European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry Impact Factor & Information

Publisher: Elsevier

Journal description

The European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry publishes studies on all aspects of medicinal chemistry: Organic synthesis; Biological behavior; Pharmacological activity; Drug design; QSAR; Molecular Modeling; Drug-receptor interactions; Molecular aspects of drug metabolism; Prodrug synthesis and Drug targeting. The journal accepts papers from any country, European or otherwise, and provides a medium for publication of original papers, laboratory notes, short or preliminary communications, new products and invited reviews.

Current impact factor: 3.43

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2015
2013 / 2014 Impact Factor 3.432
2012 Impact Factor 3.499
2011 Impact Factor 3.346
2010 Impact Factor 3.193
2009 Impact Factor 3.269
2008 Impact Factor 2.882
2007 Impact Factor 2.301
2006 Impact Factor 2.187
2005 Impact Factor 2.022
2004 Impact Factor 1.673
2003 Impact Factor 1.681
2002 Impact Factor 1.705
2001 Impact Factor 1.077
2000 Impact Factor 1.306
1999 Impact Factor 1.074
1998 Impact Factor 1.116
1997 Impact Factor 0.809
1996 Impact Factor 0.675
1995 Impact Factor 0.746
1994 Impact Factor 0.775
1993 Impact Factor 0.716
1992 Impact Factor 0.624

Impact factor over time

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Additional details

5-year impact 3.36
Cited half-life 5.30
Immediacy index 0.61
Eigenfactor 0.01
Article influence 0.70
Website European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry website
Other titles European journal of medicinal chemistry (Online), Eur j med chem
ISSN 1768-3254

