CMX990 for COVID-19
CMX990 has been reported as potentially beneficial for treatment of COVID-19. We have not reviewed these studies. See all other treatments.
Discovery of CMX990: A Potent SARS-CoV-2 3CL Protease Inhibitor Bearing a Novel Covalent Warhead, bioRxiv, doi:10.1101/2023.10.24.563688 ,
ABSTRACTThere remains a need to develop novel SARS-CoV-2 therapeutic options that improve upon existing therapies by increased robustness of response, fewer safety liabilities, and global-ready accessibility. Functionally critical viral main protease (Mpro, 3CLpro) of SARS-CoV-2 is an attractive target due to its homology within the coronaviral family, and lack thereof towards human proteases. In this disclosure, we outline the advent of a novel SARS-CoV-2 3CLproinhibitor, CMX990, bearing an unprecedented trifluoromethoxymethyl ketone warhead. Compared with the marketed drug nirmatrelvir (combination with ritonavir = PaxlovidTM), CMX990 has distinctly differentiated potency (∼5x more potent in primary cells) and humanin vitroclearance (>4x better microsomal clearance and >10x better hepatocyte clearance), with goodin vitro-in vivocorrelation. Based on its compelling preclinical profile and projected once or twice a day dosing supporting unboosted oral therapy in humans, CMX990 advanced to a Phase 1 clinical trial as an oral drug candidate for SARS-CoV-2.
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