The first CNS-active carborane: A novel P2X7 receptor antagonist with antidepressant activity.

Relative to other polycyclic frameworks (1-3), a carborane cage (4 and Cs·5) exerts a significant biological effect as an inhibitor of the purinergic P2X7 receptor (P2X7R) which allows one to target depression in vivo and thus demonstrate, for the first time, that a carborane has the capacity to modify CNS activity. 
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