Patrizia Minetti

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The prototypical dopamine and serotonin antagonist (+/-)-7-chloro-9-(4-methylpiperazin-1-yl)-9,10-dihydropyrrolo[2,1-b][1,3]benzothiazepine (5) was resolved into its R and S enantiomers via crystallization of the diastereomeric tartaric acid salts. Binding studies confirmed that the (R)-(-)-enantiomer is a more potent D(2) receptor antagonist than the(More)
A systematic modification of the caffeinyl core and substituents of the reference compound (E)-8-(3-chlorostyryl)caffeine led to the 9-deazaxanthine derivative (E)-6-(4-chlorostyryl)-1,3,5,-trimethyl-1H-pyrrolo[3,2-d]pyrimidine-2,4-(3H,5H)-dione (17f), which acts as a dual human A(2a) antagonist/MAO-B inhibitor (K(i)(A(2A)) = 260 nM; IC(50)(MAO-B) = 200 nM;(More)
ST2472 was shown to bind to multiple receptors, thus resembling the affinity spectrum of atypical antipsychotics. The present study investigates its in-vivo potential antipsychotic effects. ST2472 is effective in the conditioned avoidance response (CAR) test in rats (ED50=1.5 mg/kg p.o.), a model sensitive to antipsychotics. It antagonizes(More)
Antagonism of the A2A adenosine function has proved beneficial in the treatment of Parkinson's disease, in that it increases L-dopa therapeutical effects without concomitant worsening of its side-effects. In this paper we describe a preferential A2A adenosine antagonist, ST 1535, with long-lasting pharmacodynamic effects. It competitively antagonizes the(More)
Two types of adenosine receptor ligands were designed, i.e., 9H-purine and 1H-imidazo[4,5-c]pyridines, to obtain selective A(2A) antagonists, and we report here their synthesis and binding affinities for the four adenosine receptor subtypes A(1), A(2A), A(2B) and A(3). The design was carried out on the basis of the molecular modeling of a number of potent(More)
Fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH, EC is the main enzyme catabolizing endocannabinoid fatty acid amides. FAAH inactivation promotes beneficial effects upon pain and anxiety without the side effects accompanying agonists of type-1 cannabinoid receptors. Aiming at discovering new selective FAAH inhibitors, we developed a series of compounds (5a-u)(More)
A series of carnitine related compounds of general formula XCH(2)CHZRCH(2)Y were evaluated as CPT I inhibitors in intact rat liver (L-CPT I) and heart mitochondria (M-CPT I). Derivative 27 (ZR = -HNSO(2)R, R = C(12), X = trimethylammonium, Y = carboxylate, (R) form) showed the highest activity (IC(50) = 0.7 microM) along with a good selectivity (M-CPT(More)
A series of oxime carbamates have been identified as potent inhibitors of fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH), an important regulatory enzyme of the endocannabinoid signaling system. Kinetic analysis indicates that they behave as non-competitive, reversible inhibitors, and show remarkable selectivity for FAAH over the other components of the endocannabinoid(More)