Manisha Moorjani

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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)
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)
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)
Previously we have described a novel series of potent and selective A 2A receptor antagonists (e.g., 1) with excellent aqueous solubility. While these compounds are efficacious A 2A antagonists in vivo, the presence of an unsubstituted furyl moiety was a cause of some concern. In order to avoid the potential metabolic liabilities that could arise from an(More)
4-Acetylamino-2-(3,5-dimethylpyrazol-1-yl)-pyrimidines bearing substituted pyridyl groups as C-6 substituents were prepared as selective adenosine hA2A receptor antagonists for the treatment of Parkinson's disease. The 5-methoxy-3-pyridyl derivative 6g (hA2A Ki 2.3 nM, hA1 Ki 190 nM) was orally active at 3 mg/kg in a rat HIC model but exposure was poor in(More)
A series of N-pyrimidinyl-2-phenoxyacetamide adenosine A(2A) antagonists is described. SAR studies led to compound 14 with excellent potency (K(i) = 0.4 nM), selectivity (A(1)/A(2A) > 100), and efficacy (MED 10 mg/kg p.o.) in the rat haloperidol-induced catalepsy model for Parkinson's disease.
In this report, the strategy and outcome of expanding SAR exploration to improve solubility and metabolic stability are discussed. Compound 35 exhibited excellent potency, selectivity over A(1) and improved solubility of >4 mg/mL at pH 8.0. In addition, compound 35 had good metabolic stability with a scaled intrinsic clearance of 3 mL/min/kg (HLM) and(More)
The synthesis of a series of (R)-3-[2-(2-amino)phenethyl]-1-(2,6-difluorobenzyl)-6-methyluracils containing a substituted thiophene or thiazole at C-5 is described. SAR around C-5 of the uracil led to the discovery that a 2-thienyl or (2-phenyl)thiazol-4-yl group is required for optimal receptor binding. The best compound from the series had a binding(More)