Searching for new NO-donor aspirin-like molecules: Furoxanylacyl derivatives of salicylic acid and related furazans.
ABSTRACT A new group of derivatives of salicylic acid containing NO-donor furoxans, and the related des-NO-furazans, were synthesized and evaluated as new aspirin-like molecules. Their stability was assessed in acid (pH 1) and physiological solutions (pH 7.4), and in human serum. No compound exhibited COX-inhibitory activity against COX-1 and COX-2 isoforms, when tested up to 100μM, respectively, on isolated platelets and on monocytes. Phenylsulfonyl- and cyano-substituted furoxans inhibited platelet aggregation induced by collagen in human platelet-rich plasma, through a cGMP dependent mechanism. Furoxan derivatives displayed cGMP-dependent vasodilator activities, tested on rat aorta strips precontracted with phenylephrine. All products showed anti-inflammatory activity similar to that of ASA, tested on rats by the carrageenan-induced paw edema assay. Unlike ASA, all products showed markedly reduced gastrotoxicity in a rat lesion model.
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ABSTRACT: A novel series of 2-phenyl-5-(1,3-diphenyl-1H-pyrazol-4-yl)-1,3,4-oxadiazoles were designed and synthesized for selective COX-2 inhibition with potent anti-inflammatory activity. Among the compounds tested, 9g (2-(3-(4-nitrophenyl)-1-phenyl-1H-pyrazol-4-yl)-5-phenyl-1,3,4-oxadiazole) was found to be the most potent inhibitor of COX-2 with IC50 of 0.31 μM showing promising degree of anti-inflammatory activity in the carrageenan-induced rat paw edema model with ED50 of 74.3 mg/kg. The lead compound 9g further showed suppression of acetic acid-induced writhes comparable to that of aspirin and gastro-sparing profile superior to the aspirin. Molecular docking analysis displayed higher binding affinity of ligands towards COX-2 than COX-1.European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry 04/2014; 80C:167-174. · 3.43 Impact Factor