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    ABSTRACT: Herein, we report the design and synthesis of 13 diarylpyrazole hybrids with vanillin constructed as dual compounds against oxidative stress and diabetes. Compounds were tested in two different antioxidant assays. It was found that all compounds showed an important antioxidant activity in both DPPH and ORAC models and the activity was even more remarkable than vanillin. In addition, the hypoglycemic effect of compounds 1, 2, 4 and 12 was evaluated. Interestingly, compound 1 had the most potent hypoglycemic effect with a glycemia reduction of 71%, which was higher than rimonabant. Finally, a DFT study to propose a reasonable antioxidant mechanism is detailed. Both thermodynamic and kinetic studies indicated that the most feasible mechanism consists in the HAT abstraction of the phenolic hydrogen due to the formation of an stable transition state through the most rapid and exergonic path, while the SPLET mechanism is the most significant at higher pH values. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.
    European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry 07/2015; 100. DOI:10.1016/j.ejmech.2015.06.010
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    ABSTRACT: A series of icaritin derivatives bearing carboxylic acid or carboxylic ester groups are synthesized, and their in vitro cytotoxic activity against three cancer cell lines, MCF-7, MDA-MB-435s, and A549, are evaluated by MTT assay. Several derivatives including 2h, 2j, 5b and 5d show higher cytotoxic activity than the parent compound icaritin against these cancer cell lines. Compounds 5b and 5d are even more cytotoxic to MCF-7 cells than the clinic drug tamoxifen. Moreover, compound 5b is found to be non-toxic to normal cells (Vero) and both 5b and 5d exhibit good selectivity towards estrogen receptor positive MCF-7 breast cancer cells over estrogen receptor negative MDA-MB-435s breast cancer cells. The structure activity relationship analysis has revealed that mono-substitution at either C-3 or C-7 hydroxyl group of icaritin could improve the cytotoxicity of icaritin, and the C-3 hydroxyl group may be a preferable site for chemical modification. In addition, the length, the flexibility and the additional branching substituent group of the substitution chain(s) at both C-3 and C-7 hydroxyl groups can all affect the anti-cancer activity of these derivatives. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.
    European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry 07/2015; 100. DOI:10.1016/j.ejmech.2015.06.006
  • European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry 06/2015; 100:210-222. DOI:10.1016/j.ejmech.2015.05.047
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    ABSTRACT: A series of hybrids comprising of 5-cyanopyrimidine and quinoline moiety were synthesized and tested for in vitro antiplasmodial activity against NF54 and Dd2 strains of Plasmodium falciparum. Hybrid bearing m-nitrophenyl substituent at C-4 of pyrimidine displayed the highest antiplasmodial activity [IC50 = 56 nM] against the CQ(R) (Dd2) strain, which is four-fold greater than CQ. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.
    European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry 06/2015; 101:52-62. DOI:10.1016/j.ejmech.2015.06.024
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    ABSTRACT: The synthesis of the new radiotracer precursor 4-Br-NITTP and the radiolabeling of the new tracer 1-(4-bromo-2-nitroimidazol-1-yl)-3-[18F]fluoropropan-2-ol (4-Br-[18F]FMISO) is reported. The cyclic voltammetry behaviour, neuronal cell toxicity, transport through the brain endothelial cell monolayer, in vivo PET imaging and preliminary calculations of the tracer uptake for a rodent model of stroke were studied for the new compound and the results were compared to those obtained with [18F]FMISO, the current gold standard PET hypoxia tracer. The new PET brain hypoxia tracer is more easily reduced, has higher CLogP than [18F]FMISO and it diffuses more rapidly through brain endothelial cells. The new compound is non-toxic to neuronal cells and it allows the in vivo mapping of stroke in mice with higher sensitivity. 4-Br-[18F]FMISO is a good candidate for further development in ischemic stroke.
    European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry 06/2015; DOI:10.1016/j.ejmech.2015.06.023
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    ABSTRACT: Trypanosomatids are protozoan parasites that cause various diseases in human, such as leishmaniasis, Chagas disease and sleeping sickness. The highly syntenic genomes of the trypanosomatid species lead the assumption that they can encode similar proteins, indicating the possibility to design new antitrypanosomatid drugs with dual trypanosomicidal and leishmanicidal activities. In this work a series of compounds (6a-h and 7a-h), containing a semicarbazone scaffold as a peptide mimetic framework, was designed and synthesized. From this series compound 7g (LASSBio-1483) highlighted, showing dual in vitro trypanosomicidal and leishmanicidal activities, with potency similar to the standard drugs nifurtimox and pentamidine. This data, taken together with its good in silico druglikeness profile and its great chemical and plasma stability, make LASSBio-1483 (7g) a new antitrypanosomatid lead-candidate. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier Masson SAS.
    European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry 06/2015; 100:24-33. DOI:10.1016/j.ejmech.2015.05.046
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    ABSTRACT: A targeted library of substituted dibenzo[b,f]thiepines and dibenzo[b,f]oxepines (prototypes I, II and III), and structurally analogous to tamoxifen have been synthesized as a new class of anti-breast cancer agents. All the prototype molecules exhibited potential antiproliferative activity against ER + ve and ER-ve breast cancer cell lines. Dibenzo[b,f]thiepine prototypes were found to be more active. Of all the compound tested, 14b exhibited potent in-vitro antiproliferative activity at 1.33 μM and 5 μM concentration in MCF-7 and MDA-MB-231 cell lines and was devoid of any cytotoxicity in normal HEK cells even at 50 μM. Cell cycle analysis showed that the compound 14b inhibited cell proliferation due to G0/G1 arrest in MCF-7 cells. Annexin-V FITC and PI staining experiments confirmed that the cell inhibition was primarily due to apoptosis and not by necrosis, which was also supported by LDH release assay experiment. Molecular docking studies showed better binding interaction of the new dibenzo[b,f]thiepine analogue 14b with the estrogen receptor (ER) as compared to 4-hydroxy-tamoxifen and this enhanced binding might be responsible for its estrogen antagonistic activity that induces cell cycle arrest, apoptosis and inhibition of breast cancer cells. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.
