New group of xylene linker-containing acetylcholinesterase reactivators as antidotes against the nerve agent cyclosarin.

Nerve agents such as sarin, cyclosarin and tabun are organophosphorus substances able to inhibit the enzyme acetylcholinesterase (AChE; EC 3.1.1.7). AChE reactivators and anticholinergics are generally used as antidotes in the case of intoxication with these agents. None of the known AChE reactivators is able to reactivate AChE inhibited by all nerve agents… CONTINUE READING