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Bioorg Med Chem Lett. 2012 Jun 1;22(11):3781-5. doi: 10.1016/j.bmcl.2012.04.006. Epub 2012 Apr 7.

Discovery of a novel melanin concentrating hormone receptor 1 (MCHR1) antagonist with reduced hERG inhibition.

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Department of Chemistry, Amgen San Francisco, South San Francisco, CA 94080, USA.


An initial SAR study resulted in the identification of the novel, potent MCHR1 antagonist 2. After further profiling, compound 2 was discovered to be a potent inhibitor of the hERG potassium channel, which prevented its further development. Additional optimization of this structure resulted in the discovery of the potent MCHR1 antagonist 11 with a dramatically reduced hERG liability. The decrease in hERG activity was confirmed by several in vivo preclinical cardiovascular studies examining QT prolongation. This compound demonstrated good selectivity for MCHR1 and possessed good pharmacokinetic properties across preclinical species. Compound 11 was also efficacious in reducing body weight in two in vivo mouse models. This compound was selected for clinical evaluation and was given the code AMG 076.

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