Gregory A Gfesser

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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)
A new series of H3 receptor antagonists was discovered with nanomolar and subnanomolar affinities at human and rat H3 receptors. Starting from an earlier, more structurally limited series of benzofurans, the present series of compounds demonstrated increased structural variety and flexibility with greater in vitro potency. One compound in particular,(More)
Adenosine (ADO) is an endogenous homeostatic inhibitory neuromodulator that reduces cellular excitability at sites of tissue injury and inflammation. Inhibition of adenosine kinase (AK), the primary metabolic enzyme for ADO, selectively increases ADO concentrations at sites of tissue trauma and enhances the analgesic and antiinflammatory actions of ADO.(More)
Three novel heterocyclic benzofurans A-688057 (1), A-687136 (2), and A-698418 (3) were profiled for their in vitro and in vivo properties as a new series of histamine H(3) receptor antagonists. The compounds were all found to have nanomolar potency in vitro at histamine H(3) receptors, and when profiled in vivo for CNS activity, all were found active in an(More)
Further SAR studies on novel histamine H(3) receptor antagonists are presented. Compound 14bb is a potent antagonist of both the rat cortical and human clone receptors, and is demonstrated to act functionally as an antagonist in an in vivo mouse dipsogenia model.
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)
Under stressful conditions, many cells release adenosine to minimize tissue damage. Inhibition of intracellular adenosine kinase (AK) increases the local extracellular concentration of adenosine and its effect on traumatized tissue. The synthesis and SAR of a new series of pyridopyrimidines for the inhibition of AK are described. It was found that a range(More)
We have discovered that polar 7-substituents of pyridopyrimidine derivatives affect not only whole cell AK inhibitory potency, but also selectivity in causing locomotor side effects in vivo animal models. We have identified compound, 1o, which has potent whole cell AK inhibitory potency, analgesic activity and minimal reduction of locomotor activity.
The synthesis and SAR of a novel series of non-nucleoside pyridopyrimidine inhibitors of the enzyme adenosine kinase (AK) are described. It was found that pyridopyrimidines with a broad range of medium and large non-polar substituents at the 5-position potently inhibited AK activity. A narrower range of analogues was capable of potently inhibiting adenosine(More)
4-Amino-5,7-disubstituted pyridopyrimidines are potent, non-nucleoside inhibitors of adenosine kinase (AK). We recently identified a potent, orally efficacious analog, 4 containing a 7-pyridylmorpholine substituted ring system as the key structural element of this template. In this report, we disclose the pharmacologic effects of five- and six-membered(More)