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J Med Chem. 1997 May 23;40(11):1585-99.

Substituted hexahydrobenzo[f]thieno[c]quinolines as dopamine D1-selective agonists: synthesis and biological evaluation in vitro and in vivo.

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Abbott Laboratories, Abbott Park, Illinois 60064-3500, USA.


A series of substituted 9,10-dihydroxyhexahydrobenzo[f]thieno[c]quinolines (TB[f]Q), varying with respect to the position of the thiophene relative to the benzo[f]quinoline core and the nature and position of the substituent on the thiophene, were prepared and evaluated for their affinity and selectivity for the dopamine D1-like receptor. The thieno[3,2-c]B[f]Q regioisomers bearing a small alky1 (C1-C3) substituent at the 2 position were potent (Ki < 20 nM) and selective (D2/D1 > 50) D1 agonists with close to full agonist activity (IA > 85%). The compounds were resolved and found to exhibit a high level of enantiospecificity in their interaction with the D1 receptor. Selected compounds were tested in vivo in the 6-OHDA rodent model of Parkinson's disease and for their liability to produce seizure-like activities in mice. (5aR)-trans-2-Propyl-4,5,5a,6,7, 11b-hexahydro-3-thia-5-azacyclopent-1-ena[c]phenanthrene-9,10-diol (5) emerged as the compound with the best overall in vivo profile in terms of potency (ED50 = 0.04 mumol/kg) and safety.

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