Aberjona Laboratories Inc.

Beverly Cove, MA, United States

Aberjona Laboratories Inc.

Beverly Cove, MA, United States
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Marutani E.,Harvard University | Sakaguchi M.,Harvard University | Chen W.,Washington State University | Sasakura K.,University of Tokyo | And 5 more authors.
MedChemComm | Year: 2014

Hydrogen sulfide (H2S) exerts a host of biological effects ranging from cytotoxicity to cytoprotection. Cytotoxicity of H2S in neurodegenerative diseases may be mediated by N-methyl-d-aspartate receptor (NMDAR) activation. To exploit cytoprotective effects of H2S while minimizing its toxicity, we synthesized a series of H2S-releasing NMDAR antagonists and examined their effects against 1-methyl-4-phenylpyridinium (MPP+)-induced cell death, a cellular model of Parkinson's disease. We observed that cytoprotective effects of H2S-releasing NMDAR antagonists correlated with their ability to increase intracellular sulfane sulfur, but not H2S, levels. These studies suggest that H2S-donor compounds that increase intracellular sulfane sulfur levels are potentially useful neuroprotective agents against neurodegenerative diseases. © 2014 the Partner Organisations.

Pejo E.,Massachusetts General Hospital | Cotten J.F.,Massachusetts General Hospital | Kelly E.W.,Massachusetts General Hospital | Le Ge R.,Massachusetts General Hospital | And 5 more authors.
Anesthesia and Analgesia | Year: 2012

BACKGROUND: We previously developed 2 etomidate analogs that retain etomidate's favorable hemodynamic properties but whose adrenocortical effects are reduced in duration or magnitude. Methoxycarbonyl (MOC)-etomidate is rapidly metabolized and ultrashort acting whereas (R)-ethyl 1-(1-phenylethyl)-1H- pyrrole-2-carboxylate (carboetomidate) does not potently inhibit 11β-hydroxylase. We hypothesized that MOC-etomidate's labile ester could be incorporated into carboetomidate to produce a new agent that possesses favorable properties individually found in each agent. We describe the synthesis and pharmacology of MOC-(R)-ethyl 1-(1-phenylethyl)-1H-pyrrole-2-carboxylate (MOC-carboetomidate), a "soft" analog of carboetomidate. METHODS: MOC-carboetomidate's octanol:water partition coefficient was determined chromatographically and compared with those of etomidate, carboetomidate, and MOC-etomidate. MOC-carboetomidate's 50% effective concentration (EC 50) and 50% effective dose for loss of righting reflexes (LORR) were measured in tadpoles and rats, respectively. Its effect on γ-aminobutyric acid A (GABA A) receptor function was assessed using 2-microelectrode voltage clamp electrophysiological techniques and its metabolic stability was determined in pooled rat blood using high performance liquid chromatography. Its duration of action and effects on arterial blood pressure and adrenocortical function were assessed in rats. RESULTS: MOC-carboetomidate's octanol:water partition coefficient was 3300 ± 280, whereas those for etomidate, carboetomidate, and MOC-etomidate were 800 ± 180, 15,000 ± 3700, and 190 ± 25, respectively. MOC-carboetomidate's EC 50 for LORR in tadpoles was 9 ± 1 μM and its EC 50 for LORR in rats was 13 ± 5 mg/kg. At 13 μM, MOC-carboetomidate enhanced GABA A receptor currents by 400% ± 100%. Its metabolic half-life in pooled rat blood was 1.3 min. The slope of a plot of the duration of LORR in rats versus the logarithm of the hypnotic dose was significantly shallower for MOC-carboetomidate than for carboetomidate (4 ± 1 vs 15 ± 3, respectively; P = 0.0004123). At hypnotic doses, the effects of MOC-carboetomidate on arterial blood pressure and adrenocortical function were not significantly different from those of vehicle alone. CONCLUSIONS: MOC-carboetomidate is a GABA A receptor modulator with potent hypnotic activity that is more rapidly metabolized and cleared from the brain than carboetomidate, maintains hemodynamic stability similar to carboetomidate, and does not suppress adrenocortical function. Copyright © 2012 International Anesthesia Research Society.

