Development and biological evaluation of C60 fulleropyrrolidine-thalidomide dyad as a new anti-inflammation agent

Sheng Tung Huang, Chia Shin Ho, Chun Mao Lin, Hsu Wei Fang, Yi Xiang Peng

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Research studies in the field of C60 fullerene derivatives have significantly increased due to the broad range of biological activities that were found for these compounds. We designed and prepared a new C60 fullerene hybrid bearing thalidomide as a potential double-action anti-inflammatory agent, capable of simultaneous inhibition of LPS-induced NO and TNF-α production. The C60 fulleropyrrolidine-thalidomide dyad, CLT, was an effective agent to suppress the release of NO and TNF-α by the LPS-stimulated macrophages RAW 264.7. Ten micromolars of CLT effectively inhibited LPS-induced NO and TNF-α production by 47.3 ± 4.2% and 70.2 ± 4% with respected to the control, respectively. Furthermore, preliminary biochemical investigation revealed that CLT was a potent agent to suppress both LPS-induced intracellular ROS production and iNOS expression, and CLT also inhibited the phosphorylation of ERK which is an important protein kinase involved in the activation of TNF-α synthesis in LPS-activated macrophages. We believed that the studies herein would hold promise for future development of a new generation of potent anti-inflammatory agents.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8619-8626
Number of pages8
JournalBioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry
Issue number18
Publication statusPublished - Sept 15 2008


  • Anti-inflammation
  • C fulleropyrrolidine
  • Nitric oxide
  • TNF-α
  • Thalidomide

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Molecular Biology
  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Drug Discovery
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Organic Chemistry


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