Alkyl-substituted thiolo-, thiono-, and dithio-gamma-butyrolactones: new classes of convulsant and anticonvulsant agents.

Abstract

A series of sulfur-containing congeners have been prepared from alpha-ethyl-alpha-methyl-gamma-butyrolactone, beta-ethyl-beta-methyl-gamma-butyrolactone, and alpha,alpha,beta,beta-tetramethyl-gamma-butyrolactone as potential neuropharmacologic agents. The lactones were treated with benzyl mercaptide anion to form 4-(benzylthio)butyric acid, which, on treatment with trifluoroacetic acid, cyclized to yield thiololactones. The thiono- and dithiolactones were prepared by treating the corresponding lactones either with Lawesson's reagent or with phosphorus pentasulfide, respectively. As had been observed previously for the lactones, the beta-substituted and alpha,beta-substituted congeners were potent convulsants that caused generalized clonic and tonic seizures in mice. The alpha-substituted congeners were effective in inhibiting pentylenetetrazole-induced seizures in mice. alpha-Ethyl-alpha-methylthiolo-gamma-butyrolactone showed an increase in potency over the congeneric alpha-ethyl-alpha-methyl-gamma-butyrolactone and, additionally, was effective against maximal electroshock seizures. In no cases was a convulsant converted to an anticonvulsant or vice versa by sulfur-for-oxygen substitution.

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@article{Levine1986AlkylsubstitutedTT, title={Alkyl-substituted thiolo-, thiono-, and dithio-gamma-butyrolactones: new classes of convulsant and anticonvulsant agents.}, author={J. A. Levine and James A. Ferrendelli and Douglas F Covey}, journal={Journal of medicinal chemistry}, year={1986}, volume={29 10}, pages={1996-9} }