Synthesis and investigation of dihydroxychalcones as calpain and cathepsin inhibitors

Kyung Hye Baek, Radha Karki, Eung Seok Lee, Younghwa Na, Youngjoo Kwon

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In order to identify potential calpain and cathepsin inhibitors we prepared 12 dihydroxychalcone analogues and tested their ability to inhibit μ-calpain, m-calpain, cathepsins B and L. In the calpain inhibition test, compound 10 exhibited the most active inhibitory activity against m-calpain with an IC50 value of 25.25 ± 0.901 μM. With respect to inhibition of cathepsins B and L, compound 13 exhibited the most potent inhibitory activity on cathepsin L and moderate inhibitory activity on cathepsin B with IC50 values of 2.80 ± 0.100 and 11.47 ± 0.087 μM, respectively. Our results suggest the possibility of developing dual calpain and cathepsin inhibitors by properly modulating structures and/or combining the essential aspects of the functional group effective for specific calpain and cathepsin inhibition.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)24-30
Number of pages7
JournalBioorganic Chemistry
StatePublished - 2013

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Funding Information:
This work was financially supported by CHA University, Pocheon, and the Korea Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology ( 2011-0011007 ).


  • B L Inhibitor
  • Calpain inhibitor
  • Cathepsin
  • Dihydroxychalcone


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