Prediction of Antagonistic Activity of *β*-Carboline and Its Derivatives Using Topological Descriptors ()

Anil Kumar Soni^{1*}, Gajendra Pal Singh^{2}, Vishnu Kumar Sahu^{3}

^{1}Department of Chemistry, Shia Post Graduate College, Lucknow, India.

^{2}Department of Chemistry, Bareilly College, Bareilly, India.

^{3}Department of Chemistry, Maharani Lal Kunwari Post Graduate College, Balrampur, India.

**DOI: **10.4236/ojapps.2021.115041
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Prediction of antagonistic activity of *β*-carboline and its thirteen derivatives has been made using topological descriptors viz, connectivity index, and kappa shape index of different orders. For evaluation of values of descriptor, molecular modeling and geometry optimization of all the compounds were carried out with CAChe Pro software by opting semiempirical PM3 method using MOPAC 2002. For prediction of activity multiple linear regression analysis (MLR) was performed. MLR analysis has been made by Project Leader Software associated with CAChe by using the above descriptors as independent variables and biological activity as dependent variables. We were performed leave-one-out methods and the result reflected a direct relationship between biological activity and connectivity index of zero order, while indirect relationship with connectivity index of second order and thus connectivity index is a reliable descriptor to predict the biological activity of *β*-carboline and its various derivatives.

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Soni, A. , Singh, G. and Sahu, V. (2021) Prediction of Antagonistic Activity of *β*-Carboline and Its Derivatives Using Topological Descriptors. *Open Journal of Applied Sciences*, **11**, 577-584. doi: 10.4236/ojapps.2021.115041.

1. Introduction

In our previous publications, we have studied 1) PM3 based QSAR study of *β*-carbolines using electronegativity and absolute hardness as reactive parameters [1]; 2) stability index based quantitative structure-activity relationship study of *β*-carbolines [2]; 3) quantum chemical descriptor based study on *β*-carbolines binding to benzodiazepines receptor [3]; 4) correlation of binding affinity of *β*-carbolines on benzodiazepines receptor with UV- and IR-spectroscopic data [4]. But no study on *β*-carboline and its derivatives have been made using topological parameters. Hence, in this work, we have made a prediction of the binding affinities of *β*-carboline and its thirteen derivatives based on topological indices. Our research group has found reliable predicting ability of various topological indices on diverse sets of compounds of diverse biological activities [5]. The topological indices are molecular connectivity indices and shape index. Molecular connectivity is a method of molecular structure quantization in which weight counts of substructure fragments are incorporated into numerical indices such as size, branching, unsaturation, heteroatom content, and cyclicity, which are encoded [6]. Substructures for molecular skeleton are defined by the decomposition of the skeleton into fragments of atom (zero order, *m* = 0) and one bond paths (first order, *m* = 1). The calculation of indices begins with the reduction of the molecule to hydrogen-suppressed skeleton. Our study is based few selected topological descriptors, *viz*. 1) connectivity index of zero-order (^{0}*χ _{t}*); 2) connectivity index of first order (

2. Theory

The evaluation of the above topological parameters is given below. The molecular connectivity indices are symbolized by ${}^{m}\chi {}_{t}$ [7]. The connectivity index is given by Equation (1):

${}^{m}\chi {}_{t}={\displaystyle \underset{i=1}{\overset{Ns}{\sum}}{}^{m}C{}_{i}}$ (1)

and ${}^{m}C{}_{i}$ is given by Equation (2):

${}^{m}C{}_{i}={\displaystyle \underset{k=1}{\overset{m+1}{\prod}}{\left({\delta}_{k}\right)}^{-0.5}}$ (2)

where *m* = 1 for first order, *m* = 2 for second order and *m* = 3 for third order. Similarly the valence connectivity index is given by Equation (3):

${}^{m}\chi {}_{t}^{V}={\displaystyle \underset{i=1}{\overset{Ns}{\sum}}{}^{m}C{}_{i}^{V}}$ (3)

and ${}^{m}C{}_{i}^{V}$ is given by Equation (4):

${}^{m}C{{}_{i}}^{V}={\displaystyle \underset{k=1}{\overset{m+1}{\prod}}{\left({\delta}_{k}^{V}\right)}^{-0.5}}$ (4)

where *m* = 1 for first order, *m* = 2 for second order and *m* = 3 for third order.

