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Modern Applications in Pharmacy & Pharmacology

Anti-inflammatory Potential of a Novel Imidazole Containing Murrayanine Based Chalcone

Debarshi Kar Mahapatra1* and Ruchi S Shivhare2

1 Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Dadasaheb Balpande College of Pharmacy, India

2 Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Kamla Nehru College of Pharmacy, India

*Corresponding author:Debarshi Kar Mahapatra, Debarshi Kar Mahapatra, Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Dadasaheb Balpande College of Pharmacy, Nagpur 440037, Maharashtra, India

Submission: March 17, 2018;Published: August 03, 2018

DOI: 10.31031/MAPP.2018.02.000533

ISSN 2637-7756
Volume2 Issue2

Abstract

Murrayanine is an active carbazole compound present in the Indian Curry tree, known as Murraya koenigii L. belonging to the family Rutaceae. Traditionally, it is known to exhibit anti-anemic, febrifuge, carminative, stomachic, purgative, astringent, and anti-helminthic. The present research involved the synthesis of (E)-3-(4-(1H-imidazol-1-yl)phenyl)-1-(1-methoxy-9H-carbazol-3-yl)prop-2-en-1-one from murrayanine and 4-(imidazol-1- yl)acetophenone and exploring the anti-inflammatory activity of the fabricated hybrid. The current effort involved screening the significance of imidazole function present in the ring-B of the murrayanine-chalcone scaffold and their further optimization thereof with emphasis on structural aspects. A moderate edema reducing potential has been seen in the newly developed compound (3). As compared with the indomethacin, the standard drug, the chalcone exhibited impressive anti-inflammation effect after 3hrs. The activity may be mediated by inhibiting the pro-inflammatory constituents like cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) and lipoxygenase (5-LOX) which may be due to the imidazole group and benzylidene acetophenone scaffold. This study will open new avenues of research by promoting the development of more potent natural product based hybrid compounds with a high level of safety. In successive studies, more derivatives may be prepared to rationally study the structural influence over the activity and to derive information which will be of applied interest.

Keywords: Murrayanine; Murraya koenigii; Imidazole; Chalcone; Inflammation; Synthesis

Abbreviations: COX-2: Cyclo Oxygenase-2; LOX: Lipoxygenase; DEC: Department Ethical Committee; TMS: Tetra Methyl Silane

Introduction

Murrayanine is an active carbazole compound present in the Indian Curry tree, known as Murraya koenigii L. belonging to the family Rutaceae [1]. In general, the extract comprises of murrayanine, euchrestine B, mahaninebine, mahanine, bismahanine, koenimbine, O-methylmahanine, bispyrayafoline, mahaninebicine, O-methylmurrayamine A, isomahanine, bismurrayafoline, etc [2]. Traditionally, it is known to exhibit anti-anemic, febrifuge, carminative, stomachic, purgative, astringent, and anti-helminthic [3]. Murrayanine is the extremely investigated molecule due to the simplicity of the chemical characteristics, an application template promoting semi-synthesis, facilitates substitution at multiple sites, and its resultant therapeutic aspects, etc [4]. Mother Nature has all the solution for all the prevailing ailments, and therefore naturebased scaffold/skeleton will definitely lead to the development of potent inhibitor molecules [5].

In our previous research, murrayanine was explored exhaustively for developing several promising semi-synthetic derivatives or hybrid compounds rationally with enhanced pharmacological effect, reduced toxicity, and better target modulator perspective. The hybrids of thiadiazole, oxazole, hydantoin, thiazole, pyrimidine, pyrrole, isoxazole, benzodiazepine, benzothiazepine, benzoxazepine, phthalimide, etc. were fabricated which demonstrated better therapeutic potentials like antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic, anti-anxiety, anti-convulsant, etc [6-14]. The present research involved the synthesis of (E)-3-(4-(1H-imidazol-1-yl)phenyl)-1- (1-methoxy-9H-carbazol-3-yl)prop-2-en-1-one from murrayanine and 4-(imidazol-1-yl) acetophenone and exploring the antiinflammatory activity of the fabricated hybrid. The current effort involved screening the significance of imidazole function present in the ring-B of the murrayanine-chalcone scaffold and their further optimization thereof with emphasis on structural aspects.

