Design, synthesis and evaluation of novel dual monoamine-cholinesterase inhibitors as potential treatment for Alzheimer's disease

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Current novel therapeutic approach suggests that multifunctional compounds with diverse biological properties and a single bioavailability and pharmacokinetic metabolism, will produce higher significant advantages in treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease (AD). Based on this rational, a new class of cholinesterase (ChE)-monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitors were designed and synthesized by amalgamating the propargyl moiety of the irreversible selective MAO-B inhibitor, neuroprotective/neurorestorative anti-Parkinsonian drug, rasagiline, into the “N-methyl” position of the ChE inhibitor, anti-AD drug rivastigmine. Initially, we examined the MAO and ChE inhibitory effect of these novel compounds, MT series in vitro and in vivo. Among MT series, MT-031 exhibited higher potency as a dual MAO-A and ChE inhibitor compared to other compounds in acute-treated mice. Additionally, MT-031 was found to increase the striatal levels of dopamine (DA), serotonin (5-HT) and norepinephrine (NE), and prevent the metabolism of DA and 5-HT. Finally, we have demonstrated that MT-031 exerted neuroprotective effect against H2O2-induced neurotoxicity and reactive oxygen species generation in human neuroblastoma SH-SY5Y cells. These findings provide evidence that MT-031 is a potent brain permeable novel multifunctional, neuroprotective and MAO-A/ChE inhibitor, preserves in one molecule entity some of the beneficial properties of its parent drugs, rasagiline and rivastigmine, and thus may be indicated as novel therapeutic approach for AD.

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