    European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry 05/2015; 99. DOI:10.1016/j.ejmech.2015.05.035
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    European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry 05/2015; 96. DOI:10.1016/j.ejmech.2015.04.029
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    ABSTRACT: In this article, we describe the preparation and cytotoxic properties of a small focused library of lupane and 18α-oleanane triterpenoids that contain a combination of two structural motifs known to enhance the biological activities. First, we introduced two fluorine atoms to position 2 of the skeleton. Second, we synthesized a set of hemiester prodrugs, which were intended to increase the solubility and activity. Starting from betulin, we obtained two hydroxyketones (derivatives of dihydrobetulinic acid and allobetulin) and their fluorination using DAST provided 2,2-difluoro-3-oxo-compounds as the main products. Then the 3-oxo group in each derivative was reduced by NaBH4 to obtain 3β-hydroxy compounds suitable for modifying by various hemiesters. We prepared 21 compounds, 11 of them new, their cytotoxicity was tested on T lymphoblastic leukemia CCRF-CEM cells first and the most active derivatives were selected for screening on another six tumor and two non-tumor cell lines. All of them showed selectivity against cancer lines with therapeutic index between 2 and 8. All hemiesters had activity in the same range as the free hydroxyl derivatives and they would be suitable prodrugs for future in vivo experiments. Interestingly, all hemiesters of 2,2-difluorodihydrobetulonic acid had higher activity against p53 knock-out p53-/- cancer cell line than against the non-mutated analog. In active derivatives, the cell cycle was analyzed by flow cytometry and several compounds slowed down cell cycle progression through G0/G1 or S-phase. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.
    European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry 05/2015; 96. DOI:10.1016/j.ejmech.2015.03.068
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    ABSTRACT: Hypericum ascyron L. has been used as a traditional medicine for the treatment of wounds, swelling, headache, nausea and abscesses in China for thousands of years. However, modern pharmacological studies are still necessary to provide a scientific basis to substantiate their traditional use. In this study, the mechanism underlying the antimicrobial effect of the antibacterial activity compounds from H. ascyron L. was investigated. Bioguided fractionation of the extract from H. ascyron L. afforded antibacterial activity fraction 8. The results of cup plate analysis and MTT assay showed that the MIC and MBC of fraction 8 is 5 mg/mL. Furthermore, using Annexin V-FITC/PI, TUNEL labeling and DNA gel electrophoresis, we found that cell death with apoptosis features similar to those in eucaryon could be induced in bacteria strains after exposure to the antibacterial activity compounds from H. ascyron L. at moderate concentration. In addition, we further found fraction 8 could disrupt the cell membrane potential indicate that fraction 8 exerts pro-apoptotic effects through a membrane-mediated apoptosis pathway. Finally, quercetin and kaempferol 3-O-β-(2″-acetyl)-galactopyranoside, were identified from fraction 8 by means of Mass spectrometry and Nuclear magnetic resonance. To our best knowledge, this study is the first to show that Kaempferol 3-O-β-(2″-acetyl)-galactopyranoside coupled with quercetin had significant antibacterial activity via apoptosis pathway, and it is also the first report that Kaempferol 3-O-β-(2″-acetyl)-galactopyranoside was found in clusiacea. Our data might provide a rational base for the use of H. ascyron L. in clinical, and throw light on the development of novel antibacterial drugs. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.
    European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry 05/2015; 96. DOI:10.1016/j.ejmech.2015.04.035
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    ABSTRACT: Novel pH-sensitive, biocompatible and biodegradable magneto-dendrimers with OH and/or NH2 functional groups based on poly amino-ester were synthesized for delivery of anti-cancer drugs. Magnetite nanoparticles (MNPs) were synthesized by the co-precipitation method and their surfaces were modified by 3-aminopropyl triethoxysilane. The first and second generations of the magneto-dendrimer with hydroxyl end groups were produced by sequential acrylation and Michael addition reactions using the required amounts of acryloyl chloride and diethanolamine, respectively. The dendrimer containing amino functional surface groups up to second generation was synthesized by the same method using the necessary amounts of acryloyl chloride and ethylenediamine. These dendrimers were fully characterized by the Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), dynamic light scattering (DLS) and zeta potential analysis, vibrating-sample magnetometer (VSM), scanning electron microscope (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and selected area electron diffraction (SAED). In-vitro release profiles of the drug-loaded magnetic nanoparticles and their cytotoxicity assay were investigated at two pHs (7.4 and 5.8). The hydrolytic degradation behavior of magneto-dendrimers was evaluated in PBS buffer. Our research suggests that magneto-dendrimers having amine or hydroxyl functional groups could be considered as the suitable nanocarriers for therapy applications. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.
    European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry 05/2015; 98:190-202. DOI:10.1016/j.ejmech.2015.05.028
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    ABSTRACT: Racemic 1'-homo-3'-isoazanucleosides have been obtained by microwave-assisted 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition of 3,5-disubstituted proline derivative (±)-2 with different alkynes. The compounds obtained were evaluated for their cytotoxic activities in vitro against human breast carcinoma cell lines (MCF-7), human ovary carcinoma cell lines (A2780) and human lung carcinoma cell lines (NCI-H460). Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.
    European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry 05/2015; 98:212-220. DOI:10.1016/j.ejmech.2015.05.029