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N-Substituted carbazolyloxyacetic acids modulate Alzheimer associated gamma-secretase

Bioorg Med Chem Lett 17(1): 176-82

Authors/Editors: Narlawar R
Perez Revuelta BI
Baumann K
Schubenel R
Haass C
Steiner H
Schmidt B
Publication Date: 2007
Type of Publication: Journal Article
N-Sulfonylated and N-alkylated carbazolyloxyacetic acids were investigated for the inhibition and modulation of the Alzheimer's disease associated gamma-secretase. The introduction of a lipophilic substituent, which may vary from arylsulfone to alkyl, turned 2-carbazolyloxyacetic acids into potent gamma-secretase modulators. This resulted in the selective reduction of Abeta(42) and an increase of the less aggregatory Abeta(38) fragment by several compounds (e.g., 7d and 8c). Introduction of an electron donating group at position 6 and 8 of N-substituted carbazolyloxyacetic acids either decreased the activity or inversed modulation. The most active compounds displayed activity on amyloid precursor protein (APP) overexpressing cell lines in the low micromolar range and little or no effect on the gamma-secretase cleavage at the epsilon-site.

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