Andrew J. Pike

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7-(1,1-Dimethylethyl)-6-(2-ethyl-2H-1,2,4-triazol-3-ylmethoxy)-3-(2-fluorophenyl)-1,2,4-triazolo[4,3-b]pyridazine (TPA023) is a triazolopyridazine that binds with equivalent high (subnanomolar) affinity to the benzodiazepine binding site of recombinant human GABA(A) receptors containing an alpha1, alpha2, alpha3, or alpha5 subunit but has partial agonist(More)
The majority of inhibitory neurotransmission in the brain is mediated by the gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) type A (GABA(A)) receptor. The anticonvulsant loreclezole largely acts by potentiating GABA(A) receptors containing beta2 and beta3 subunits. We used a genetically modified mouse containing a loreclezole-insensitive beta2 subunit (beta2N265S) to(More)
The 'NMDA hypofunction hypothesis of schizophrenia' can be tested in a number of ways. DAO is the enzyme primarily responsible for the metabolism of d-serine, a co-agonist for the NMDA receptor. We identified novel DAO inhibitors, in particular, acid 1, which demonstrated moderate potency for DAO in vitro and ex vivo, and raised plasma d-serine levels after(More)
A novel series of 3-heteroaryl-5,6-bis(aryl)-1-methyl-2-pyridones were developed with high affinity for the benzodiazepine (BZ) binding site of human gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA(A)) receptor ion channels, low binding selectivity for alpha 2- and/or alpha 3- over alpha 1-containing GABA(A) receptor subtypes and high binding selectivity over alpha 5(More)
The identification of a novel series of 7,8,9,10-tetrahydro-(7,10-ethano)-1,2,4-triazolo[3,4-a]phthalazines as GABA(A)alpha5 inverse agonists, which have both binding and functional (efficacy) selectivity for the benzodiazepine binding site of alpha5- over alpha1-, alpha2-, and alpha3-containing GABA(A) receptor subtypes, is described. Binding selectivity(More)
In the accompanying paper we describe how MRK-409 unexpectedly produced sedation in man at relatively low levels of GABA(A) receptor occupancy (∼10%). Since it was not clear whether this sedation was mediated via the α2/α3 or α1 GABA(A) subtype(s), we characterized the properties of TPA023B, a high-affinity imidazotriazine which, like MRK-409, has partial(More)
The development of a series of GABA(A) alpha2/alpha3 subtype selective pyridazine based benzodiazepine site agonists as anxiolytic agents with reduced sedative/ataxic potential is described, including the discovery of 16, a remarkably alpha3-selective compound ideal for in vivo study. These ligands are antagonists at the alpha1 subtype, with good CNS(More)
Investigation of the antidepressant-like actions of substance P (NK1 receptor) antagonists has been hindered by the few available compounds that bind with high affinity to the rat and mouse NK1 receptor, as these are the most commonly used preclinical species. The best available compounds for such studies are SR140333 and GR205171. However, SR140333 does(More)
A series of heterocyclic sulfonamides have been developed which are potent and selective inhibitors of hGlyT1. SAR studies to optimise the in vitro and in vivo properties are described. Optimisation of the central scaffold resulted in cyclohexane sulfones 28 and 29, which have good PK properties and show promise for further development.
A series of novel 3-(3-substituted-1,2,5-thiadiazol-4-yl)-1,2,5,6-tetrahydro- 1-methylpyridines (substituted-TZTP; 5a-l, 7a-h, 8, 9c-n, 11, 13j) were synthesized and tested for central muscarinic cholinergic receptor affinity by using [3H]-oxotremorine-M (Oxo-M) and [3H]-pirenzepine (Pz) as ligands. The potency and efficacy of the compounds for the(More)