Stephen Werness

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A series of aryl-substituted nicotinamide derivatives with selective inhibitory activity against the Na(v)1.8 sodium channel is reported. Replacement of the furan nucleus and homologation of the anilide linker in subtype-selective blocker A-803467 (1) provided potent, selective derivatives with improved aqueous solubility and oral bioavailability.(More)
Openers or activators of neuronal KCNQ2/Q3 potassium channels decrease neuronal excitability and may provide benefit in the treatment of disorders of neuronal excitability such as epilepsy. In the present study, we evaluate the effects of ICA-27243 [N-(6-chloro-pyridin-3-yl)-3,4-difluoro-benzamide], an orally bioavailable, potent, and selective KCNQ2/Q3(More)
The synthesis and pharmacological characterization of a novel furan-based class of voltage-gated sodium channel blockers is reported. Compounds were evaluated for their ability to block the tetrodotoxin-resistant sodium channel Na(v)1.8 (PN3) as well as the Na(v)1.2 and Na(v)1.5 subtypes. Benchmark compounds from this series possessed enhanced potency, oral(More)
Nav1.8 (also known as PN3) is a tetrodotoxin-resistant (TTx-r) voltage-gated sodium channel (VGSC) that is highly expressed on small diameter sensory neurons and has been implicated in the pathophysiology of inflammatory and neuropathic pain. Recent studies using an Nav1.8 antisense oligonucleotide in an animal model of chronic pain indicated that selective(More)
Na(v)1.8 (also known as PN3) is a tetrodotoxin-resistant (TTx-r) voltage-gated sodium channel (VGSC) that is highly expressed on small diameter sensory neurons. It has been implicated in the pathophysiology of inflammatory and neuropathic pain, and we envisioned that selective blockade of Na(v)1.8 would be analgesic, while reducing adverse events typically(More)
Endothelin (ET-1) is a 21-amino acid, vasoconstrictive peptide originally isolated from endothelial cells. It is one member of a class of potent, purportedly paracrine substances that act at receptors in multiple target organs. Antagonists to the receptor subtypes, ETA and ETB, have been designed around the hydrophobic carboxy-terminus of ET-1. The(More)
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