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Title:
NOVEL NONSTEROIDAL ANTI-INFLAMMATORY SUBSTANCES, COMPOSITIONS AND METHODS FOR THEIR USE
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2004/005309
Kind Code:
A2
Abstract:
The present invention relates (a) to new compounds represented by Formula I: wherein M represents a macrolide subunit (macrolide moiety) derived from macrolide possessing the property of accumulation in inflammatory cells, D represents a nonsteroidal subunit (nonsteroidal moiety) derived from nonsteroid drug with anti-inflammatory, analgesic and/or antipyretic activity (NSAID) and L represents a linking group covalently linking M and D; (b) to their pharmacologically acceptable salts, prodrugs and solvates, (c) to processes and intermediates for their preparation, and (d) to their use in the treatment of inflammatory diseases and conditions in humans and animals.

Inventors:
MERCEP MLADEN (HR)
MESIC MILAN (HR)
TOMASKOVIC LINDA (HR)
MARKOVIC STRIBOR (HR)
Application Number:
PCT/HR2003/000035
Publication Date:
January 15, 2004
Filing Date:
July 07, 2003
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Assignee:
PLIVA D D (HR)
MERCEP MLADEN (HR)
MESIC MILAN (HR)
TOMASKOVIC LINDA (HR)
MARKOVIC STRIBOR (HR)
International Classes:
C07H17/08; A61K31/7048; A61K31/7052; A61P1/04; A61P9/00; A61P9/10; A61P11/00; A61P11/06; A61P11/08; A61P17/00; A61P17/06; A61P17/16; A61P19/02; A61P19/04; A61P19/06; A61P21/00; A61P27/02; A61P29/00; A61P31/04; A61P37/06; C07H17/00; (IPC1-7): C07H17/00
Domestic Patent References:
WO1998056801A11998-12-17
WO1999064040A11999-12-16
WO2002055531A12002-07-18
WO2003070254A12003-08-28
Foreign References:
EP0283055A21988-09-21
GB2327084A1999-01-13
EP0895999A11999-02-10
EP0984019A12000-03-08
US20010006962A12001-07-05
Other References:
COSTA A M ET AL: "Hybrids of macrolides and nucleobases or nucleosides" TETRAHEDRON LETTERS, ELSEVIER SCIENCE PUBLISHERS, AMSTERDAM, NL, vol. 41, no. 18, April 2000 (2000-04), pages 3371-3375, XP004198041 ISSN: 0040-4039
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
Pliva, Istrazivacki Institut -. D. O. O. (Prilaz baruna Filipovica 29, Zagreb, HR)
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Claims:
CLAIMS
1. A compound of Formula I : wherein M represents a macrolide subunit; D represents a nonsteroidal subunit; L is a linker molecule to which each of M and D are covalently linked; and pharmaceutically acceptable salts and solvates thereof and individual diastereoisomers thereof.
2. A compound as claimed in claim 1 wherein M represents a group of Formula II: wherein: (i) Z and W independently are: >C=O, >CH2, >CHNRtRs, >NRN or >C=NRM or a bond wherein: Rt and R, independently are hydrogen or alkyl ; RM is hydroxy, alkoxy, substituted alkoxy or ORP ; RN is hydrogen, RP, alkyl, alkenyl, alkynyl, alkoxy, alkoxyalkyl, orC (X) NRtRs ; wherein X is =O or =S; provided that Z and W cannot both simultaneously be, >C=O, >CH2, >CHNRtRs, >NRN or >C=NRM or a bond, (ii) U and Y independently are hydrogen, halogen, alkyl, or hydroxyalkyl ; (iii) R'is hydroxy, ORP,OS2 group or an =O ; (iv) S'is a sugar moiety of formula: wherein R8 and R9 are both hydrogen or together form a bond, or R9 is hydrogen and R8 isN (CH3) Ry, wherein Ry is Rp, Rz or C(O)Rz wherein RZ is hydrogen or alkyl or alkenyl or alkynyl or cycloalkyl or aryl or heteroaryl or alkyl substituted with C2C7alkyl, C2C7alkenyl, C2C7alkynyl, aryl or heteroaryl Rl° is hydrogen or RP ; (v) S2 is a sugar moiety of formula: wherein: R3 is hydrogen or methyl; R"is hydrogen, RP or OR11 is a group that with Rl2 and with C/4"carbon atom forms a >C=O or epoxy group; Rl2 is hydrogen or a group that with OR11 group and with C/4"carbon atom forms a >C=O or epoxy group; (vi) R2 is hydrogen, hydroxy, ORP or alkoxy (vii) A is hydrogen or methyl; (viii) B is methyl or epoxy; (ix) E is hydrogen or halogen; (x) R3 is hydroxy, ORp, alkoxy or R 3is a group that with Rs and with C/11 and C/12 carbon atoms forms a cyclic carbonate or carbamate; or if W or Z is >NRN R3 is a group that with W or Z forms a cyclic carbamate; (xi) R4 is C1C4 alkyl ; (xii) R5 is hydrogen, hydroxy, ORp, ClC4alkoxy, or a group that with R3 and with C/11 and C/12 carbon atoms forms a cyclic carbonate or carbamate; (xiii) R6 is hydrogen or CC4alkyl ; wherein M has a linkage site through which it is linked to D via linking group L; provided that the linkage site being at one or more of the following: a) any reactive hydroxy, nitrogen, or epoxy group located on S1, S2, or an aglycone oxygen if S'or/and S2 is cleaved off; b) a reactive >NRN orNRtRs or =O group located on Z or W; c) a reactive hydroxy group located at any one of Rl, R2, R3, and R5 ; d) any other group that can be first derivatized to a hydroxy or NRtRs group and RP is hydroxyl or amino protective group.
3. A compound as claimed in claim 1 wherein L represents a group of Formula IV: X' (CH2) mQ (CH2) nXz IV wherein X'is selected from :CHz,C (O), OC (O), NO,OC (O) NHorC (O) NH; X2 isNHorNHC (O),OC (O),C (O),O orCH2 ; Q isNHorCH2, or absent; wherein eachCH2orNHgroup may be optionally substituted by CC7alkyl, C2C7alkenyl, C2C7alkynyl, C (O) RX, C (O) OR", C (O) NHR" wherein R"may be ClC7alkyl, aryl or heteroaryl; the symbols m and n independently are a whole number from 0 to 4, with the proviso that if Q is NH, n cannot be 0.
4. A compound as claimed in claim 1 wherein D is derived from the NSAIDs selecting from: aceclofenac, acemetacin, acetaminophen, acetaminosalol, acetyl salicylic acid, acetylsalicylic2amino4picolineacid, 5aminoacetylsalicylic acid, alclofenac, aminoprofen, amfenac, ampyrone, ampiroxicam, anileridine, bendazac, benoxaprofen, bermoprofen, abisabolol, bromfenac, 5bromosalicylic acid acetate, bromosaligenin, bucloxic acid, butibufen, carprofen, celexocib, chromoglycate, cinmetacin, clindanac, clopirac, sodium diclofenac, diflunisal, ditazol, droxicam, enfenamic acid, etodolac, etofenamate, felbinac, fenbufen, fenclozic acid, fendosal, fenoprofen, fentiazac, fepradinol, flufenac, flufenamic acid, flunixin, flunoxaprofen, flurbiprofen, glutametacin, glycol salicylate, ibufenac, ibuprofen, ibuproxam, indomethacin, indoprofen, isofezolac, isoxepac, isoxicam, ketoprofen, ketorolac, lornoxicam, loxoprofen, meclofenamic acid, mefenamic acid, meloxicam, mesalamine, metiazinic acid, mofezolac, montelukast, nabumetone, naproxen, niflumic acid, nimesulide, olsalazine, oxaceprol, oxaprozin, oxyphenbutazone, paracetamol, parsalmide, perisoxal, phenylacethylsalicylate, phenylbutazone, phenylsalicylate, pyrazolac, piroxicam, pirprofen, pranoprofen, protizinic acid, reserveratol, salacetamide, salicylamide, salicylamideOacetyl acid, salicylsulphuric acid, salicin, salicylamide, salsalate, sulindac, suprofen, suxibutazone, tamoxifen, tenoxicam, tiaprofenic acid, tiaramide, ticlopridine, tinoridine, tolfenamic acid, tolmetin, tropesin, xenbucin, ximoprofen, zaltoprofen, zomepirac, tomoxiprol, zafirlukast and cyclosporin.
5. A compound as claimed in claims 2 wherein Z and W together are: N(CH3)CH2, NHCH2, CH2NH C(O)NH or NHC(O); A and B are methyl; E is hydrogen; R is hydroxy or methoxy; S'represents desosamine sugar wherein Rs is selected from: hydrogen, methyl, amino, CiC6 alkylamino or CiCe dialkylamino; R9 and Rlo are hydrogen; R'is hydroxy or the OS2 group wherein the S2 represents a cladinose sugar wherein: R"is hydrogen, or OR"is a group that with Rl2 and with C/4"carbon atom forms a >C=O or epoxy group; R'2 is hydrogen or a group that with OR"and with C/4"carbon atom forms a >C=O or epoxy group; Rl3 is methyl; U is hydrogen Y is methyl; R6 is hydroxy, methyl or ethyl; R is hydrogen, hydroxy, methoxy or a group that with R3 and with C/11 and C/12 carbon atoms forms a cyclic carbonate or carbamate bridge; R3 is hydroxy or a group that forms a cyclic carbamate bridge with W or Z, or R3 is a group that with R5 and with C/I 1 and C/12 carbon atoms forms a cyclic carbonate or carbamate bridge; R4 is methyl; provided that the linkage is through the nitrogen of Z at N/9a position or through the carbon of Rl2 or through the oxygen of R11 both at C/4"position of the S4 sugar.
6. A compound as claimed in claim 3 wherein X1 is CH2 or OC(O); X2 isNHC (O) ; Q isNHor absent.
7. A compound as claimed in claim 4 wherein D is derived from a NSAID selecting from: S (+)ibuprofen, indomethacin, flurbiprofen, naproxen, ketoprofen, acetyl salicylic acid, sulindac, etodolac, ketorolac, suprofen, flunixin, diclofenac sodium and tolmetin sodium.
8. Compound 1 characterized by the formula.
9. Compound 2 characterized by the formula CHUS CH CH3 0 CHA HO/11, CH3 /H3C\8 O C ß H3 OH 0 CH3 OUF H3C11" . n110 HO. 110 H3 O CH3 CH3 H3 O CHaO" 10. Compound 3 characterized by the formula CH3 CH3 0 H3CN /H3CN O _CH3 0 H3 ; OH CH3 V O 0 CH3 H3C Oh HOHsClln,.,., nIIOH will ill0 HgC, O CH3 CH3 CH3 O CH3 11. Compound 4 characterized by the formula 12. Compound 5 characterized by the formula 13. Compound 6 characterized by the formula 14. Compound 7 characterized by the formula 15. Compound 8 characterized by the formula 16. Compound 9 characterized by the formula 17. Compound 10 characterized by the formula 18. Compound 11 characterized by the formula 1.
10. Compound 12 characterized by the formula 20. Compound 13 characterized by the formula 21. Compound 14 characterized by the formula 22. Compound 15 characterized by the formula 23. Compound 16 characterized by the formula 24. Compound 17 characterized by the formula 25. Compound 18 characterized by the formula 26. Compound 19 characterized by the formula 27. Compound 20 characterized by the formula 28. Compound 21 characterized by the formula 2.
11. Compound 22 characterized by the formula 30. Compound 23 characterized by the formula 31. Process for the preparation a compound of Formula I which comprises: a) for a compound of Formula I, where X isNHC (O) , by reacting a compound of Formula V: v wherein L'represents a leaving group, and a free amino group of a macrolide represented by Formula VIa : VIa b) for a compound of Formula I, where X2 isOC (O), by reacting a compound of Formula V and the free hydroxyl group of a macrolide represented by Formula VIb : VIb c) for a compound of Formula I, wherein Xl isOC (O), Q is NH and X2 isNHC (O) , by reacting a macrolide represented by formula: and a a free amino group of the compound represented by formula d) for a compound of Formula I, where X1 is OC(O)NH and X2 is NHC (O) , by reacting a macrolide represented by formula and free amino group of of the compound represented by formula: e) for a compound of Formula I, where Xl isCH2, Q isNHand X2 is NHC (O) , by reacting a macrolide represented by formula: and a compound of Formula V; f) for a compound of Formula I by reacting a macrolide represented by Formula VIIf or by Formula VIIg or by Formula VIIh having a leaving group L2 with a free carboxylic acid of nonsteroidal antiinflammatory subunit.
12. 32 A pharmaceutical composition comprising a compound as claimed in claims 1 to 30 and pharmaceutically acceptable salts or solvate thereof as well as pharmaceutically acceptable diluent or carrier.
13. 33 The use of compound as claimed in claims 1 to 30 for the manufacture of a medicament for treatment of inflammatory diseases, disorders and conditions characterized by or associated with an undesirable inflammatory immune response, especially of all diseases and conditions induced by or associated with an excessive secretion of TNFa and IL1.
14. 34 The use of compound represented by Formula I or a pharmaceutically acceptable salts or solvate thereof for the manufacture of a medicament for treatment of inflammatory conditions and immune or anaphylactic disorders associated with infiltration of leukocytes into inflamed tissue in a subject in need thereof which comprises administering to said subject a therapeutically effective amount of the compound represented by Formula I or a pharmaceutically acceptable salts or solvate thereof.
15. 35 The use of according to claim 34, wherein inflammatory conditions and immune disorders are selected from the group consisting of asthma, adult respiratory distress syndrome, bronchitis, and cystic fibrosis.
16. 36 The use of according to claim 34, wherein said inflammatory conditions and immune disorders are selected from the group consisting of inflammatory conditions or immune disorders of the lungs, joints, eyes, bowel, skin, and heart.
17. 37 The use of according to claim 34, wherein said inflammatory conditions and immune disorders are selected from the group consisting of asthma, adult respiratory distress syndrome, bronchitis, cystic fibrosis, rheumatoid arthritis, rheumatoid spondylitis, osteoarthritis, gouty arthritis, uveitis, conjunctivitis, inflammatory bowel conditions, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, distal proctitis, psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis, coronary infarct damage, chronic inflammation, endotoxin shock, and smooth muscle proliferation disorders.
18. 38 The use of compound represented by Formula I or a pharmaceutically acceptable salts or solvate thereof for the manufacture of a medicament for abating inflamation in an affected organ or tissue comprising delivering to said organ or tissue a therapeutically effective amount of the compound represented by Formula I or a pharmaceutically acceptable salts or solvate thereof.
Description:
NOVE AN CES, COMPOSITIONS AND METHODS FOR THEIR USE This application claims priority to U.S. Provisional Application 60/394,671 filed July 8,2002.

