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Abbas Shafiee

Design, synthesis, and biological evaluation of substituted 2-alkylthio-1,5-diarylimidazoles as selective COX-2 inhibitors.


Authors: Navidpour L , Shadnia H , Shafaroodi H , Amini M , Dehpour AR , Shafiee A ,
Bioorganic & medicinal chemistry , Vol., No. 0968-0896 (Print) , 20070205 ,Page:0
A new type of 1-aryl-5-(4-methylsulfonylphenyl)imidazoles, possessing C-2 alkylthio (SMe or SEt) substituents, were designed and synthesized for evaluation as selective cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) inhibitors with in vivo anti-inflammatory activity. The compound, 1-(4-bromophenyl)-5-(4-methylsulfonylphenyl)-2-methylthioimidazole (11g), was the most potent and selective COX-2 inhibitor (COX-2 IC50=0.43 microM with no inhibition of COX-1 up to 25 microM) relative to the reference drug celecoxib (COX-2 IC50=0.21 microM with no inhibition of COX-1 up to 25 microM) and also showed very good anti-inflammatory activity compared to celecoxib in carrageenan-induced rat paw edema assay.