Potent, easily synthesized huperzine A-tacrine hybrid acetylcholinesterase inhibitors

Paul R. Carlier, Da Ming Du, Yifan Han, Jing Liu, Yuan Ping Pang

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Hybrid acetylcholinesterase inhibitors composed of a key fragment of huperzine A and an intact tacrine unit were prepared. The syntheses are quite direct, proceeding in a maximum of 4 linear steps from commercially available starting materials. The optimum hybrid inhibitor (±)-9g is 13-fold more potent than (-)-huperzine A, and 25-fold more potent than tacrine.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2335-2338
Number of pages4
JournalBioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry Letters
Issue number16
StatePublished - Aug 16 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Molecular Biology
  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Drug Discovery
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Organic Chemistry


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