Technical Problem The present invention relates to new anti-inflammatory compounds represented by the general structure I, to their pharmaceutically acceptable salts and solvates, to processes and intermediates for their preparation and to the use of these compounds in the treatment of inflammatory diseases and conditions in humans and animals.

Prior Art Nonsteroid anti-inflammatory medicaments having different mechanisms of action act on particular inflammation mediators, thus providing a therapeutic effect.

Due to differences not only in mechanisms of action but also in the particular inflammation mediators inhibited, the steroid and nonsteroid medicaments possess different profiles of anti-inflammation effects, hence certain medicaments may be more suitable than others for particular conditions. Moreover, most nonsteroid anti- inflammatory medicaments are not absolutely specific and their use is accompanied by unfavourable side-effects when used in greater dosages or over long periods of time. It is known that many nonsteroid anti-inflammatory medicaments act as inhibitors of endogenous COX-1 enzyme, which is very important in maintaining the integrity of the gastric mucosa. Thus, the use of these medicaments often causes injuries of the gastric mucosa and even bleeding. (Warner T. D. Proc. Natl. Acad.

Sci. U. S. A. 1999, 96, 7563-7568. ) Therefore, agents that selectively inhibit COX-2 but not COX-1 are preferable for treatment of inflammatory diseases Additionally, some anti-inflammatory compounds (such as theophylline) are known to have a very narrow therapeutic index, which limits their usage.

Recently, the nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drug celecoxib that specifically blocks COX-2 has been approved by the FDA for use in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (Luong et al. Am. Phannacother. 2 (@, 34, 743-760). COX-2 is also expressed in many cancers and precancerous lesions, and there is mounting evidence that selective COX-2 inhibitors may be useful for treating and preventing colorectal and other cancers (Taketo, M. M. , J. Natl. Cancer Inst. 1998, 90,1609- 1620, Fournier et. al. J. Cell Bioelzem. Suppl. 2000, 34, 97-102).

Macrolides such as macrolide antibiotics accumulate preferentially within different cells of subjects administered such molecules, especially within phagocyte cells such as mononuclear peripheral blood cells, peritoneal and alveolar macrophages as well as in the liquid surrounding the bronchoalveolar epithelium (Glaude R. P. et al. Antimicrob. Agents Chemother., 1989, 33, 277-282; Olsen K. M. et al. Antimicrob.

Agents Chemother. 1996, 40, 2582-2585). Moreover, relatively weak inflammatory effects of some macrolides have been described. For example, the anti-inflammatory effect of erythromycin derivatives (Labro M. T. J. Anti71licrob. Chemother., 1998, 41, 37-46; WO 00/42055) and azithromycin derivatives has recently been described (EP 0283055). Anti-inflammatory effects of some macrolides are also known from in vitro and in vivo studies in experimental animal models such as zimosane-induced peritonitis in mice (Mikasa et al. J. Antimicrob. Chemother. 1992,30, 339-348) and endotoxin-induced neutrophil accumulation in rat trachea (J. Immunol. 1997, 159, 3395-4005). The modulating effect of macrolides upon cytokines such as interleukin 8 (IL-8) (Am. J. Respir. Crit. Care Med. 1997, 156, 266-271) or interleukin 5 (IL-5) (EP 0775489 and EP 0771564) is known as well.

In 1975, TNF-a was defined as an endotoxin-induced serum factor causing tumor necrosis in vitro and in vivo (Carswell E. A. et al. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U. S. A.

1975, 72,3666-3670). In addition to antitumor activity, TNF-cc has several other biologic activities, which are important in homeostasis as well as in pathophysiological conditions. The main sources of TNF-a are monocytes- macrophages, T-lymphocytes and mast cells.

The finding that anti-TNF-a antibodies (cA2) are effective in the treatment of patients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis (RA) (Elliot M. et al. Lancet 1994, 344,

1105-1110) intensified the interest to find new T-inhibitors as possible potent medicaments for RA. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune chronic inflammatory disease characterized by irreversible pathological changes of the joints. In addition to RA, TNF-ot antagonists are also applicable to several other pathological conditions and diseases such as spondylitis, osteoarthritis, gout and other arthritic conditions, sepsis, septic shock, toxic shock syndrome, atopic dermatitis, contact dermatitis, psoriasis, glomerulonephritis, lupus erhythematosus, scleroderma, asthma, cachexia, chronic obstructive lung disease, congestive heart failure, insulin resistance, lung fibrosis, multiple sclerosis, Crohn s disease, ulcerative colitis, viral infections and AIDS.

Proof of biological importance of TNF-cc was obtained in in vivo experiments in mice having inactivated genes for TNF-a or its receptor. Such animals were resistant to collagen-induced arthritis (Mori L. et al. J. Immunol. 1996, 157, 3178- 3182) and to endotoxin-induced shock (Pfeffer K. et al. Cell 1993, 73,457-467). In experiments with animals having an increased TNF-ot level, a chronic inflammatory polyarthritis appeared (Georgopoulos S. et al. J. Iizflamm. 1996, 46, 86-97; Keffer J. et al. EMBO J. 1991, 10, 4025-4031), which was palliated by inhibitors of TNF-a production. The treatment of such inflammatory and pathologic conditions usually includes the application of nonsteroid anti-inflammatory medicaments, in severe cases, however, gold salts, D-penicillinamine or methotrexate are administered. The mentioned medicaments act symptomatically and do not stop the pathological process. New approaches in therapy of rheumatoid arthritis have been established using medicaments such as tenidap, leflunomide, cyclosporin, FK-506 and biomolecules neutralizing the activity of TNF-a. At present, of the soluble TNF receptor named Etanercept (Enbrel, Immunex/Wyeth) and mouse and human chimeric monoclonal antibody named Infliximab (Remicade, Centocor) are available on the market. In addition to RA-therapy, etanercept and infliximab are also approved for the treatment of Crohn s disease (Exp. Open. Invest. Drugs 2000,9, 103).

New compounds represented by the Formula I, representing the subject of the present invention, their pharmacologically acceptable salts, hydrates, prodrugs and pharmaceutical compositions comprising them have hitherto not been described.

Moreover, no compound-representing the subject of the present invention has been described either as an anti-inflammatory substance or as an inhibitor of TE or inhibitor of COX-1/COX-2 or an inhibitor of IL-1 [3. Consequently, the use of such « hybrid macrolide/NSAID compounds to combat inflammatory states has not been described or suggested. Nor has there been a description or suggestion of pharmaceutical dosage forms containing effective amounts of a hybrid macrolide/NSAID compound for treating inflammatory states in a mammalian subject, including a human.

Technical Solution Compounds of the Formula I differ from hitherto known ones in that they combine the antiinflammatory properties of the NSAID moiety with the accumulation properties afforded by the macrolide moiety, which, when conjoined, are recruited (along with the immune system cells in which macrolides preferentially accumulate) to the organs or tissues afflicted in inflammatory states, and result in substantially more localized and/or intensified abatement of the inflammation. Such action of the new compounds represented by the structure I arises from the macrolide portion M due to the specific pharmacokinetic properties of macrolides to acccumulate within immune cells of inflammatory profile, such as phagocytes, including polymorphonuclear cells, eosinophils, alveolar phagocytes, etc. Compounds of the Formula I posess improved pharmacokinetic and/or safety profiles, (even for those NSAIDs that are more selective COX-2 inhibitors) and present fewer and/or more benign side-effects.

Classical nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) inhibit both COX-1 and COX-2 to varying extents. Indomethacin is also a nonselective COX inhibitor, but when linked to the macrolide moiety, it becomes a more selective COX-2 inhibitor which should significantly decrease and may even eliminate the gastrointestinal side effects of the parent compound. Even NSAIDs that are more selective inhibitors of COX-2, however, benefit from conjugation with the macrolides according to the present invention, at least because they become"targeted"to the locus of inflammation where they can exert an antiinflammatory effect while simultaneously their interaction with other tissues or physiological processes that

would lead to side-effects. The compounds represented by the Formula I, which are the subject of the present invention, isomeric forms of such compounds, their pharmacologically acceptable salts, prodrugs, solvates and pharmaceutical compositions comprising them are not believed to have been previously described.

Moreover, none of the compounds of the present invention has been described either as an anti-inflammatory substance or as an inhibitor of eosinophilic accumulation in organs or tissues.

The present invention is directed to (a) new"hybrid"compounds represented by the formula I wherein M represents a macrolide subunit possessing the property of accumulation in inflammatory cells, D represents a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory subunit (NSAID) with anti-inflammatory, analgesic and/or antipyretic activity, and L represents a linking group covalently linking M and D; (b) compositions containing one or more of the foregoing compounds in an amount effective to combat inflammation and thereby treat disorders and conditions involving inflammation in mammals, including humans; and (c) methods for using these compounds to treat such disorders and conditions.

The present compounds advantageously provide an improved therapeutic effect and/or an improved side effect profile.

Suitable macrolide subunits for the hybrid compounds of the present invention can be selected without limitation from multi-member lactonic ring molecules, wherein"member"refers to the carbon atoms or heteroatoms in the ring, and"multi"is a number greater than about 10, preferably from 10 to about 50, more preferably 12-, 14-, 15-, 16-, 17-and 18-member lactonic ring macrolides. 14-and 15-member ring macrolide subunits are particularly preferred, with azithromycin and its derivatives and erythromycin and its derivatives being most preferred.

More specific nonlimiting examples of molecules from which the macrolide subunit can be selected are the following: (i) Macrolide antibiotics, including azalides, for example erythromycin, dirithromycin, azithromycin, 9-dihydro-9-deoxo-9a-aza-9a-homoerythromycin, HMR 3004, HMR 3647, HMR 3787, josamycin, erythromycylamine, ABT 773 flurithromycin, clarithromycin, tylosin, tilmicosin, oleandomycin, desmycosin, CP- 163505, roxithromycin, miocamycin and rokitamycin and derivatives thereof, such as ketolides (e. g. , 3-ketone), lactams (e. g. , 8a-or 9a-lactams) and derivatives lacking one or more sugar moieties.

(ii) Macrolide immunosuppressants, such as FK 506, cyclosporin, amphotericin and rapamycin ; (iii) Macrolide antifungals with host cell inhibitory properties, such as bafilomycins, concanamycin, nystatin, natamycin, candicidin, filipin, etruscomycin, trichomycin.

Methodologies for the synthesis of the above macrolides not commercially available and synthetic manipulation of macrolides in general are known to those of ordinary skill in the art, or may be found in: Denis A. et al. Bioorg. & Med. Chem.

Lett 1999,9, 3075-3080; Agouridas C. et al. J. Med. Chem. 1998,41, 4080-4100; and EP-00680967 (1998); Sun Or Y. et al. J. Med. Chem. 2000,43, 1045-1049; US- 05747467 (1998); McFarland J. W. et al. J. Med. Chem. 1997,40, 1041-1045; Denis A. at al. Bioorg. & Med. Chem. Lett. 1998,8, 2427-2432; WO-09951616 (1999); Lartey et al. J Med Chem. 1995,38, 1793-1798; EP 0984019; WO 98/56801, herein incorporated by reference in their entirety.

