Center for Development of Products Against Tropical Diseases

Medellín, Colombia

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Medellín, Colombia
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Otero E.,University of Antioquia | Robledo S.M.,University of Antioquia | Diaz S.,Jaume I University | Carda M.,Jaume I University | And 4 more authors.
Medicinal Chemistry Research | Year: 2014

Several cinnamic acid esters were obtained via Fischer esterification of cinnamic acids derivatives with aliphatic alcohols. Structures of the products were elucidated by spectroscopic analysis. The synthesized compounds were evaluated for antileishmanial activity against L. (V) panamensis amastigotes and cytotoxic activity was evaluated against mammalian U-937 cells. The compounds 11, 15-17, and 23, were active against Leishmania parasite and although toxic for mammalian cells, they still are potential candidates for antileishmanial drug development. A SAR analysis indicates that first, while smaller alkyl chains lead to higher selectivity indices (10, 11 vs. 12-17); second, the degree of oxygenation is essential for activity, primarily in positions 3 and 4 (17 vs. 18-20 and 22); and third, hydroxyl groups increase both activity and cytotoxicity (14 vs. 23). On the other hand, the presence of a double bond in the side chain is crucial for cytotoxicity and leishmanicidal activity (12 vs. 21). However, further studies are required to optimize the structure of the promising molecules and to validate the in vitro activity against Leishmania demonstrated here with in vivo studies. © 2013 Springer Science+Business Media New York.

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