S -Nitroso- N -acetyl-L-cysteine ethyl ester (SNACET) from freemexy's blog

S-Nitrosothiols or thionitrites with the general formula RSNO are formally composed of the nitrosyl cation (NO⁺) and a thiolate (RS⁻), the base of the corresponding acids RSH. The smallest S-nitrosothiol is HSNO and derives from hydrogen sulfide (HSH, H2S). The most common physiological S-nitrosothiols are derived from the amino acid L-cysteine (CysSH). Thus, the simplest S-nitrosothiol is S-nitroso-L-cysteine (CysSNO). CysSNO is a spontaneous potent donor of nitric oxide (NO) which activates soluble guanylyl cyclase to form cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP). This activation is associated with multiple biological actions that include relaxation of smooth muscle cells and inhibition of platelet aggregation. Like NO, CysSNO is a short-lived species and occurs physiologically at concentrations around 1 nM in human blood. CysSNO can be formed from CysSH and higher oxides of NO including nitrous acid (HONO) and its anhydride (N2O3). N-Acetyl-L-cysteine ethyl ester
The most characteristic feature of RSNO is the S-transnitrosation reaction by which the NO⁺ group is reversibly transferred to another thiolate. By this way numerous RSNO can be formed such as the low-molecular-mass S-nitroso-N-acetyl-L-cysteine (SNAC) and S-nitroso-glutathione (GSNO), and the high-molecular-mass S-nitrosol-L-cysteine hemoglobin (HbCysSNO) present in erythrocytes and S-nitrosol-L-cysteine albumin (AlbCysSNO) present in plasma at concentrations of the order of 200 nM. All above mentioned RSNO exert NO-related biological activity, but they must be administered intravenously.
This important drawback can be overcome by lipophilic charge-free RSNO. Thus, we prepared the ethyl ester of SNAC, the S-nitroso-N-acetyl-L-cysteine ethyl ester (SNACET), from synthetic N-acetyl-L-cysteine ethyl ester (NACET). Both NACET and SNACET have improved pharmacological features over N-acetyl-L-cysteine (NAC) and S-nitroso-N-acetyl-L-cysteine (SNAC), respectively, including higher oral bioavailability. SNACET exerts NO-related activities which can be utilized in the urogenital tract and in the cardiovascular system. NACET has high oral bioavailability, is a strong antioxidant and abundant precursor of GSH, unlike its free acid N-acetyl-L-cysteine (NAC). Here, we review the chemical and pharmacological properties of SNACET and NACET as well as their analytical chemistry. We also report new results from the ingestion of S-[¹⁵N]nitroso-N-acetyl-L-cysteine ethyl ester (S¹⁵NACET) demonstrating the favorable pharmacological profile of SNACET.

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By freemexy
Added Oct 30 '19


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