Additional suitable macrolides are known, some being disclosed in Bryskier, A. J. et al. Macrolides, Chemistry, Pharmacology and Clinical Use ; Arnette Blackwell : Paris, 1993, pp 485-491,14 (R)-hydroxyclarithromycin, erythromycin- 11,12-carbonate, tri-O-acetyloleandomycin, spiramycin, leucomycin, midecamycin, rasaramycin incorporated by reference in its entirety; in Ma, Z. et al. Current Medicinal Chemisty-Anti-Infective Agents, 2002, 1, 15-34; also incorporated by reference in its entirety pikromycin, narbomycin, HMR-3562, CP-654743, CP- 605006, TE-802, TE-935, TE-943, TE-806,6, 11-bridged ketolides, CP-544372, FMA-199, A-179461; and in Romo, D. et al. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1998, 120 ; 12237- 12254; also incorporated by reference in its entirety. See, in particular the structures and derivatives for 14-and 16-member ring macrolides at pp 487-491 of Bryskier, et al. , and the various ketolide derivatives and syntheses in Ma et al. , notably in all the structure tables and all the reaction schemes. All these macrolides after being conjugated to NSAIDs are within the scope of the present invention. The foregoing specifically named or referenced macrolide compounds are commercially available or methods for their syntheses are known.

It is important that the macrolide subunit derive from a macrolide having the property of accumulating within immune system cells recruited to the site of inflammation, especially phagocytic cells. Most of the lactonic compounds defined above are known to have this property. For example, 14-membered macrolides such as erythromycin and its derivatives; 15-membered macrolides such as azithromycin and its derivatives, as well as 8a-and 9a-lactams and their derivatives; 16-membered macrolides such as tilmicosin, desmycosin; and spiramycin.

Additional examples of macrolides accumulating within specific classes of cells may be found in: Pascual A. et al. Clin. Microbiol. Infect. 2001,7, 65-69. ( Uptake and intracellular activity of ketolide HMR 3647 in human phagocytic and non-phagocytic cells); Hand W. L. et al. Int. J. Antimicrob. Agents, 2001,18, 419- 425. (Characteristics and mechanisms of azithromycin accumulation and efflux in human polymorphonuclear leukocytes); Amsden G. W. Int. J. Antimicrob. Agents, 2001,18, 11-15. (Advanced-generation macrolides: tissue-directed antibiotics); Johnson J. D. et al. J. Lab. Clin. Med. 1980,95, 429-439. (Antibiotic uptake by

alveolar macrophages); Wildfeuer A. et al. Antimicrob. Agents Chemother. 1996, 40,75-79. (Uptake of azithromycin by various cells and its intracellular activity under in vivo conditions); Scorneaux B. et al. Poult. Sci. 1998,77, 1510-1521. (Intracellular accumulation, subcellular distribution, and efflux of tilmicosin in chicken phagocytes); Mtairag E. M. et al. J. Antimicrob. Chemother. 1994,33, 523-536.

(Investigation of dirithromycin and erythromycylamine uptake by human neutrophils in vitro); Anderson R. et al. J. Antimicrob. Chemother. 1988,22, 923-933. (An in- vitro evaluation of the cellular uptake and intraphagocytic bioactivity of clarithromycin (A-56268, TE-031), a new macrolide antimicrobial agent); Tasaka Y. et al. Jpn. J. Antibiot. 1988,41, 836-840. (Rokitamycin uptake by alveolar macrophages); Harf R. et al. J. Antimicrob. Chemother. 1988,22, 135-140.

(Spiramycin uptake by alveolar macrophages), herein incorporated by reference in their entirety.

Moreover, the presence of of accumulating property within immune system cells recruited to the site of inflammation, especially phagocytic cells can be easily ascertained by a person of ordinary skill in the field of the invention, using one of the well-known assays for this purpose. For example, the procedure detailed by Olsen, K.

M. et al. Anitmicrob. Agents & Chemother. 1996, 40, 2582-2585 can be used. Briefly, the cells to be tested, e. g. , polymorphonuclear leukocytes can be obtained from venous blood of healthy volunteers by Ficoll-Hypaque centrifugation followed by 2% dextran sedimentation. Erythrocytes are removed by osmotic lysis, and PMN are evaluated by Trypan blue exclusion. Alternatively, other cell fractions can be separated and similarly tested. Tritiated macrolide compounds (e. g. , 10 pM) are incubated with 2. 5x106 cells for 120 minutes (37 °C, 5% C02, 90% relative humidity) and the cells are subsequently removed from compound-containing supernatant by centrifugation e. g. , through a silicon oil-paraffin layer (86 vol%: 14 vol%). The amount of compound is determined, e. g. , by scintillation counting, and a score significantly elevated above background indicates accumulation of the macrolide in the cells being tested. See Bryskier et al. Macrolides, Chemistry, Pharmacology and Clinical Use ; Arnette Blackwell : Paris, 1993 pp 375-386, at page 381, column 2, line

3. Alternatively, the compound is not radiolabeled but the amount of compound can be determined by HPLC.

Other assay methods that can be used are disclosed in Bryskier, A. J. et al.

Macrolides, Chemistry, Pharmacology and Clinical Use ; Arnette Blackwell: Paris, 1993 pp 375-386, incorporated by reference. See, in particular phagocytic uptake determination at pp 380-381 and the particular descriptions as to uptake and localization of macrolides at pp 381,383 and 385 and the tables at 382 and 383.

In some preferred embodiments, this invention relates to compounds, their salts and solvates represented by the Formula I, wherein M specifically represents a 14-or 15-member lactonic ring macrolide subunit most preferably represented by the Formula II : wherein (i) Z and W independently are bond, wherein

Rt and R, independently are H or alkyl (preferably methyl or H) RM is OH, ORp, alkoxy or substituted alkoxy (in either Syn or Anti configurations or mixtures thereof) RN is H, RP, alkyl, alkenyl, alkynyl, alkoxy, alkoxyalkyl or - C (=X)-NRtRs ; X is O or S ; provided that Z and W cannot both simultaneously be or a bond, (ii) U and Y are independently H, halogen, alkyl, or hydroxyalkyl (preferably H, methyl or hydroxymethyl) ; (iii) R'is hydroxy ORP,-O-S2, or = O ; (iv) S1 is a sugar moiety at position C/5 of the aglycone ring (e. g. , a desozamine group) of the formula:

wherein R and R9 are both hydrogen or together form a bond or R9 is hydrogen and R8 is-N (CH3) Ry, wherein RY may be Rp, Rz or -C(O)Rz, wherein RZ is hydrogen or cycloalkyl

(preferably cyclohexyl) or alkyl (preferably a Cl-C7 alkyl) or alkenyl (preferably C2-C7-alkenyl) or alkynyl (preferably C2-C7-alkynyl) aryl or heteroaryl or can be alkyl substituted with Cl-C7 alkyl or C2-C7 alkenyl or C2-C7 alknyl or aryl or heteroaryl. (Ry is preferably hydrogen, methyl, or ethyl); R10 is hydrogen or RP ; (v) S2 is a sugar moiety at position C/3 of the aglycone ring (e. g. , a cladinosyl group) of the formula wherein R3' can be H or methyl and R"and R'2 are independently hydrogen, R"may be an RP or R"and R'2 together form a bond; (vi) R2 is H, hydroxy, ORp group, alkoxy (preferably Cl-C4 alkoxy, most preferably methoxy), substituted alkoxy; (vii) A is H or methyl; (viii) B is methyl or epoxy; (ix) E is H or halogen (preferably fluorine); (x) R3 is hydroxy, ORP group or alkoxy (preferably Cl-C4 alkoxy, most preferably methoxy), substituted alkoxy or R3 is a group that can combine with Rs to form a "bridge" (e. g. , a cyclic carbonate or carbamate) or if W or Z is R3 is a group that can combine with W or Z to form a"bridge" (e. g. , a cyclic carbamate); (xi) R4 is Cl-C4 alkyl (preferably methyl);

(xii) R is H, hydroxy, ORp group, C1- C4 alkoxy, substituted alkoxy or a group that may combine with R3 to form a bridge (e. g. , a cyclic carbonate or carbamate); (xiii) R6 is H or Cl-C4 alkyl (preferably methyl or ethyl); wherein the subunit M has a linkage site through which it is linked to the subunit D via the linking group L, the linkage site being at one or more of the following: a. any reactive hydroxy, N, or epoxy group located on S', S2, or an aglycone oxygen if S2 is (or if both S2 and S'are) cleaved off; b. a reactive >N-RN,-NRtRs or =O group located on Z or W; c. a reactive hydroxy group located at any one of Rl, R2, R3, and R5 ; d. any other group that can be first derivatized_ to a hydroxy or-NRtRs group and then linked to all or part of L (e. g., OH o =O o epoxy o One or more RP groups may be independently present in the macrolide subunit of Formula II, wherein RP represents a protective group which may be selected from alkyl (preferably methyl), alkanoyl (preferably acetyl), alkoxycarbonyl (preferably methoxycarbonyl or tert-butoxycarbonyl), arylmethoxycarbonyl (preferably benzyloxycarbonyl), aroyl (preferably benzoyl), arylalkyl (preferably benzyl), alkylsilyl (preferably trimethylsilyl) or alkylsilylalkoxyalkyl (preferably trimethylsilylethoxymethyl) group. The amino protecting groups may be removed by conventional techniques. Thus, for example acyl groups like alkanoyl, alkoxycarbonyl or aroyl may be removed by solvolysis, e. g. by hydrolysis under acidic or basic conditions. An arylmethoxycarbonyl group (benzyloxycarbonyl) may be cleaved by hydrogenolysis in the presence of a catalyst such as palladium-on-charcoal.

L can be selected to be a linking group represented by the Formula IV:

X'- (CH-Q- (CH2) n-X' IV wherein Xl is selected from:-CH2-,-OC (=O)-,-C (=O), NO-, -OC (=O) NH- or -C (=O) NH-; X2 is selected from :-NH-,-CH2-,-NHC (=O)-,-OC (=O)-,-C (=O) or-O Q is-NH-or-CH2-or absent; wherein each-CH2-or-NH-group may be optionally substituted by Cl-C7-alkyl, C2-C7-alkenyl, C2-C7-alkynyl, C (O) RX, C (O) OR", C (O) NHRX wherein Rx may be Cl-C7-alkyl, aryl or heteroaryl; the symbols m and n independently are a whole number from 0 to 4 with the proviso that if Q=NH n cannot be zero.

This definition of the linking group is preferred not only for hybrids of NSAIDs and macrolides of Formula II but for any conjugate within Formula I. Other linking groups can be used as long as they provide the necessary spacer and can serve to link one subunit of the Formula I with the other, as is well-known in the art. See, e. g. , U. S. Patent 6,297, 260, which is incorporated by reference in its entirety, especially its claim 1 and the specific list of NSAIDs.

In Formula I, D represents a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory subunit, i. e. , a moiety of a nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drug (NSAID). Suitable NSAIDs include, but are not limited to, those which inhibit cyclooxygenase, the enzyme responsible for the biosyntheses of the prostaglandins and certain autocoid inhibitors, including inhibitors of the various isoenzymes of cyclooxygenase (including, but not limited to, cyclooxygenase-1 and-2), and as inhibitors of both cyclooxygenase and lipoxygenase relates to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), such as the commercially available NSAIDs aceclofenac, acemetacin, acetaminophen, acetaminosalol, acetyl-

salicylic acid, acetyl-salicylic-2-amino-4-picoline-acid, 5-aminoacetylsalicylic acid, alclofenac, aminoprofen, amfenac, ampyrone, ampiroxicam, anileridine, bendazac, benoxaprofen, bermoprofen, a-bisabolol, bromfenac, 5-bromosalicylic acid acetate, bromosaligenin, bucloxic acid, butibufen, carprofen, celecoxib, chromoglycate, cinmetacin, clindanac, clopirac, sodium diclofenac, diflunisal, ditazol, droxicam, enfenamic acid, etodolac, etofenamate, felbinac, fenbufen, fenclozic acid, fendosal, fenoprofen, fentiazac, fepradinol, flufenac, flufenamic acid, flunixin, flunoxaprofen, flurbiprofen, glutametacin, glycol salicylate, ibufenac, ibuprofen, ibuproxam, indomethacin, indoprofen, isofezolac, isoxepac, isoxicam, ketoprofen, ketorolac, lornoxicam, loxoprofen, meclofenamic acid, mefenamic acid, meloxicam, mesalamine, metiazinic acid, mofezolac, montelukast, nabumetone, naproxen, niflumic acid, nimesulide, olsalazine, oxaceprol, oxaprozin, oxyphenbutazone, paracetamol, parsalmide, perisoxal, phenyl-acethyl-salicylate, phenylbutazone, phenylsalicylate, pyrazolac, piroxicam, pirprofen, pranoprofen, protizinic acid, reserveratol, salacetamide, salicylamide, salicylamide-O-acetyl acid, salicylsulphuric acid, salicin, salicylamide, salsalate, sulindac, suprofen, suxibutazone, tamoxifen, tenoxicam, tiaprofenic acid, tiaramide, ticlopridine, tinoridine, tolfenamic acid, tolmetin, tropesin, xenbucin, ximoprofen, zaltoprofen, zomepirac, tomoxiprol, zafirlukast and cyclosporine. Additional NSAID genera and particular NSAID compounds are disclosed in U. S. Patent 6,297, 260, incorporated entirely by reference (especially in the generic formulas of its claim 1 and the recitation of specific list of NSAID's contained therein and in claim 3, and thiazulidene NSAIDs disclosed in International Patent Application WO 01/87890, incorporated herein by reference in its entirety.

