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Acta Parasitologica, Vol.44, No. 3, 1999, 156-159
Le Pape Patrice (1)*, Abdala Hiam (1), Pagniez Fabrice (1), Robert Jean Michel (2), Le Baut Guillaume (2) - Activity of N-lutidinylarylcarboxamides against Leishmania donovani and L. braziliensis.

(1) Laboratoire de Parasitologie et Biologie Animale; (2) Laboratoire de Chimie Organique et de Chimie Therapeutique; Faculte de Pharmacie, Universite de Nantes, 1 rue Gaston Veil, 44035 Nantes, France

*Corresponding author: phone: 02 40 41 28 42, fax: 02 40 41 28 67,



Three arylcarboxamides issued from 2-amino-4,6-dimethylpyridine, benzamide 1, furan-2-carboxamide 2 and 5-bromofuran-2-carboxamide 3 were evaluated against Leishmania promastigotes, at three doses, 0.5, 5, and 50 mM. Although benzamide 1 exerted but a moderate inhibition against cultured extracellular promastigotes at a concentration of 50 mM, furan-2-carboxamides 2 and 3 had potent activity at the same concentration. The IC50 of 2 against L. donovani and L. braziliensis were 29.9 and 28.3 mM and those of 3 were 25.9 and 36.6 mM, respectively. In a BALB/c mice model of visceral leishmaniosis, an intraperitoneal administration of 10 mg/kg of 2, for 5 days, led to a consistent parasite burden reduction in the spleen smears (75.8 ± 5.7%) and in the microdilution spleen cultures (72.1 ± 0.6%). A very significant correlation (r = 0.96) was found between the two methods of spleen parasite burden quantification. These amides also exhibit potent antiinflammatory activity and it was previously stated that they inhibit arachidonic acid production by interfering in the PLA2 activation. This suggests fact that they could disrupt Leishmania membrane lipid integrity by protein kinase C inhibition.

KEY WORDS: Leishmania donovani, L. braziliensis, arylcarboxamides
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