Design, synthesis, and biological evaluation of aminoalkylindole derivatives as cannabinoid receptor ligands with potential for treatment of alcohol abuse

Tamara Vasiljevik, Lirit N. Franks, Benjamin M. Ford, Justin T. Douglas, Paul L. Prather, William E. Fantegrossi, Thomas E. Prisinzano

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Abstract

Attenuation of increased endocannabinoid signaling with a CB1R neutral antagonist might offer a new therapeutic direction for treatment of alcohol abuse. We have recently reported that a monohydroxylated metabolite of the synthetic aminoalkylindole cannabinoid JHW-073 (3) exhibits neutral antagonist activity at CB1Rs and thus may serve as a promising lead for the development of novel alcohol abuse therapies. In the current study, we show that systematic modification of an aminoalkylindole scaffold identified two new compounds with dual CB1R antagonist/CB2R agonist activity. Similar to the CB1R antagonist/inverse agonist rimonabant, analogues 27 and 30 decrease oral alcohol self-administration without affecting total fluid intake and block the development of alcohol-conditioned place preference. Collectively, these initial findings suggest that design and systematic modification of aminoalkylindoles such as 3 may lead to development of novel cannabinoid ligands with dual CB1R antagonist/CB2R agonist activity with potential for use as treatments of alcohol abuse.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4537-4550
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Medicinal Chemistry
Volume56
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 13 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Medicine
  • Drug Discovery

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