Anti-amyloidogenic indolizino[3,2-: C] quinolines as imaging probes differentiating dense-core, diffuse, and coronal plaques of amyloid-β

Kyeonghwan Kim, Jeong Hwa Lee, Sunmi Kim, Songmin Lee, Donghee Lee, Hye Yun Kim, Ikyon Kim, Youngsoo Kim

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Abnormal deposition of amyloid-β (Aβ) is a major biomarker that is often used to diagnose Alzheimer's disease (AD). The Aβ plaque levels in the cortex and hippocampus are measured by either brain histology or positron emission tomography. Although cerebral plaques are found in several phenotypes, such as dense-core, diffuse, and coronal, imaging probes differentiating these plaques are currently unavailable. Here, we report that fluorescent indolizino[3,2-c]quinoline derivatives (YIQ) distinguish Aβ plaque phenotypes in brains of 5XFAD Alzheimer transgenic mice. We synthesized and screened 64 YIQ compounds through a series of in vitro and ex vivo Aβ staining assays. We found 20 compounds that could stain the Aβ phenotypes, 10 for dense-core plaques, eight for both dense-core and diffuse plaques, and two for solely visualizing only the coronal plaques while leaving the centric core unstained. Among the 20 imaging candidates, five YIQs displaying anti-Aβ aggregation efficacy were confirmed by thioflavin T assays and electrophoretic analyses. This journal is

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1926-1934
Number of pages9
JournalRSC Medicinal Chemistry
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Nov

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Funding Information:
This work was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF-2018R1A6A1A03023718, NRF-2020R1A2C2005961, NRF-2018M3C7A1021858, and NRF-2018R1D1A1B07048857), the Yonsei University Research Fund (Post Doc. Researcher Supporting Program of 2021, 2021-12-0028) and the POSCO Science Fellowship of POSCO TJ Park Foundation.

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© The Royal Society of Chemistry.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Drug Discovery
  • Organic Chemistry


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