|Source: ACS Chemical Neuroscience | Sydney University|
From the pages of the (relatively new) journal ACS Chemical Neuroscience, comes this report about development of new antidepressants with rather...interesting appendages. The adamantyl (1) and Cookson's diketone (3) molecules shouldn't surprise, but the rest? You're not imagining things - those are blood-brain barrier-penetrant lead molecules based on cubane (2) and closo- and nido-carboranes (4,5). At 20 mg/kg, compounds 2 and 5 restore significant function to mice following stress tests. The authors indicate that, although the caged compounds look pretty huge, they're actually fairly isosteric (similar size) to a phenyl group, yet possess rugged metabolic stability.
*With apologies to Cypress Hill