Pejo E.,Massachusetts General Hospital | Liu J.,Aberjona Laboratories Inc. | Lin X.,Aberjona Laboratories Inc. | Raines D.E.,Massachusetts General Hospital
Anesthesia and Analgesia | Year: 2016

BACKGROUND: Methoxycarbonyl etomidate (MOC-etomidate) and cyclopropyl methoxycarbonyl metomidate (CPMM) are rapidly metabolized "soft" etomidate analogs. CPMM's duration of hypnotic effect is context insensitive, whereas MOC-etomidate's is not. In this study, we tested the hypothesis that CPMM's effect is context insensitive because, unlike MOC-etomidate, its metabolite fails to reach physiologically important concentrations in vivo even with prolonged continuous infusion. METHODS: We compared the potencies with which MOC-etomidate and CPMM activate α1(L264T)β3γ2 γ-aminobutyric acid type A receptors and induce loss-of-righting reflexes (i.e., produce hypnosis) in tadpoles with those of their metabolites (MOC-etomidate's carboxylic acid metabolite [MOC-ECA] and CPMM's carboxylic acid metabolite [CPMM-CA], respectively). We measured metabolite concentrations in the blood and cerebrospinal fluid of Sprague-Dawley rats on CPMM infusion and compared them with those achieved with MOC-etomidate infusion. We measured the rates with which brain tissue from Sprague-Dawley rats metabolize MOC-etomidate and CPMM. RESULTS: Both analogs and their metabolites enhanced γ-aminobutyric acid type A receptor function and induced loss-of-righting reflexes in a concentration-dependent manner. However, in these 2 assays, CPMM-CA's potency relative to its parent hypnotic was approximately 1:4900 and 1:1900, respectively, whereas MOC-ECA's was only approximately 1:415 and 1:390, respectively. With 2-hour CPMM infusions, CPMM-CA reached respective concentrations in the blood and cerebrospinal fluid that were 2 and >3 orders of magnitude lower than that which produced hypnosis. CPMM was metabolized by the brain tissue at a rate that is approximately 1/15th that of MOC-etomidate. CONCLUSIONS: Hypnotic recovery after CPMM administration is context insensitive because its metabolite does not accumulate to hypnotic levels in the central nervous system. This reflects the very large potency ratio between CPMM and CPMM-CA and the resistance of CPMM to metabolism by esterases present in the brain. © 2016 International Anesthesia Research Society.

Cuny G.D.,Harvard University | Robin M.,CNRS Institute of Molecular Sciences of Marseilles | Ulyanova N.P.,Harvard University | Patnaik D.,Harvard University | And 8 more authors.
Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry Letters | Year: 2010

Haspin is a serine/threonine kinase required for completion of normal mitosis that is highly expressed during cell proliferation, including in a number of neoplasms. Consequently, it has emerged as a potential therapeutic target in oncology. A high throughput screen of approximately 140,000 compounds identified an acridine analog as a potent haspin kinase inhibitor. Profiling against a panel of 270 kinases revealed that the compound also exhibited potent inhibitory activity for DYRK2, another serine/threonine kinase. An optimization study of the acridine series revealed that the structure-activity relationship (SAR) of the acridine series for haspin and DYRK2 inhibition had many similarities. However, several structural differences were noted that allowed generation of a potent haspin kinase inhibitor (33, IC50 <60 nM) with 180-fold selectivity over DYRK2. In addition, a moderately potent DYRK2 inhibitor (41, IC50 <400 nM) with a 5.4-fold selectivity over haspin was also identified. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd.

Cuny G.D.,Harvard University | Ulyanova N.P.,Harvard University | Patnaik D.,Harvard University | Liu J.-F.,Aberjona Laboratories Inc. | And 7 more authors.
Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry Letters | Year: 2012

Haspin is a serine/threonine kinase that phosphorylates Thr-3 of histone H3 in mitosis that has emerged as a possible cancer therapeutic target. High throughput screening of approximately 140,000 compounds identified the beta-carbolines harmine and harmol as moderately potent haspin kinase inhibitors. Based on information obtained from a structure-activity relationship study previously conducted for an acridine series of haspin inhibitors in conjunction with in silico docking using a recently disclosed crystal structure of the kinase, harmine analogs were designed that resulted in significantly increased haspin kinase inhibitory potency. The harmine derivatives also demonstrated less activity towards DYRK2 compared to the acridine series. In vitro mouse liver microsome stability and kinase profiling of a representative member of the harmine series (42, LDN-211898) are also presented. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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