Structural evaluation and electrophysiological effects of some kynurenic acid analogs

Evelin Fehér, István Szatmári, Tamás Dudás, Anna Zalatnai, Tamás Farkas, Bálint L. Orinczi, Ferenc Fülöp, László Vécsei, József Toldi

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Kynurenic acid (KYNA), a metabolite of tryptophan, as an excitatory amino acid receptor antagonist is an effective neuroprotective agent in case of excitotoxicity, which is the hallmark of brain ischemia and several neurodegenerative processes. Therefore, kynurenine pathway, KYNA itself, and its derivatives came into the focus of research. During the past fifteen years, our research group has developed several neuroactive KYNA derivatives, some of which proved to be neuroprotective in preclinical studies. In this study, the synthesis of these KYNA derivatives and their evaluation with divergent molecular characteristics are presented together with their most typical effects on the monosynaptic transmission in CA1 region of the hippocampus of the rat. Their effects on the basic neuronal activity (on the field excitatory postsynaptic potentials: fEPSP) were studied in in vitro hippocampal slices in 1 and 200 µM concentrations. KYNA and its derivative 4 in both 1 and 200 µM concentrations proved to be inhibitory, while derivative 8 only in 200 µM decreased the amplitudes of fEPSPs. Derivative 5 facilitated the fEPSPs in 200 µM concentration. This is the first comparative study which evaluates the structural and functional differences of formerly and newly developed KYNA analogs. Considerations on possible relations between molecular structures and their physiological effects are presented.

Original languageEnglish
Article number3502
Issue number19
Publication statusPublished - Sep 26 2019


  • Excitatory amino acid receptors
  • Kynurenic acid
  • Mannich reaction
  • Neuroprotection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Chemistry (miscellaneous)
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Drug Discovery
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry

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