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Eur J Med Chem. 2010 Dec;45(12):5878-86. doi: 10.1016/j.ejmech.2010.09.053. Epub 2010 Oct 1.

Synthesis and biological evaluation of new N-alkyl 1-aryl-5-(1H-pyrrol-1-yl)-1H-pyrazole-3-carboxamides as cannabinoid receptor ligands.

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Istituto Pasteur--Fondazione Cenci Bolognetti, Dipartimento di Chimica e Tecnologie del Farmaco, Sapienza Università di Roma, Piazzale Aldo Moro 5, I-00185 Roma, Italy.


A series of N-alkyl 1-aryl-5-(1H-pyrrol-1-yl)-1H-pyrazole-3-carboxamides were synthesized as new ligands of the human recombinant receptor hCB1. n-Alkyl carboxamides brought out different SARs from the branched subgroup. Unsubstituted pyrrole derivatives bearing a tert-alkyl chain at the 3-carboxamide nitrogen showed greater hCB1 receptor affinity than the corresponding unbranched compounds. In particular, the tert-butyl group as a chain terminal moiety strongly improved hCB1 receptor affinity (compound 24: Ki=45.6 nM; 29: Ki=37.5 nM). Acute administration of either compound 12 or 29 resulted in a specific, dose-dependent reduction in food intake in rats. Such results provide an useful basis for the design of new CB1 ligands.

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