Development of Prodrugs for Treatment of Parkinson‘s Disease: New Inorganic Scaffolds for Blood–Brain Barrier Permeation

27 September 2022 14:25 - 15:00

This review aims to summarize the main formulations currently in use for PD treatment, explaining advantages and disadvantages for each class. The attention will be focused on the promising prodrug concept, aimed at finding a suitable L-DOPA substitute with improved pharmacokinetic behavior. In this respect, new potential candidates which show interesting properties for the intended scope, the so-called dicarba-closo-dodecaboranes(12) (carboranes), will be discussed. Carboranes are inorganic molecular icosahedral boron-carbon clusters with 12 vertices and 20 deltahedral faces. They have been extensively studied for applications in medicine as potential pharmacophores, reagents in boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT) and radiotherapy. Here, we discuss them as inorganic scaffolds for dopamine delivery at the central nervous system (CNS) level.