Neurotropic activity and safety of methylene-cycloalkylacetate (MCA) derivative 3-(3-allyl-2-methylenecyclohexyl) propanoic acid. Lahiani, A., Hacham-Geula, D., Lankri, D., Cornell-Kennon, S., Schaefer, E. M., Tsvelikhovsky, D., Lazarovici, P.
The Institute for Drug Research, Faculty of Medicine, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem 9112102, Israel.
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Polyneuropathy is a disease involving multiple peripheral nerves injuries. Axon regrowth remains the major prerequisite for plasticity, regeneration, circuit formation, and eventually functional recovery and therefore, regulation of neurite outgrowth might be a candidate for treating polyneuropathies. In a recent study, we synthesized and established the methylene-cycloalkylacetate (MCAs) pharmacophore as a lead for the development of a neurotropic drug (inducing neurite/axonal outgrowth) using the PC12 neuronal model. In the present study we extended the characterizations of the in vitro neurotropic effect of the derivative allylmethylene-cyclohexyl-propanoic acid (MCA-13) on dorsal root ganglia and spinal cord neuronal cultures and analyzed its safety properties using blood biochemistry and cell counting, acute toxicity evaluation in mice and different in vitro “off-target” pharmacological evaluations. This MCA derivative deserves further preclinical mechanistic pharmacological characterizations including therapeutic efficacy in in vivo animal models of polyneuropathies, toward development of a clinically relevant neurotropic drug.
Yelena Mostinski (left) graduated in 2018 from the Institute for Drug Research, School of Pharmacy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In 2013, she started her M.Sc. in Medicinal Chemistry under the supervision of Dr. Tsvelikhovsky and continued towards her Ph.D. via a direct track. The object of her research was the regio- and stereoselective access to natural and natural-like tricyclic spiranoid lactones.
David Lankri (right) received his B.Pharm. and M.Sc. degree in Medicinal Chemistry from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 2014 and 2016, respectively. Since 2016, he has been a Ph.D. student at the Institute for Drug Research, School of Pharmacy at the Hebrew University. His research interests focus on the development of methods for the synthesis of tricyclic angularly fused lactones.
An unprecedented Palladium-catalyzed cascade Wacker–Heck lactonization- cyclization sequence is reported. The process provides a facile approach to bi- and tricyclic spiranoid lactones in good yields. The reaction shows general substrate scope and a broad functional group tolerability. In addition, a rare 4-exo trig Heck-type cyclization is demonstrated.
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