Preferred NSAIDs are acetyl salicylic acid, indomethacin, naproxen, ibuprofen, flurbiprofen, ketoprofen, sulindac, etodolac, ketorolac, suprofen, flunixin, sodium diclofenac, and tolmetin.

Bold-faced bonds in formulas contained herein denote bonds raised above the paper level; dash-drawn bonds denote bonds below the paper level, whereas broken lines represent a bond that may be either below or above the paper level. Parallel full

and broken lines represent either a single or a double bond. Unless explicitly stated elsewhere herein, the following terms have the meanings ascribed to them below: "Alkyl"means a linear or branched saturated monovalent hydrocarbon radical of one to ten carbon atoms, more preferably one to six carbon atoms The preferred straight-chain or branched-chain alkyls include methyl, ethyl, propyl, iso-propyl, butyl, sec-butyl and tert-butyl. Methyl is most preferred. Alkyl groups may be substituted with one up to five substituents including halogen (preferably fluorine or chlorine), hydroxy, alkoxy (preferably methoxy or ethoxy), acyl, acylamino cyano, amino, N- (C1-C4) alkylamino (preferably N-methylamino or N-ethylamino), N, N- di (C1-C4-alkyl) amino (preferably dimethylamino or diethylamino), aryl (preferably phenyl) or heteroaryl, thiocarbonylamino, acyloxy, amino, amidino, alkyl amidino, thioamidino, aminoacyl, aminocarbonylamino, aminothiocarbonylamino, aminocarbonyloxy, aryl, heteroaryl, aryloxy, aryloxyaryl, nitro, carboxyl, carboxylalkyl, carboxyl-substituted alkyl, carboxyl-cycloalkyl, carboxyl-substituted cycloalkyl, carboxylaryl, carboxyl-substituted aryl, carboxylheteroaryl, carboxyl- substituted heteroaryl, carboxylheterocyclic, carboxyl-substituted heterocyclic, cycloalkyl, cycloalkoxy, heteroaryloxy, heterocyclyloxy, and oxycarbonylamino.

Such substituted alkyl groups are within the present definition of"alkyl."The present definition of alkyl carries over to other groups having an alkyl moiety such as alkoxy.

"Alkenyl"means a linear or branched monovalent hydrocarbon radical of two to ten and preferably two to six carbon atoms which has at least one double carbon- carbon bond. Alkenyl groups may be substituted with the same groups as alkyl and such optionally substituted alkenyl groups are encompassed within the term "alkenyl. "Ethenyl, propenyl, butenyl and cyclohexenyl are preferred.

"Alkynyl"means a linear or branched monovalent hydrocarbon radical, having a straight-chain or a branched-chain of two to ten, and preferably two to six carbon atoms and containing at least one and preferably no more than three triple carbon- carbon bonds. Alkynyl groups can be substituted with the same groups as alkyl, and the substituted groups are within the present definition of alkynyl. Ethynyl, propynyl and butynyl groups are preferred.

"Cycloalkyl"means a cyclic group having 3-8 carbon atoms having a single ring optionally fused to an aryl or heteroaryl group. The cycloalkyl groups can be substituted as specified for"aryl"below, and the substituted cycloalkyl groups are within the present definition of"cycloalkyl". Preferred cycloalkyls are cyclopentyl and cyclohexyl.

"Aryl"means an unsaturated aromatic carbocyclic group having 6-14 carbon atoms having a single ring such as phenyl or multiple fused rings such as naphthyl.

Aryl may optionally be further fused to an aliphatic or aryl group or can be substituted with one or more substituents such as halogen (fluorine, chlorine and/or bromine), hydroxy, Cl-C7 alkyl, Cl-C7 alkoxy or aryloxy, Cl-C7 alkylthio or arylthio, alkylsulfonyl, cyano or primary or nonprimary amino.

"Heteroaryl"means a monocyclic or a bicyclic aromatic hydrocarbon ring having from 2 to 10 carbon atoms and from 1 to 4 heteroatoms, such as O, S or N.

The heteroaryl ring may optionally be fused to another heteroaryl, aryl or aliphatic cyclic group. Examples of this type are furan, thiophene, pyrrole, imidazole, indole, pyridine, oxazole, thiazole, pyrrole, pyrazole, tetrazole, pyrimidine, pyrazine and triazine, with furan, pyrrole, pyridine and indole being preferred. The term includes groups that are substituted with the same substituents as specified for aryl above.

"Heterocyclic"means a saturated or unsaturated group having a single or multiple rings and from 1 to 10 carbon atoms and from 1-4 heteroatoms selected from nitrogen, sulphur or oxygen, wherein in a fused ring system the other ring or rings can be aryl or heteroaryl. Heterocyclic groups can be substituted as specified for alkyl groups and the thus substituted heterocyclic groups are within the present definition.

The present invention also encompasses pharmaceutically acceptable salts of the present compounds. Pharmaceutically suitable salts of the compounds of the present invention include salts with inorganic acids (e. g. hydrochloric, hydrobromic, phosphoric, metaphosphoric, nitric or sulfuric acid) or organic acids (e. g. tartaric, acetic, methane-sulfonic, trifluoroacetic, citric, maleic, lactic, fumaric, benzoic, succinic, methanesulfonic, oxalic and p-toluenesulfonic acids).

The present invention also encompasses prodrugs of the Formula I compounds, i. e. , compounds which release an active parent drug according to

Formula (I) in vivo when administered to a mammalian subject. Prodrugs of a compound of Formula I are prepared by modifying functional groups present in the compound of Formula I in such a way that the modifications may be cleaved in vivo to release the parent compound. Prodrugs include compounds of Formula I wherein a hydroxy, amino, or carboxy group of a Formula I compound is bonded to any group that may be cleaved in vivo to regenerate the free hydroxyl, amino or carboxy group, respectively. Examples of prodrugs include, but are not limited to esters (e. g. , acetate, formate, and benzoate derivatives) of compounds of Formula I, or any other derivative which upon being brought to the physiological pH or through enzyme action is converted to the active parent drug.

The present invention also encompasses solvates (preferably hydrates) of the compounds of Formula I or their salts.

The compounds of the Formula I have one or more chirality centers and, depending on the nature of individual substituents, they can also have geometrical isomers. Isomers that differ in the arrangement of their atoms in space are termed "stereoisomers". Stereoisomers that are not mirror images of one another are termed "diastereomers"and those that are non-superimposable mirror images of each other are termed"enantiomers". When a compound has a chiral center, a pair of enantiomers is possible. An enantiomer can be characterized by the absolute configuration of its asymmetric center and is described by the R-and S-sequencing rules of Cahn and Prelog, or by the manner in which the molecule rotates the plane of polarized light and designated as dextrorotatory or levorotatory (i. e. , as (+) or (-)- isomer respectively). A chiral compound can exist as either an individual enantiomer or as a mixture of enantiomers. A mixture containing equal proportions of the enantiomers is called a"racemic mixture". The present invention encompasses all individual isomers of compounds of Formula I. The description or naming of a particular compound in the specification and claims is intended to include both individual enantiomers and mixtures, racemic or otherwise, thereof. Methods for the determination of stereochemistry and the resolution of stereoisomers are well-known in the art.

The present invention also encompasses stereoisomers of the syn- anti type, and mixtures thereof encountered when an oxime or similar group is present. The group of highest Cahn Ingold Prelog priority attached to one of the terminal doubly bonded atoms of the oxime, is compared with hydroxyl group of the oxime. The stereoisomer is designated as Z (zusammen = together) or Syn if the oxime hydroxyl lies on the same side of a reference plane passing through the C=N double bond as the group of highest priority; the other stereoisomer is designated as E (entgegen = opposite) or Anti.

A"pharmaceutically acceptable excipient"means an excipient that is useful in preparing a pharmaceutical composition that is generally safe, non-toxic and neither biologically nor otherwise undesirable, and includes an excipient that is acceptable for veterinary use as well as human pharmaceutical use. A"pharmaceutically acceptable excipient"as used in the present application includes both one and more than one such excipient.

"Treating"or"treatment"of a state, disorder or condition includes: (1) preventing or delaying the appearance of clinical symptoms of the state, disorder or condition developing in a mammal that may be afflicted with or predisposed to the state, disorder or condition but does not yet experience or display clinical or subclinical symptoms of the state, disorder or condition, (2) inhibiting the state, disorder or condition, i. e. , arresting or reducing the development of the disease or at least one clinical or subclinical symptom thereof, or (3) relieving the disease, i. e. , causing regression of the state, disorder or condition or at least one of its clinical or subclinical symptoms.

The benefit to a subject to be treated is either statically significant or at least perceptible to the patient or to the physician A"therapeutically effective amount"means the amount of a compound that, when administered to a mammal for treating a state, disorder or condition, is sufficient to effect such treatment. The"therapeutically effective amount"will vary depending on the compound, the disease and its severity and the age, weight, physical condition and responsiveness of the mammal to be treated.

The four classic symptoms of acute inflammation are redness, elevated temperature. Swelling, and pain in the affected area, and loss of function of the affected organ.

Symptoms and signs of inflammation associated with specific conditions include: * rheumatoid arthritis-pain, swelling, warmth and tenderness of the involved joints; generalized and morning stiffness; insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus-insulitis; this condition can lead to a variety of complications with an inflammatory component, including: retinopathy, neuropathy, nephropathy; coronary artery disease, peripheral vascular disease, and cerebrovascular disease; autoimmune thyroiditis-weakness, constipation, shortness of breath, puffiness of the face, hands and feet, peripheral edema, bradycardia; multiple sclerosis-spasticity, blurry vision, vertigo, limb weakness, paresthesias; uveoretinitis-decreased night vision, loss of peripheral vision; 'lupus erythematosus-joint pain, rash, photosensitivity, fever, muscle pain, puffiness of the hands and feet, abnormal urinalysis (hematuria, cylinduria, proteinuria), glomerulonephritis, cognitive dysfunction, vessel thrombosis, pericarditis; scleroderma-Raynaud's disease; swelling of the hands, arms, legs and face; skin thickening; pain, swelling and stiffness of the fingers and knees, gastrointestinal dysfunction, restrictive lung disease; pericarditis,; renal failure; 'other arthritic conditions having an inflammatory component such as rheumatoid spondylitis, osteoarthritis, septic arthritis and polyarthritis-fever, pain, swelling, tenderness; other inflammatory brain disorders, such as meningitis, Alzheimer's disease, AIDS dementia encephalitis-photophobia, cognitive dysfunction, memory loss ;

other inflammatory eye inflammations, such as retinitis- decreased visual acuity; inflammatory skin disorders, such as, eczema, other dermatites (e. g. , atopic, contact), psoriasis, burns induced by UV radiation (sun rays and similar UV sources) -erythema, pain, scaling, swelling, tenderness; inflammatory bowel disease, such as Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis-pain, diarrhea, constipation, rectal bleeding, fever, arthritis; asthma-shortness of breath, wheezing; other allergy disorders, such as allergic rhinitis-sneezing, itching, runny nose conditions associated with acute trauma such as cerebral injury following stroke-sensory loss, motor loss, cognitive loss; heart tissue injury due to myocardial ischemia-pain, shortness of breath; lung injury such as that which occurs in adult respiratory distress syndrome- shortness of breath, hyperventilation, decreased oxygenation, pulmonary infiltrates; inflammation accompanying infection, such as sepsis, septic shock, toxic shock syndrome-fever, respiratory failure, tachycardia, hypotension, leukocytosis; other inflammatory conditions associated with particular organs or tissues, such as nephritis (e. g. , glomerulonephritis) -oliguria, abnormal urinalysis; inflamed appendix-fever, pain, tenderness, leukocytosis; gout-pain, tenderness, swelling and erythema of the involved joint, elevated serum and/or urinary uric acid; inflamed gall bladder-abdominal pain and tenderness, fever, nausea, leukocytosis; chronic obstructive pulmonary disease-shortness of breath, wheezing; congestive heart failure-shortness of breath, rales, peripheral edema; Type II diabetes-end organ complications including cardiovascular, ocular, renal, and peripheral vascular disease lung fibrosis-hyperventilation, shortness of breath, decreased oxygenation; vascular disease, such as atherosclerosis and restenosis-pain, loss of sensation, diminished pulses, loss of function

and alloimmunity leading to transplant rejection-pain, tenderness, fever.

