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Current Medicinal Chemistry


ISSN (Print): 0929-8673
ISSN (Online): 1875-533X

Review Article

Multifunctional Ligands Targeting Phosphodiesterase as the Future Strategy for the Symptomatic and Disease-Modifying Treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease

Author(s): Agnieszka Jankowska, Anna Wesołowska*, Maciej Pawłowski and Grażyna Chłoń-Rzepa*

Volume 27, Issue 32, 2020

Page: [5351 - 5373] Pages: 23

DOI: 10.2174/0929867326666190620095623

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Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) is a chronic neurodegenerative disorder characterized by cognitive impairments such as memory loss, decline in language skills, and disorientation that affects over 46 million people worldwide. Patients with AD also suffer from behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia that deteriorate their quality of life and lead to premature death. Currently available drugs provide modest symptomatic relief but do not reduce pathological hallmarks (senile plaques and neurofibrillary tangles) and neuroinflammation, both of which are integral parts of dementia. A large body of evidence indicates that impaired signaling pathways of cyclic-3′,5′- Adenosine Monophosphate (cAMP) and cyclic-3′,5′-guanosine Monophosphate (cGMP) may contribute to the development and progression of AD. In addition, Phosphodiesterase (PDE) inhibitors, commonly known as cAMP and/or cGMP modulators, were found to be involved in the phosphorylation of tau; aggregation of amyloid beta; neuroinflammation; and regulation of cognition, mood, and emotion processing. The purpose of this review was to update the most recent reports on the development of novel multifunctional ligands targeting PDE as potential drugs for both symptomatic and disease-modifying therapy of AD. This review collected the chemical structures of representative multifunctional ligands, results of experimental in vitro and in vivo pharmacological studies, and current opinions regarding the potential utility of these compounds for the comprehensive therapy of AD. Finally, the multiparameter predictions of drugability of the representative compounds were calculated and discussed.

Keywords: Alzheimer's disease, behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia, cognitive impairments, neuroinflammation, pathological hallmarks, phosphodiesterase, PDE inhibitors, multifunctional ligands.

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