Materials and Methods

Chemicals and instrumentation

The starting compound, murrayanine was procured by extraction from Murraya koenigii L. by the soxhlation process as previously reported by our group [15]. The reactant 4-(imidazol- 1-yl) acetophenone was purchased from Sigma-Aldrich, Germany. The analytical grade reagents and solvents used during synthesis were purchased from HiMedia Ltd., Mumbai, India. The progress of the reaction was monitored by Merck pre-coated TLC plates of Silica Gel-G. The FT-IR study was performed in Shimadzu® IRAffinity-1 (KBr system). The 1H-NMR was obtained on Bruker Avance-II instrument employing tetramethylsilane (TMS) as the internal standard. The mass spectra were recorded on MICROMASS Q-TOF instrument. The PerkinElmer 2400 model Elemental Analyzer was utilized for CHN analyses.

Animals

Same-sex albino rats of 5-6 weeks age, having body weight range of 140-230g were taken for the experiment after getting permission from the Department Ethical Committee (DEC) as well as CPCSEA (1389/a/10/CPCSEA). The experimental animals were kept under hygienic conditions in the animal house under controlled environment (temp. 24-25ºC/50-60% RH/and 12hr light/dark shift). The rats were provided free access to standard rodent feed and water.

Synthesis of target compounds

The imidazole containing murrayanine chalcone was synthesized from the starting carbazole material, murrayanine (1), extracted from the stem bark of M. koenigii L. The reaction involved reacting the –CHO portion (aldehyde) of murrayanine with the acetyl part (-COCH3) of the imidazole containing acetophenone (2) in the presence of the ethanolic NaOH solution. The plausible mechanism of chalcone formation was an aldol condensation which includes enolate ion reaction with the carbonyl function to derive a β-hydroxyketone followed by a dehydration to yield enone component (3). The (Figure 1) depicts the reaction for the synthesis of chalcone derivative.

Figure 1:Synthesis outline of novel imidazole containing murrayanine based chalcone. Synthetic protocol for (E)-3-(4-(1H-imidazol-1-yl)phenyl)-1-(1-methoxy-9H-carbazol-3-yl)prop-2-en-1-one (3)


Murrayanine (1) and 4-(imidazol-1-yl)acetophenone (2) were made to react in equimolar concentration (0.01M) in presence of an aqueous solution of sodium hydroxide (20mL) containing 90% ethanol (25mL). The content was made to reflux for the duration of 3hr and the reaction mixture was kept for the whole night. Following that, the content was poured over crushed ice and the content was separated in presence of dil. HCl (few drops). The precipitated solid product was washed thoroughly with water, filtered under vacuum using a Buchner funnel, and re-crystallized properly.

73% yield; FTIR(KBr)υ(cm-1): 3217(-NH, stretching), 3174(CH, aromatic), 1701(C=O), 1649(C=N), 1663 (C=C, aromatic), 1568(- NH, bending), 1281(C-N), 1252(C-O); 1H NMR(δ, ppm, CDCl3): 10.28(9, 1H), 7.1-8.6(Aromatic, 13H), 3.89(1, 3H). MS: M+ 393. Anal. Calcd. for C25H19N3O2: C, 76.32; H, 4.87; N, 10.68. Found: C, 76.17; H, 4.39; N, 10.23.

Acute toxicity studies

According to the OECD guideline, the in vivo safety of the molecule in therapeutics/testing is an essential criterion. The acute toxicity study was performed to determine the highest therapeutic dose which will demonstrate no considerable mortality. The study involved progressively increasing doses of the experimental molecule from 25 to 500mg/kg. The therapeutic dose was decided based on LD50 value [16].

