Introduction: Chalcones are one of the major classes of naturally occurring compounds and
have a vast significance in medicinal chemistry, presenting with a wide scope of pharmacological actions.
Discussion: The present review focused our attention onto the monoamine oxidase inhibitory activity of natural and synthetic
chalcones. The review also emphasises the structure-activity relationship studies and molecular recognition of chalcones
towards MAO-A and B inhibition.
Conclusion: Many of the studies clearly revealed that most of the chalcones showed selective, reversible and potent
MAO-B inhibition compared to MAO-A. Recent studies also showed that heteroaryl-based chalcones are potent MAO-A