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Title: Synthesis and biological evaluation of 2-alkylaminoethyl-1,1-bisphosphonic acids against Trypanosoma cruzi and Toxoplasma gondii targeting farnesyl diphosphate synthase
Authors: Szajnman, Sergio H. 
García Liñares, Guadalupe E. 
Li, Zhu-Hong 
Jiang, Cuiying 
Galizzi, Melina 
Bontempi, Esteban 
Ferella, Marcela 
Moreno, Silvia N.J. 
Docampo, Roberto 
Rodriguez, Juan B. 
Issue Date: 2008
Description: The effect of a series of 2-alkylaminoethyl-1,1-bisphosphonic acids against proliferation of the clinically more relevant form of Trypanosoma cruzi, the etiologic agent of American trypanosomiasis (Chagas’ disease), and against tachyzoites of Toxoplasma gondii has been studied. Most of these drugs exhibited an extremely potent inhibitory action against the intracellular form of T. cruzi, exhibiting IC50 values at the low micromolar level. This cellular activity was associated with a strong inhibition of the enzymatic activity of T. cruzi farnesyl diphosphate synthase (TcFPPS), which constitutes a valid target for Chagas’ disease chemotherapy. Compound 17 was an effective agent against amastigotes exhibiting an IC50 value of 0.84 μM, while this compound showed an IC50 value of 0.49 μM against the target enzyme TcFPPS. Interestingly, compound 19 was very effective against both T. cruzi and T. gondii exhibiting IC50 values of 4.1 μM and 2.6 μM, respectively. In this case, 19 inhibited in at least two different enzymes of T. cruzi (TcFPPS and solanesyl diphosphate synthase (TcSPPS); 1.01 μM and 0.25 μM, respectively), while it inhibited TgFPPS in T. gondii. In general, this family of drugs was less effective against the activity of T. cruzi SPPS and against T. gondii growth in vitro. As bisphosphonate-containing compounds are FDA-approved drugs for the treatment of bone resorption disorders, their potential low toxicity makes them good candidates to control tropical diseases.
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