John E Saunders

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Inhibition of the biosynthesis of proinflammatory cytokines such as tumor necrosis factor and interleukin-1 via p38 has been an approach toward the development of a disease modifying agent for the treatment of chronic inflammation and autoimmune diseases. The development of a new core structure of p38 inhibitors,(More)
We have previously shown that 3-phenylpyrazolo[1,5-a]pyrimidines exemplified by 8 were potent antagonists of the human corticotropin-releasing factor-1 receptor. A series of 3-pyridylpyrazolo[1,5-a]pyrimidines 15, 25-30, 34, and 35 containing a weakly basic pyridine ring at the 3-position of the bicyclic nucleus was designed to reduce lipophilicity from the(More)
Antagonists of the corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF) neuropeptide should prove to be effective in treating stress and anxiety-related disorders. In an effort to identify antagonists with improved physicochemical properties, new tricyclic CRF(1) antagonists were designed, synthesized, and tested for biological activity. As a result of studies aimed at(More)
Potent adenosine hA2A receptor antagonists are often accompanied by poor aqueous solubility, which presents issues for drug development. Herein we describe the early exploration of the structure-activity relationships of a lead pyrimidin-4-yl acetamide series to provide potent and selective 2-amino-N-pyrimidin-4-yl acetamides as hA2A receptor antagonists(More)
SAR studies were conducted around lead compound 1 using high-throughput parallel solution and solid phase synthesis. Our lead optimization efforts led to the identification of several CCR2b antagonists with potent activity in both binding and functional assays [Compound 71 CCR2b Binding IC(50) 3.2 nM; MCP-1-Induced Chemotaxis IC(50) 0.83 nM; Ca(2+) Flux(More)
The synthesis and SAR studies of tricyclic imidazo[4,5-b]pyridin-2-ones as human corticotropin-releasing factor receptor (CRF(1)) antagonists are discussed herein. Compound 16g was identified as a functional antagonist that inhibited CRF-stimulated cyclic adenosine monophosphate production and CRF-induced adrenocorticotrophic hormone release.(More)
Following the discovery of the very high binding affinity of 4-anilinopyrimidines against corticotropin-releasing factor receptor-1 (CRF(1)) (e.g., 1, K(i) = 2 nM), a new series of triazoles bearing different groups has been synthesized and evaluated. The compounds were prepared by cyclizations of N-acyl-S-methylisothioureas with alkylhydrazines or by(More)
Diarylimidazolecarboxamides and diaryltriazolecarboxamides related to SR141716 were synthesized and tested for binding to the human CB(1) receptor. Suitably substituted imidazoles are comparably potent to the clinical candidate, whereas the analogous triazoles are less so due to the absence of an additional substituent on the azole ring.
Antagonists of the corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF) neuropeptide may prove effective in treating stress and anxiety related disorders. In an effort to identify antagonists with improved physico-chemical properties a new series of CRF(1) antagonists were designed to substitute the propyl groups at the C7 position of the pyrazolo[1,5-a]pyrimidine core of(More)
In the present study, the diversity of a library of drug-metabolizing bacterial cytochrome P450 (P450) BM3 mutants was evaluated by a liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS)-based screening method. A strategy was designed to identify a minimal set of BM3 mutants that displays differences in regio- and stereoselectivities and is suitable to(More)