Synthesis and evaluation of novel chromone analogs for their inhibitory activity against interleukin-5

Pillaiyar Thanigaimalai, Tuan Anh Le Hoang, Ki Cheul Lee, Vinay K. Sharma, Seong Cheol Bang, Jun Ho Yun, Eunmiri Roh, Youngsoo Kim, Sang Hun Jung

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A novel series of chromone analogs were synthesized and evaluated for their inhibitory activity against interleukin-5. Among them compounds 5-Cyclohexylmethoxy-3-(4-hydroxybenzyl)-4H-chromen-4-one (6a, 98% inhibition at 30 μM, IC50 < 3.0 μM) and 5-Cyclohyxylmethoxy-3-(hydroxymethyl)-4H-chromen-4-one (8a, 84% inhibition at 30 μM, IC50 = 7.6 μM) showed most potent activity. The structural requirement of chromone analogs possessing the inhibitory activity against IL-5 could be summarized as: (i) importance of hydrophobic group such as cyclohexylmethoxy at 5th position of ring A, (ii) requirement of ring B with small size of hydrogen bonding group with electron donating property such as phenolic hydroxyl group at 4th position and (iii) planarity of the chromen-4-one ring.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2531-2536
Number of pages6
JournalEuropean Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2010

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Funding Information:
This work was supported by the Korea Research Foundation funded by Korean Government (MOEHRD) (KRF- 2007-313-E00651 ).

Copyright 2010 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.


  • Chromone analogs
  • Eosinophils
  • Inhibitor
  • Interleukin-5

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