6-Methoxy-3,4-dihydronaphthalenone Chalcone-like Derivatives as Potent Tyrosinase Inhibitors and Radical Scavengers

Author(s): Sara Ranjbar, Abdolhossein Akbari, Najmeh Edraki, Mahsima Khoshneviszadeh, Hajar Hemmatian, Omidreza Firuzi, Mehdi Khoshneviszadeh*

Journal Name: Letters in Drug Design & Discovery

Volume 15 , Issue 11 , 2018

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Background: Tyrosinase is a copper-containing enzyme that involves in melanine biosynthesis and fruits enzymatic browning pathways. Chemical inhibitors of tyrosinase could have potential applications in cosmetics, medicine and food industry. In this study, we evaluated 6-Methoxy-3,4-dihydronaphthalenone chalcone-like derivatives as potent tyrosinase inhibitors and radical scavengers.

Methods: A series of ten 2-arylidene-6-methoxy-3,4-dihydronaphthalenone derivatives as tyrosinase inhibitors and potential antioxidants were designed and synthesized by aldol condensation reaction. Furthermore, tyrosinase inhibitory activity of the compounds was evaluated and to indicate the binding mode of some of the synthesized compounds, the molecular docking analysis was performed using AutoDock 4.2 software. The antioxidant activity of these compounds against DPPH radical scavenging was also investigated.

Results: Results indicated that the compound bearing 3´-ethoxy and 4´-hydroxy (P5) was found to be potential competitive tyrosinase inhibitor with IC50 value of 6.19 ± 1.05 µM that exhibited higher tyrosinase inhibitory activity than the positive control, kojic acid, with IC50 value of 9.28 µM. Docking results confirmed that the active inhibitors were well accommodated in the mushroom tyrosinase active site. Compounds P5 and P8 exhibited potential radical scavenging activities with EC50 values of 27.02 ± 0.84 and 20.40 ± 2.36 μM, respectively.

Conclusion: Therefore, P5 could be introduced as a potent tyrosinase inhibitor with radical scavenging activity that might be a promising compound in the field of drug discovery.

Keywords: 2-arylidene-6-methoxy-3, 4-dihydronaphthalenone, chalcone, aldol condensation, tyrosinase inhibitor, antioxidant, molecular docking.

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Year: 2018
Page: [1170 - 1179]
Pages: 10
DOI: 10.2174/1570180815666180219155027
Price: $65

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