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Brazilian Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences

On-line version ISSN 2175-9790

Braz. J. Pharm. Sci. vol.56  São Paulo  2020  Epub Mar 16, 2020 


8-Propyl-6H-[1,3]dioxolo[4,5-g]chromen-6-one: A new coumarin with monoamine oxidase B inhibitory activity and possible anti-parkinsonian effects

María del Pilar Olaya1  * 

Nadezdha Esperanza Vergel1 

Jose Luis López2 

Dolores Viña3

Mario Francisco Guerrero1 

1Departamento de Farmacia, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá, Colombia

2Pharmaceutical Chemistry Department, School of Pharmacy, Salamanca University, Salamanca, Spain

3Pharmacology Department, Center for Research in Molecular Medicine and Chronic Diseases, University of Santiago de Compostela, Santiago de Compostela, Spain


Parkinson’s disease is a common neurodegenerative disorder. In this study, the monoamine oxidase inhibitory activity and potential anti-parkinsonian effects of 8-propyl-6H-[1,3]dioxolo[4,5-g]chromen-6-one (FCS303), a new synthetic coumarin, were evaluated. To do this, we used the reserpine model of Parkinson’s disease, an assay of levodopa/carbidopa potentiation, the catalepsy model of haloperidol, and an in vitro assay against monoamine oxidase (MAO) activity. Additionally, lipid peroxidation and protein carbonyl group quantification was performed in mice brain homogenates previously treated with haloperidol. FCS303 inhibited monoamine oxidase B (MAO-B) with an IC50 of 5.46 ± 0.36 µM; however, there was no effect on monoamine oxidase A (MAO-A). The oral administration of FCS303 led to a significant reversal of hypokinesia in the reserpine model (at 24 h, doses of 100 and 200 mg/kg) and in the levodopa/carbidopa potentiation assay (at 2 and 24 h, dose of 200 mg/kg). In addition, FCS303 (100 mg/kg) showed anti-cataleptic activity against haloperidol. FCS303 (50 mg/kg) significantly decreased lipid peroxidation and protein carbonyl quantification. These results suggest that FCS303 could present anti-parkinsonian activity related to MAO-B inhibitory activity.

Keywords: Parkinson’s disease; Monoamine oxidase B; Coumarin; Mice; Reserpine; Levodopa; Carbidopa


The World Health Organization (WHO) has estimated that four million people worldwide suffer from Parkinson’s disease (PD) (Philippens, 2008). PD is a neurodegenerative disease that is characterized by a loss of dopaminergic neurons of the substantia nigra and basal ganglia. This leads to alteration in the control and coordination of movement. In addition, PD is characterized by muscle rigidity, bradykinesia, resting tremor, and alterations in balance and walking (Alexi et al., 2000; Emborg, 2004).

Levodopa (L-DOPA) is a symptomatic therapy that compensates for the decreased level of dopamine (DA). Monoamine oxidase B (MAO-B) inhibitors have been widely applied in PD (Foley et al., 2000). Interest in MAO-B inhibitors was initially stimulated by the desire to elevate the reduced striatal DA concentration, which is characteristic of PD. Selegiline and rasagiline are selective MAO-B inhibitors that continue to be valuable adjunct therapies to L-DOPA for PD (Gershanik, 2015). These agents are very useful in the treatment of disease symptoms in early stage and improve the response to L-dopa in late stage of the disease (Finberg, 2014).

Due to the activity shown in the central nervous system, coumarins have attracted attention in the search for new PD treatments. One study evaluated 1,2-Benzopyrone (obtained from Hygrophila tyttha Leonard species) and found that coumarin was responsible, at least in part, for the anxiolytic, anticonvulsant, and sedative effects described for this species (Ariza et al., 2007). Other coumarins, both natural and modified, have shown antidepressant (Vergel et al., 2010) and neuroprotective effects (Kang et al., 2005; Epifano et al., 2008). Some studies have shown that coumarinic compounds inhibit MAO-B (Matos et al., 2004; Matos et al., 2009; Matos et al., 2010; Matos et al. 2013).

In this study, we evaluated the MAO inhibitory activity and potential anti-parkinsonian effects of 8-propyl-6H-[1,3]dioxolo[4,5-g]chromen-6-one (FCS303), a new coumarin whose spectroscopic data is described below.


