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J Med Chem. 2000 Oct 19;43(21):3832-6.

Discovery of a potent, orally bioavailable beta(3) adrenergic receptor agonist, (R)-N-[4-[2-[[2-hydroxy-2-(3-pyridinyl)ethyl]amino]ethyl]phenyl]-4-[4 -[4-(trifluoromethyl)phenyl]thiazol-2-yl]benzenesulfonamide.

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Merck Research Laboratories, Rahway, New Jersey 07065, USA.


As part of our investigation into the development of orally bioavailable beta(3) adrenergic receptor agonists, we have identified a series of pyridylethanolamine analogues possessing a substituted thiazole benzenesulfonamide pharmacophore that are potent human beta(3) agonists with excellent selectivity against other human beta receptor subtypes. Several of these compounds also exhibited an improved pharmacokinetic profile in dogs. For example, thiazole sulfonamide 2e (R = 4-F(3)C-C(6)H(4)) is a potent full beta(3) agonist (EC(50) = 3.6 nM, 94% activation) with >600-fold selectivity over the human beta(1) and beta(2) receptors, which also displays good oral bioavailability in several mammalian species, as well as an extended duration of action.

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