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Metal-Based Drugs
Volume 8 (2001), Issue 4, Pages 211-214

Synthesis and Biological Activity of Silyl- and Germylsubstituted Trifluroacetylfurans

Latvian Institute of Organic Synthesis, Aizkraukles 21, Riga LV-1006, Latvia

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A series of silyl, germyl and alkyl substituted trifluoroacetylfurans has been synthesized under Friedel-Crafts electrophilic acylation conditions. Biological investigations have demonstrated that germyl derivatives of trifluoroacetylfuran are more toxic than the silicon analogues. 5-Triethylgermyl-2- trifluoroacetylfuran was the most toxic compound (LD50 11.2 mg kg-1, i.p. for white mice), 200 times more toxic than the silicon analogue. 5-t-Butyl- and 5-trimethylsilyl-2-trifluroacetylfuran prolong the duration of ethanol anaesthesia by 220 and 140%. 5-Triethylgermyl-2-trifluroacetylfuran exibited high anesthetic activity in hexobarbital test (prolonged the duration by 137%). Some of compounds influenced muscle tone and locomotor coordination parameters. 5-Triethylgermyl-2-trifluomacetylfuran exibited analgesic activity (ED50 0.9 mg Kg1).