Synthesis and structure–activity relationship studies of N-terminal analogues of the lipopeptide antibiotics brevicidine and laterocidine†
The brevicidine and laterocidine family of lipopeptide antibiotics exhibit strong activity against multidrug-resistant Gram-negative bacteria, while showing low propensity to induce resistance. Both peptides feature a branched lipid tail on the N-terminal residue, which for brevicidine is chiral. Here, we report the synthesis and biological evaluation of a library of brevicidine and laterocidine analogues wherein the N-terminal lipid is replaced with linear achiral fatty acids. Optimal lipid chain lengths were determined and new analogues with strong activity against colistin-resistant E. coli produced.
- This article is part of the themed collection: Antimicrobial Resistance