Haemolytic activity of formyl- and acetyl-derivatives of bile acids and their gramine salts

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Bile acids (lithocholic: LCA, deoxycholic: DCA and cholic: CA) and their formyl- and acetyl-derivatives can be used as starting material in chemical synthesis of compounds with different biological activity strongly depended on their chemical structures. Our previous studies showed that biological activity of bile acids salts with gramine toward human erythrocytes was significantly different from the activity of bile acids alone. Moreover, gramine effectively modified the membrane perturbing activity of other steroids. As a continuation of our work, the haemolytic activity of formyl- and acetyl-substituet bile acids as well as their gramine salts was studied in vitro. The structures of new compounds were confirmed by spectral (NMR, FT-IR) analysis, mass spectrometry (ESI-MS) as well as PM5 semiempirical methods. The results shown that the haemolytic activity of formyl- and acetyl-LCA and DCA was significantly higher in comparison with their native forms at the whole concentration range. At high concentration, formyl derivative of CA was as effective as LCA and DCA derivatives whereas at lower concentration its haemolytic activity was at the level of original acid. The acetyl-CA was not active as membrane perturbing agents. Furthermore, gramine significantly decreased the membrane-perturbing activity of hydrophobic bile acids derivatives. The results obtained with the cellular system are in line with physicochemical calculation.Graphical abstractHighlightsFormyl- and acetyl-modifications of bile acids increased their cytotoxicity.Gramine reduces membrane-perturbing activity of bile acids derivatives.Formyl- and acetyl-substituents modify the lipophilicity of bile acids.

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