Subclinical symptoms include without limitation diagnostic markers for inflammation the appearance of which may precede the manifestation of clinical symptoms. One class of subclinical symptoms is immunological symptoms, such as the invasion or accumulation in an organ or tissue of proinflammatory lymphoid cells or the presence locally or peripherally of activated pro-inflammatory lymphoid cells recognizing a pathogen or an antigen specific to the organ or tissue. Activation of lymphoid cells can be measured by techniques known in the art.

"Delivering"a therapeutically effective amount of an active ingredient to a particular location within a host means causing a therapeutically effective blood concentration of the active ingredient at the particular location. This can be accomplished, e. g. , by local or by systemic administration of the active ingredient to the host.

Preferably, in the compounds represented by the Formula II, Z and W together are-N (RN) C (O)-,-C (O) N (RN).-, >C-NRsRt,-C (O)-, C = N-RM, -CH2NRN-or-NRNCH2-, most preferably,-NCH3CH2-, -NHCH2-,-CH2NH-,-C (O) NH, -NHCO-, RS, Rt is methyl or H; RM is OH or methoxy; XisO ; RN is H, methyl, or-C (=X)-NRtRs ; A is H or methyl U, Y are H, F, methyl or hydroxymethyl;

Rl is hydroxy,-o-s2, or =O R is H, hydroxy or methoxy; R3 is OH, methoxy or a group that forms a cyclic carbamate bridge with W or Z; R4 is methyl; R is H, OH, methoxy or a group that forms a cyclic carbonate or carbamate bridge with R3 ; The linkage is through the nitrogen of Z at N/9a or N/8a positions or through the carbon of R12 or through the oxygen of Rll both at C/4"position of S2 sugar.

R6 is H, methyl or ethyl; R8 is H, N (CH3) 2, NH (CH3) or N (CH3) CH2CH3, R9isH The linkage site is preferably at position C/3; or through the amino group at position C/3'of S'sugar or at position C/11 or at W or Z, or through position C/4"of S2 sugar.

Also preferred are compounds within Formula I wherein M is of Formula II and (i) ZisNCH3, WisCH2, R2ishydroxy ; or (ii) Z is NH, W is =CO, and R2 is methoxy. (The compounds described in this paragraph may or may not satisfy the remaining foregoing preferences in the immediately preceding section, but preferably they do.) A further aspect of the present invention relates to processes for the preparation of compounds represented by Formula I. Generally, the compounds of Formula I may be obtained in the following way: one end of the chain L is first linked to the macrolide subunit M, and then the other end of the chain is linked to the nonsteroid subunit D; or, one end of the chain L is first linked to the nonsteroidal anti- inflammatory subunit D and then the other end of the chain to the macrolide subunit

M, or finally, one moiety of the chain is linked to the macrolide subunit M, whereas the other moiety of the chain is linked to the nonsteroid subunit D, with the ends of the chain parts being then chemically linked to form the chain L.

It will be appreciated by those skilled in the art that it may be desirable to use protected derivatives of intermediates used in the preparation of the compounds of Formula I. Protection and deprotection of functional groups may be performed by methods known in the art. Hydroxyl or amino groups may be protected with any hydroxyl or amino protecting group, for example, as described in Green T. W.; Wuts P. G. M. Protective Groups in Organic Synthesis : John Wiley and Sons, New York, 1999. The amino protecting groups may be removed by conventional techniques. For example, acyl groups, such as alkanoyl, alkoxycarbonyl and aroyl groups, may be removed by solvolysis, e. g. , by hydrolysis under acidic or basic conditions.

Arylmethoxycarbonyl groups (e. g. , benzyloxycarbonyl) may be cleaved by hydrogenolysis in the presence of a catalyst such as palladium-on-charcoal.

More specifically, compounds within Formula I can be prepared by the following processes. a) Compounds of Formula I, where x2 is-NH-, can be formed by reacting a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory subunit represented by Formula V: wherein Li represents a leaving group (such as hydroxy), and a free amino group of a macrolide subunit represented by Formula VIa : VIa The reaction is generally performed with acid derivatives which have the ability to activate the carboxylic acid group of the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory subunit, such as halogenides, mixed anhydrides and especially carbodiimides (such as- (3-dimethylaminopropyl)-3-ethyl-carbodiimide (EDC) and benzotriazoles). The reaction proceeds in the presence of a base, such as an organic base (e. g., triethylamine), at room temperature and under an inert atmosphere, such as nitrogen or argon. The reaction may require several hours to several days to come to completion.

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory subunits represented by Formula V are commercially available. The non-steroidal anti-inflammatory subunit D may contain a-C (O) Ll group (such as a free carboxylic acid group) or be derivatized by methods known in the art.

Scheme I 1. Pyr 2. NEt3, 4-PP, CH2CI2 NSAID-OH + SUCCINIC ANHYDRIDE NSAID-OC (O) CH2CH2COOH According to Scheme I, NSAID compounds having a hydroxyl group may alternatively be derivatized by the action of succinic anhydride in the presence of pyridine followed by reaction of the intermediate so produced with triethylamine, 4- pyrrolopyridine in methylene chloride to produce NSAID having free carboxylic acid group (Huang C. M. et al. Chem. &Biol. 2000,7, 453-461, Hess S. et al. Bioorg. &Med.

Chem. 2001,9, 1279-1291) The NSAID derivatives so produced may be coupled either to a linker macrolide compound such as formula VIa or directly to a macrolide.

Scheme II CH3 NaH, DMF CH3 NSAID>NH o NSAID>N s 4 tert-butyliodoacetate ° CH3 TFA, CH2C12 I r NSAID>NCH2COOH According to Scheme II, NSAID compounds having an amino group may alternatively be derivatized by the action of sodium hydride and tert-butyliodoacetate in N, N-dimethylformamide to produce a (butoxy carbonyl derivative of the NSAID which is then reacted with (trifluoracetic acid in methylene chloride to produce NSAID having free carboxylic acid group (Hess S. et al. Bioorg. &Med. Chem. 2001, 9,1279-1291). The NSAID derivatives so produced may be coupled either to a linker macrolide compound such as formula VIa or directly to a macrolide.

Scheme III DMAP NSAID-NH2 + SUCCINIC ANHYDRIDE'NSAID-NHC (O) CH2CH2COOH DIPEA, DMF Alternatively by NSAID compounds having an amino group may be derivatized according to Scheme III by the action of succinic anhydride in the presence of dimethylaminopyridine, N, N'-diisopropylethylamine in dimethylformamide to produce NSAID having free carboxylic acid group (Pandori M.

W. et al. Chem. &Biol. 2002,9, 567-573). The NSAID derivatives so produced may be coupled either to a linker macrolide compound such as formula VIa or directly to a macrolide.

Preparation of the starting macrolide subunits of the structure VIa has been described in PCT/HR02/00001, incorporated by reference in its entirety copy attached as Appendix 1. See also Bright, U. S. Patent 4,474, 768 and Bright, G. M. et al. J.

Antibiot. 1988, 41, 1029-1047. each incorporated by reference in its entirety.

For example, when L is-K-NH- (wherein K is the portion of the linking molecule L attached to the macrolide) the compound of Formula I can be formed by derivatizing an >NH group on the macrolide ring to an >N-K-NH2 group and reacting the derivatized macrolide with a nonsteroid anti-inflammatory subunit represented by Formula V; wherein Ll is a leaving group according to Scheme IV.

Scheme IV This process may also be performed when the NH group in the macrolide is attached at the 3'position of a sugar ring S 1 (i. e. , a desozamine sugar) of the macrolide according to Scheme IV: Scheme V or the 4"position of the sugar ring S2 according to Scheme VI:

Scheme VI The reactant macrolide subunit can be formed by oxidizing the corresponding macrolide having a hydroxy substituent at the 4"position on cladinose sugar to obtain a =O substituent at the 4"position, converting the position to an epoxy group and cleaving the epoxy group with an appropriate reactant (s) to yield the reactant macrolide subunit (M-CH2-NH-K- NH2). b) Compounds represented by Formula I, where X2 is-OC (O)-, can be formed by reacting a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory subunit represented by Formula V and the free hydroxyl group of a macrolide subunit represented by Formula VIb : The reaction is generally performed with acid derivatives which have the ability to activate the carboxylic acid group of the nonsteroidal anti- inflammatory subunit, such as halogenides (such as ethylene dichloride (EDC), mixed anhydrides, especially carbodiimides. The reaction is typically

performed at room temperature under an inert atmosphere, such as nitrogen or argon. The reaction may require several hours to several days to come to completion.

The starting macrolide subunits of the structure VIb are known compounds or may be obtained according to the procedures described for analogous compounds, such as those described in Costa A. M. et al. Tetrahedron Letters 2000, 41, 3371-3375, which is hereby incorporated by reference.

For example, when linkage L is-K-O-, the compound of Formula I can be formed by (1) derivatizing an >NH group on a macrolide to an >N-K-OH group and (2) reacting the derivatized macrolide with the free carboxylic acid group on a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory subunit D according to Scheme VII: Scheme VII The linkage group-K-OH can be attached to the primary or secondary nitrogen atom of the macrolide subunit as follows. The macrolide subunit is reacted with an alkenoyl derivative, such as CH2=CH (CH2) mC (O) O-Alkyl (e. g. , methylacrylate). The ester group (i. e. ,-C (O) O-Alkyl) is then reduced, such as with a metal hydride (e. g., LiAIH4) in an anhydrous organic solvent, to yield the macrolide subunit having the linkage group-K-OH (i. e. , M-K-OH).

The reduction is typically performed at a low temperature and preferably at 0° C or lower.

This process can also be performed when the NH group is attached at the 3'position of a sugar ring in the macrolide (such as a sugar at the 5 position of the macrolide). c) Compounds represented by Formula I, wherein Xl is-OC (O)-, Q is- CH2-or NH, and x2 is-NH-, can be prepared by reacting a macrolide subunit represented by the formula where 4"is the 4 position on a sugar S2, such as a cladinose sugar, and a derivatized nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory subunit having a free amino group represented by the formula: in a solvent, such as acetonitrile, to yield The derivatized nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory subunit (i. e. , D-C (O)-NH-K- NH2) may be formed by reacting an appropriate amine (having the linkage group-K-NH2) with a carboxylic acid group of a nonsteroid anti-inflammatory drug. d) Compounds represented by Formula I, where Xl is-OC (O) NH-and x2 is-NH-, can be prepared by reacting a macrolide subunit and a derivatized nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory subunit having a free amino group as shown below. °4 H2NKNH r HsC o-, 2 s, H3 'C pyridine xHCI 1°l I I I D-C-N-K-N-IC-O H H 8 11 CH3

e) Compounds represented by Formula I, where Xl is-OC (O) NH- and X2 is-NH-, can be also prepared by reacting a macrolide subunit and a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory subunit having a free carboxylic acid group as shown below. f) The compounds of the Formula I can be prepared by reacting a macrolide subunit having a leaving group L2 (such as Br), and a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug as shown below.

The starting macrolide subunit can be prepared by cleaving the sugar group attached at the 3-position of the macrolide ring and then reacting the macrolide with a reagent of the Formula L2-L-L, where L2 is a leaving group. g) The compounds of Formula I can be prepared by reacting a macrolide subunit having a leaving group L2 (such as Br), and a non-steroidal anti- inflammatory drug as shown below. h) Compounds of the Formula I can be prepared by reacting a macrolide subunit having a leaving group L2 (such as Br) and a non-steroidal anti- inflammatory drug as shown below.

The 16-membered ring macrolides are traditionally divided into sub-families based upon the substitution patterns of their aglycones. The principal prototypes of this family can be represented by leucomycin, spiramycin and tylosin.

Tylosin is a representative of 16-membered macrolides, which possesses a highly substituted aglycone with two double bonds (tylonolide) and a third saccharide substituent (P-D-mycinose) beta-D-mycosine in addition to the disaccharide attached to the 5-hydroxyl group. Hydrolysis of mycarose from disaccharide yielded desmycarosyl-tylosin (desmycosin).

Potential sites of modification in desmycosin: modify ketone prepare different types R of linker at C-20 modify or modify CH3 replace diane mycaminose 20 H3C CHzCHO N (CH3) 2 11 H _o O O-O CH3 Ho/ 1 i 31 HO LOCH O OH H3CH2c0 OH modify or replace \ mycinose modify hydroxyl

For example, a 16-membered ring macrolide hybrid could be prepared by reductive amination of the C-20 aldehyde group.