Kappa shape indices are also a method of molecular structure quantization in which attributes of molecular shape are encoded into kappa values (^{1}*K* for first order, ^{2}*K* for second order, ^{3}*K* for third order) [5]. The first, second and third order kappa shape indices are given by Equation (5)-(8):

${}^{1}K=\frac{A{\left(A-1\right)}^{2}}{{\left({}^{1}P{}_{i}\right)}^{2}}$ (5)

${}^{2}K=\frac{\left(A-1\right){\left(A-2\right)}^{2}}{{\left({}^{2}P{}_{i}\right)}^{2}}$ (6)

${}^{3}K=\frac{\left(A-1\right){\left(A-3\right)}^{2}}{{\left({}^{3}P{}_{i}\right)}^{2}}$ if *A* is odd (7)

${}^{3}K=\frac{\left(A-3\right){\left(A-2\right)}^{2}}{{\left({}^{3}P{}_{i}\right)}^{2}}$ if *A* is even (8)

where *P _{i}* is the length of paths of bond length “

3. Materials and Methods

The study materials of this work are *β*-carboline and its thirteen derivatives as listed in Table 1. The biological activity of these compounds were measured by three different methods viz., IC50 inhibition of [3H]diazepam, IC_{50} antagonistic activity, and IC_{50} binding affinities to displace 50% of [3H]flunitrazepam on benzodiazepines receptor [8]. But in this work, we have selected IC_{50} antagonistic activity for the study. For prediction of antagonistic activity molecular modeling and geometry optimization [9] of all the compounds were carried out with CAChe Pro software by opting semiempirical PM3 method using MOPAC 2002 [10]. The MLR analysis has been made by Project Leader Software associated with CAChe by using the above descriptors. The reliability of the proposed model was judged by calculating the values of the correlation coefficient (*r*^{2}) and cross validation coefficient (
${r}_{CV}^{2}$ ) [11].

4. Results and Discussion

Benzodiazepines (BDZs) are the drugs of choice in the pharmacotherapy of anxiety and related emotional disorders, sleep disorders, status epilepticus, and other convulsive states; they are used as centrally acting muscle relaxants, for premedication, and as inducing agents in anesthesiology [8]. They act via the benzodiazepine receptor site (BzR) on the *γ*-aminobutyric acid receptor (GABA_{A}) family [8]. There are relatively several structural classes of Non-Benzodiazepine (Non-BDZ) compounds that have a reasonable affinity for the BZR and show pharmacologic activity in vivo [8]. But, in this work, we have made QSAR study of a series of *β*-carboline derivatives as Non-BDZ molecules whose biological activities are reported in terms of IC_{50} antagonistic activity binding to the benzodiazepine receptor. *β*-Carbolines posssess a broad spectrum of pharmacological actions (as muscle relaxants) mediated via occupation of BzR in the central nervous system [8]. Survey of the literature shows that biological activity of several *β*-carboline derivatives has been measured and discussed in detail [8]. The survey of the literatures also indicates that no prediction of activity of *β*-carboline derivatives has been made with the help of above selected topological descriptors. The trends of topological descriptors with antagonistic activity are graphically depicted in Figure 1.

Table 1. IC_{50} antagonistic activity of *β*-Carboline and its thirteen derivative binding to benzodiazepines receptor [8].

Figure 1. Trends of descriptors with biological activity.

For prediction of antagonistic activity multiple regression analysis has been performed using topological descriptors used as independent variables and biological activity as dependent variable. Through leave-out-one method a number of MLR equations have been developed using topological descriptors not more than three.

when *k* = 1 then the reliable modal is:

$\text{PBA}=0.\text{256}\times {}^{0}\chi {}_{t}^{v}+\text{4}.\text{225}$ (9)

${r}_{CV}^{2}=0.308$

${r}^{2}=0.571$

when *k* = 2 then the reliable model obtained by different combination of descriptors is:

$\text{PBA}=2.389\times {}^{0}\chi {}_{t}-3.847\times {}^{2}\chi {}_{t}+7.486$ (10)

${r}_{CV}^{2}=0.648$

${r}^{2}=0.736$

when *k* = 3 then the reliable model obtained by different combination of descriptors is:

$\text{PBA}=1.869\times {}^{1}K-0.246\times {}^{2}K-3.724\times {}^{3}K+5.645$ (11)

${r}_{CV}^{2}=0.583$

${r}^{2}=0.736$

Among the above MLR equations Equation (10) is best model as clear from the correlation coefficient (*r*^{2}) and cross validation coefficient (
${r}_{CV}^{2}$ ) values. Predicted activity as obtained from this model is also tabulated in Table 2, while the trends of observed and predicted activity are graphically presented in Figure 2.

Table 2. Values of topological descriptors, observed biological activity and predicted biological activity.

^{a}data point not used in deriving the equation. Where ^{0}*χ _{t}* = connectivity index of zero order,

Figure 2. Trends of OBA and PBA.

5. Conclusion

The study concluded that the connectivity indexes of zero-order and connectivity second order are reliable descriptors to predict the biological activity of *β*-carboline and its various derivatives. The study also reflected a direct relationship between biological activity and connectivity index of zero-order (positive value of descriptor coefficient), while the indirect relationship with connectivity index of second order (negative value of descriptor coefficient).

Acknowledgements

The authors are thankful to Principal, Maharani Lal Kunwari Post Graduate College, Balrampur for laboratory facilities and to respected Dr. P. P. Singh for valuable discussion and suggestions.

Conflicts of Interest

The authors declare no conflicts of interest regarding the publication of this paper.

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