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Fenobam [N-(3-chlorophenyl)-N'-(4,5-dihydro-1-methyl-4-oxo-1H-imidazole-2-yl)urea] is an atypical anxiolytic agent with unknown molecular target that has previously been demonstrated both in rodents and human to exert anxiolytic activity. Here, we report that fenobam is a selective and potent metabotropic glutamate (mGlu)5 receptor antagonist acting at an… (More)
GABAA α5 subunit-containing receptors are primarily expressed in the hippocampus and their role in learning and memory has been demonstrated recently by both genetic and pharmacological approaches. The objective of the study is to evaluate the cognitive effects of a novel GABAA α5 receptor inverse agonist, RO4938581 in rats and monkeys. The in vitro profile… (More)
The metabotropic glutamate receptor 5 (mGlu5) is a glutamate-activated class C G protein-coupled receptor widely expressed in the central nervous system and clinically investigated as a drug target for a range of indications, including depression, Parkinson's disease, and fragile X syndrome. Here, we present the novel potent, selective, and orally… (More)
Lead optimisation of the imidazo[1,5-a][1,2,4]-triazolo[1,5-d][1,4]benzodiazepine class led to the identification of two clinical leads [RO4882224 (11) and RO4938581 (44)] functioning as novel potent and selective GABAA alpha5 inverse agonists. The unique pharmacological profiles and optimal pharmacokinetic profiles resulted in in vivo activity in selected… (More)
Optimisation of affinity, chemical stability, metabolic stability and solubility led from a chemically labile HTS hit 1 to mGlu5 receptor antagonists (24-26) with high affinity for the allosteric MPEP binding site, improved microsomal metabolic stability and anxiolytic-like activity in vivo as assessed by the Vogel conflict drinking test.
Negative allosteric modulators (NAMs) of metabotropic glutamate receptor 5 (mGlu5) have potential for the treatment of psychiatric diseases including depression, fragile X syndrome (FXS), anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorders, and levodopa induced dyskinesia in Parkinson's disease. Herein we report the optimization of a weakly active screening hit 1 to… (More)
Screening of the Roche compound depository led to the identification of (1-benzyloxy-4,5-dihydro-1H-imidazol-2-yl)-butyl amine 4, a structurally novel NR1/2B subtype selective NMDA receptor antagonist. The structure-activity relationships developed in this series resulted in the discovery of a novel class of potent and selective NMDA receptor blockers… (More)
Recently, we disclosed 4-aminoquinolines as structurally novel NR1/2B subtype selective NMDA receptor antagonists. We would now like to report our findings on structurally related pyridine analogues. The SAR developed in this series resulted in the discovery of high affinity antagonists which are selective (vs alpha1 and M1 receptors) and active in vivo.
A series of 4-(3,4-dihydro-1H-isoquinolin-2yl)-pyridines and analogous quinolines was prepared and evaluated as NR1/2B subtype selective NMDA receptor antagonists. 2-Hydroxyalkylamino substitution combines high affinity with selectivity (vs alpha1 and M1 receptors) and activity in vivo.
Screening of the Roche compound library led to the identification of 4-aminoquinoline 4 as structurally novel NR1/2B subtype selective NMDA receptor antagonist. The SAR which was developed in this series resulted in the discovery of highly potent and in vivo active blockers.