This reaction could be used also for 17-membered azalides like 8a-aza- homodesmycosins and its derivatives (such as di-and tetrahydro derivatives).

R14 is hydrogen or hydroxy The other possibilities in 16-membered ring macrolide derivatisation are transformations of double bonds by epoxidation, and cleaving the epoxy group with an appropriate reactant (such as diamines) to yield the reactant macrolide subunit (M- CH2-NH-K-NH2).

Also the ketone in position 9 can be modified by hydroxylamine hydrochloride to yield oxime and then reduced to amine.

A further aspect of the present invention relates to the use of compounds of Formula I in the treatment of inflammatory diseases, disorders and conditions characterized by or associated with an undesirable inflammatory immune response,

especially of all diseases and conditions induced by or associated with an excessive secretion of TNF-a and IL-1.

A therapeutically effective amount of the compound of the present invention can be determined by methods known in the art. Since the compound of the present invention is more efficiently delivered to the desired site than the corresponding nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug alone, a lesser amount of the compound on a molar basis than of the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug can be administered while still achieving the same therapeutic effect. Furthermore, since administration of the compound results in fewer side effects than with the corresponding nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug, the NSAID amount can be increased. Thus, the table below serves only as a guide. A threshold therapeutically effective amount of the compound, a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof, a solvate thereof, or a prodrug thereof is generally equal to or less than a therapeutically effective amount of the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug on a molar basis. Broad and preferred effective amounts of the compound, a pharmaceutically salt thereof, a solvate thereof, or a prodrug thereof are shown in the table below. Amount of Compound, Pharmaceutically Salt Thereof, Solvate Thereof, or Prodrug Thereof mg/kg body weight/day of the pmol/kg body weight/day of the NSAID (had it been hybrid or the (NSAID) administered alone Broad from about 0.001 to about 1000 from about 0.004 to about 4000 Preferred from about 0.01 to about 100 from about 0.04 to about 400 More Preferred from about 1 to about 100 from about 4 to about 400 Most Preferred from about 3 to about 30 from about 12 to about 120

Thus, for example, the preferred dosage range for indomethacin is 50-200 mg/day, which corresponds to the range of 140 to 560 p. mol per day. The same mole- based range, 140-560 mol of a hybrid compound of the invention, will be the starting point for determining the preferred dosage range. Refinements of this approach are well within the skill of the art.

Further, the present invention relates to pharmaceutical compositions containing an effective dose of compounds of the present invention as well as pharmaceutically acceptable excipients, such as carriers or diluents.

The preparation of the pharmaceutical compositions of the invention can include mixing, granulating, tabletting and dissolving the ingredients. Chemical carriers can be in solid or liquid form. Solid carriers can be lactose, sucrose, talc, gelatine, agar, pectin, magnesium stearate, fatty acids without limitation. Liquid carriers can be syrups, oils such as olive, sunflower seed or soybean oils, water, or physiologic saline without limitation. Similarly, carriers may also contain a component for a sustained release of the active component such as glyceryl monostearate or glyceryl distearate. Several forms of pharmaceutical compositions can be prepared. If a solid carrier is used, these forms can include tablets, caplets, solid gelatinous capsules, powders or granules without limitation that can be administered orally. The amount of the solid carrier can vary but mainly it is in the range from 25 mg to 1 g. If a liquid carrier is used, the formulation can be in the form of a syrup, emulsion, soft gelatinous capsules, or sterile injectable liquids, or nonaqueous liquid suspensions.

The compounds of the present invention can be administered topically or systemically, e. g. , orally, parenterally, percutaneously, mucosally, e. g. , buccally, intranasally, intrarectally and intravaginally."Parenterally"means by intravenous, intramuscular or subcutaneous route. The corresponding preparations of the compounds of the present invention can be used in the prophylaxis as well as in the therapeutic treatment (prevention, delay, inhibition or relief) of several disorders (diseases and other pathological inflammatory conditions) caused by or associated

with an abnormal or undesirable (excessive, nonregulated, or dysregulated) inflammatory immune response involving the production of inflammatory cytokines or other inflammation mediators, including without limitation TNF-a and IL-lß. They include autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus, autoimmune thyroiditis, multiple sclerosis, uveoretinitis, lupus erythematosus, scleroderma; other arthritic conditions having an inflammatory component such as rheumatoid spondylitis, osteoarthritis, septic arthritis and polyarthritis; other inflammatory brain disorders, such as meningitis, Alzheimer's disease, AIDS dementia encephalitis, other inflammatory eye inflammations, such as retinitis; inflammatory skin disorders, such as, eczema, other dermatites (e. g. , atopic, contact), psoriasis, burns induced by UV radiation (sun rays and similar UV sources); inflammatory bowel disease, such as Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis; asthma; other allergy disorders, such as allergic rhinitis; conditions associated with acute trauma such as cerebral injury following stroke, heart tissue injury due to myocardial ischemia, lung injury such as that which occurs in adult respiratory distress syndrome; inflammation accompanying infection, such as sepsis, septic shock, toxic shock syndrome, other inflammatory conditions associated with particular organs or tissues, such as nephritis (e. g. , glomerulonephritis), inflamed appendix, gout, inflamed gall bladder, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, congestive heart failure, Type II diabetes, lung fibrosis, vascular disease, such as atherosclerosis and restenosis; and alloimmunity leading to transplant rejection.

Efficacy of the present compounds can be assessed by any method for assessing inflammation or anti-inflammatory effect. There are many known methods for this purpose including without limitation, use of contrast ultrasound in conjunction with injection of microbubbles, measurement of inflammatory cytokines (such as TNF-a, IL-1, IFN-y) measurement of activated immune system cells as well as observation (reduction of oedema, reduction of erythema, reduction of pruritus or burning sensation, reduction of body temperature, improvement in function of the afflicted organ) as well as any of the methods provided below.

The therapeutic effect of compounds of the present invention was determined in in vitro and in vivo experiments such as the following.

Determination of TNF-a and IL-lß Secretion in Mononuclear Cells of Human Peripheral Blood in vitro Peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PMBC) were prepared from heparinized whole blood after separation of PMBC on Ficoll-Hypaque (Amersham-Pharmacia).

For the determination of TNF-a level, 3. 5-5x 104 cells were cultured in a total volume of 200 gl within a period of 18 to 24 hours on microtiter flat bottom plates (96 wells, Falcon) in RPMI 1640 medium supplemented with 10% of heat-inactivated human AB serum (Croatian Centre For Transfusion Medicine, Zagreb), 100 units/mL of penicillin, 100 mg/mL of streptomycin and 20 mM HEPES (Invitrogen Life Technologies). The cells were incubated at 37°C in an atmosphere with 5% C02 and 90% moisture. The cells in a negative control were cultured only in the medium (NC), while the secretion of TNF-a in a positive control was stimulated by the addition of 1 Fg/mL lipopolysaccharide (LPS, E. coli serotype 0111 : B4, SIGMA) (PC) and the effect of the tested substances on TNF-a secretion was tested after their addition to cell cultures stimulated with LPS (TS). The TNF-a level in the cell supernatant was determined by ELISA according to the manufacturer s (R&D Systems) suggestions.

The test sensitivity was < 3pg/mL TNF-a. The determination of IL-1 (3 level was performed as described for TNF-a determination, only that 1x105 cells/well and 0.1 ng/mL of LPS were used. IL-1p level was determined by ELISA (R&D Systems). The percentage inhibition of TNF-a or IL-1p production was calculated by the following equation: % inhibition = [1- (TS-NC)/ (PC-NC)] x 100 IC-50 value was defined as the concentration of the substance at which 50% of TNF- a production was inhibited. The compounds demonstrating IC-50 in concentrations of 20 uM or lower were considered active. IC-50 was calculated using Graph Pad Prism Software.

Determination of TNF-a Secretion by RAW 264.7 Cells The cells were grown in 10% fetal bovine serum (FBS) in DMEM medium (Invitrogen Life Technologies) at 37°C in an atmosphere with 5% C02 and 90% moisture. 20 000 cells/well were plated in 96 well plate (Falcon). The cells in a negative control were cultured only in the medium (NC), while the secretion of TNF- a in a positive control was stimulated by the addition of 500 pg/mL lipopolysaccharide (LPS, E. coli serotype 0111 : B4, SIGMA) (PC) and the effect of the tested substances on TNF-a secretion was tested after their addition to cell cultures stimulated with LPS (TS). The TNF-a level in the cell supernatant was determined by ELISA according to manufacturer s (R&D Systems, Biosource) suggestions. The percentage inhibition of TNF-a production was calculated by the following equation: % inhibition = [1- (TS-NC)/ (PC-NC)] x 100 IC-50 value was defined as the concentration of the substance at which 50% of TNF- a production was inhibited. The compounds demonstrating IC-50 in concentrations of 10 uM or lower were considered active.

Human Prostaglandin-H Synthase-1 (hPGH-1) and Human Prostaglandin-H Synthase-2 (hPGH-2) Inhibition Assay Genes coding hPGH-1 and hPGH-2 were amplified with PCR using Platinum pfx DNA polymerase (Invitrogen Life Technologies) from human placenta cDNA library (Stratagene). Primer sequences used for hPGH-1 are: 5' ATATAAGCTTGCGCCATGAGCCGGAGTCTTC 3'and 5' ATATGGATCCTCAGAGCTCTGTGGATGGTCGC 3' ; for hPGH-2 5' ATATAAGCTTGCTGCGATGCTCGCCCGC 3'and 5' ATATGGATCCCTACAGTTCAGTTCAGTCGAACGTTC 3'. PCR products were cloned into HindIII and BamHI restriction sites of pcDNA3. 1 Hygro (+) plasmid (Invitrogen Life Technologies), sequences were confirmed by sequencing.

Transfection was performed on COS-7 cells (ATCC), cells were grown in 10% foetal bovine serum (FBS) in DMEM medium (Invitrogen Life Tecnologies), 37°C in an atmosphere with 5% C02 and 90% moisture, to full confluency in 24 well plate (Falcon). 1 wog plasmid DNA (pcDNA Hygro 3.1 (+) containing PGH-1 or PGH- 2 gene, or pcDNA Hygro 3.1 (+) for negative control samples) was combined with 1,5 uj Lipofectamine 2000 (Invitrogen Life Technologies), following manufacturer's recommendations. 24-48 hours post transfection, tested compounds in DMEM were added to cells without medium removal, and after 40 minutes, arachidonic acid (Sigma) was added to final 20 ZM concentration. After 30 minutes supernatants were removed and PGE-2 was measured with PGE-2 assay kit (Cayman) following manufacturer's instructions. No production of PGE-2 was detected in negative control.

% inhibition was calculated by the following equation: % inhibition= (l-sample PGE-2 concentration/positive control PGE-2 concentration) * 100 In vivo Model of LPS-induced Exccessive Secretion of TNF-a in Mice TNF- (X secretion in mice was induced according to the previously described method (Badger A. M. Et al., J. of Pharmac. and Env. Therap. 2791996 1453-1461).

In the test, male BALB/c mice at an age of 8 to 12 weeks in groups of 6 to 10 animals were used. Animals were treated p. o. either only with the solvent (in a negative and a positive control) or with solutions of the substance 30 minutes prior to the i. p. treatment with LPS (E. coli serotype Oil 1 : B4, Sigma) in a dose of 25 zg/animal. Two hours later the animals were euthanized by means of i. p. injection of Roumpun (Bayer) and Ketanest (Park-Davis). A blood sample from each animal was collected in a vacutaner"tube (Becton Dickinson) and the plasma was separated according to the manufacturer's suggestions. The TNF-a level in the plasma was determined by ELISA (Biosource, R&D Systems) according to the process prescribed by the

manufacturer. The test sensitivity was <3 pg/mL TNF-a. The percentage inhibition of TNF-a production was calculated by the following equation: % inhibition = [1- (TS-NC)/ (PC-NC)] *100 The compounds demonstrating a 30% or higher inhibition of TNF-a production at a dose of 10 mg/kg were considered active.

Representative results expressed qualitatively are set forth below for four of the foregoing tests, and for three of the compounds exemplified below: Compound TNF-a hPGH-1 hPGH-2 LPS induced excessive secretion PBMC of TNF-a iso IC- ICso % of inhibition S- (+)-Ibuprofen >30 gM 0. 5 gM 0. 8 gM ND Ex. 4 1, iM >30 FM 1 FM 70 Ex. 5 1 gm 10 gm 10 gm 66 Ex. 10 10 M >30 pM >30 M 47 ND-not determinated Writhing Test for Analgesic Activity In this test, pain is induced with an injection of an irritant, usually acetic acid, into the peritoneal cavity of mice. The animals respond by the characteristic writhings, which gave the name of the test (Collier H. O. J. et al. Pharmac.