Drugs and chemicals

FCS303 was synthesized by the Pechmann reaction (Potdar, Mohile, Salunkhe, 2001), in which coumarin was obtained by condensation of sesamol with ethyl butyryl acetate in the presence of sulphuric acid. The infrared and 1H/13C magnetic resonance spectra led to the elucidation of the structure of 8-propyl-6H-[1,3]dioxolo[4,5-g]chromen-6-one (Figure 1). FCS303 is an amorphous brown powder, with melting point range of 147-149 ºC, and a molecular weight of 232 g/mol. EI-MS m/z (rel. int.) 232 (96), 217 (5), 204 (12), 189 (20), 176 (100), 175 (90), 159 (15), 145 (3), 131 (7), 115 (5), 103 (6), 89 (10); 1H NMR (200 MHz, CDCl3) : 6.97 (1H, s, H-5), 6.81 (1H, s, H-8), 6.13 (1H, s, H-3), 6.05 (1H, d, J=3.2 Hz, O-CH2-O), 2,64 (2H, t, H= 7.9 Hz, H-4a), 1.70 (2H, m, H-4b), 1.03 (3H, t, J= 7.5 Hz, H-4c; 13C NMR (75 MHz, CDCl3) d : 162.1 (s, C-2), 113.2 (d, C-3), 151.8 (s, C-4), 104.9 (d, C-5), 144.5 (s, C-6), 152.6 (s, C-7), 97.8 (d, C-8), 144.8 (s, C-9), 116.0 (s, C-10), 101.9 (t, O-CH2-O), 37.1 (t, C-4a), 21.8 (t, C-4b), 13.5 (q, C-4c).

FIGURE 1 Structure of 8-propyl-6H-[1,3]dioxolo[4,5-g] chromen-6-one (FCS303). 

Others drugs and reagents were used in the experimental procedures, including reserpine, selegiline, L-DOPA, carbidopa, clorgiline and iproniazide which were supplied by Sigma-Aldrich. Haloperidol (Janssen Cilag®) and a MAO kit (Molecular Probes®) were also used.

In vitro assay of human monoamine oxidase (hMAO) isoform activity

The effects of FCS303, clorgiline, selegiline and iproniazide on human monoamine oxidase (hMAO) isoform enzymatic activity were evaluated using a fluorimetric method following the experimental protocol previously described by Yáñez et al. (2006). Briefly, several concentrations of FCS303, and recombinant hMAO-A or hMAO-B in required amounts adjusted to obtain the same reaction velocity, were incubated with 0.1 mL of sodium phosphate buffer (0.05 M, pH 7.4) at 37 ºC for 15 min in a flat, black-bottomed 96-well microtest plate in the dark fluorimeter chamber. The experimental conditions were: hMAO-A, 1.1 mg protein; specific activity, 150 nmol p-tyramine oxidized to p-hydroxyphenylacetaldehyde/min/mg protein; hMAO-B, 7.5 mg protein; specific activity, 22 nmol p-tyramine transformed/min/mg protein.

After the incubation, the reaction was started when 200 mM Amplex® Red reagent, 1 U/mL horseradish peroxidase, and 1 mM p-tyramine were added. The production of hydrogen peroxide and, subsequently, of resorufin was quantified in a multi-detection microplate fluorescence reader (FLX800TM, Bio-Tek® Instruments, Inc., Winooski, VT, USA) at 37 ºC, based on the fluorescence generated (excitation: 545 nm, emission: 590 nm) over a period of 15 min , in which the fluorescence increased linearly. Simultaneously, control experiments were performed replacing the coumarin analogue or reference inhibitors (clorgiline, selegiline and iproniazide) with suitable dilutions of the vehicles. The capacity of the tested drugs to modify the fluorescence generated in the mixture by directly reacting with Amplex® Red reagent or any non-enzymatic inhibition was determined by adding coumarin analogue and reference solutions containing only the Amplex® Red reagent in a sodium phosphate buffer. The specific fluorescence emission was calculated after subtraction of the background activity, which was determined in vials where all reagents were preserved, except the hMAO isoforms, which were replaced by a sodium phosphate buffer solution.

In vivo assays


Male ICR mice, weighing between 25 and 30 g, from the Department of Pharmacy, Faculty of Science, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, were used in this study. The animals were housed under standard laboratory conditions, maintained in 12-hour light-dark cycles and at room temperature (22 ± 1ºC), with food and water available ad libitum.

Non-reserpinized mice

Mice that did not previously receive reserpine were dosed with compound FCS303 (50, 100, and 200 mg/kg), selegiline (10 mg/kg), or vehicle by oral (p.o.) administration. The pharmacological effect was evaluated at 1.5 and 23.5 h after administration. This test was performed to observe the results of the administration of selegiline and compound FCS303 in normal mice.

