Novel brain-targeting 3-n-butylphthalide prodrugs for ischemic stroke treatment.

Published on Jun 1, 2021in Journal of Controlled Release7.727
· DOI :10.1016/J.JCONREL.2021.05.045
Honglin Xiang (Sichuan University), Qiang Zhang (Sichuan University)+ 5 AuthorsLing Zhang9
Estimated H-index: 9
(Sichuan University)
Currently, ischemic stroke is the leading cause of disability and death worldwide, and the performance of corresponding drugs is often unsatisfactory owing to the complex pathological processes and the impediment of the blood-brain barrier (BBB). Here, we employed various tertiary amino groups, including different linear, cyclic, and bimolecular drug structures, to modify 3-n-butylphthalide (NBP), a natural product used for ischemic stroke treatment, which has poor bioavailability, to generate a series of six prodrugs. These prodrugs showed significantly improved solubility and cellular uptake, which were primarily driven by putative pyrilamine cationic transporters. They also displayed more efficient brain delivery in vivo, reaching as high as 21.5-fold brain accumulation increase compared with NBP, leading to much higher bioavailability and stronger therapeutic effects. The toxicity of these molecules is also lower or similar to that of unmodified NBP. We showed that the tertiary amino group-modified NBP prodrugs are effective and safe for treating ischemic stroke with significantly enhanced druggability; hence, they have potential for further clinical development.
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