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Title: Biomimetic Studies On Anti-Thyroid Drugs And Thyroid Hormone Synthesis
Authors: Roy, Gouriprasanna
Advisors: Mugesh, G
Keywords: Anti-Thyroid Drugs
Thyroid Hormone Synthesis
Thyroid Hormones - Biosynthesis
Se-Methimazole (MSel)
Anti-Hyperthyroid Drugs
Thyroid Gland
Thyroxine (T4)
Submitted Date: May-2007
Series/Report no.: G21492
Abstract: Thyroxine (T4), the main secretory hormone of the thyroid gland, is produced on thyroglobulin by thyroid peroxidase (TPO)/hydrogen peroxide/iodide system. The synthesis of T4 by TPO involves two independent steps: iodination of tyrosine and phenolic coupling of the resulting iodotyrosine residues. The prohormone T4 is then converted to its biologically active form T3 by a selenocysteine-containing iodothyronine deiodinase (ID-I), which is present in highest amounts in liver, kidney, thyroid and pituitary. The 5'-deiodination catalyzed by ID-I is a ping-pong, bisubstrate reaction in which the selenol (or selenolate) group of the enzyme (E-SeH or E-Se-) first reacts with thyroxine (T4) to form a selenenyl iodide (E-SeI) intermediate. Subsequent reaction of the selenenyl iodide with an as yet unidentified intracellular cofactor completes the catalytic cycle and regenerates the selenol. Although the deiodination reactions are essential for the function of thyroid gland, the activation of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) receptor by auto-antibodies leads to an overproduction of thyroid hormones. In addition, these antibodies stimulate ID-I and probably other deiodinases to produce relatively more amount of T3. Figure 1. Synthesis of thyroid hormones by heme-containing Thyroid Peroxidase(TPO)(Refer PDF File) As these antibodies are not under pituitary feedback control system, there is no negative influence on the thyroid activity and, therefore, the uncontrolled production of thyroid hormones leads to a condition called “hyperthyroidism”. Under these conditions, the overproduction of T4 and T3 can be controlled by specific inhibitors, which either block the thyroid hormone biosynthesis or reduce the conversion of T4 to T3. A unique class of such inhibitors is the thiourea drugs, methimazole (1, MMI), 6-n-propyl-2-thiouracil (3, PTU), and 6-methyl-2-thiouracil (5, MTU). Although these compounds are the most commonly employed drugs in the treatment of hyperthyroidism, the detailed mechanism of their action is still not clear. According to the initially proposed mechanism, these drugs may divert oxidized iodides away from thyroglobulin by forming stable electron donor-acceptor complexes with diiodine, which can effectively reduce the thyroid hormone biosynthesis. It has also been proposed that these drugs may block the thyroid hormone synthesis by coordinating to the metal center of thyroid peroxidase (TPO). After the discovery that the ID-I is responsible for the activation of thyroxine, it has been reported that PTU, but not MMI, reacts with the selenenyl iodide intermediate (E-SeI) of ID-I to form a selenenyl sulfide as a dead end product, thereby blocking the conversion of T4 to T3 during the monodeiodination reaction. The mechanism of anti-thyroid activity is further complicated by the fact that the gold-containing drugs such as gold thioglucose (GTG) inhibit the deiodinase activity by reacting with the selenol group of the native enzyme. Recently, the selenium analogues 2 (MSeI), 4 (PSeU) and 6 (MSeU) attracted considerable attention because these compounds are expected to be more nucleophilic than their sulfur analogues and the formation of an –Se–Se– bond may occur more readily than the formation of an –Se–S– bond with the ID-I enzyme. However, the data derived from the inhibition of TPO by selenium compounds show that these compounds may inhibit the TPO activity by a different mechanism. Therefore, further studies are required to understand the mechanism by which the selenium compounds exert their inhibitory action. Our initial attempts to isolate 2 were unsuccessful and the final stable compound in the synthesis was characterized to be the diselenide (8). In view of the current interest in anti-thyroid drugs and their mechanism, we extended our approach to the synthesis and biological activities of a number of sulfur and selenium derivatives bearing the methimazole pharmacophore. The thesis consists of five chapters. The first chapter gives a general introduction to thyroid hormone synthesis and anti-thyroid drugs. In this chapter, the biosynthesis of thyroid hormones, structure and function of heme peroxidases, activation of thyroid hormones by iodothyronine deiodinases are discussed. This chapter also gives a brief introduction to some common problems associated with the thyroid gland, with a particular emphasis on hyperthyroidism. The structure and activity of some commonly used anti-thyroid drugs and the role of selenium in thyroid are discussed. The literature references related to this work are provided at the end of the chapter. The second chapter deals with the synthesis and characterization of the selenium analogue (MSeI) of anti-thyroid drug methimazole and a series of organoselenium compounds bearing N-methylimidazole pharmacophore are described. The clinically employed anti-thyroid drug, methimazole (MMI), exists predominantly in its thione form, which is responsible for its anti-thyroidal activity. The selenium analogue MSeI, on the other hand, is not stable in air and spontaneously oxidizes to the corresponding diselenide (MSeIox). Experimental and theoretical studies on MSeI suggest that this compound exists in a zwitterionic form in which the selenium atom carries a large negative charge. The structure of MSeI was studied