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(+)-2-Aminobicyclo[3.1.0]hexane-2,6-dicarboxylic acid (1), also known as LY354740, is a highly potent and selective agonist for group II metabotropic glutamate receptors (mGlu receptors 2 and 3) tested in clinical trials. It has been shown to block anxiety in the fear-potentiated startle model. Its relatively low bioavailability in different animal species(More)
Enantiomerically pure (2S,4R)-4-substituted glutamic acids were prepared and tested for homomeric GluR5 and GluR6 kainate subtype receptor affinity. Some of the 4-cinnamyl analogues showed high selectivity and potency (K(i) < 25 nM) for the GluR5 receptors. The greatest selectivity and potency were achieved with the 3-(2-naphthyl)prop-2-enyl compound. This(More)
The activity of a gamma-substituted glutamate analogue, (2S, 4R, 6E)-2-amino-4-carboxy-7-(2-naphthyl)hept-6-enoic acid (LY339434) and (2S,4R)-4-methylglutamic acid at ionotropic glutamate receptors has been examined. Ligand binding studies were performed using [3H] AMPA binding to membranes expressing either homomeric recombinant GluR1, GluR2, GluR4(More)
Kappa opioid receptors and their endogenous neuropeptide ligand, dynorphin A, are densely localized in limbic and cortical areas comprising the brain reward system, and appear to play a key role in modulating stress and mood. Growing literature indicates that kappa receptor antagonists may be beneficial in the treatment of mood and addictive disorders.(More)
Positron emission tomography (PET) coupled to an effective radioligand could provide an important tool for understanding possible links between neuropsychiatric disorders and brain NOP (nociceptin/orphanin FQ peptide) receptors. We sought to develop such a PET radioligand. High-affinity NOP ligands were synthesized based on a(More)
BACKGROUND The nociceptin/orphanin-FQ (or opioid receptor-like [ORL1]) receptor (NOP) is localized in the mesolimbic reward pathway and has been suggested to play a role in feeding, mood, stress, and addiction. Since its deorphanization in 1995, there has been a clear dichotomy in the literature regarding whether an agonist or antagonist would provide(More)
UNLABELLED Our laboratory developed (S)-3-(2'-fluoro-6',7'-dihydrospiro[piperidine-4,4'-thieno[3,2-c]pyran]-1-yl)-2-(2-fluorobenzyl)-N-methylpropanamide ((11)C-NOP-1A), a new radioligand for the nociceptin/orphanin FQ peptide (NOP) receptor, with high affinity (K(i), 0.15 nM) and appropriate lipophilicity (measured logD, 3.4) for PET brain imaging. Here, we(More)
Nociceptin/OFQ (N/OFQ) is a 17 amino acid peptide that is the endogenous ligand for the ORL1/NOP receptor. Nociceptin appears to regulate a host of physiological functions such as biological reactions to stress, anxiety, mood, and drug abuse, in addition to feeding behaviors. To develop tools to study the function of nociceptin and NOP receptor, our(More)
(2S,4S)-2-Amino-4-(4,4-diphenylbut-1-yl)-pentane-1,5-dioic acid 1m, is a novel metabotropic glutamate receptor (mGluR) antagonist with insignificant ionotropic affinity. It is selective antagonist of negatively-coupled cAMP-linked mGluRs with no effect on phosphoinositide coupled mGluRs. A series of 4-substituted glutamic acid analogues were prepared and it(More)
The asymmetric synthesis and biological activity of (2S,1'S,2'S,3'R)-2-(2'-carboxy-3'-methylcyclopropyl) glycine 7 and its epimer at the C3' center 6 are described. Compound 7 is a highly potent and selective agonist for group 2 metabotropric glutamate receptors (mGluRs). It is also systemically 4 orders of magnitude more active in the fear-potentiated(More)