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J Med Chem. 2003 Jul 17;46(15):3189-92.

Discovery of allosteric potentiators for the metabotropic glutamate 2 receptor: synthesis and subtype selectivity of N-(4-(2-methoxyphenoxy)phenyl)-N-(2,2,2- trifluoroethylsulfonyl)pyrid-3-ylmethylamine.

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  • 1Lilly Research Laboratories, Eli Lilly and Company, Lilly Corporate Center, Indianapolis, Indiana 46285, USA.


This report describes recently discovered novel allosteric modulators of metabotropic glutamate2 (mGlu2) receptors. These pyridylmethylsulfonamides (e.g., 3) potentiate glutamate, shifting agonist potency by 2-fold. This effect was specific for mGlu2 (vs mGlu1,3-8 receptors). Also, 3 failed to potentiate a chimeric mGlu2/1 receptor, demonstrating the mGlu2 transmembrane region's critical involvement. In a fear-potentiated startle model, 3 showed anxiolytic activity that was prevented by mGlu2/3 antagonist pretreatment. Thus, these pyridylmethylsulfonamides represent the first mGlu2 receptor potentiators discovered.

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