Abdelah Ahnaou

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In rats, rapid eye movement (REM) sleep can be elicited by microinjection of vasoactive intestinal polypeptide (VIP) into the oral pontine reticular nucleus (PnO). In the present study, we investigated whether this area could also be a REM-promoting target for a peptide closely related to VIP: the pituitary adenylyl cyclase-activating polypeptide (PACAP).(More)
Cholinergic and PACAPergic systems within the oral pontine reticular nucleus (PnO) play a critical role in REM sleep generation in rats. In this present work, we have investigated whether REM sleep enhancement induced by carbachol (a cholinergic agonist) or PACAP, depends on an interaction between muscarinic and PACAP receptors. This hypothesis was tested(More)
In rats, rapid eye movement sleep can be induced by microinjection of either the cholinergic agonist carbachol or the neuropeptide vasoactive intestinal peptide into the oral pontine reticular nucleus. Possible involvement of cholinergic mechanisms in the effect of vasoactive intestinal peptide was investigated using muscarinic receptor ligands.(More)
Advanced leads of an imidazopyridine series of positive allosteric modulators of the metabotropic glutamate 2 (mGlu2) receptor are reported. The optimization of in vitro ADMET and in vivo pharmacokinetic properties led to the identification of 27o. With good potency and selectivity for the mGlu2 receptor, 27o affected sleep-wake architecture in rats after(More)
We previously reported the discovery of 4-aryl-substituted pyridones with mGlu2 PAM activity starting from the HTS hit 5. In this article, we describe a different exploration from 5 that led to the discovery of a novel subseries of phenylpiperidine-substituted pyridones. The optimization strategy involved the introduction of different spacers between the(More)
The discovery and characterization of compound 48, a selective and in vivo active mGlu2 receptor positive allosteric modulator (PAM), are described. A key to the discovery was the rational exploration of the initial HTS hit 13 guided by an overlay model built with reported mGlu2 receptor PAM chemotypes. The initial weak in vitro activity of the hit 13 was(More)
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