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J Med Chem. 2003 Mar 13;46(6):1016-30.

Nonsteroidal selective glucocorticoid modulators: the effect of C-10 substitution on receptor selectivity and functional potency of 5-allyl-2,5-dihydro-2,2,4-trimethyl-1H-[1]benzopyrano[3,4-f]quinolines.

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Immunologic Diseases Research, Pharmaceutical Products Division, Abbott Laboratories, 100 Abbott Park Road, Abbott Park, Illinois 60064-6061, USA. phil.r.kym@


The preparation and characterization of a series of C-10 substituted 5-allyl-2,5-dihydro-2,2,4-trimethyl-1H-[1]benzopyrano[3,4-f]quinolines as a novel class of selective ligands for the glucocorticoid receptor is described. Substitution at the C-10 position of the tetracyclic core with linear, two-atom appendages (OCH(3), OCF(2)H, NHMe, SMe, CH=CH(2), Ctbd1;CH, CH(2)OH) provided molecules of high affinity (K(i) = 2-8 nM) for the human glucocorticoid receptor (hGR) with limited cross-reactivity with other steroid receptors (PR, MR, AR, ER). Optimal analogues showed slightly less potent but highly efficacious E-selectin repression with reduced levels of GRE activation efficacy in reporter gene assays relative to prednisolone. Preliminary SAR of analogues containing substitution at the C-9 and C-10 positions identified the 9-OH, 10-OMe analogue 50 and the 9-OH, 10-Cl analogue 58 as compounds that demonstrated potent, GR-mediated inhibition in a conconavalin A stimulated T-cell proliferation assay in both rodent and human whole blood monocytes. When evaluated for their in vivo effects in carrageenan-induced paw edema in rats, 50, 58, and 10-OCF(2)H analogue 35 showed dose-dependent anti-inflammatory effects (50, ED(50) = 16 mg/kg; 58, ED(50) = 15 mg/kg; 35, ED(50) = 21 mg/kg vs ED(50) = 15 mg/kg for 18 and ED(50) = 4 mg/kg for prednisolone).

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