International Round Table on Nucleosides, Nucleotides and Nucleic Acids edition:XV Ith location:Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA date:12-16 September 2004
Bicyclic furanopyrimidines were recently discovered by us to be potent and selective inhibitors of VZV. Related studies to investigate the role of the sugar in this activity uncovered dideoxy furanopyrimidines as inhibitors of HCMV and this led to the preparation of highly modified long alkyl chain furanopyrimidines from the N- and O-alkylation of their parent bases. Herein we describe their synthesis and subsequent biological evaluation against HCMV. O-alkylated derivatives were almost invariably found to be at least equiactive with their N-alkylated counterparts. At this point, little change in activity has been found with large variation in N- and O-substituent.