Model of reserpine

The experimental protocol described by Tadaiesky, Andreatini and Vital (2006) was followed, with some modifications, such as reserpine dose (3 mg/kg) and evaluation time (2 h and 24 h). The mice were dosed with 3 mg/kg reserpine by intraperitoneal (i.p.) administration. Selegiline (10 mg/kg), FCS303 (50, 100, and 200 mg/kg), or vehicle were administered orally 30 min later. Locomotor activity was evaluated using the open-field test, at 2 and 24 h after reserpine administration. Each animal was placed in the center of the open-field test, and the number of squares crossed was counted for a duration of 5 min. The vehicle used comprised 15% glycerol, 15% propylene glycol, and distilled water in sufficient quantity to make up 100%.

Potentiation of the effect of L-DOPA/carbidopa in mice pre-treated with reserpine

Reserpine (3 mg/kg) was injected i.p. into the animals 30 min before the p.o. administration of compound FCS303 (100 and 200 mg/kg), selegiline (10 mg/kg), or vehicle. L-DOPA plus carbidopa (100 and 10 mg/kg, respectively) were administrated i.p. 30 min later to all treatment groups. Locomotor activity was evaluated in the open-field test for a duration of 5 min, at 2 and 24 h after administration of reserpine.

Anti-cataleptic activity

Catalepsy caused by haloperidol (Kikuchi et al., 1997; Schmidt et al., 2002; Wei, Chen, 2009) manifests as a prolonged stay of both forepaws in an atypical position on a horizontal bar. Haloperidol (3 mg/kg) was injected i.p. into the animals 30 min after the administration of compound FCS303 (100 mg/kg, p.o.), L-DOPA/carbidopa (400 mg/kg/40 mg/kg; p.o.), or vehicle (p.o.). The reversal of catalepsy was evaluated for a period of 2 min at 60 min after administration of treatments.

Antioxidant activity ex vivo

Mice were dosed daily for 10 days with FCS303 (50 mg/kg, p.o.), L-DOPA/carbidopa (400 mg/kg/ 40 mg/kg, p.o.), or vehicle (p.o.), 30 min before haloperidol (1 mg/kg, i.p.) administration. Animals were killed by decapitation, and the brains were rapidly removed, washed (KCl 1%), and dissected on an ice-cold plate. Homogenates were obtained by homogenization of tissue in 50 mM Tris-HCl buffer (pH 7.4). Homogenates were centrifuged (10000 rpm for 10 min at 4 ºC). The final supernatant were stored at -20 ºC. The protein content of each sample was determined by the Bradford method.

Index of lipid peroxidation in brain homogenates

This assay followed the protocol described by Hijova, Nistiar and Sipulova (2005). As such, 50 mL of 50 mM phosphate buffer (pH 7.4) and 1 mL trichloroacetic acid (10%) were added to brain homogenate (450 mL), which was then centrifuged at 1850 xg for 10 min at 4ºC. Next, 1 mL of thiobarbituric acid (0.67%) was added to 1 mL of supernatant. This mixture was heated to 92ºC for 30 min, and then cooled in an ice bath (4ºC) before the absorbance was measured at 532 nm. The results are expressed as thiobarbituric acid reactive substances, TBARS (mmol/mL/mg), of tissue protein.

Quantification of protein carbonyl groups

Quantification of protein carbonyl groups was performed using the technique of Levine et al. (1990), and following the protocol described by Baltacioglu et al. (2008). Briefly, 250 µL of 2 M HCl or 250 mL of 10 mM 2,4-dinitrophenylhydrazine (DNPH) was added to brain homogenate (50 mL) for the blank or sample, respectively. The samples were left in the dark at room temperature for 1 h and vigorously stirred every 15 min. Next, 500 mL of trichloroacetic acid (20%) was added. The samples were kept in an ice bath for 15 min and then centrifuged at 11000 rpm for 5 min. The supernatant was removed and the pellet was washed three times with 1 mL of ethanol/ethyl acetate (1:1) solution. After each wash, the sample was centrifuged for 7 min at 3000 rpm. The pellet was dissolved in 250 mL of 6 M guanidine hydrochloride and incubated at 37ºC for 10 min. The absorbance was determined at 360 nm. The content of carbonyl groups was calculated based on the molar extinction coefficient of DNPH (e = 22000 cm-1M-1), and is expressed as nmol/mg protein (Baltacioglu et al., 2008).

