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5-HT(2C) receptor agonists have considerable therapeutic potential, however there is little in vivo data to compare the potency and selectivity of 5-HT(2C) receptor agonists. Since 5-HT(2C) receptor agonists reduce locomotor activity and food intake, changes in these drug-induced behaviours in 5-HT(2C) receptor knockout mice could provide a means to examine(More)
Extensive research into the functions of glutamate and glutamate receptors in the central nervous system (CNS) has shown an essential role of metabotropic glutamate (mGlu) receptors in normal brain functions, but also in neurological and psychiatric disorders. The precise functions of these receptors remain undefined, and progress toward understanding their(More)
Positive allosteric modulation of metabotropic glutamate receptor 5 (mGluR5) is regarded as a potential novel treatment for schizophrenic patients. Herein we report the synthesis and SAR of 4-aryl piperazine and piperidine amides as potent mGluR5 positive allosteric modulators (PAMs). Several analogs have excellent activity and desired drug-like properties.(More)
A variety of clinical observations suggest that certain forms of epilepsy are due to long-term, progressive changes in neural networks that eventually provoke spontaneous and recurring seizures. Recently, there has been growing evidence that serotonergic neurotransmission modulates experimentally induced seizures and is involved in the enhanced seizure(More)
AZD9272 and AZD6538 are two novel mGluR5 negative allosteric modulators selected for further clinical development. An initial high-throughput screening revealed leads with promising profiles, which were further optimized by minor, yet indispensable, structural modifications to bring forth these drug candidates. Advantageously, both compounds may be(More)
Lacosamide ((R)-2-acetamido-N-benzyl-3-methoxypropionamide; formerly harkoseride, SPM 927; Vimpat), has been recently approved by US and European regulatory authorities for use as add-on therapy for partial-onset seizures in adults. Because a number of anti-epileptic drugs are used to treat conditions beyond epilepsy, including anxiety, in the present study(More)
A novel series of highly potent human 5-HT(1D) agonists, dimethyl-[2-[6-substituted-indol-1-yl]-ethyl]-amine, was synthesized. Structure-activity relationship (SAR) investigation revealed 4-[1-(2-dimethylamino-ethyl)-1H-indol-6-yl]-tetrahydro-thiopyran-4-ol, 11b (ALX-2732), as a potent (K(i)=2.4 nM) agonist at the human 5-HT(1D) receptor with good(More)
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