Self-association properties of 4-[1-hydroxy-1-methylethyl]-2-propyl-1-[4-[2-[tetrazole-5-yl]phenyl]phenyl] methylimidazole-5-carboxylic acid monohydrate (CS-088), an antiglaucoma ophthalmic agent

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Self-association properties of CS-088, an antiglaucoma ophthalmic agent, were investigated. Various analytical methods, such as surface tension measurement, demonstrated that CS-088 is a self-associating compound with critical micellar concentration (CMC) of approximately 10 mg/mL. Light scattering analysis revealed that the micellar molecular weight (MMW) of CS-088 aggregates well above the CMC was approximately 2260, corresponding to a pentamer. In addition, the MMW corresponding to a dimer was detected by NMR spectroscopy, indicating that self-association of monomers to pentamers is via the formation of dimers. According to the Stokes–Einstein equation, hydrodynamic radii of the dimer and pentamer were calculated to be 0.87 and 1.16 nm, respectively. The concentration-dependent change in the NMR chemical shift indicated that hydrophobic interaction between biphenyl groups is an important factor in the self-association of CS-088 molecules. Furthermore, measurement of particle size distribution using a Nicomp Submicron Particle-Sizer revealed that the addition of either n-propanol or urea to CS-088 solution led to monomerization of the dimers and pentamers, suggesting that not only hydrophobic interaction but also hydrogen bonding is involved in stabilizing CS-088 aggregates. No bigger aggregate than a pentamer was formed in the absence of NaCl, whereas further aggregation was observed with increasing concentrations of NaCl.

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