Xanthone: Potential Acetylcholinesterase Inhibitor for Alzheimer's Disease Treatment

Author(s): Vincentsia Vienna Vanessa, Siau Hui Mah*

Journal Name: Mini-Reviews in Medicinal Chemistry

Volume 21 , Issue 17 , 2021

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Alzheimer's disease is a neurodegenerative disorder that results in progressive and irreversible central nervous system impairment, which has become one of the severe issues recently. The most successful approach of Alzheimer’s treatment is the administration of cholinesterase inhibitors to prevent the hydrolysis of acetylcholine and subsequently improve cholinergic postsynaptic transmission. This review highlights a class of heterocycles, namely xanthone, and its remarkable acetylcholinesterase inhibitory activities. Naturally occurring xanthones, including oxygenated, prenylated, pyrano, and glycosylated xanthones, exhibited promising inhibition effects towards acetylcholinesterase. Interestingly, synthetic xanthone derivatives with complex substituents such as alkyl, pyrrolidine, piperidine, and morpholine have shown greater acetylcholinesterase inhibition activities. The structure-activity relationship of xanthones revealed that the type and position of the substituent(s) attached to the xanthone moiety influenced acetylcholinesterase inhibition activities where hydrophobic moiety will lead to an improved activity by contributing to the π-π interactions, as well as the hydroxy substituent(s) by forming hydrogen-bond interactions. Thus, further studies, including quantitative structure-activity relationship, in vivo and clinical validation studies are crucial for the development of xanthones into novel anti-Alzheimer's disease drugs.

Keywords: Enzyme kinetic, hydrogen bonding, hydrophobic interaction, structure-activity relationship (SAR), synthesis, Alzheimer's disease.

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Year: 2021
Published on: 12 February, 2021
Page: [2507 - 2529]
Pages: 23
DOI: 10.2174/1389557521666210212152514
Price: $65

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