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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 56  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 221-230

Synthesis of novel amodiaquine analogs and evaluation of their in vitro and in vivo antimalarial activities

1 Malaria and Vector Research Group, Biotechnology Research Center; Medicinal Chemistry Laboratory, Department of Clinical Research, Pasteur Institute of Iran, Tehran, Iran
2 Malaria and Vector Research Group, Biotechnology Research Center, Pasteur Institute of Iran; Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Sciences Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran
3 Traditional Medicine and Materia Medica Research Center, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

Correspondence Address:
Dr Azar Tahghighi
Medicinal Chemistry Laboratory, Department of Clinical Research, Pasteur Institute of Iran, Tehran
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0972-9062.289395

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Background & objectives: Due to the rapid increase of drug resistance in Plasmodium parasites, there is a pressing need of developing new antiplasmodial drugs. In this study, new amodiaquine (AQ) analogs were synthesized, followed by an evaluation of their antiplasmodial activity. Methods: A new series of quinoline derivatives containing N-alkyl (piperazin-1-yl)methyl benzamidine moiety was synthesized by reacting 4-[(4-(7-chloroquinolin-4-yl)piperazin-1-yl)methyl]benzonitrile with appropriate primary amines. The synthesized compounds were investigated for inhibitory activity by inhibition test of heme detoxification (ITHD). Their antiplasmodial activity was then evaluated using the classical 4-day suppressive test (Peter’s test) against Plasmodium berghei-infected mice (ANKA strain). Results: The results showed that the percentage of heme detoxification inhibition in the active compounds was 90%. The most promising analogs, N-butyl-4-[(4-(7-chloroquinolin-4-yl)piperazin-1-yl)methyl]benzamidine (compound 1e), and 4-[(4-(7-chloroquinolin-4-yl)piperazin-1-yl)methyl)]-N-(4-methylpentan-2-yl)benzamidine (compound 1f) displayed 97.65 and 99.18% suppressions at the doses of 75 and 50 mg/kg/day, respectively. Further, the mean survival time of the mice treated with these compounds was higher than that of the negative control group. Interpretation & conclusion: The newly synthesized amodiaquine analogs presented sufficient antiplasmodial activity with excellent suppressions and high in vitro heme detoxification inhibition. Higher mean survival time of the mice treated with synthetic compounds further confirmed the in vivo antimalarial activity of these new AQ analogs. Therefore, these compounds have the potential to replace common drugs from 4-aminoquinoline class. However, further investigations such as pharmacokinetic evaluations, cytotoxicity, toxicity, and formulation seem to be necessary.

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