Herein we report in vitro metabolic stability in human liver microsomes (HLMs), interactions with cytochrome P450 isoenzymes (CYP3A4, CYP2D6, and CYP2C9), and cytotoxicity analyses on HEK-293, HepG2, Huh7, and WTIIB cell lines of our most recent multitarget directed ligands PF9601N, ASS234, and contilisant. Based on these results, we conclude that (1) PF9601N and contilisant are metabolically stable in the HLM assay, in contrast to the very unstable ASS234; (2) CYP3A4 activity was decreased by PF9601N at all the tested concentrations and by ASS234 and contilisant only at the highest concentration; CYP2D6 activity was reduced by ASS234 at 1, 10, and 25 μM and by PF9601N at 10 and 25 μM, whereas contilisant increased its activity at the same concentrations; CYP2C9 was inhibited by the three compounds; (3) contilisant did not affect cell viability in the widest range of concentrations: up to 10 μM on HEK-293 cells, up to 30 μM on Huh7 cells, up to 50 μM on HepG2 cells, and up to 30 or 100 μM on WTIIB cells. Based on these results, we selected contilisant as a metabolically stable and nontoxic lead compound for further studies in Alzheimer’s disease therapy.
By Anna Więckowska, Natalia Szałaj, Izabella Góral, Adam Bucki, Gniewomir Latacz, Katarzyna Kiec-Kononowicz, Òscar. M. Bautista-Aguilera, Alejandro Romero, Eva Ramos, Javier Egea, Victor Farré Alíns, Águeda González-Rodríguez, Francisco López-Muñoz, Mourad Chioua, and José Marco-Contelles