Synthesis and biological activity of fatty acid derivatives of quinine

Naokazu Kumura, Minoru Izumi, Shuhei Nakajima, Sakayu Shimizu, Hye Sook Kim, Yusuke Wataya, Naomichi Baba

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Derivatives of quinine with fatty acids including polyunsaturated fatty acids were prepared. They showed moderate antimalarial activity as compared with quinine itself using Plasmodium falciparum. The activities were not dependent on whether the fatty acyl group was saturated or unsaturated. On the other hand, the derivatives showed significantly higher cytotoxicity against a mammary tumor cell line FM3A than quinine itself. Calculating from these data, an acetyl derivative of quinine with the shortest acyl group was found to give the highest selectivity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2250-2253
Number of pages4
JournalBioscience, Biotechnology and Biochemistry
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2005


  • Antimalarial activity
  • Fatty acid
  • Plasmodium falciparum
  • Quinine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Organic Chemistry


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