Chemother. 1968,32, 295-310 ; Fukawa K. et al. J. Pharmacol. Meth., 1980, 4, 251- 259; Schweizer A. et al. Agents Actions, 1988,23, 29-31). This test is suitable for the

determination of analgetic activity of compounds. Process: male BALB-/c mice (Charles River, Italy) at an age of 8 to 12 weeks were used. Methyl cellulose was administered p. o. to a control group, 30 minutes prior to i. p. administration of acetic acid in a concentration of 0.6%, whereas to the test groups a standard (acetyl salicylic acid) or test substances in methylcellulose were administered p. o. 30 minutes prior to i. p. administration of 0.6% acetic acid (volume 0.1 mL/10 g). Mice were individually placed under glass funnels and the number of writhings of each animal was recorded during a period of 20 minutes. The percentage inhibition of writhings was calculated according to the equation: % inhibition = (mean value of number of writhings in the control group-number of writhings in the test group) /number of writhings in the control group x 100.

The compounds demonstrating the same or better analgesic activity than acetyl salicylic acid were considered active.

In vivo Model of LPS-induced Shock in Mice Male BALB/c mice at an age of 8 to 12 weeks (Charles River, Italy) were used. LPS isolated from Serratie marcessans (Sigma, L-6136) was diluted in sterile saline. The first LPS injection was administered intradermally in a dose of 4 , ug/mouse. 18 to 24 hours later LPS was administered i. v. in a dose of 200 Fg/mouse.

To a control group, two LPS injections were administered in the above described manner. The test groups were administered the substances p. o. half an hour prior to each LPS administration. The survival after 24 hours was observed.

The compounds resulting in a 40% or better survival at a dose of 30 mg/kg were considered active.

The compounds of Examples 1-12 demonstrate activity in at least two investigated tests. These results, however, only illustrate the biological activity of the compounds and do not limit the present invention in any way.

Preparation Processes with Examples Precursors Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Subunits D STRUCTURE DI cri 0 CH3 \OH u N CHUG D2 CH3 OH HIC OH OU D3 F O OH CH3 D4 CH3 OH H3C. 0//O D5 0 cl, \ - oh 0 CH 3 D6 oh ou 0 0 HIC D7 HA . i Hic HO D8 Zozo Hic 0 HA O HIC D9 0 aN OH t A r /\ O D10 D10 XHoO 0 H3 Dns HA Dol HO HIC H H3C F N N PO Ho D12 0 ONa ci H ? " zu D 3 0 cri ONT D13 0 CH3

The compound D2 was S- (+)-ibuprofen ; the remainder of the compounds with chiral centres were racemic mixtures. Compound D1 is indomethacin; D3 is flurbiprofen ; D4 is naproxen, D5 is ketoprofen; D6 is acetyl salicylic acid; D7 is sulindac; D8 is etodolac ; D9 is ketorolac; D10 is suprofen; Dll is flunixin, D12 is diclofenac sodium and D13 is tolmetin sodium.

Macrolide Subunits Table 1, Formula IIA Com. M R1 R2 R3 R4 R6 R13 R11 R12 ML1 M1 L1 H H H CH3 S2 H H ML2 M1 L2 H H H CH3 S2 H H ML3 M2 L2 H H H CH3 OH// ML4 M3 L2 H H H H S2 H H ML5 M4 L2 H H H C2H5 S2 H H ML6 M5 H C=O CH3 C2HS S2 H L3 ML7 M6 CH3 H H H CH3 S2 L4 H Ll = -(CH2) 3-OH L2 =-(CH2) 3-NH2 L3 = -CH2-NH-(CH2)2-NH2 L4 =-C (O)-(CH2)2-NH-(CH2)2-NH2

The designation M1-M6 corresponds to macrolide subunits of the Formula IIA wherein the variables R-R are as specified in the table.

Example 1 Compound 1: (Formula 1 : M = Ml, L =L1, D = DH To a solution of indomethacin (Dl) (200 mg; 0.56 mmole) in dry DMF (3 ml) under argon was added 1, 1-carbonyldiimidazole (187 mg; 1.15 mmol in 5 ml of DMF). The reaction mixture was stirred for 24 hours at-5 °C, then was added compound ML1 (443 mg; 0.56 mmole in 3 ml of DMF). The reaction mixture was heated 48 hours at 100 °C, evaporated and purified on a silica gel column (eluant: CHCI3 : MeOH: NH40H = 6: 1: 0.1). 56 mg of compound 1 was obtained; MS (m/z) : 1133 [MH] +. IR (KBr) cm-1 : 3449,2972, 2936,1731, 1686,1622, 1564,1546, 1512,1478, 1460,1374, 1323,1263, 1225,1168, 1089,1057, 1013,958, 925,834, 804,756, 732.

Example 2 Compound 2: (Formula I ; M = MI, L =Ll, D = D2) To a solution of S- (+)-ibuprofen (D2) (115 mg; 0.56 mmole) in dry DMF (3 ml) under argon was added 1, 1-carbonyldiimidazole (187 mg; 1.15 mmol in 5 ml of DMF). The reaction mixture was stirred for 24 hours at-5 °C, then was added compound ML1 (443 mg; 0.56 mmole in 3 ml of DMF). The reaction mixture was heated 48 hours at 100 °C, evaporated and purified on a silica gel column (eluant: CHCl3 : MeOH: NH40H = 6: 1: 0.1). 43 mg of compound 2 was obtained; MS (m/z) : 981.7 [MH] +. IR (KBr) cm~': 3483,2971, 2937,2873, 2787,1733, 1655,1638, 1561, 1511,1459, 1421,1379, 1332,1248, 1167,1109, 1055,1013, 1000,958, 900,836, 803,756, 728,640.

Example 3 Compound 3: (Formula I ; M = M1, L =L1, D = D3) To a solution of flurbiprofen (D3) (137 mg; 0.56 mmole) in dry DMF (3 ml) under argon was added 1, 1-carbonyldiimidazole (187 mg; 1.15 mmol in 5 ml of DMF). The reaction mixture was stirred for 24 hours at-5 °C, then was added compound ML1 (443 mg; 0.56 mmole in 3 ml of DMF). The reaction mixture was heated 48 hours at 100 °C, evaporated and purified on a silica gel column (eluant: CHCl3 : MeOH: NH40H = 6: 1: 0.1). 46 mg of compound 3 was obtained; MS (m/z) : 1119.5 [MH] +. IR (KBr) cm-1 : 3452,2973, 2937,2879, 2829,2777, 1734,1688, 1659, 1625,1582, 1565,1546, 1512,1461, 1420,1379, 1329,1267, 1171,1109, 1054, 1013,999, 959,899, 834,801, 767,726, 699,640.

Example 4 Compound 4: (Formula I ; M = M1, L =L2. D = D1) To a solution of indomethacin (Dl) (104 mg; 0.29 mmole) in dry CH2C12 (5 ml) under argon, 0.380 mL (2.73 mmole) of triethylamine, 80 mg (0.59 mmole) of 1- hydroxybenzotriazole, 230 mg (0.29 mmole) of ML2 and 235 mg (1.23 mmole) of 1- (3-dimethylaminopropyl) -3-ethyl-carbodiimide hydrochloride were added. The reaction mixture was stirred for 24 hours at room temperature in a flow of argon, then evaporated to a smaller volume under reduced pressure and purified on a silica gel column (eluant: CHCl3 : MeOH: NH40H = 6: 1: 0.1). 127 mg of compound 4 was obtained. MS (m/z) : 1131.8 [MH] +. IR (KBr) cm-1 : 3451,2971, 2936,2829, 1722, 1675,1659, 1542,1595, 1563,1546, 1529,1478, 1461,1374, 1323,1260, 1227, 1168,1110, 1089,1054, 1013,957, 927,899, 834,806, 755.

Example 5 Compound 5: (Formula 1 ; M = M1, L =L2. D = D2) To a solution of (S)- (+)-ibuprofen (D2) (60 mg; 0.29 mmole) in dry CH2C12 (5 ml) under argon, 0.380 mL (2.73 mmole) of triethylamine, 80 mg (0.59 mmole) of 1- hydroxybenzotriazole, 230 mg (0.29 mmole) of ML2 and 235 mg (1.23 mmole) of 1- (3-dimethylaminopropyl) -3-ethyl-carbodiimide hydrochloride were added. The reaction mixture was stirred for 24 hours at room temperature in a flow of argon and then evaporated. Purification on a silica gel column (eluant: CHCl3 : MeOH: NH40H = 6: 1: 0.1) gave 239 mg of compound 5. MS (nez) : 981.0 [MH] +. IR (KBr) cm-1 : 3433, 2971,2936, 2872,1720, 1686,1655, 1561,1545, 1511,1460, 1378,1264, 1167, 1109,1054, 1013,1000, 958,902, 835,642.

Example 6 Compound 6: (Formula I ; M = M1, L =L2. D = D3) To a solution of flurbiprofen (D3) (70 mg; 0.29 mmole) in dry CH2CI2 (5 ml) under argon, 0.380 mL (2.73 mmole) of triethylamine, 80 mg (0.59 mmole) of 1- hydroxybenzotriazole, 230 mg (0.29 mmole) of ML2 and 235 mg (1.23 mmole) of 1- (3-dimethylaminopropyl) -3-ethyl-carbodiimide hydrochloride were added. The reaction mixture was stirred for 24 hours at room temperature in a flow of argon and then evaporated. Purification on a silica gel column eluting with CHCl3 : MeOH: NH40H = 6: 1: 0.1 gave 160 mg of compound 6. MS (m/z) : 1018.9 [MH] +. IR (KBr) cm-1 : 3448,2973, 2937,2881, 2834,2782, 1720,1655, 1625,1581, 1560,1544, 1484,1458, 1419,1378, 1267,1167, 1109,1053, 1012,958, 900,835, 767,726, 699,641.

Example 7 Compound 7: (Formula 1 ; M = M1, L =L2, D = D4) To a solution of naproxen (D4) (67 mg; 0.29 mmole) in dry CH2C12 (5 ml) under argon, 0.380 mL (2.73 mmole) of triethylamine, 80 mg (0.59 mmole) of 1- hydroxybenzotriazole, 230 mg (0.29 mmole) of ML2 and 235 mg (1.23 mmole) of 1- (3-dimethylaminopropyl) -3-ethyl-carbodiimide hydrochloride were added. The reaction mixture was stirred for 24 hours at room temperature in a flow of argon and concentrated under reduced pressure. Purification on a silica gel column eluting with CHCl3 : MeOH: NH40H = 6: 1: 0.1 gave 162 mg of compound 7. MS (m/z) : 1004.9 [MH] +. IR (KBr) cm-1 : 3433,2972, 2937,2876, 2829,2788, 1719,1655, 1607,1560, 1542,1508, 1459,1377, 1265,1230, 1167,1109, 1053,1013, 1000,958, 928,895, 853,809, 755,640.

Example 8 Compound 8: (Formula I ; M = M1 L =L2, D = D5) To a solution of ketoprofen (D5) (74 mg; 0.29 mmole) in dry CH2Cl2 (5 ml) under argon, 0.380 mL (2.73 mmole) of triethylamine, 80 mg (0.59 mmole) of 1- hydroxybenzotriazole, 230 mg (0.29 mmole) of ML2 and 235 mg (1.23 mmole) of 1- (3-dimethylaminopropyl) -3-ethyl-carbodiimide hydrochloride were added. The reaction mixture was stirred for 24 hours at room temperature in a flow of argon and concentrated under reduced pressure. Purification on a silica gel column eluting with CHCl3 : MeOH: NH40H = 6: 1: 0.1 gave 114 mg of compound 8. MS (nllz) : 1028.9 [MH] +. IR (KBr) cm-1 : 3450,3062, 2972,2937, 2876,2834, 2788,1722, 1658,1598, 1580,1544, 1458,1378, 1319,1284, 1168,1109, 1081,1053, 1013,1000, 957,902, 834,755, 723,705, 643.

Example 9 Compound 9: (Formula I ; M = M1, L =L2, D = D6) To a solution of acetylsalicylic acid (D6) (52 mg; 0.29 mmole) in dry CH2CI2 (5 ml) under argon, 0.380 mL (2.73 mmole) of triethylamine, 80 mg (0.59 mmole) of 1-hydroxybenzotriazole, 230 mg (0.29 mmole) of ML2 and 235 mg (1.23 mmole) of 1- (3-dimethylaminopropyl)-3-ethyl-carbodiimide hydrochloride were added. The reaction mixture was stirred for 24 hours at room temperature in a flow of argon and concentrated under reduced pressure. Purification on a silica gel column eluting with CHCI3 : MeOH: NH40H = 6: 1: 0.1 gave 127 mg of compound 9. MS (m/z) : 955 [MH] +.

