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Properties and synthesis of milrinone

DOI: 10.2298/hemind120410057m

Keywords: milrinone , properties , mechanism of action , synthesis

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Milrinone, 1,6-dihydro-2-methyl-6-oxo-[3,4’-bipyridine]-5-carbonitrile, is a positive inotropic cardiotonic agent with vasodilator properties that acts as selective phosphodiesterase 3 inhibitor in cardiac and vascular smooth muscle. Trade names of milrinone are Primacor, Corotrop, Corotrope, and Milrila. Milrinone, an amrinone derivative, is 20 to 50 times more active than amrinone and possesses reduced propensity to side effects. The use of milrinone has created controversy in the medical as the result of increased mortality rate among patients that received high amounts of milrinone in oral form. Reaserch show that it can be benifitial for patients with severe congestive heart failure when used as short-time intravenous therapy. Milrinone properties, stability, as well as mechanism of action and synthesis under laboratory and industry conditions have been described in this paper. For industrial purposes milrinone is synthesized by condensation of cyanoacetamide with 4-(dimethylamino)-3-(4-pyridinyl)-3-buten-2-one and 4-ethoxy-3-(4-pyridinyl)-3-buten-2-one in presence of a base, or by the reaction of 1-(4-pyridinyl)- 2-propanone with ethoxymethylenmalononitrile or 4-alkoxy-3-(4-pyridinyl)-3-buten-2-one with malononitrile without the use of external base. The starting compound for these syntheses is 4-picoline. Alternative synthesis of milrinone starts from 2-methyl-3-(4-pyridylidiene)-1,1,5-tricyano-1,4-pentadiene-5-carboxamide and 2-methyl-6-oxo-1,6-dihydro-3,4’-bipyridine-5-carboxamide. Lastly, methods for milrinone synthesis in laboratory, injection preparation and purification have been summarized.


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