Synthesis and Structure-Activity Relationships of 8-(Pyrid-3-yl)pyrazolo[1,5-a]-1,3,5-triazines: Potent, Orally Bioavailable Corticotropin Releasing Factor Receptor-1 (CRF1) Antagonists

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Journal of Medicinal Chemistry (Impact Factor: 5.45). 05/2009; 52(9):3084-92. DOI: 10.1021/jm900025h
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This report describes the syntheses and structure-activity relationships of 8-(substituted pyridyl)pyrazolo[1,5-a]-1,3,5-triazine corticotropin releasing factor receptor-1 (CRF(1)) receptor antagonists. These CRF(1) receptor antagonists may be potential anxiolytic or antidepressant drugs. This research resulted in the discovery of compound 13-15, which is a potent, selective CRF(1) antagonist (hCRF(1) IC(50) = 6.1 +/- 0.6 nM) with weak affinity for the CRF-binding protein and biogenic amine receptors. This compound also has a good pharmacokinetic profile in dogs. Analogue 13-15 is orally effective in two rat models of anxiety: the defensive withdrawal (situational anxiety) model and the elevated plus maze test. Analogue 13-15 has been advanced to clinical trials.

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