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INTRODUCTION GPR109A is the receptor mediating both the antilipolytic and vasodilatory effects of nicotinic acid. In order to develop agonists for GPR109A with improved therapeutic indices we have sought to optimize animal models that evaluate both nicotinic acid-mediated inhibition of lipolysis and stimulation of vasodilatation. The rat and the dog have(More)
Novel 1-(2-aminopyrazin-3-yl)methyl-2-thioureas are described as inhibitors of mitogen-activated protein kinase-activated protein kinase 2 (MK-2). These compounds demonstrate potent in vitro activity against the enzyme with IC(50) values as low as 15 nM, and suppress expression of TNFalpha in THP-1 cells and in vivo in an acute inflammation model in mice.(More)
Up-regulation of the inducible isoform of nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) was determined during the development of adjuvant-induced arthritis in the rat. iNOS enzymatic activity, measured in spleen tissue, appeared and increased coincidentally with the appearance and degree of paw swelling and joint destruction in this arthritis model, when measured on days 0(More)
Novel potent and selective diarylimidazole inhibitors of p38 MAP (mitogen-activated protein) kinase are described which have activity in both cell-based assays of tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha) release and an animal model of rheumatoid arthritis. The SAR leading to the development of selectivity against c-Raf and JNK2alpha1 kinases is presented,(More)
A potent, reversible, tetrapeptide inhibitor of interleukin-1 beta converting enzyme (ICE), L-709,049, has been shown to suppress the in vitro production of mature IL-1 beta. We now report that this inhibitor also effectively suppresses the production of mature IL-1 beta in a murine model of endotoxic shock. Intraperitoneal administration of L-709,049(More)
The p38 MAP kinase signal transduction pathway is an important regulator of proinflammatory cytokine production and inflammation. Defining the roles of the various p38 family members, specifically p38alpha and p38beta, in these processes has been difficult. Here we use a chemical genetics approach using knock-in mice in which either p38alpha or p38beta(More)
Biaryl cyclohexene carboxylic acids were discovered as full and potent niacin receptor (GPR109A) agonists. Compound 1e (MK-6892) displayed excellent receptor activity, good PK across species, remarkably clean off-target profiles, good ancillary pharmacology, and superior therapeutic window over niacin regarding the FFA reduction versus vasodilation in rats(More)
Niacin is an effective drug for raising HDL cholesterol. However, niacin must be taken in large doses and significant side effects are often observed, including facial flushing, loss of glucose tolerance, and liver toxicity. An anthranilic acid was identified as an agonist of the niacin receptor. In order to improve efficacy and provide structural(More)
Investigation of furans, pyrroles and pyrazolones identified 3-pyridyl-2,5-diaryl-pyrroles as potent, orally bioavailable inhibitors of p38 kinase. 3-(4-pyridyl-2-(4-fluoro-phenyl)-5-(4-methylsulfinylphenyl)-pyrrol e (L-167307) reduces secondary paw swelling in the rat adjuvant arthritis model: ID50 = 7.4 mg/kg/b.i.d.