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Bioorg Med Chem. 2008 Feb 1;16(3):1111-24. Epub 2007 Nov 1.

Imine derivatives as new potent and selective CB2 cannabinoid receptor agonists with an analgesic action.

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  • 1Medicinal Chemistry Laboratories, Taisho Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd, Saitama-shi, Saitama 331-9530, Japan. hiroshi.ohta@po.rd.taisho.co.jp


In this study, a novel series of CB(2) receptor agonist imine derivatives, 1-6, was synthesized and evaluated for activity against the CB(2) receptor. In a previous paper we reported the synthesis and SARs of thiazole derivative 1, a potent CB(2) receptor agonist, but we had not assessed chemical modifications of the 5-membered heteroring of 1. In the present study, we therefore tried chemically modifying the 5-membered heteroring of 1 in an attempt to further improve binding affinity for the CB(2) receptor. In the course of making the structural modifications, we discovered that a novel pyrazole derivative 6b (CBS0550) had high affinity for the CB(2) receptor (IC(50)=2.9 nM, EC(50)=1.8 nM, E(max)=85%), high selectivity for CB(2) (CB(1) IC(50)/CB(2) IC(50)=1400), and good physicochemical properties (solubility in water: 5.9 mg/100mL at 25 degrees C). Oral administration of 6b to rats at a dose of 10mg/kg resulted in significant plasma concentrations, and orally administered compound 6b significantly reversed mechanical hyperalgesia in the Randall-Selitto model of inflammatory pain in rats.

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