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J Med Chem. 1999 Aug 12;42(16):3026-32.

Discovery and synthesis of (S)-3-[2-(3,4-dimethoxyphenyl)ethoxy]-2- (4,6-dimethylpyrimidin-2-yloxy)-3,3-diphenylpropionic acid (LU 302872), a novel orally active mixed ET(A)/ET(B) receptor antagonist.

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Hauptlaboratorium, BASF AG, 67056 Ludwigshafen, Germany, and Knoll AG, 67008 Ludwigshafen, Germany.


Structural variation of the endothelin A-selective antagonist (S)-3-methoxy-2-(4,6-dimethoxypyrimidin-2-yloxy)-3, 3-diphenylpropionic acid (LU 135252) led to analogues which retain ET(A) affinity but exhibit substantial ET(B) affinity as well. The most active derivative obtained is (S)-3-[2-(3, 4-dimethoxyphenyl)ethoxy]-2-(4,6-dimethylpyrimidin-2-yloxy)- 3, 3-diphenylpropionic acid (LU 302872), which can be prepared in enantiomerically pure form in eight steps via an acid-catalyzed transetherification. It has a K(i) = 2.15 nM for binding to the ET(A) receptor and a K(i) = 4.75 nM for binding to the ET(B) receptor, is orally available, and antagonizes the big ET-induced blood pressure increase in rats and the big ET-induced bronchospasm in guinea pigs each time at a dose of 10 mg/kg.

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