Chiara Costagli

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The potency of a series of anticholinesterase (anti-ChE) agents and serotonin-related amines as inhibitors of the aryl acylamidase (AAA) activity associated with electric eel acetylcholinesterase (AChE) (EC 3.1.1.7) and horse serum butyrylcholinesterase (BuChE) (EC 3.1.1.8) was examined and compared with the potency of the same compounds as ChE inhibitors.(More)
A new class of N,N-diethyl-(2-arylpyrazolo[1,5-a]pyrimidin-3-yl)acetamides (3f-y), as azaisosters of Alpidem, was prepared following a novel synthetic method and their affinities for both the peripheral (PBR) and the central (CBR) benzodiazepine receptors were evaluated. Binding assays were carried out using both [3H]PK 11195 and [3H]Ro 5-4864 as(More)
In recent papers (Catarzi, D.; et al. J. Med. Chem. 2000, 43, 3824-3826; 2001, 44, 3157-3165) we reported chemical and biological studies on 4,5-dihydro-4-oxo-1,2,4-triazolo[1,5-a]quinoxaline-2-carboxylates (TQXs) bearing different nitrogen-containing heterocycles at position-8. In particular, from these studies it emerged that both the(More)
A series of 4,5-dihydro-4-oxo-1,2,4-triazolo[1,5-a]quinoxaline-2-carboxylates analogues of TQX-173 (1b), bearing different nitrogen-containing heterocycles at position-8, were synthesized as AMPA receptor antagonists. All the reported compounds were also biologically evaluated for their binding at glycine/NMDA and KA receptors to better assess their(More)
In this paper, the study of new 7-chloro-3-hydroxy-1H-quinazoline-2,4-dione derivatives, designed as AMPA and kainate (KA) receptor antagonists, is reported. Some derivatives bear different carboxy-containing alkyl chains on the 3-hydroxy group, while various heterocyclic rings or amide moieties are present at the 6-position of other compounds. Binding data(More)
In recent papers (Catarzi, D.; et al. J. Med. Chem. 1999, 42, 2478-2484; 2000, 43, 3824-3826; 2001, 44, 3157-3165) we reported the synthesis of a set of 4,5-dihydro-4-oxo-1,2,4-triazolo[1,5-a]quinoxaline-2-carboxylates (TQXs) that were active at the Gly/NMDA and/or AMPA receptors. In the present work the synthesis and Gly/NMDA, AMPA, and KA receptor binding(More)
The inhibitory potency of opioids belonging to different structural categories on electric eel and rat brain acetylcholinesterase (AChE) and horse serum butyrylcholinesterase (BuChE) was investigated. The phenylazepine meptazinol, the pyrrolo-[2,3-b]-indole derivative eseroline and the benzomorphan normetazocine were the most potent inhibitors of AChE among(More)
A selected set of 1-aryl-7,8-methylenedioxy-2,3-benzodiazepin-4-ones and their analogues were evaluated for their ability to bind the competitive and noncompetitive sites of the AMPA receptors complex as well as to the glycine site of the NMDA receptors. The results put in evidence that most of the test compounds, despite a close structural similarity with(More)
Quantitative structure-activity relationships (QSARs) represent a very well consolidated computational approach to correlate structural or property descriptors of chemical compounds with their chemical or biological activities. We have recently reported that autocorrelation Molecular Electrostatic Potential (autoMEP) vectors in combination to Partial(More)