Carlos Alberto Manssour Fraga

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Anew series of antinociceptive compounds belonging to the N-acylarylhydrazone (NAH) class were synthesized from natural safrole (7). The most analgesic derivative represented by 10f, [(4'-N,N-dimethylaminobenzylidene-3-(3', 4'-methylenedioxyphenyl)propionylhydrazine], was more potent than dipyrone and indomethacin, used as standards. The NAH compounds(More)
We described herein the design, synthesis, and pharmacological evaluation of N-phenylpiperazine heterocyclic derivatives as multi-target compounds potentially useful for the treatment of schizophrenia. The isosteric replacement of the heterocyclic ring at the biaryl motif generating pyrazole, 1,2,3-triazole, and 2-methylimidazole[1,2-a]pyridine derivatives(More)
Among a small series of tested N-acylhydrazones (NAHs), the compound 8a was selected as a selective submicromolar phosphodiesterase-4 (PDE4) inhibitor associated with anti-TNF-α properties measured both in vitro and in vivo. The recognition pattern of compound 8a was elucidated through molecular modeling studies based on the knowledge of the 3D-structure of(More)
This paper describes recent results of design, synthesis and pharmacological evaluation of new N-heterocyclic functionalized N-acylhydrazone compounds (NAH), belonging to the N-substituted-phenylimidazolyl-4-acylhydrazone class (3a-o). These compounds were planned by applying the molecular hybridization strategy to propose the structural modifications on(More)
Molecular hybridization is a new concept in drug design and development based on the combination of pharmacophoric moieties of different bioactive substances to produce a new hybrid compound with improved affinity and efficacy, when compared to the parent drugs. Additionally, this strategy can result in compounds presenting modified selectivity profile,(More)
We describe herein the structural optimization of new piperamide analogues, designed from two natural prototypes, piperine 1 and piperdardine 2, obtained from Piper tuberculatum Jacq. (Piperaceae). Molecular modeling studies using semiempirical AM1 method were made in order to establish rational modifications to optimize them by molecular simplification.(More)
Privileged structures are defined as molecular frameworks which are able of providing useful ligands for more than one type of receptor or enzyme target by judicious structural modifications. In the present work, we describe some examples and applications of the usefulness of the privileged structure concept for the structural design of new drug candidates,(More)
The indole scaffold probably represents one of the most important structural subunits for the discovery of new drug candidates. The demonstration that many alkaloids contain the indole nucleus, the recognition of the importance of essential amino acid tryptophan in human nutrition and the discovery of plant hormones served to bring about a massive search on(More)
The molecular hybridization approach is one of the most valuable structural modification tools useful for the discovery of ligands and prototypes presenting either optimized affinity for one bioreceptor or the ability to modulate more than one bioreceptor associated with the target disease. The growing efforts to discover hybrid drugs resulting from the(More)