Enzyme Inhibitors and Methods Therefor


An enzyme is inhibited by presenting the enzyme with a boron containing structure having a tetrahedral boron atom covalently bound to four ligands. Particularly preferred enzymes include prostaglandin endoperoxide synthase (COX-1 and COX-2), and particularly preferred structures include a ligand that confers at least 80-fold selectivity of COX-2 inhibition over COX-1 inhibition. Consequently, further methods are directed towards induction of apoptosis in a cell and methods of reducing pain.