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J Med Chem. 2008 Oct 23;51(20):6400-9. doi: 10.1021/jm800564y. Epub 2008 Sep 26.

Isosorbide-2-carbamate esters: potent and selective butyrylcholinesterase inhibitors.

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School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Trinity College, Dublin 2, Ireland.


In this study, we report the SAR and characterization of two groups of isosorbide-based cholinesterase inhibitors. The first was based directly on the clinically used nitrate isosorbide mononitrate (ISMN) retention of the 5-nitrate group and introduction of a series of 2-carbamate functionalities. The compounds proved to be potent and selective inhibitors of human plasma butyrylcholinesterase ( huBuChE). In the second group, the nitrate ester was removed and replaced with a variety of alkyl and aryl esters. These generally exhibited nanomolar potency with high selectivity for BuChE over acetylcholinesterase (AChE). The most potent and selective compound was isosorbide-2-benzyl carbamate-5-benzoate with an IC 50 of 4.3 nM for BuChE and >50000 fold selectivity over human erythrocyte AChE. Inhibition with these compounds is time-dependent, competitive, and slowly reversible, indicating active site carbamylation.

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