Andrew R Jales

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Two series of delta-selective ligands related to the prototypic delta-antagonist naltrindole have been prepared and evaluated in opioid binding assays with the aim of developing new PET ligands for the delta-opioid receptor. One compound (5d) had significantly higher selectivity than naltrindole, but with substantially reduced binding affinity. For those(More)
14-O-Cinnamoyl esters of naltrexone (6) were synthesized and evaluated in isolated tissue assays in vitro and in vivo in mouse antinociceptive assays. Their predominant opioid receptor activity was mu receptor (MOR) antagonism, but the unsubstituted cinnamoyl derivative (6a) had partial MOR agonist activity in vitro and in vivo. When compared to the(More)
The study of kappa-opioid receptor function in vivo has been hampered by the limited choice of selective kappa-antagonists. Recently discovered kappa-antagonists have not yet been utilised in vivo. We here report the synthesis and in vitro evaluation of a new amidine derivative of naltrindole. It showed substantially greater kappa-selectivity in binding(More)
The role of the side chain in 5'-substituted analogues of naltrindole has been further explored with the synthesis of series of amides, amidines, and ureas. Amidines (8, 13) had greatest selectivity for the kappa receptor, as predicted from consideration of the message-address concept. It was also found that an appropriately located carbonyl group, in ureas(More)
The 14-amino analogue of oxymorphindole (OMI) was synthesized and found to possess delta-opioid binding affinity and selectivity similar to OMI. Substitution of the amino group with alkyl, arylalkyl, and acyl groups had relatively little effect on delta-affinity but delta-selectivity was reduced. In functional assays the 14-phenylacetylamino derivative 6d(More)
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