Synthesis, in vitro assay, and molecular modeling of new piperidine derivatives having dual inhibitory potency against acetylcholinesterase and Abeta1-42 aggregation for Alzheimer's disease therapeutics

Bioorg Med Chem. 2007 Oct 15;15(20):6596-607. doi: 10.1016/j.bmc.2007.07.003. Epub 2007 Jul 25.


With the goal of developing Alzheimer's disease therapeutics, we have designed and synthesized new piperidine derivatives having dual action of acetylcholinesterase (AChE) and beta-amyloid peptide (Abeta) aggregation inhibition. For binding with the catalytic site of AChE, an ester with aromatic group was designed, and for the peripheral site, another aromatic group was considered. And for intercalating amyloid-beta oligomerization, long and linear conformation with a lipophilic group was considered. The synthetic methods employed for the structure with dual action depended on alcohols with an aromatic ring and the substituted benzoic acids, which are esterificated in the last step of the synthetic pathway. We screened these new derivatives through inhibition tests of acetylcholinesterase, butyrylcholinesterase (BChE), and Abeta(1-42) peptide aggregation, AChE-induced Abeta(1-42) aggregation. Our results displayed that compound 12 showed the best inhibitory potency and selectivity of AChE, and 29 showed the highest selectivity of BChE inhibition. Compounds 15 and 12 had inhibitory activities against Abeta(1-42) aggregation and AChE-induced Abeta aggregation. In the docking model, we confirmed that 4-chlorobenzene of 12 plays the parallel pi-pi stacking against the indole ring of Trp84 in the bottom gorge of AChE. Because the benzyhydryl moiety of 12 covered the peripheral site of AChE in a funnel-like shape, 12 showed good inhibitory potency against AChE and could inhibit AChE-induced Abeta(1-42) peptide aggregation.

MeSH terms

  • Acetylcholinesterase / metabolism*
  • Alzheimer Disease / drug therapy
  • Alzheimer Disease / metabolism*
  • Amyloid beta-Peptides / antagonists & inhibitors*
  • Amyloid beta-Peptides / metabolism
  • Butyrylcholinesterase / metabolism
  • Cell Line
  • Cell Survival / drug effects
  • Cholinesterase Inhibitors / chemical synthesis*
  • Cholinesterase Inhibitors / chemistry
  • Cholinesterase Inhibitors / pharmacology*
  • Donepezil
  • Humans
  • Indans / chemical synthesis
  • Indans / chemistry
  • Indans / pharmacokinetics
  • Models, Molecular
  • Molecular Structure
  • Peptide Fragments / antagonists & inhibitors*
  • Peptide Fragments / metabolism
  • Piperidines / chemical synthesis
  • Piperidines / chemistry*
  • Piperidines / pharmacokinetics
  • Piperidines / pharmacology*
  • Protein Structure, Tertiary
  • Structure-Activity Relationship


  • Amyloid beta-Peptides
  • Cholinesterase Inhibitors
  • Indans
  • Peptide Fragments
  • Piperidines
  • amyloid beta-protein (1-42)
  • piperidine
  • Donepezil
  • Acetylcholinesterase
  • Butyrylcholinesterase