Design, Synthesis, Evaluation and Computational Studies of Nipecotic Acid-Acetonaphthone Hybrids as Potential Antiepileptic Agents

Author(s): Ankit Seth, Piyoosh A. Sharma, Avanish Tripathi, Priyanka K. Choubey, Pavan Srivastava, Prabhash N. Tripathi, Sushant K. Shrivastava*

Journal Name: Medicinal Chemistry

Volume 14 , Issue 4 , 2018

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Background: Nipecotic acid is considered to be one of the most potent inhibitors of neuronal and glial γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA) uptake in vitro. However, nipecotic acid does not readily cross the blood-brain barrier (BBB) following peripheral administration, owing to its hydrophilic nature.

Objective: A series of substituted acetonaphthones tethered nipecotic acid derivatives were designed and synthesized with an aim to improve the lipophilicity and the blood-brain barrier (BBB) permeation.

Methods: Synthesized compounds were tested in mice models of PTZ, pilocarpine, and DMCM induced epilepsy, in vivo. The rota-rod test was performed to determine the acute neurotoxicity of the potential leads (4a, 4b, and 4i). These potential hybrids were also evaluated for their ability to cross the BBB by an in vitro parallel artificial membrane permeability BBB assay (PAMPA-BBB). The leads were subjected to in silico molecular docking and dynamics studies on homology modelled protein of human GABA (γ-amino butyric acid) transporter 1 (GAT1) and prediction of their pharmacokinetic properties.

Result: Amongst the synthesized derivatives, compounds 3a, 3b, 3i, 4a, 4b, and 4i exhibited increased latency of seizures against subcutaneous pentylenetetrazole (scPTZ) induced seizures in mice. Derivatives 4a, 4b, 4i were more effective compared to nipecotic acid ester counterparts 3a, 3b and 3i placing the importance of the presence of free carboxyl group in the centre. The findings revealed that 4i was comparatively more permeable (Pe= 8.89) across BBB than the standard tiagabine (Pe= 7.86). In silico studies proved the consensual interactions of compound 4i with the active binding pocket.

Conclusion: Some nipecotic acid-acetonaphthone hybrids with considerable anti-epileptic activity, drug like properties and the ability to permeate the BBB have been successfully synthesized.

Keywords: Antiepileptic, docking, homology modeling, molecular dynamics, nipecotic acid, PAMPA-BBB, PTZ induced seizures.

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Year: 2018
Page: [409 - 426]
Pages: 18
DOI: 10.2174/1573406414666180116104225
Price: $65

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