Table of Contents
Metal-Based Drugs
Volume 6 (1999), Issue 2, Pages 67-73

Carbonic Anhydrase Inhibitors Part 721 Synthesis and Antiglaucoma Properties of Metal Complexes of p-Fluorobenzolamide

1Università degli Studi, Dipartimento di Chimica, Laboratorio di Chimica Inorganica e Bioinorganica, Via Gino Capponi 7, Firenze I-50121, Italy
2Ospedale Santa Maria Nuova, U. O. Oculistica, Via della Pergola 60, Firenze I-50121, Italy
3Università degli Studi, Istituto Oculistico, Viale Morgagni 85, Firenze I-50134, Italy

Received 19 January 1999; Accepted 4 February 1999

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Metal complexes of a heterocyclic sulfonamides possessing very strong carbonic anhydrase (CA) inhibitory properties, i.e., 5-(p-fluorobenzenesulfonylamido)-1,3,4-thiadiazole-2-sulfonamide (p-fluorobenzolamide) were prepared. The new complexes contained metal ions such as Zn(II), Cu(II), Co(II), Ni(II), Cd(II) and Mn(II). The new compounds were characterized by standard physico-chemical procedures, and assayed as inhibitors of three CA isozymes, CA I, II and IV. Very good inhibition has been evidenced both for the parent sulfonamides as well as for the prepared complexes, against all three investigated isozymes. Some of these new complexes as well as the parent sulfonamide, strongly lowered intraocular pressure (IOP) in normotensive rabbits when administered as a 2% solution into the eye.