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J Med Chem. 2010 Jun 10;53(11):4399-411. doi: 10.1021/jm1002793.

Discovery of imidazo[1,5-a]pyrido[3,2-e]pyrazines as a new class of phosphodiesterase 10A inhibitiors.

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Biotie Therapies GmbH, Meissner Strasse 191, 01445 Radebeul, Germany.


Novel imidazo[1,5-a]pyrido[3,2-e]pyrazines have been synthesized and characterized as both potent and selective phosphodiesterase 10A (PDE10A) inhibitors. For in vitro characterization, inhibition of PDE10A mediated cAMP hydrolysis was used and a QSAR model was established to analyze substitution effects. The outcome of this analysis was complemented by the crystal structure of PDE10A in complex with compound 49. Qualitatively new interactions between inhibitor and binding site were found, contrasting with previously published crystal structures of papaverine-like inhibitors. In accordance with the known antipsychotic potential of PDE10A inhibitors, MK-801 induced stereotypy and hyperactivity in rats were reversed by selected compounds. Thus, a promising compound class has been identified for the treatment of schizophrenia that could circumvent side effects connected with current therapies.

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