Ilario Mereghetti

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A series of new compounds containing a benzimidazole, benzothiazole, or benzoxazole nucleus linked to an arylpiperazine by different thioalkyl chains was prepared. They were tested in radioligand binding experiments to evaluate their affinity for 5-HT 1A and 5-HT 2A serotonergic, alpha 1 adrenergic, D1, and D2 dopaminergic receptors. Many of tested(More)
Novel compounds characterized by a pyrrolo[3,2-d]pyrimidine-2,4-dione (PPm) system connected through an alkyl chain to a phenylpiperazine (PPz) residue were designed as structural analogues of the alpha(1)-adrenoceptor (alpha(1)-AR) ligand RN5 (1). In this new series of derivatives an arylpyrrolo moiety has replaced the indole nucleus of RN5. Several(More)
Recently we reported the pharmacological characterization of the 9,10-dihydropyrrolo[1,3]benzothiazepine derivative (S)-(+)-8 as a novel atypical antipsychotic agent. This compound had an optimum pK(i) 5-HT(2A)/D(2) ratio of 1.21 (pK(i) 5-HT(2A) = 8.83; pK(i) D(2) = 7.79). The lower D(2) receptor affinity of (S)-(+)-8 compared to its enantiomer was(More)
We have tested by [(35)S]-GTPgammaS binding the intrinsic activity of three full agonists (serotonin, 5-methoxytryptamine and 5-methoxy-2-methyl-N,N-dimethyltryptamine) on rat 5-HT(6) receptors cloned in HEK-293 cells, using the scintillation proximity assay. Serotonin and 5-methoxytryptamine are soluble in water, while the agonist(More)
Using rational drug design to develop atypical antipsychotic drug candidates, we generated novel and metabolically stable pyrrolobenzazepines with an optimized pK(i) 5-HT(2A)/D(2) ratio. 5a, obtained by a new palladium-catalyzed three-step synthesis, was selected for further pharmacological and biochemical investigations and showed atypical antipsychotic(More)
The wobbler mouse is a model of selective motor neuron degeneration in the cervical spinal cord. Comparing cervical and lumbar tracts of control and diseased mice at the early stage of pathology by proteomic analysis, we identified 31 proteins by peptide mass fingerprint after tryptic digestion and MALDI-TOF analysis, that were differently represented among(More)
The affinities of the enantiomers of 1,3,4,14b-tetrahydro-2,10-dimethyl-2H,10H-pyrazino[2,1-d]pyrrolo[1,2-b] [1,2,5]benzotriazepine (10-methyl-10-azaaptazepine, 5) and 2-methyl-1,3,4,14b-tetrahydro-2H-pyrazino[2,1-d]pyrrolo[1,2-b] [1,2,5]benzothiadiazepine 10,10-dioxide (tiaaptazepine, 6) were evaluated in receptor binding assays. Compound (+)-(S)-5, the(More)
Endothelin-1 (ET-1), a peptide of 21 amino acid residues, is the most potent vasoconstrictor substance known and now it is understood to be one of a family of three mammalian vasoactive peptides that also includes ET-2 and ET-3. The endothelins (ETs) affect multiple organ systems and seem to be involved in the pathogenesis of many diseases such as(More)
The discovery of a new series of selective and high-affinity alpha(1)-adrenoceptor (alpha(1)-AR) ligands, characterized by a 1H-pyrrolo[2,3-d]-pyrimidine-2,4(3H,7H)-dione system, is described in this paper. Some synthesized compounds, including 20, 22, and 30, displayed affinity in the nanomolar range for alpha(1)-ARs and substantial selectivity with(More)
The 21-amino acid peptide endothelin-1 (ET-1) is the predominant isoform of the endothelin peptide family, which includes ET-2, and ET-3. These peptides display a variety of physiological activities including vasoconstriction and the stimulation of cell proliferation in tissues both within and outside of the cardiovascular system. They exert their actions(More)