Statistical analysis

Results are expressed as mean ± standard error of the mean (SEM). One-way analysis of variance (ANOVA) was performed, followed by the Tukey test to determine the treatments responsible for the significant differences. When variance was not homogeneous, or the data was not normally distributed, the Kruskal-Wallis test was applied, followed by the Dunn test. Analyses were performed using GraphPad Prism (v. 5.03).

Ethical considerations

The experimental protocols were evaluated and approved in a meeting held on October 18, 2011 (Act No. 06), by the Faculty of Science Ethics Committee, Universidad Nacional de Colombia.


In this study the new coumarin FCS303, 8-propyl-6H-[1,3]dioxolo[4,5-g]chromen-6-one (Figure 1), was synthesized.

In vitro inhibition of MAO

The ability of the coumarin analogue to inhibit the A and B isoforms of MAO was evaluated. The corresponding IC50 values and the selectivity indices [IC50 (hMAO-A)]/[IC50 (hMAO-B)] are shown in Table I.

TABLE I In vitro hMAO-A and hMAO-B inhibitory activities of compound FCS303 and reference compoundsa 

Compounds hMAO-A1 (IC50) hMAO-B2 (IC50) Selectivity indexb
FCS303 * 5.46 ± 0.36 µM > 18c
Clorgiline 4.46 ± 0.32 nM 61.35 ± 1.13 µM 0.000073
Selegiline 67.25 ± 1.02 µM 19.60 ± 0.86 nM 3.43
Iproniazide 6.56 ± 0.76 µM 7.54 ± 0.36 µM 0.87

aEach IC50 value is the mean ± standard error of the mean (S.E.M.) from five experiments (n = 5).

bhMAO-B selectivity ratios [IC50 (hMAO-A)]/[IC50 (hMAO-B)] for inhibitory effects of FCS303 compound and reference inhibitors.

cValue obtained under the assumption that the corresponding IC50 against hMAO-A is the highest concentration tested (100 mM).

*Inactive at 100 µM (highest concentration tested).

1Human monoamine oxidase A (hMAO- A).

2Human monoamine oxidase B (hMAO- B)

The FCS303 compound showed selective inhibitory activity towards MAO-B, while MAO-A was not inhibited, even at the highest tested concentration. The new compound and reference inhibitors did not react directly with the AmplexÒ Red reagent, which indicates that these drugs do not interfere with the measurements.

The structure of FCS303, 8-propyl-6H-[1,3]dioxolo[4,5-g]chromen-6-one, has substitutions in the positions 4, 6, and 7. Previous studies have shown that the substitution of hydrogens at positions 4 and 7 seems to increase the inhibitory potency of MAO (Santana et al., 2006). Substitutions at position 3 and/or 4 of the coumarin nucleus also contribute to the modulation of the inhibitory activity of MAO-B and the A/B selectivity (Gnerre et al., 2000). In position 7, the steric and lipophilic nature, and the electron characteristics, may be decisive in the formation of covalent bonds with the flavin ring of the flavín adenín dinucleótido (FAD) cofactor (Catto et al., 2006), which is present in the active site of the enzyme MAO. Inhibitors of MAO-B, such as rasagiline and selegiline, bind covalently to FAD, specifically the N-5 flavin (Jenner, 2012; Finberg, 2014).

Altough FCS303 is much less potent than selegiline in in vitro hMAO inhibition assay (Table I); their IC50 is comparable to iproniazide, a drug previously used clinically as an antidepressant. Moreover, several compounds (including some coumarins) were reported as inhibitors of MAO-B with IC50 values in the micromolar range (Tripathi et al., 2018). Finally, FCS303 has selectivity for hMAO-B, therefore, is reasonable to consider that it could be eventually useful for adjuvant for PD treatment.

In vivo assays

Non-reserpinized mice

Doses of 50 and 200 mg/kg of compound FCS303 caused a significant decrease in the locomotor activity at 23.5 h, in mice that did not previously receive reserpine (Figure 2B), compared to the control group. No difference was detected at 1.5 h (Figure 2A). Although there are differences in locomotor activity induced by FCS303 between 1.5 h and 23.5 h this could be explained by the open field habituation (Haleem, Inam, Haleem, 2015).

FIGURE 2A Effect of administration of FCS303 (50, 100, and 200 mg/kg), control (vehicle 0.1 mL/10 g body weight), or selegiline (10 mg/kg) on motor activity in non-reserpinized mice. The animals were observed in an open-field test at 1.5 h after administration of compound FCS303.n = 7–9. *p < 0.05 compared to the control group. 

