Harald Hübner

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Despite recent advances in crystallography and the availability of G-protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) structures, little is known about the mechanism of their activation process, as only the β2 adrenergic receptor (β2AR) and rhodopsin have been crystallized in fully active conformations. Here we report the structure of an agonist-bound, active state of the(More)
Morphine is an alkaloid from the opium poppy used to treat pain. The potentially lethal side effects of morphine and related opioids-which include fatal respiratory depression-are thought to be mediated by μ-opioid-receptor (μOR) signalling through the β-arrestin pathway or by actions at other receptors. Conversely, G-protein μOR signalling is thought to(More)
Dopaminergic, serotonergic, and adrenergic receptors are targets for therapeutic actions in schizophrenia. Dopamine D2 receptor partial agonists such as aripiprazole represent a treatment option for patients with this severe disorder. The ineffectiveness of terguride, another D2 receptor partial agonist, in treating schizophrenia was recently attributed to(More)
Structure dependent efficacy studies in the field of selective D4 ligands led to the 2-aminomethyl substituted azaindole 2 (FAUC 213) that displayed strong D4 binding, high subtype selectivity, and complete antagonist properties in ligand-induced mitogenesis experiments. According to our schematic molecular model, the intrinsic activity of the regioisomers(More)
Dopamine D2 receptor-promoted activation of Gα(o) over Gα(i) may increase synaptic plasticity and thereby might improve negative symptoms of schizophrenia. Heterocyclic dopamine surrogates comprising a pyrazolo[1,5-a]pyridine moiety were synthesized and investigated for their binding properties when low- to subnanomolar K(i) values were determined for(More)
Dopamine D(2)-like receptors (including D(2), D(3) and D(4)) belong to the 'rhodopsin-like' family of G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs), which represent the largest group of targets for bioactive molecules. Due to their high sequence similarity, the design of subtype-selective ligands requires rational and effective strategies. The general formula of(More)
Starting from dopamine receptor ligand BP897, an interactive drug discovery process leading to heterocyclic bioisosteres is demonstrated. The four step strategy involved a careful optimization of geometric and electronic properties by systematic modification of the attachment points and heteroatoms, respectively. Efficacy tuning by modification of the(More)
To evaluate nonaromatic catechol bioisosteres, the conformationally restrained enynes 1 and enediynes 2 were synthesized via palladium-catalyzed coupling as the key reaction step. Subsequent receptor binding studies at the dopamine receptor subtypes D(1), D(2 long), D(2 short), D(3), and D(4) showed highly interesting binding profiles for the enynes 1a and(More)
We examined the synthesis of C3 and the expression of CD21 (complement receptor type 2) by epithelial cells in serum-free culture to eliminate the effects of competing C3 fragments from serum supplementation. The mean C3 content of HeLa supernatants was twice that of lysates after 4 hours in culture. Immunoprecipitation of metabolically labeled proteins(More)
Benzamide derivatives as radiotracers have played an important role in diagnosing malfunction in dopaminergic neurotransmission. A variety of halogenated and two unsubstituted benzamide derivatives were synthesised and their in vitro affinities to dopaminergic, serotonergic and adrenergic receptors and their lipophilicities were determined. As references(More)