Discovery, structure-activity relationship studies, and anti-nociceptive effects of N-(1,2,3,4-tetrahydro-1-isoquinolinylmethyl)benzamides as novel opioid receptor agonists.

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European journal of medicinal chemistry, ISSN: 1768-3254, Vol: 126, Page: 202-217

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Chen, Sheng-Ren; Ke, Yi-Yu; Yeh, Teng-Kuang; Lin, Shu-Yu; Ou, Li-Chin; Chen, Shu-Chun; Chang, Wan-Ting; Chang, Hsiao-Fu; Wu, Zih-Huei; Hsieh, Chih-Chien; Law, Ping-Yee; Loh, Horace H; Shih, Chuan; Lai, Yiu-Kay; Yeh, Shiu-Hwa; Ueng, Shau-Hua Show More Hide
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Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics; Chemistry
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μ-Opioid receptor (MOR) agonists are analgesics used clinically for the treatment of moderate to severe pain, but their use is associated with severe adverse effects such as respiratory depression, constipation, tolerance, dependence, and rewarding effects. In this study, we identified N-({2-[(4-bromo-2-trifluoromethoxyphenyl)sulfonyl]-1,2,3,4-tetrahydro-1-isoquinolinyl}methyl)cyclohexanecarboxamide (1) as a novel opioid receptor agonist by high-throughput screening. Structural modifications made to 1 to improve potency and blood-brain-barrier (BBB) penetration resulted in compounds 45 and 46. Compound 45 was a potent MOR/KOR (κ-opioid receptor) agonist, and compound 46 was a potent MOR and medium KOR agonist. Both 45 and 46 demonstrated a significant anti-nociceptive effect in a tail-flick test performed in wild type (WT) B6 mice. The ED value of 46 was 1.059 mg/kg, and the brain concentrations of 45 and 46 were 7424 and 11696 ng/g, respectively. Accordingly, compounds 45 and 46 are proposed for lead optimization and in vivo disease-related pain studies.