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Bioorg Med Chem Lett. 2005 Dec 1;15(23):5241-6. Epub 2005 Sep 15.

Discovery of a substituted 8-arylquinoline series of PDE4 inhibitors: structure-activity relationship, optimization, and identification of a highly potent, well tolerated, PDE4 inhibitor.

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Merck Frosst Centre for Therapeutic Research, PO Box 1005, Pointe Claire-Dorval, Québec, Canada H9R 4P8.


The discovery and SAR of a new series of substituted 8-arylquinoline PDE4 inhibitors are herein described. This work has led to the identification of several compounds with excellent in vitro and in vivo profiles, including a good therapeutic window of emesis to efficacy in several animal models. Typical optimized compounds from this series are potent inhibitors of PDE4 (IC(50)<1nM) and also of LPS-induced TNF-alpha release in human whole blood (IC(50)<0.5microM). The same compounds are potent inhibitors of ovalbumin-induced bronchoconstriction in conscious guinea pigs (EC(50)<0.1mg/kg ip) but require a dose of about 10mg/kg po in the squirrel monkey to produce an emetic response. From this series of compounds, 23a (L-454,560) was identified as an optimized compound.

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