Syntheses of tetrahydroisoquinoline derivatives that inhibit NO production in activated BV-2 microglial cells

Jai Seo, Ekaruth Srisook, Hyo Jin Son, Onyou Hwang, Young Nam Cha, Dae Yoon Chi

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Seventeen tetrahydroisoquinoline derivatives were designed, synthesized and evaluated for inhibition of NO production in lipopolysaccharide-stimulated BV-2 microglial cells. Compounds 5a, 9c and 11a potently attenuated NO production by >60%, and 5a and 11a inhibited BH4 production by >48% at 100 μM. In particular, N-ethylcarbonyl-7-hydroxy-6-methoxy-1,2,3,4-tetrahydroisoquinoline (11a) reduced NO production by 64% and tetrahydrobiopterin (BH4) production by 49%. Introducing longer alkyl component at C1 or N2 position led to attenuation of the inhibitory effect. It is possible that 11a inhibits NO production by blocking BH4-dependent dimerization of newly synthesized iNOS monomers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1160-1170
Number of pages11
JournalEuropean Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1 2008
Externally publishedYes



  • Nitric oxide
  • Nitric oxide synthase
  • Tetrahydrobiopterin
  • Tetrahydroisoquinoline

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology
  • Drug Discovery
  • Organic Chemistry

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