ABSTRACT: We have been exploring the potential of 5-HT(2B) antagonists as a therapy for chronic heart failure. To assess the potential of this therapeutic approach, we sought compounds possessing the following attributes: (a) potent and selective antagonism of the 5-HT(2B) receptor, (b) low impact of serum proteins on potency, and (c) desirable pharmacokinetic properties. This Letter describes our investigation of a biphenyl benzimidazole class of compounds that resulted in 5-HT(2B) antagonists possessing the above attributes. Improving potency in a human serum albumin shift assay proved to be the most significant SAR discovery.
Bioorganic & medicinal chemistry letters 05/2009; 19(8):2206-10. · 2.65 Impact Factor