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J Med Chem. 2011 Apr 14;54(7):2293-306. doi: 10.1021/jm101450p. Epub 2011 Mar 15.

Inhibition of amyloidogenesis by nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and their hybrid nitrates.

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  • 1Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy, College of Pharmacy, University of Illinois at Chicago, MC 781, 833 South Wood Street, Chicago, Illinois 60612-7231, United States.


Poor blood-brain barrier penetration of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) has been blamed for the failure of the selective amyloid lowering agent (SALA) R-flurbiprofen in phase 3 clinical trials for Alzheimer's disease (AD). NO-donor NSAIDs (NO-NSAIDs) provide an alternative, gastric-sparing approach to NSAID SALAs, which may improve bioavailability. NSAID analogues were studied for anti-inflammatory activity and for SALA activity in N2a neuronal cells transfected with human amyloid precursor protein (APP). Flurbiprofen (1) analogues were obtained with enhanced anti-inflammatory and antiamyloidogenic properties compared to 1, however, esterification led to elevated Aβ(1-42) levels. Hybrid nitrate prodrugs possessed superior anti-inflammatory activity and reduced toxicity relative to the parent NSAIDs, including clinical candidate CHF5074. Although hybrid nitrates elevated Aβ(1-42) at higher concentration, SALA activity was observed at low concentrations (≤1 μM): both Aβ(1-42) and the ratio of Aβ(1-42)/Aβ(1-40) were lowered. This biphasic SALA activity was attributed to the intact nitrate drug. For several compounds, the selective modulation of amyloidogenesis was tested using an immunoprecipitation MALDI-TOF approach. These data support the development of NO-NSAIDs as an alternative approach toward a clinically useful SALA.

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