Gregory A Gfesser

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The alpha7 subtype of the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (nAChR) is a target of considerable interest in CNS drug discovery, in part due to its implication in diseases of unmet medical need such as schizophrenia and Alzheimer's disease. Pharmacological distinction of this subtype from other nAChRs is exemplified by antagonists such as alpha-bungarotoxin(More)
H(3) receptor antagonists based on a 2-aminoethylbenzofuran skeleton have been discovered, which are potent in vitro at human and rat H(3) receptors, with K(i) values of 0.1-5.8 nM. Analogues were discovered with potent (0.01-1 mg/kg) cognition and attention enhancing properties in animal models. One compound in particular,(More)
The discovery of a series of pyrrole-sulfonamides as positive allosteric modulators (PAM) of alpha7 nAChRs is described. Optimization of this series led to the identification of 19 (A-867744), a novel type II PAM with good potency and selectivity. Compound 19 showed acceptable pharmacokinetic profile across species and brain levels sufficient to modulate(More)
Transient receptor potential vanilloid 3 (TRPV3) is a Ca(2+)- and Na(+)-permeable channel with a unique expression pattern. TRPV3 is found in both neuronal and non-neuronal tissues, including dorsal root ganglia, spinal cord, and keratinocytes. Recent studies suggest that TRPV3 may play a role in inflammation, pain sensation, and skin disorders. TRPV3(More)
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