Scott Seville

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A series of analogues of cryptolepine (1) have been synthesized and evaluated for their in vitro antiplasmodial and cytotoxic properties. The IC(50) values of several compounds (11a, 11k-m, 11o, 13) against Plasmodium falciparum (strain K1) were <0.1 muM, 5-10-fold lower than that of 1 but their cytotoxicities were only 2-4 times greater than that of 1.(More)
Cryptolepine (5-methyl-10H-indolo [3, 2-b] quinoline), an indoloquinoline alkaloid (1) isolated from a medicinal plant traditionally used in Western Africa for treatment of malaria, has been shown to possess broad spectrum biological activity in addition to its antiplasmodial effect. Here, the antileishmanial properties of 11 synthetic derivatives of(More)
The human brain contains about a trillion neurons that are organized into specific and well defined neural circuits that control everything we do from walking to waking to creating music and being innovative. For over a century there was a consensus among scientists that the brain was incapable of making new nerve cells and regenerating new connections. We(More)
A series of 10 novel nitro-analogues of cryptolepine (1) has been synthesised and these compounds were evaluated for their in-vitro cytotoxic properties as well as their potential for reductive activation by the cytosolic reductase enzymes NQO1 and NQO2. Molecular modelling studies suggest that cryptolepine is able to fit into the active site of NQO2 and(More)
The alkaloid cryptolepine (1) and eight synthetic analogues (2-8) were assessed for in vitro activities against Trypanosoma brucei. Four of the analogues were found to be highly potent with IC50 values of less than 3 nM and three of these were assessed against T. brucei brucei infection in rats. The most effective compound was 2, 7-dibromocryptolepine (7);(More)
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