Example 10 Compound 10: (Formula I ; M = M2, L =L2, D = D1) Compound 4 (120 mg; 0.1 mmole) was dissolved in 3 mL 0.5 M HCI. The reaction mixture was stirred for 24 hours at room temperature. Then dichloromethane was added to the reaction mixture and layers were separated. The aqueous layer was adjusted to pH 10 and extracted with CH2Cl2. The combined organic extracts were washed with saturated NaHCO3, dried over MgS04 and evaporated under reduced pressure. Purification on a silica gel column (eluant: EtOAc: TEA= 96: 4) gave 32 mg of compound 10. MS (m/z) : 973.8 [MH] +.

Example 11 Compound 11: (Formula I ; M = M2, L =L2, D = D2) Compound 5 (120 mg; 0.1 mmole) was dissolved in 3 mL 0.5 M HCI. The reaction mixture was stirred for 24 hours at room temperature. Then dichloromethane was added to the reaction mixture and layers were separated. The aqueous layer was

adjusted to pH 10 and extracted with CH2Cl2. The combined organic extracts were washed with saturated NaHC03, dried over MgS04 and evaporated under reduced pressure. Purification on a silica gel column (eluant: EtOAc: TEA= 96: 4) gave 28 mg of compound 11. MS (m/z) : 822.1 [MH] +. IR (KBr) cm-1: 3450,2971, 2873,1710, 1656,1544, 1511,1459, 1380,1350, 1262,1173, 1111,1073, 1050,978, 957,934, 898,803, 755,634.

Example 12 Compound 12: (Formula I ; M = M2, L =L2, D = D5) Compound 8 (150 mg; 0.15 mmole) was dissolved in 5 mL 0.5 M HCI. The reaction mixture was stirred for 24 hours at room temperature. Then dichloromethane was added to the reaction mixture and layers were separated. The aqueous layer was adjusted to pH 10 and extracted with CH2CI2. The combined organic extracts were washed with saturated NaHC03, dried over MgS04 and evaporated under reduced pressure. Purification on a silica gel column (eluant: EtOAc: TEA= 96: 4) gave 42 mg of compound 12. MS (nez) : 870.1 [MHI+. IR (KBr) cm-1: 3439,3067, 2972,2936, 2876,1721, 1657,1598, 1580,1544, 1458,1378, 1349,1319, 1283,1173, 1136, 1111,1074, 1050,1000, 956,904, 863,723, 705,643.

Example 13 Compound 13: (Formula I ; M = M3, L =L2, D = Dl) The compound 4 (68 mg; 0.06 mmole) was dissolved in 10 mL of methanol.

38 mg (0.28 mmole) of NaOACx3H20 and 15 mg (0.06 mmole) of 12 were added.

The reaction mixture was illuminated with a 500W halogen lamp for 2 h. Then, 2-3 drops of 0.1 M Na2S203 were added. The solvent was then evaporated under reduced pressure and the residue was dissolved in ethyl-acetate and washed with water and

saturated NaHC03 solution. The organic layer was dried over anhydrous Na2SO4 and evaporated. The product was purified on a silica gel column in the solvent system CHCl3 : MeOH : NH40H = 6 : 1: 0.1. The quantity of 32 mg of the compound 13 was isolated; MS (milz) : 1117.9 [MH] +.

Example 14 Compound 14: (Formula 1 ; M = M4, L =L2, D = D1) The compound 13 (100 mg; 0.09 mmole) was dissolved in 3mL of methanol.

To the solution, 127 gl of N, N-diisopropylethylamine and 45 ul of ethyliodide was added. The reaction mixture was stirred at a temperature of 50°C for 20 hours.

Subsequently, it was diluted with 30 mL of ethyl-acetate and washed with 30 mL of saturated aqueous sodium-hydrogencarbonate solution and 30 mL of water. The organic layer was dried over anhydrous sodium-sulphate. The solvent was evaporated by reduced pressure. The obtained mixture was purified on a silica gel column, eluent CHCl3 : MeOH: NH40H =6: 1: 0.1. The quantity of 48 mg of the compound 14 was obtained; MS (m/z) : 1145.7 [MH] +.

Example 15 Compound 15: (Formula I ; M = M5, L =L3, D = D1) In 10 mL of dry dichlormethane, 84 mg of the indomethacin D1 (0.2 mmole) was dissolved in an inert atmosphere. Subsequently, 0.25 mL of triethylamine, 53 mg of hydroxybenzotriazole, 200 mg of the macrolide ML6 (0.2 mmole) and 157 mg of 1- (3-dimethylaminopropyl) -3-ethylcarbodiimide hydrochloride was added to the solution. The reaction mixture was stirred at room temperature overnight. The solvent was evaporated under reduced pressure and the obtained mixture was purified on a silica gel column, eluent CHCl3 : MeOH: NH40H=6: 1 : 0.1. 130 mg of the compound 15 was obtained; MS (m/z) : 1188.6 [MH] +.

Example 16 Compound 16: (Formula 1 ; M = M6, L =L4. D = D1) In 10 mL of dry dichlormethane, 43 mg of indomethacin D1 (0.1 mmole) was dissolved in an inert atmosphere. Subsequently, 0.12 mL of triethylamine, 32 mg of hydroxybenzotriazole, 103 mg of the macrolide ML7 (0.1 mmole) and 82 mg of 1- (3- dimethylaminopropyl) -3-ethylcarbodiimide hydrochloride was added to the solution.

The reaction mixture was stirred at room temperature overnight. The solvent was evaporated under reduced pressure and the obtained mixture was purified on a silica gel column, eluent CHCl3 : MeOH: NH4OH=6 : 1: 0.1. 80 mg of the compound 16 was obtained; MS (m/z) : 1203.1 [MH] + ; MS (milz) : 981.0 [MH] . IR (KBr) cm'' : 3424, 2972,2936, 2833,1734, 1678,1595, 1562,1544, 1526,1477, 1459,1374, 1324, 1258,1225, 1179,1108, 1090,1073, 1039,1015, 959,926, 902,836, 798,755, 693, 666,642.

Example 17 Compound 17: (Formula I ; M = M1, L =L2, D = D7) To a solution of sulindac (D7) (103 mg; 0.29 mmole) in dry CH2Cl2 (5 ml) under argon, 0.380 mL (2.73 mmole) of triethylamine, 80 mg (0.59 mmole) of 1- hydroxybenzotriazole, 230 mg (0.29 mmole) of ML2 and 235 mg (1.23 mmole) of 1- (3-dimethylaminopropyl) -3-ethyl-carbodiimide hydrochloride were added. The reaction mixture was stirred for 24 hours at room temperature in a flow of argon, then evaporated to a smaller volume under reduced pressure and purified on a silica gel column (eluant: CHCI3 : MeOH: NH40H = 6: 1: 0.1). 262 mg of compound 17 was obtained. MS (m/z) : 1130.3 [MH] +.

Example 18 Compound 18: (Formula I ; M = M1, L =L2, D = D8) To a solution of etodolac (D8) (83 mg; 0.29 mmole) in dry CH2CI2 (5 ml) under argon, 0.380 mL (2.73 mmole) of triethylamine, 80 mg (0.59 mmole) of 1- hydroxybenzotriazole, 230 mg (0.29 mmole) of ML2 and 235 mg (1.23 mmole) of 1- (3-dimethylaminopropyl)-3-ethyl-carbodiimide hydrochloride were added. The reaction mixture was stirred for 24 hours at room temperature in a flow of argon, then evaporated to a smaller volume under reduced pressure and purified on a silica gel column (eluant: CHCl3 : MeOH: NH40H = 6: 1: 0.1). 78 mg of compound 18 was obtained. MS (m/z) : 1061.4 [MH] +.

Example 19 Compound 19: (Formula I ; M = M1, L =L2, D = D9) To a solution of ketorolac (D9) (74 mg; 0.29 mmole) in dry CH2Cl2 (5 ml) under argon, 0.380 mL (2.73 mmole) of triethylamine, 80 mg (0.59 mmole) of 1- hydroxybenzotriazole, 230 mg (0.29 mmole) of ML2 and 235 mg (1.23 mmole) of 1- (3-dimethylaminopropyl) -3-ethyl-carbodiimide hydrochloride were added. The reaction mixture was stirred for 24 hours at room temperature in a flow of argon, then evaporated to a smaller volume under reduced pressure and purified on a silica gel column (eluant: CHCl3 : MeOH: NH40H = 6: 1: 0.1). 110 mg of compound 19 was obtained. MS (nez) : 1029.5 [MH] +. IR (KBr) cm-1 : 3448,2972, 2936,2876, 1719, 1655,1624, 1572,1561, 1544,1492, 1465,1430, 1400,1379, 1342,1272, 1167, 1109,1052, 1013,1000, 958,894, 835,797, 758,724, 699,670.

Example 20 Compound 20: (Formula 1 ; M = M1, L =L2, D = D10) To a solution of suprofen (D10) (75 mg; 0.29 mmole) in dry CH2Cl2 (5 ml) under argon, 0.380 mL (2.73 mmole) of triethylamine, 80 mg (0.59 mmole) of 1- hydroxybenzotriazole, 230 mg (0.29 mmole) of ML2 and 235 mg (1.23 mmole) of 1- (3-dimethylaminopropyl) -3-ethyl-carbodiimide hydrochloride were added. The reaction mixture was stirred for 24 hours at room temperature in a flow of argon, then evaporated to a smaller volume under reduced pressure and purified on a silica gel column (eluant: CHCl3 : MeOH: NH40H = 6: 1: 0.1). 128 mg of compound 20 was obtained. MS (7n/Z) : 1034.4 [MH] +. IR (KBr) cm-1 : 3448,3082, 2972,2937, 2877, 2833,2789, 1719,1655, 1638,1606, 1560,1542, 1517,1458, 1415,1378, 1355, 1289,1167, 1109,1053, 1013,1000, 958,901, 886,860, 845,806, 753,724, 665, 640.

Example 21 Compound 21: (Formula I ; M = M1, L =L2, D = D11) To a solution of flunixin (Dll) (86 mg; 0.29 mmole) in dry CH2CI2 (5 ml) under argon, 0.380 mL (2.73 mmole) of triethylamine, 80 mg (0.59 mmole) of 1- hydroxybenzotriazole, 230 mg (0.29 mmole) of ML2 and 235 mg (1.23 mmole) of 1- (3-dimethylaminopropyl)-3-ethyl-carbodiimide hydrochloride were added. The reaction mixture was stirred for 24 hours at room temperature in a flow of argon, then evaporated to a smaller volume under reduced pressure and purified on a silica gel column (eluant: CHCI3 : MeOH: NH40H = 6: 1: 0.1). 76 mg of compound 21 was obtained. MS (m/z) : 1070.4 [MH] +. IR (KBr) cm~1 : 3451,2973, 2938,2881, 1722, 1642,1593, 1524,1462, 1379,1321, 1321,1278, 1259,1168, 1121,1081, 1053, 1020,958, 899,835, 795,772, 721,666, 640.

Example 22 Compound 22: (Formula 1 : M = M1, L =L2, D = D12) To a solution of diclofenac sodium (D12) (92 mg; 0.29 mmole) in dry CH2C12 (5 ml) under argon, 0.380 mL (2.73 mmole) of triethylamine, 80 mg (0.59 mmole) of 1-hydroxybenzotriazole, 230 mg (0.29 mmole) of ML2 and 235 mg (1.23 mmole) of 1- (3-dimethylaminopropyl)-3-ethyl-carbodiimide hydrochloride were added. The reaction mixture was stirred for 24 hours at room temperature in a flow of argon, then evaporated to a smaller volume under reduced pressure and purified on a silica gel column (eluant: CHCl3 : MeOH: NH40H = 6: 1: 0.1). 140 mg of compound 22 was obtained. MS (m/z) : 1069.1 [MH] +. IR (KBr) cm-1 : 3426,3073, 2972,2937, 2876, 2829,2788, 1722,1658, 1578,1562, 1546,1511, 1454,1378, 1301,1281, 1167, 1110,1053, 1013,999, 958,898, 836,750, 668.

Example 23 Compound 23: (Formula I : M = M1, L =L2, D = D13) To a solution of tolmetin sodium (D13) (80 mg; 0.29 mmole) in dry CH2Cl2 (5 ml) under argon, 0.380 mL (2.73 mmole) of triethylamine, 80 mg (0.59 mmole) of 1- hydroxybenzotriazole, 230 mg (0.29 mmole) of ML2 and 235 mg (1.23 mmole) of 1- (3-dimethylaminopropyl) -3-ethyl-carbodiimide hydrochloride were added. The reaction mixture was stirred for 24 hours at room temperature in a flow of argon, then evaporated to a smaller volume under reduced pressure and purified on a silica gel column (eluant: CHCI3 : MeOH: NH40H = 6: 1: 0.1). 183 mg of compound 23 was obtained. MS (m/z) : 1031.3 [MH] +. IR (KBr) cm-1 : 3448,2972, 2937,2876, 1774, 1719,1655, 1624,1601, 1561,1545, 1509,1477, 1458,1376, 1265,1180, 1167, 1110,1076, 1053,1012, 1000,957, 883,834, 794,751, 669,639, 620.