Anti-inflammatory screening

The in vivo anti-inflammatory activity of the fabricated molecule was studied by carrageenan-induced paw edema method. The experimental protocol was performed in overnight fasted rats to reduce any inconsistency of edema. The rats in the control group received the saline solution containing a few drops of solubilizer (Tween80). Before initiation of protocol, 5mL of distilled water was administered by oral route, individually. The inflammation was created by introducing 1% carrageenan solution at the right hind paw via the subcutaneous route. The edema reducing potential was screened at a dose of 100mg/kg b.w. The compound was initially suspended in saline solution and administered 1hr previous to the commencement of the study. The edema was measured using mercury digital micrometer for 3hrs duration with an interval of 1hr. The difference in the dimension of the width of injected and non-injected paws was computed to determine the edema reducing the ability of the experimental compound. The acquired results were expressed as the Mean±SEM [17].

Statistical treatment

The experimentally generated data were analyzed by one-way ANOVA method followed by treatment with Dunnett’s multiple comparison test. The value of P< 0.01 was considered to be statistically significant.

Results and Discussion

Chemistry

The spectroscopy and elemental analysis studies supported the formation of the compound (3). The disappearance of (-CHO) component and the appearance of C=O at 1701cm-1 confirmed the formation of the chalcone. The C=N component at 1649cm-1 substantiates the presence of five-membered imidazole portion. The key FT-IR spectral data have been highlighted in the experimental section. The 1H-NMR spectra represented few key aspects. The spectral range of 7.1-8.4ppm emphasizes the presence of protons in the compound. Additionally, the –NH and –OCH3 aspects were located at 10.28ppm and 3.89ppm, respectively. Furthermore, the mass spectra presented exactly the same molecular weight of the fabricated molecule in the base peak. In addition to that, the fragment peaks (m/z 100-200) also appeared. Finally, the observed ratio(s) of the elements (C, H, and N) of the produced derivative was found to be of immense support.

Acute toxicity study results

The compound (3) did not show any sign of toxicity with the escalated dose and was seen as a safe compound. The antiinflammatory was screened at a dose of 100mg/kg b.w.

Anti-inflammatory screening

Table 1:In vivo anti-inflammatory potential of (E)-3-(4- (1H-imidazol-1-yl)phenyl)-1-(1-methoxy-9H-carbazol-3-yl) prop-2-en-1-one.

n=6; ED50 of 100mg/kg bw in male adult albino mice; **P< 0.01; *P< 0.05


A moderate edema reducing potential has been seen in the newly developed compound (3). As compared with the indomethacin, the standard drug, the chalcone exhibited impressive antiinflammation effect after 3hrs. The activity may be mediated by inhibiting the pro-inflammatory constituents like cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) and lipoxygenase (LOX) which may be due to the imidazole group and benzylideneacetophenone scaffold [18]. However, it may be predicted that rationally substituting the murrayanine portion (Ring-A) and the imidazole part (Ring-B) by electron-withdrawing/ donating group may lead to enhanced pharmacological activity, which was awfully missing in this study. The substitution by different moieties comprising of active oxygen and nitrogen atoms may facilitate the binding with the active site of the inflammation mediating targets [19]. Moreover, it may be envisaged that due to the lack of lipophilic groups, the compound (3) did not penetrate or cross the biological membrane to mediate the effect. Therefore, the lipophilic group may play an imperative role in promoting the anti-inflammatory activity (Table 1).

Conclusion

The research presented a semi-synthetic approach for the fabricating of imidazole containing chalcone molecule which demonstrated noteworthy anti-inflammatory activity as compared with the standard drug, indomethacin. However, it may be stated that substitution by electron-withdrawing/donating group at both the rings may facilitate better edema reducing activity due to the oxygen and nitrogen atoms which will promote strong binding with the inflammation mediating targets like COX-2 and LOX. This study will open new avenues of research by promoting the development of more potent natural product based hybrid compounds with a high level of safety. In successive studies, more derivatives may be prepared to rationally study the structural influence over the activity and to derive information which will be of applied interest.

Acknowledgement

Authors are highly thankful to Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune, Maharashtra, India for providing research grants (Grant No. 13PHM000126).

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