Structural remodeling of cocaine: Design and synthesis of trisubstituted cyclopropanes as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors

Alan P. Kozikowski, Lianyun Zhao, Ao Zhang, Cheng Z. Wang, Judith Flippen-Anderson, Kenneth M. Johnson

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Blocking transporters: A series of novel cyclopropane analogues 1 structurally related to cocaine were synthesized by using a sulfonium ylide based cyclopropanation reaction of benzylidenemalonate. As selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) have proven effective against depression and other neurological disorders, these easily synthesized ligands are of potential therapeutic interest.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)58-65
Number of pages8
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2006



  • Cocaine
  • Cyclopropane
  • Monoamine inhibitors
  • Neurochemistry
  • Neurotransmitters

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Molecular Medicine

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