Thomas Weller

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Orexins are hypothalamic peptides that play an important role in maintaining wakefulness in mammals. Permanent deficit in orexinergic function is a pathophysiological hallmark of rodent, canine and human narcolepsy. Here we report that in rats, dogs and humans, somnolence is induced by pharmacological blockade of both orexin OX(1) and OX(2) receptors. When(More)
Macitentan, also called Actelion-1 or ACT-064992 [N-[5-(4-bromophenyl)-6-(2-(5-bromopyrimidin-2-yloxy)ethoxy)-pyrimidin-4-yl]-N'-propylaminosulfonamide], is a new dual ET(A)/ET(B) endothelin (ET) receptor antagonist designed for tissue targeting. Selection of macitentan was based on inhibitory potency on both ET receptors and optimization of physicochemical(More)
Urotensin-II (U-II) is a cyclic peptide now described as the most potent vasoconstrictor known. U-II binds to a specific G protein-coupled receptor, formerly the orphan receptor GPR14, now renamed urotensin receptor (UT receptor), and present in mammalian species. Palosuran (ACT-058362;(More)
Sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P) is a widespread lysophospholipid which displays a wealth of biological effects. Extracellular S1P conveys its activity through five specific G-protein coupled receptors numbered S1P(1) through S1P(5). Agonists of the S1P(1) receptor block the egress of T-lymphocytes from thymus and lymphoid organs and hold promise for the oral(More)
Since its discovery in 1988 by Yanagisawa et al., endothelin (ET), a potent vasoconstrictor, has been widely implicated in the pathophysiology of cardiovascular, cerebrovascular, and renal diseases. Many research groups have embarked on the discovery and development of ET receptor antagonists for the treatment of such diseases. While several compounds,(More)
Endothelin (ET) was discovered in 1988 and is the most potent vasoconstrictive peptide known to date. It exists in three isoforms (ET-1 to ET-3) and acts on two endothelin receptor subtypes, the endothelin-A (ET(A))-receptor and the endothelin-B (ET(B))-receptor. Endothelin receptor antagonists are novel therapeutics in clinical development for different(More)
The effect of histamine-induced relaxation on thoracic aortic rings from rats 5, 12, 24 and 52 weeks following streptozotocin-induced diabetes was determined. Preliminary studies confirmed the dependence of histamine-induced relaxation and the independence of nitroglycerin-relaxation (GTN) on the presence of endothelium (EDRF). Diabetes was confirmed by(More)
Malaria is a very serious infectious disease against which the currently available drugs are loosing effectiveness. The main problem is the emergence and the spreading of resistant parasite strains. New treatments are needed in order to regain control over the disease. Drug discovery efforts towards this goal are likely to be more successful, if they focus(More)
Starting from known piperidine renin inhibitors, a new series of 3,9-diazabicyclo[3.3.1]nonene derivatives was rationally designed and prepared. Optimization of the positions 3, 6, and 7 of the diazabicyclonene template led to potent renin inhibitors. The substituents attached at the positions 6 and 7 were essential for the binding affinity of these(More)