FIGURE 2B Effect of administration of FCS303 (50, 100, and 200 mg/kg), control (vehicle 0.1 mL/10 g body weight), or selegiline (10 mg/kg) on motor activity in non-reserpinized mice. The animals were observed in an open-field test at 23.5 h after administration of compound FCS303.n = 7–9. *p < 0.05 compared to the control group. 

In other studies, MAO-B inhibitors, including selegiline, have been found to reduce motor activity (Abel, 1995; Matos et al., 2013). On the other hand, a mechanism of action more complex than the inhibition of MAO-B could be present. However, the decrease in motor activity was an opposite effect to that obtained in the reserpine model and in L-DOPA/carbidopa potentiation, in which reversal of hypokinesia was observed. This supports the possible anti-parkinsonian activity of this coumarin.

Reserpine model

Anti-parkinsonian effects were evaluated with the reserpine model. After 24 h, the compound FCS303 showed a statistically significant difference compared to the control at doses of 100 and 200 mg/kg (Figure 3B), whereas no difference was detected at 2 h (Figure 3A).

FIGURE 3A Effect of administration of FCS303 (50, 100, and 200 mg/kg), control (vehicle 0.1 mL/10 g body weight), or selegiline (10 mg/kg) on motor activity in mice treated with reserpine (3 mg/kg). The animals were observed in the openfield test 2 h after administration of reserpine.n = 7–9. *p < 0.05 compared to the control group. 

FIGURE 3B Effect of administration of FCS303 (50, 100, and 200 mg/kg), control (vehicle 0.1 mL/10 g body weight), or selegiline (10 mg/kg) on motor activity in mice treated with reserpine (3 mg/kg). The animals were observed in the openfield test 24 h after administration of reserpine.n = 7–9. *p < 0.05 compared to the control group. 

The effect of reserpine on spontaneous locomotor activity is frequently used as a model of the motor disturbances associated with PD (Colpaert, 1987; Kaur, Starr, 1995; Menzaghi et al., 1997; Tadaiesky et al., 2006). Several drugs currently on the market were tested using this model, supporting its predictive validity (Menzaghi et al., 1997; Tadaiesky et al., 2006).

Selegiline and the compound FCS303 caused the reversal of hypokinesia in the reserpine model of Parkinson’s. This effect was evident because reserpine blocks the vesicular monoamine transporter and produces a profound and lasting decrease in catecholamine. This situation causes depletion of DA in all dopaminergic nerve terminals, including the nigrostriatal pathway, leading to hypokinesia in animals (Philippens, 2008; Matos et al., 2013). MAO inhibitors reduce the enzymatic degradation of DA by monoamine oxidase, thus leading to an increase in the monoamine (Foley, 2000). DA acts on the postsynaptic receptors D1 and D2, which control movement (Fisher et al., 2000).

Potentiation of effect of L-DOPA/carbidopa in mice pre-treated with reserpine

The doses of FCS303 compound that showed the best response in the Parkinson’s reserpine model were evaluated. Selegiline and the FCS303 compound increased the response of L-DOPA/carbidopa and caused a significant reversal of the effects of reserpine, compared to the control and the group of levodopa/carbidopa (100/10 mg/kg) alone in reserpinized animals (Figures 4A and 4B).

FIGURE 4A Effect of administration of levodopa/carbidopa (100/10 mg/kg) plus FCS303 (100 and 200 mg/kg), control (vehicle 0.1 mL/10 g body weight), or selegiline (10 mg/kg) on motor activity in mice pre-treated with reserpine (3 mg/kg). The animals were observed in an open-field test 2 h after administration of reserpine. n = 7–9. *p < 0.05 compared to the control group. +p < 0.05 compared to the group of levodopa/ carbidopa (100/10 mg/kg) alone in reserpinized animals. 

FIGURE 4B Effect of administration of levodopa/carbidopa (100/10 mg/kg) plus FCS303 (100 and 200 mg/kg), control (vehicle 0.1 mL/10 g body weight), or selegiline (10 mg/kg) on motor activity in mice pre-treated with reserpine (3 mg/kg). The animals were observed in an open-field test 24 h after administration of reserpine.n = 7–9. *p < 0.05 compared to the control group. +p < 0.05 compared to the group of levodopa/ carbidopa (100/10 mg/kg) alone in reserpinized animals. 

