• Mohammed Farrag El-behairy Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry Department, Pharmaceutical and Drug Industries Research Division, National Research Centre (ID 60014618), 12622 Dokki, Giza, Egypt
  • Hanan Naeim Hafez Attia Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry Department (Pharmacology Group), Pharmaceutical and Drug Industries Research Division, National Research Centre (ID 60014618), 12622 Dokki, Giza, Egypt


Objective: Utilisation of the ligand-based design and molecular hybridization to design promising candidates with prospective efficacy and safety. Synthesis of the designed candidates using different synthetic methods. Biological evaluation of the newly synthesised candidates as anticonvulsant agents.

Methods: Three novel series of 5-(benzo[d][1,3]dioxol-5-yl)-3-tert-butyl-4,5-dihydropyrazoles have been designed via ligand-based drug discovery and molecular hybridization. Proper synthetic routes have been followed in the preparation of compounds (2-23) which have been characterised by different spectral techniques. Antiepileptic potential was assessed by biological evaluation using ‘classical’ animal models of epilepsy, in addition to rotarod test for toxicity.

Results: 4-Nitrophenyl derivatives (5, 13, and19) displayed the highest potency. Compound 5was the most active substituent in series A (N'-aroyl-3-tert-butyl-4,5-dihydro-1H-pyrazole-1-carbohydrazide). It was 2.7 and 1.3 times more active than reference drug Stiripentol (I) and lead compound III, respectively. Compound13 was the best candidate in series B (N'-arylidene-3-tert-butyl-4,5-dihydro-1H-pyrazole-1-carbohydrazide). It was 3.3, 1.5, and 1.2 times more potent than Stiripentol, lead compound III and new compound 5, respectively. Two members (19 and 21) of series C (1,3,4-oxadiazole derivatives) achieved 100 % protection at lower doses than I and III, being 2.6 and 2.4 times more active than Stiripentol. In scPTZ screen, the most active congeners (5, 13, 19) exhibited ED50 values of 45, 48, and 81 mg/kg, respectively, which are highly superior as compared to that of reference drug Stiripentol(I) and lead compound III (ED50 115 and 110 mg/kg, respectively).

Conclusion: Ligand-based design together with molecular hybridization in drug design succeeded to produce potent and wide spectrum candidates.

Keywords: Stiripentol, Anticonvulsant, Ligand-based drug design, Molecular hybridization, 2-pyrazoline


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El-behairy, M. F., and H. N. H. Attia. “DESIGN, SYNTHESIS AND ANTICONVULSANT PROFILE OF 5-(BENZO [D][1,3]DIOXOL-5-YL)-3-TERT-BUTYL-4, 5-DIHYDROPYRAZOLE DERIVATIVES”. International Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Vol. 9, no. 6, June 2017, pp. 180-8, doi:10.22159/ijpps.2017v9i6.17520.
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