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We have recently reported the phosphodiesterase 10A (PDE10A) inhibitor 2-[4-[1-(2-[(18)F]fluoroethyl)-4-pyridin-4-yl-1H-pyrazol-3-yl]-phenoxymethyl]-quinoline ([(18)F]1a) as a promising candidate for in vivo imaging using positron emission tomography (PET). We now describe the synthesis and biological evaluation of a series of related pyridinyl analogues(More)
Modulation of the metabotropic glutamate type 2 (mGlu2) receptor is considered a promising target for the treatment of central nervous system diseases such as schizophrenia. Here, we describe the pharmacological properties of the novel mGlu2 receptor positive allosteric modulator (PAM)(More)
Novel 4-phenyl-4-[1H-imidazol-2-yl]-piperidine derivatives have been prepared and their synthesis described herein. In vitro affinities for delta-, micro-, and kappa-opioid receptors are reported. Evaluation of some representative compounds from this series in the mouse neonatal ultrasonic vocalization test and the mouse tail suspension test revealed(More)
A series of novel tetracyclic tetrahydrofuran derivatives was prepared and evaluated for its potential psychotropic properties. In vitro affinities for multiple dopaminergic, serotonergic, alpha-adrenergic, and histamine receptors and for the norepinephrine transporter as well as the ED(50) values obtained in some in vivo assays for antipsychotic,(More)
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a chronic neurodegenerative disorder and the most common cause of dementia among the elderly population. The good correlation of the density and neocortical spread of neurofibrillary tangles (NFTs) with clinical AD disease progression offers an opportunity for the early diagnosis and staging using a noninvasive imaging technique(More)
INTRODUCTION In vivo visualization of PDE10A using PET provides a tool to evaluate the role of PDE10A in various neuropsychiatric diseases and can also be useful in the clinical evaluation of PDE10A inhibitor drug candidates. We evaluated several carbon-11 and fluorine-18 labeled PDE10A inhibitors as potential PDE10A PET radioligands. MATERIALS & METHODS(More)
A novel strategy for chemotype hopping, based on annotated databases of chemically feasible fragments and their oriented functionalization, is presented. A three-dimensional (3D) similarity analysis of project-oriented functionalized scaffolds provides a prioritized proposal for synthesis with the most appropriate linkers and optimal regiochemistry on(More)
Phosphodiesterase-10A (PDE10A) is an enzyme that inactivates the intracellular second messengers cAMP and cGMP. Of all known PDE families, PDE10A has the most restricted distribution with high expression in striatum. Therefore, PDE10A inhibitors have been suggested for treatment of neuropsychiatric disorders. The aim of this study was to evaluate(More)
Advanced leads from a series of 1,2,4-triazolo[4,3-a]pyridines with mGlu2 receptor PAM activity are reported. By modification of the analogous imidazo[1,2-a]pyridine series, the newly reported leads have improved potency, in vitro ADMET, and hERG as well as good in vivo PK profile. The optimization of the series focused on improving metabolic stability(More)
The synthesis and in vitro and in vivo evaluation of a new series of 7-(phenylpiperidinyl)-1,2,4-triazolo[4,3-a]pyridines, which were conveniently radiolabeled with carbon-11, as potential positron emission tomography (PET) radiotracers for in vivo imaging of the allosteric binding site of the metabotropic glutamate (mGlu) receptor subtype 2 are described.(More)