Andrew J. Thorpe

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Pregabalin exhibits robust activity in preclinical assays indicative of potential antiepileptic, anxiolytic, and antihyperalgesic clinical efficacy. It binds with high affinity to the alpha(2)-delta subunit of voltage-gated calcium channels and is a substrate of the system L neutral amino acid transporter. A series of pregabalin analogues were prepared and(More)
Pregabalin is a specific ligand of the alpha2-delta (α2-δ) auxiliary subunit of voltage-gated calcium channels. A growing body of evidence from studies of anxiety and pain indicate that the observed responses with pregabalin may result from activity at the α2-δ auxiliary protein expressed presynaptically, in several different circuits of the central nervous(More)
Currently, there are two drugs on the market, gabapentin (Neurontin) and pregabalin (Lyrica), that are proposed to exert their therapeutic effect through binding to the alpha2-delta subunit of voltage-sensitive calcium channels. This activity was unexpected, as the alpha2-delta subunit had previously been considered not to be a pharmacological target. In(More)
A series of oxadiazolone bioisosteres of pregabalin 1 and gabapentin 2 were prepared, and several were found to exhibit similar potency for the alpha(2)-delta subunit of voltage-gated calcium channels. Oxadiazolone 9 derived from 2 achieved low brain uptake but was nevertheless active in models of osteoarthritis. The high clearance associated with compound(More)
Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a common sensorimotor disorder characterized by abnormal sensations that occur primarily at rest or during sleep, which are alleviated by movement of the affected limb. The pathophysiology of RLS remains unclear, although roles for dopamine dysfunction and brain iron deficiency have been proposed. The hypothalamic A11(More)
As part of a program aimed at generating compounds with affinity for the alpha(2)-delta subunit of voltage-gated calcium channels, several novel beta-amino acids were prepared using an efficient nitroalkane-mediated cyclopropanation as a key step. Depending on the ester that was chosen, the target amino acids could be prepared in as few as three steps. The(More)
Several beta-amino tetrazole analogs of gabapentin 1 and pregabalin 2 were prepared by one of two convergent, highly efficient routes, and their affinity for the alpha(2)-delta protein examined. Two select compounds with potent affinity for alpha(2)-delta, 8a and 16a, were subsequently tested in vivo in an audiogenic seizure model and found to elicit(More)
BACKGROUND Neuropathic pain (NeP) is a distinct type of chronic pain that is a direct result of damage to the nervous system itself. Studies have shown that training on the topic of chronic pain in medical schools is lacking and many practitioners are not confident in their ability to effectively manage patients with such pain. AIMS The purpose of this(More)
BACKGROUND Neuropathic pain (NeP) is a distinct type of pain caused by damage to the nervous system itself. This often severe and chronic type of pain requires specific treatments that target the underlying pain pathophysiology. AIM The purpose of the current narrative review is to provide an overview of pregabalin (Lyrica 1 ) for the treatment of NeP(More)
A library of potential agonists and antagonists for adrenergic receptors was prepared using high-throughput solution-phase parallel synthesis. Traditional solution-phase reductive amination reactions followed by rapid purification by ion exchange chromatography yielded products with near-analytical purity. An array of ketones and amines, arranged in an 8 ×(More)
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