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J Med Chem. 1989 Aug;32(8):1959-62.

5-HT1A-receptor antagonism: N-alkyl derivatives of (R)-(-)-8,11-dimethoxynoraporphine.

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Division of Medicinal and Natural Products Chemistry, College of Pharmacy University of Iowa, Iowa City 52242.


Prompted by previous findings that a p-dimethoxy substitution pattern on an aromatic ring permits retention of dopaminergic agonist effects in certain ring systems, catechol derivatives of which are potent dopaminergic agonists, an 8,11-dimethoxy substitution pattern was introduced into the aporphine ring in place of the 10,11-dihydroxy moiety in apomorphine. Acid-catalyzed rearrangement of an appropriate morphine derivative provided the aporphine ring system with retention of the stereochemical integrity of the 6a asymmetric center. The hydroxyl group at position 10 was removed by catalytic hydrogenolysis of its phenyltetrazoyl ether. The methyl ether of the resulting 11-hydroxyaporphine was iodinated in high yield at position 8 with trifluoroacetyl hypiodite. This is the first account of synthesis of an iodinated aporphine derivative. The 8-iodo substituent was replaced with methoxyl by reaction with sodium methoxide and cuprous iodide. Neither the N-methyl target compound 7 nor the N-n-propyl derivative 8 demonstrated dopaminergic nor serotonergic agonism. However, 7 exhibited receptor-binding characteristics and other pharmacological properties suggesting that it may be a 5-HT1A receptor antagonist.

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