Bioorganic & medicinal chemistry letters

N,N'-Dialkylaminoalkylcarbonyl (DAAC) prodrugs and aminoalkylcarbonyl (AAC) prodrugs of 4-hydroxyacetanilide and naltrexone with improved skin permeation properties.

PMID 21616664


N,N'-Dialkylaminoalkylcarbonyl (DAAC) and aminoalkylcarbonyl (AAC) prodrugs of phenolic drugs acetaminophen (APAP) and naltrexone (NTX) are reported. The effects of incorporation of a basic amine group into the promoiety of an acyl prodrug of a phenolic drug on its skin permeation properties are also presented. DAAC-APAP prodrugs were synthesized via a three-step procedure starting with haloalkylcarbonyl esters which were reacted with five different amines: dimethylamine, diethylamine, dipropylamine, morpholine, and piperidine. The spacing between the amino group and the carbonyl group of the acyl group was 1-3 CH(2). After the hydrolysis of the ester, the carboxylic acid product was subsequently coupled with the parent drug via a dicyclohexyl carbodiimide (DCC) mediated coupling to yield the DAAC-APAP-HCl prodrugs in excellent yields. The AAC prodrugs were synthesized using commercially available Boc-protected amino acids using DCC or EDCI as coupling agents. The yields of the prodrugs synthesized using these two different methods have been compared. Half-lives (t(1/2)) of a few members of the DAAC and AAC series were measured in buffer (pH 6.0, 20mM). The members evaluated in hydrolysis experiments exhibit a t(1/2) range of 15-113min. Among AAC-APAP prodrugs, the isopropyl group in valinate-APAP-HCl exerted a steric effect that increased the t(1/2) value for this prodrug compared to alaninate-APAP-HCl or prolinate-APAP-HCl. The 2-morpholinylacetate-APAP prodrug was able to achieve twice the flux of APAP in in vitro diffusion cell experiments through hairless mouse skin.