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The impact of altering the octanol-water partition properties (log P) of analogues of desazadesferrithiocin, (S)-4,5-dihydro-2-(2-hydroxyphenyl)-4-methyl-4-thiazolecarboxylic acid, on the ligands' iron clearing properties is described. Increasing chelator lipophilicity can both substantially augment iron clearing efficiency in Cebus apella primates as well as alter the mode of iron excretion, favoring fecal over urinary output. The complications of iron overload are often associated with the metal's interaction with hydrogen peroxide, generating hydroxyl radicals (Fenton chemistry) and, ultimately, other related deleterious species. In fact, some iron chelators actually promote this chemistry. All of the compounds synthesized and tested in the current study are shown to be both inhibitors of the iron-mediated oxidation of ascorbate, thus removing the metal from the Fenton cycle, and effective radical scavengers.


Raymond J Bergeron, Jan Wiegand, James S McManis, Jörg Bussenius, Richard E Smith, William R Weimar. Methoxylation of desazadesferrithiocin analogues: enhanced iron clearing efficiency. Journal of medicinal chemistry. 2003 Apr 10;46(8):1470-7

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