in solution by NMR spectroscopy and the 77Se NMR chemical shift shows a large upfield shift (-5 ppm) in the signal as compared to the true selones for which the signals normally appear in the downfield range (500-2500 ppm). This confirms that MSeI exists predominantly in its zwitterionic form in solution. Our theoretical studies show that the formation of the diselenide (MSeIox) from selenol tautomer is energetically more favored than the formation of the disulfide (MMIox) from the thiol tautomer of MMI. This study also shows that the replacement of the N−H group in MSeI by an N-methyl or N-benzyl substituent does not affect the nature of C−Se bond. In the third chapter, the inhibition of lactoperoxidase-catalyzed oxidation of ABTS by anti-thyroid drugs and related derivatives is described. The commonly used anti-thyroid agent methemazole (MMI) inhibits the lactoperoxidase (LPO) with an IC50 value of 7.0 µM which is much lower than that of the other two anti-thyroid drugs, PTU and MTU. The selenium analogue of methimazole (MSeI) also inhibits LPO with an IC50 value of 16.4 µM, which is about 4-5 times lower than that of PTU and MTU. In contrast to thiones and selones, the S- and Se-protected compounds do not show any noticeable inhibition under identical experimental conditions. While the inhibition of LPO by MMI cannot be reversed by increasing the hydrogen peroxide concentration, the inhibition by MSeI can be completely reversed by increasing the peroxide concentration. Some of the selenium compounds in the present study show interesting anti-oxidant activity in addition to their inhibition propertities. In the presence of glutathione (GSH), MSeI constitutes a redox cycle involving a catalytic reduction of H2O2 and thereby mimics the glutathione peroxidase (GPx) activity in vitro. These studies reveal that the degradation of the intracellular H2O2 by the selenium analogues of anti-thyroid drugs may be beneficial to the thyroid gland as these compounds may act as antioxidants and protect thyroid cells from oxidative damage. Because the drugs with an action essentially on H2O2 can reversibly inhibit thyroid peroxidase, such drugs with a more controlled action could be of great importance in the treatment of hyperthyroidism. Figure 2. (A) Concentration-inhibition curves for the inhibition of LPO-catalyzed oxidation of ABTS by MMI and MSeI at pH 7.0 and 30 °C. (B) Plot of initial rates (vo) for the LPO-catalyzed oxidation of ABTS vs concentration of H2O2. (a) Control activity, (b) 40 µM of MSeI, (c) 40 µM of MSeIox, (d) 80 µM of PTU, (e) 80 µM of MTU, (f) 40 µM of MMI. The incubation mixture contained 6.5 nM LPO, 1.4 mM ABTS, 0.067 M phosphatebuffer(pH7).(Refer PDF File) The fourth chapter describes the inhibition of lactoperoxidase (LPO)-catalyzed iodination of L-tyrosine by anti-thyroid drug methimazole (MMI) and its selenium analogue (MSeI). These inhibition studies show that MSeI inhibits LPO with an IC50 value of 12.4 µM, which is higher than that of MMI (5.2 µM). The effect of hydrogen peroxide on the inhibition of LPO by MMI and MSeI is also discussed. These studies also reveal that the inhibition of LPO-catalyzed iodination by MSeI can be completely reversed by increasing the peroxide concentration. On the other hand, the inhibition by MMI cannot be reversed by increasing the concentration of the peroxide. To under stand the nature of compounds formed in the reactions between anti-thyroid drugs and iodine, the reactions of MSeI with molecular iodine is described. MSeI reacts with I2 to produce novel ionic diselenides, and the nature of the species formed in this reaction appears to be solvent dependent. The formation of ionic species (mono and dications) in the reaction is confirmed by UV-Vis, FT-IR and FT-Raman spectroscopic investigations and single crystal x-ray studies. The major conclusion drawn from this study is that MSeI reacts with iodine, even in its oxidized form, to form ionic diselenides containing iodide or polyiodide anions, which might be possible intermediates in the inhibition of thyroid hormones. Dication X-ray crystal structure of the monocation X-ray crystal structure of the dication In the fifth chapter, the synthesis and characterization of several thiones and selones having N,N-disubstituted imidazole moiety are described. Experimental and theoretical studies were performed on a number of selones, which suggest that these compounds exist as zwitterions in which the selenium atom carries a large negative charge. The structures of selones were studied in solution by NMR spectroscopy and the 77Se NMR chemical shifts for the selones show large upfield shifts in the signals, confirming the zwitterionic structure of the selones in solution. The thermal isomerization of some S- and Se-substituted methyl and benzyl imidazole derivatives to produce the thermodynamically more stable N-substituted derivatives is described. A structure–activity correlation was attempted on the inhibition of LPO-catalyzed oxidation and iodination reactions by several thiouracil compounds, which indicates that the presence of an n-propyl group in PTU is important for an efficient inhibition. In contrast to the S- and Se-substituted derivatives, the selones produced by thermal isomerization exhibited efficient inhibition, indicating the importance of reactive selone (zwitterionic) moiety in the inhibition. The inhibition data on another well-known anti-thyroid agent carbimazole (CBZ) support the assumption that CBZ acts as a prodrug, requiring a conversion to methimazole (MMI) for its inhibitory action on thyroid peroxidase. (Refer pdf file/original thesis)
URI: http://etd.iisc.ernet.in/handle/2005/514
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