Design of Boron-Based Peptidomimetics Leads to Potent Inhibitors of Human ClpP and ClpXP

Boronic acids have attracted the attention of synthetic and medicinal chemists due to boron’s ability to modulate enzyme function. Recently, we demonstrated that boron-containing amphoteric building blocks facilitate the discovery of bioactive aminoboronic acids. Herein, we have augmented this capability with a de novo library design and virtural screening platform modified for covalent ligands. This technique has allowed us to rapidly design and identify a series of α-aminoboronic acids as the first inhibitors of human ClpXP, which is responsible for the degradation of misfolded proteins.