Anti-trypanosomal activity of doubly modified salinomycin derivatives

Michał Antoszczak, Dietmar Steverding, Michal Sulik, Jan Janczak, Adam Huczyński

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Abstract: As a group of biologically active compounds, polyether antibiotics (ionophores) show a broad spectrum of interesting pharmacological properties, ranging from anti-bacterial to anti-cancer activities. There is increasing evidence that ionophores, including salinomycin (SAL), and their semi-synthetic analogues are promising candidates for the development of drugs against parasitic diseases. Our previous studies have shown that esterification and amidation of the C1 carboxylate moiety of SAL provides compounds with potent activity against Trypanosoma brucei, protozoan parasites responsible for African trypanosomiasis. In this paper, we present the synthetic pathways, crystal structures and anti-trypanosomal activity of C1 esters, amides and hydroxamic acid conjugates of SAL, its C20-oxo and propargylamine analogues as well novel C1/C20 doubly modified derivatives. Evaluation of the trypanocidal and cytotoxic activity using bloodstream forms of Trypanosoma brucei and human myeloid HL-60 cells revealed that the single-modified C20-oxo and propargylamine precursor molecules 10 and 16 were the most anti-trypanosomal and selective compounds with 50% growth inhibition (GI50) values of 0.037 and 0.0035 µM, and selectivity indices of 252 and 300, respectively. Also the salicylhydroxamic acid conjugate of SAL (compound 9) as well as benzhydroxamic acid and salicylhydroxamic acid conjugates of 10 (compounds 11 and 12) showed promising trypanocidal activities with GI50 values between 0.032 to 0.035 µM but less favorable selectivities. The findings confirm that modification of SAL can result in derivatives with improved trypanocidal activity that might be interesting lead compounds for further anti-trypanosomal drug development.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)90-98
Number of pages9
JournalEuropean Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Early online date3 Apr 2019
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2019

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