biomcd. Anal. 13, 369-376. An HPLC system can be based on a 0.05 M ammonium-dihydrogen-phosphate buffer, with 1.2 % 2-propanol solvent, buffered to pH 4.5 or 30 mM sodium dihydrogen phosphate buffer with 2% acetonitrile solvent buffered to pH 7.0. The column may be a 100 x 2.1 mm BAS C18 5 μm particle size with a 7 μm C18 guard column or Zorbax SB-CN C18 150x4.6mm. 5μm column. Protein binding of the compounds of the invention is neglible as is that of the metabolite and ultrafiltration through Amicon or Microcon 30 filters is useful for serum samples. Advantageously the main peak is subject to further column chromatography to better aid in resolution of FLG over low weight serum components. The iv levels are multiplied by a factor often in order to obtain AUC values for comparison with the oral values. Absolute oral bioavailability is determined as the ratio between °'AUCiv and '0'"'UCoral
The compound of Example 2 showed 0-6 hour absolute bioavailability of 68%, 72% and 64%, resulting in plasma levels of the active metabolite well above the antiviral inhibitory level, as reported in the scientific literature. The compounds of the invention thus provide significantly enhanced oral bioavailability relative to the metabolite metabolite 2',3'-dideoxy-3'-fluoroguanosine. Notably, the compounds are released into the blood in a relatively sustained manner, rather than in an immediate peak. This means that effective amounts of the active metabolite are available in the blood for many hours assisting once daily dosage. Additionally, a sustained release avoids the problems of acute toxicity seen in compounds with a more rapid release rate.

FORMULATION EXAMPLE 1 Tahlet formulation
The following ingredients are screened through a 0.15 mm seive and dry-mixed
10 g 5'-O-[(R) 2,3-bis-(L-valyloxy)-propionyl]-2',3'-
dideoxy-3 '-fluoroguanosine,
40 g lactose
49 g crystalline cellulose
1 g magnesium stearate
A tabletting machine is used to compress the mixture to tablets containing 250 mg of active ingredient.
Enteric coated tablet
The tablets of Formulation Example 1 are spray coated in a tablet coater with a
solution comprising
120 g ethyl cellulose
30 g propylene glycol
1 Og sorbitan monooleate
ad 1 000 ml aq. dist.
FORMULATION EXAMPLE 3 Controlled release formulation
50 g 5'-0-[(R) 2,3-bis-(L-valyloxy)-propionyl]-2',3'-dideoxy-
12 g hydroxypropylmethylcellulose (Methocell K15)
4.5 g lactose
are dry-mixed and granulated with an aqueous paste of povidone. Magnesium stearate (0.5 g) is added and the mixture compressed in a tabletting machine to 13 mm diameter tablets containing 500 mg active agent.

250 g 5'-0-[(S) 2,3-bis-(L-valyloxy)-propionyl]-
lOO g lecithin
lOO g arachis oil
The compound of the invention is dispersed in the lecithin and arachis oil and filled into soft gelatin capsules.

We Claim
A nucleoside compound of formula I

R is independently H or -CH3
and pharmaceutically acceptable salts thereof.
2. A compound as claimed in claim 1, wherein both R groups are hydrogen.
3. A compound as claimed in claim 2, selected from the group consisting of
5' -0-[2,3-bis-(L-valyloxy)-propionyl]-2', 3' -dideoxy-3'-fluoroguanosine; 5' -0-[2,3-bis-(L-isoleucyloxy)-propionyl]-2', 3' -dideoxy-3'-fluorogua-nosine; and their pharmaceutically acceptable salts.
4. A compound as claimed in claim 2, selected from the group
consisting of
5' -0-[(R) 2,3-bis-(L-valyloxy)-propionyl]-2', 3' -dideoxy-3'-fluorogua-
5' -0-[ (R)2,3-bis-(L-isoleucyloxy)-propionyl]-2', 3' -dideoxy-3'-fluorogua-
nosine; and their pharmaceutically acceptable salts.

5. A compound as claimed in claim 2, denoted 5' -0-[(R) 2,3-bis-(L-valyloxy)-propionyl]-2', 3' -dideoxy-3'-fluoroguanosine;
6. An anti HIV or anti HBV composition comprising a compound as defined in any preceding claim and a pharmaceutically acceptable carrier therefore.
7. An antiviral composition as claimed in claim 6, wherein comprising an . antiviral selected from AZT, ddl, ddC, d4T, 3TC, abacavir, H2G, ABT606, foscamet, ritonavir, indinavir, saquinavir, nevirapine, delaviridine, efavirenz, Vertex VX 478/amprenavir or Agouron AG 1343.
8. An antiviral composition as claimed in claim 6, wherein comprising an antiviral selected from lamivudine, interferon, famciclovir, adefovir, lobucovir, BMS 200475 L-FMAU, FTC, DAPD or Nabi 3700001.
Dated this 26th day of July, 2000.
Of Remfry & Sagar
Attorney for the Applicant [s]


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Patent Number 208346
Indian Patent Application Number IN/PCT/2000/00219/MUM
PG Journal Number 32/2007
Publication Date 10-Aug-2007
Grant Date 24-Jul-2007
Date of Filing 26-Jul-2000
Name of Patentee MEDIVIR AB
Applicant Address LUNASTIGEN 7, S-141 44 HUDDINGE, SWEDEN.
# Inventor's Name Inventor's Address
PCT International Classification Number C07H 19/16
PCT International Application Number PCT/SE99/00189
PCT International Filing date 1999-02-12
PCT Conventions:
# PCT Application Number Date of Convention Priority Country
1 9800452-6, 1998-02-13 Sweden
2 98/7267 1998-08-13 Sweden
3 PCT/SE98/01467 1998-08-14 Sweden