Jens Halvard Gronlien

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The alpha7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (nAChR) plays an important role in cognitive processes and may represent a drug target for treating cognitive deficits in neurodegenerative and psychiatric disorders. In the present study, we used a novel alpha7 nAChR-selective agonist, 2-methyl-5-(6-phenyl-pyridazin-3-yl)-octahydro-pyrrolo[3,4-c]pyrrole(More)
α7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs) are characterized by relatively low ACh sensitivity, rapid activation, and fast desensitization kinetics. ACh/agonist evoked currents at the α7 nAChR are transient, and, typically, calcium flux responses are difficult to detect using conventional fluorometric assay techniques. One approach to study interactions(More)
Among the diverse sets of nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs), the alpha7 subtype is highly expressed in the hippocampus and cortex and is thought to play important roles in a variety of cognitive processes. In this review, we describe the properties of a novel biaryl diamine alpha7 nAChR agonist, A-582941. A-582941 was found to exhibit high-affinity(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)
A series of alpha7 neuronal nicotinic acetylcholine receptor ligands were designed based on a structural combination of a potent, but non-selective ligand, epibatidine, with a selective lead structure, 2. Three series of compounds in which aryl moieties were attached via a linker to different positions on the core structure were studied. A potent and(More)
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