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J Med Chem. 1995 Jun 9;38(12):2217-30.

Structure-activity relationships in the 8-amino-6,7,8,9-tetrahydro-3H-benz[e]indole ring system. 2. Effects of 8-amino nitrogen substitution on serotonin receptor binding and pharmacology.

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Upjohn Laboratories, Upjohn Company, Kalamazoo, Michigan 49001, USA.


A series of analogs of the potent and selective 5-HT1A agonist 8-(di-n-propylamino)-6,7,8,9-tetrahydro-3H-benz[e]indole-1-carbaldehyde (2b) (OSU191) was prepared in which the dipropylamino group was modified to bear a variety of substituents. These compounds were evaluated for both in vitro and in vivo effects, including the establishment of a receptor binding profile for these analogs at the 5-HT1A, dopamine D-2, dopamine D-3, 5-HT1D alpha, and 5-HT1D beta sites. Several of the analogs were evaluated for their biochemical effects in reserpinized rats, specifically with regard to in vivo changes in brain levels of 5-HTP and DOPA. Nearly all of the compounds prepared for this study were exceedingly potent at the 5-HT1A receptor, although most also displayed significant affinity for the dopamine D-2 receptor. A strong preference for the 5-HT1D alpha over the 5-HT1D beta receptor was also apparent. An analog bearing a butylglutarimide side chain, S-7k, was extremely selective for the 5-HT1A receptor. Although this compound possessed a Ki of 0.6 nM, it elicited only modest changes in 5-HTP brain levels. However, this compound did not appear as an antagonist when tested in a cyclic-AMP-based intrinsic activity assay.

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