Synthesis of 2,4-dihydroxychalcone derivatives as potential antidepressant effect

Drug Res (Stuttg). 2013 Jan;63(1):46-51. doi: 10.1055/s-0032-1333229. Epub 2013 Jan 24.


In this study, twelve 2,4-dihydroxychalcone derivatives were synthesized and evaluated for antidepressant activities using the forced swimming test (FST). The pharmacological test showed that 6 compounds significantly reduced the immobility times in the FST at a dose of 10 mg/kg, indicative of antidepressant activity. Among the derivatives, compounds designated 3d and 3 h exhibited the best antidepressant activity, with reduced immobility time by 32.05% and 34.33%, respectively. In the 5-hydroxytryptophan-induced head-twitch test and yohimbine-induced mortality test, compounds 3d and 3 h increased head-twitch and increased the mortality rate. The mechanisms of the antidepressant effects of compounds 3d and 3 h may be related with the 5-HTP and NE nervous system.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Antidepressive Agents / chemical synthesis*
  • Antidepressive Agents / pharmacology
  • Chalcones / chemical synthesis*
  • Chalcones / pharmacology
  • Male
  • Mice


  • Antidepressive Agents
  • Chalcones