Author(s): Shi W, Dolai S, Rizk S, Hussain A, Tariq H,
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Abstract Curcumin, the primary active ingredient in the spice turmeric, was converted to reactive monofunctional derivatives (carboxylic acid/azide/alkyne). The derivatives were employed to produce a 3 + 2 azide-alkyne "clicked" curcumin dimer and a poly(amidoamine) (PAMAM) dendrimer-curcumin conjugate. The monofunctional curcumin derivatives retain biological activity and are efficient for labeling and dissolving amyloid fibrils. The curcumin dimer selectively destroys human neurotumor cells. The synthetic methodology developed affords a general strategy for attaching curcumin to various macromolecular scaffolds.
This article was published in Org Lett
and referenced in Advances in Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety