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Donepezil, a potent acetylcholinesterase (AChE) inhibitor used for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease (AD), is thought to have a neuroprotective effect in AD patients. Because a deficit in cholinergic neurotransmission is a major feature in AD, and amyloid-beta (Abeta) accumulation has been proposed as a possible causative phenomenon, we were interested… (More)
Donepezil has a neuroprotective effect against oxygen-glucose deprivation injury and glutamate toxicity in cultured cortical neurons. In this study, we further characterized the neuroprotective properties of donepezil in rat cortical cell cultures using glutamate receptor-specific agonists (N-methyl-d-aspartate (NMDA),… (More)
Donepezil hydrochloride (donepezil: (+/-)-2-[(1-benzylpiperidin-4-yl)methyl]-5,6-dimethoxy-indan-1-one monohydrochloride) is a potent acetylcholinesterase inhibitor used for treatment of Alzheimer's disease. Although acetylcholinesterase inhibitors are used as a symptomatic treatment for Alzheimer's disease, it is not clear whether or not they are effective… (More)
Donepezil, a potent acetylcholinesterase (AChE) inhibitor and memantine, an N-methyl-d-aspartate (NMDA) receptor antagonist, have been used for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease (AD), and both of them have been shown to have neuroprotective action against glutamate excitotoxicity. However, it is not known whether donepezil and memantine similarly exert… (More)
A series of novel neuronal voltage-dependent calcium channel (VDCC) blockers, with inhibitory activity at low micromolar and moderate solubility in water, was discovered by constructing and screening a focused library based on emopamil (1) left hand (ELH) as a bioactive template.