Synthesis, Ultra-Short Acting Hypnotic Activity, and Metabolic Profile of Ethyl 8-Oxo-5,6,7,8-tetrahydro-thiazolo[3,2-a] [1,3]diazepin-3-carboxylate (HIE-124)

A.A. Kadi, H.A. Ei-Kashef, A.A.M. Abdel-Aziz, G.S. Hassan, J.N.A. Tettey, M.H. Grant, J. Lehmann, H.I. EI-Subbagh

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The synthesis and biological evaluation of ethyl 8-oxo-5,6,7,8-tetrahydro-thiazolo[3,2-a][1,3]diazepin- 3-carboxylate (HIE-124, 4), as a member of a new generation of ultra-short acting hypnotics is described. HIE-124 4 exhibited potent in-vivo activity with a very rapid onset of action and a shorter duration of action with no acute tolerance or noticeable side effects than thiopental sodium. The rat in-vivo and in-vitro metabolic profile of 4 is also described. Urine was pooled from a number of animals and analyzed using electrospray liquid chromatography mass spectrometry (ESI LC-MS). HIE-124 4 was incubated with rat-liver microsomal and rat-liver hepatocyte preparations then similarly analyzed. The only metabolic product of both in-vitro and in-vivo experiments is the carboxylic acid derivative 5. HIE-124 4 has the potential use not only as a preanesthetic medication and as anesthesia inducer but also has the potential to be used with thiopental sodium to maintain anesthesia for longer duration.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)81-89
Number of pages8
JournalArchiv der Pharmazie
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2008


  • metabolic profile
  • synthesis
  • thiazolo[3
  • 2-a][1
  • 3]diazepine
  • ultra-short acting hypnotic

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