(S)-dimethyl 2-(3-(phenyltellanyl) propanamido) succinate, a new telluroamino acid derivative, showed remarkable glutathione peroxidase (GPx)-like activity, attesting to its antioxidant potential. However, the stability and toxicity of this compound has not yet been investigated. The present study was designed to investigate the pharmacological/toxicological properties of this compound in vitro and in vivo. In vitro, this telluroamino acid derivative significantly blocked spontaneous and Fe(II)-induced TBARS formation in rat brain homogenates, demonstrating high antioxidant activity. In addition, it exhibited GPx-like and thiol oxidase activities. However, when subcutaneously administered to mice, (S)-dimethyl 2-(3-(phenyltellanyl) propanamido) succinate indicated genotoxic and mutagenic effect in adult male mice. Considering the differential effects of (S)-dimethyl 2-(3-(phenyltellanyl) propanamido) succinate in vitro and in vivo, additional experiments are needed to elucidate the mechanism(s) by which this compound displays its antioxidant/toxicological effects.
- Organotellurium derivative
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis