Anthony J. Roecker

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Orexin is a key neurotransmitter of central arousal and reward circuits in the CNS. Two receptors respond to orexin signaling, Orexin 1 Receptor (OX1R) and Orexin 2 Receptor (OX2R) with partially overlapping brain distributions. Genetic and pharmacological studies suggest orexin receptor antagonists could provide therapeutic benefit for insomnia and other(More)
Staphylokinase (Sak), a single-chain protein comprising 136 amino acids with NH2-terminal sequence,SSSFDKGKYKKGDDA forms a complex with plasmin, that is endowed with plasminogen activating properties. Plasmin is presumed to process mature (high molecular weight, HMW) Sak to low molecular weight derivatives (LMW-Sak), primarily by hydrolyzing the Lys10-Lys11(More)
Orexin (hypocretin) receptor antagonists stand as a model for the development of targeted CNS small-molecule therapeutics. The identification of mutations in the gene for the orexin 2 receptor responsible for canine narcolepsy, the demonstration of a hypersomnolence phenotype in hypocretin knockout mice and the disruption in orexin signaling in narcoleptic(More)
Hypoxia-inducible factor 1 (HIF-1) is the central mediator of cellular responses to low oxygen and has recently become an important therapeutic target for solid tumor therapy. Inhibition of HIF-1 is expected to result in the attenuation of hypoxia-inducible genes, which are vital to many aspects of tumor biology, including adaptative responses for survival(More)
Orexins are excitatory neuropeptides that regulate arousal and sleep. Orexin receptor antagonists promote sleep and offer potential as a new therapy for the treatment of insomnia. In this Letter, we describe the synthesis of constrained diazepanes having a 3,9 diazabicyclo[4.2.1]nonane bicyclic core with good oral bioavailability and sleep-promoting(More)
Orexins are excitatory neuropeptides that have a critical role in maintaining wakefulness. Orexin receptor antagonists promote sleep in animals and humans. Indeed, small molecule orexin receptor antagonists have demonstrated clinical proof-of-concept in the treatment of primary insomnia. This review describes optimization of orexin receptor antagonists(More)
Since its discovery in 1998, the orexin system, composed of two G-protein coupled receptors, orexins 1 and 2, and two neuropeptide agonists, orexins A and B, has captured the attention of the scientific community as a potential therapeutic target for the treatment of obesity, anxiety, and sleep/wake disorders. Genetic evidence in rodents, dogs, and humans(More)
The orexinergic system has been implicated in a number of behaviors, including reward and incentive motivation. Orexin 1 receptor antagonism has been reported to reduce drug self-administration, conditioned place preference, and reinstatement in rodents, but the role of the orexin 2 receptor is unclear. Here we evaluated the impact of the novel and(More)
Orexin neuropeptides regulate sleep/wake through orexin receptors (OX1R, OX2R); OX2R is the predominant mediator of arousal promotion. The potential for single OX2R antagonism to effectively promote sleep has yet to be demonstrated in humans. MK-1064 is an OX2R-single antagonist. Preclinically, MK-1064 promotes sleep and increases both rapid eye movement(More)
The orexin (also known as hypocretin) G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) regulate sleep and other behavioral functions in mammals, and are therapeutic targets for sleep and wake disorders. The human receptors hOX1R and hOX2R, which are 64% identical in sequence, have overlapping but distinct physiological functions and potential therapeutic profiles. We(More)
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