The compound FCS303 showed a slightly higher response in the levodopa/carbidopa potentiation than in the reserpine model. FCS303 showed a statistically significant response at 200 mg/kg, and a marked tendency towards increased locomotion at 100 mg/kg, compared to the control group. This suggests that the compound can have a potentiating effect with low doses of L-DOPA/carbidopa, probably because the MAO-B inhibitor can prevent degradation of DA derived from L-DOPA after the action of the aromatic L-amino acid decarboxylase in the brain. This is an important property because currently, one clinical use of selective MAO-B inhibitors such as selegiline and rasagiline, is to improve the response to L-DOPA at later stages of the disease (Finberg, 2014).

Anti-cataleptic activity

The coumarin analogue FCS303 and L-DOPA/carbidopa produced a significant decrease in dwell time on the horizontal bar at 60 min (Figure 5). No cataleptic effects were observed after administration of these treatments (data not shown), in mice that did not receive haloperidol.

FIGURE 5 Effect of administration of FCS303 (100 mg/kg), control (vehicle 0.1 mL/10 g body weight), or levodopa/ carbidopa (400/40 mg/kg) on catalepsy induced by haloperidol (3 mg/kg). Catalepsy in mice was assessed using the horizontal bar test 60 min after administration of treatments.n = 8. *p < 0.05 compared to the control group. 

The reference compounds and the coumarin analogue FCS303 showed anti-cataleptic effects in the haloperidol model, a dopamine D2 receptor antagonist drug. This model can predict the activity of dopaminergic and non-dopaminergic drugs in PD. It induces a cataleptic-like state that can be reversed by such drugs. This condition is in some ways analogous to the inability of PD patients to initiate movements (Duty, Jenner, 2011).

Antioxidant activity ex vivo

Index of lipid peroxidation in brain homogenates

The brains of mice treated with FCS303 and L-DOPA/carbidopa presented lower TBARS levels compared to control animals (Figure 6).

FIGURE 6 Effect of administration of FCS303 (50 mg/kg), control (vehicle 0.1 mL/10 g body weight), or levodopa/ carbidopa (400/40 mg/kg) on lipid peroxidation in brain homogenates of mice treated with haloperidol (1 mg/kg) for 10 days.n = 8 mice. *p < 0.05 compared to the control group. 

Quantification of protein carbonyl groups

Protein oxidation products were lower in brains treated with the compound FCS303 and L-DOPA/carbidopa, compared to the control animals (Figure 7).

FIGURE 7 Effect of administration of FCS303 (50 mg/kg), control (vehicle 0.1 mL/10 g body weight), or levodopa/ carbidopa (400/40 mg/kg) on the oxidation of carbonyl groups of proteins in brain homogenates of mice treated with haloperidol (1 mg/kg) for 10 days.n = 8 mice. *p < 0.05 compared to the control group. 

The levels of TBARS and carbonyl groups in brain homogenates of animals that had not undergone any type of procedure with haloperidol (untreated) were lower than the levels of the control and treatment groups (Figures 6 and 7). These results are consistent with several studies in which chronic administration of haloperidol was associated with increased levels of lipid peroxidation and decreased levels of reduced glutathione and antioxidant enzymes (catalase and superoxide dismutase), leading to oxidative stress (Bishnoi, Chopra, Kulkarni, 2006; Bishnoi, Chopra, Kulkarni, 2007). Nevertheless, FCS303 offered a significant protective effect compared to the control animals, probably because the blockade of D2 receptors by haloperidol resulted in increased dopamine turnover. This, in turn, could have conceivably lead to an increased production of hydrogen peroxide and other toxic dopamine metabolites, resulting in increased oxidative stress (Naidu, Singh, Kulkarni, 2003; Singh et al., 2003). Inhibitors of MAO-B would be predicted to reduce oxidative stress by reducing H2O2 production, thus functioning as neuroprotective agents (Foley et al., 2000).


According to the current study, it could be concluded that the synthetic coumarin FCS303 (8-propyl-6H- [1,3] dioxolo [4,5-g] chromen-6-one) has interesting properties, such as selective inhibitory activity on hMAO-B and anti-parkinsonian activity in in vivo models of PD. It is important to continue studying this coumarin analogue because it could be a possible anti-parkinsonian agent.


This work was conducted with funding from Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá (VRI/DIB, Project: 13668). The authors would like to thank the Grupo de Principios Bioactivos en Plantas Medicinales (COL0014832).


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Received: October 02, 2017; Accepted: October 17, 2018

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