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Multipotent cholinesterase/monoamine oxidase inhibitors for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease: design, synthesis, biochemical evaluation, ADMET, molecular modeling, and QSAR analysis of novel donepezil-pyridyl hybrids

Authors Bautista-Aguilera O, Esteban G, Chioua M, Nikolic K, Agbaba D, Moraleda I, Iriepa I, Soriano E, Samadi A, Unzeta M, Marco-Contelles J

Received 18 June 2014

Accepted for publication 15 July 2014

Published 13 October 2014 Volume 2014:8 Pages 1893—1910


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Oscar M Bautista-Aguilera,1,* Gerard Esteban,2,* Mourad Chioua,1 Katarina Nikolic,3 Danica Agbaba,3 Ignacio Moraleda,4 Isabel Iriepa,4 Elena Soriano,5 Abdelouahid Samadi,1 Mercedes Unzeta,2 José Marco-Contelles1

1Laboratory of Medicinal Chemistry (Institute of General Organic Chemistry [IQOG], National Research Council [CSIC]), Madrid, Spain; 2Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Institute of Neurosciences, Autonomous Barcelona University, Barcelona, Spain; 3Institute of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia; 4Department of Organic Chemistry, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Alcalá, Ctra Barcelona, Alcalá de Henares, Spain; 5Synthesis, and Structure of Organic Compounds (SEPCO) (IQOG, CSIC), Madrid, Spain

*These authors have equally contributed to this work

Abstract: The design, synthesis, and biochemical evaluation of donepezil-pyridyl hybrids (DPHs) as multipotent cholinesterase (ChE) and monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitors for the potential treatment of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is reported. The 3D-quantitative structure-activity relationship study was used to define 3D-pharmacophores for inhibition of MAO A/B, acetylcholinesterase (AChE), and butyrylcholinesterase (BuChE) enzymes and to design DPHs as novel multi-target drug candidates with potential impact in the therapy of AD. DPH14 (­Electrophorus electricus AChE [EeAChE]: half maximal inhibitory concentration [IC50] =1.1±0.3 nM; equine butyrylcholinesterase [eqBuChE]: IC50 =600±80 nM) was 318-fold more potent for the inhibition of AChE, and 1.3-fold less potent for the inhibition of BuChE than the reference compound ASS234. DPH14 is a potent human recombinant BuChE (hBuChE) inhibitor, in the same range as DPH12 or DPH16, but 13.1-fold less potent than DPH15 for the inhibition of human recombinant AChE (hAChE). Compared with donepezil, DPH14 is almost equipotent for the inhibition of hAChE, and 8.8-fold more potent for hBuChE. Concerning human monoamine oxidase (hMAO) A inhibition, only DPH9 and 5 proved active, compound DPH9 being the most potent (IC50 [MAO A] =5,700±2,100 nM). For hMAO B, only DPHs 13 and 14 were moderate inhibitors, and compound DPH14 was the most potent (IC50 [MAO B] =3,950±940 nM). Molecular modeling of inhibitor DPH14 within EeAChE showed a binding mode with an extended conformation, interacting simultaneously with both catalytic and peripheral sites of EeAChE thanks to a linker of appropriate length. Absortion, distribution, metabolism, excretion and toxicity analysis showed that structures lacking phenyl-substituent show better druglikeness profiles; in particular, DPHs13–15 showed the most suitable absortion, distribution, metabolism, excretion and toxicity properties. Novel donepezil-pyridyl hybrid DPH14 is a potent, moderately selective hAChE and selective irreversible hMAO B inhibitor which might be considered as a promising compound for further development for the treatment of AD.

Keywords: donepezil-pyridyl hybrids, ChE, MAO, 3D-QSAR, molecular modeling, ADMET

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