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ChemMedChem. 2014 Aug;9(8):1704-24. doi: 10.1002/cmdc.201402082. Epub 2014 May 9.

8-Benzyltetrahydropyrazino[2,1-f]purinediones: water-soluble tricyclic xanthine derivatives as multitarget drugs for neurodegenerative diseases.

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Pharmaceutical Chemistry I, Pharmaceutical Institute, PharmaCenter Bonn, University of Bonn, An der Immenburg 4, 53121 Bonn (Germany); Faculty for Chemistry and Chemical Biology TU Dortmund, Otto-Hahn-Straße 6, 44227 Dortmund (Germany).


8-Benzyl-substituted tetrahydropyrazino[2,1-f]purinediones were designed as tricyclic xanthine derivatives containing a basic nitrogen atom in the tetrahydropyrazine ring to improve water solubility. A library of 69 derivatives was prepared and evaluated in radioligand binding studies at adenosine receptor (AR) subtypes and for their ability to inhibit monoamine oxidases (MAO). Potent dual-target-directed A1 /A2A adenosine receptor antagonists were identified. Several compounds showed triple-target inhibition; one of the best compounds was 8-(2,4-dichloro-5-fluorobenzyl)-1,3-dimethyl-6,7,8,9-tetrahydropyrazino[2,1-f]purine-2,4(1H,3H)-dione (72) (human AR: Ki  A1 217 nM, A2A 233 nM; IC50 MAO-B: 508 nM). Dichlorinated compound 36 [8-(3,4-dichlorobenzyl)-1,3-dimethyl-6,7,8,9-tetrahydropyrazino[2,1-f]purine-2,4(1H,3H)-dione] was found to be the best triple-target drug in rat (Ki  A1 351 nM, A2A 322 nm; IC50 MAO-B: 260 nM), and may serve as a useful tool for preclinical proof-of-principle studies. Compounds that act at multiple targets relevant for symptomatic as well as disease-modifying treatment of neurodegenerative diseases are expected to show advantages over single-target therapeutics.


adenosine receptors; antagonists; inhibitors; monoamine oxidases; multitarget drugs; neurodegenerative diseases

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