Patricia McGovern

Janssen Research & Development, LLC, Raritan, New Jersey, United States

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Publications (5)13.44 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: Previously disclosed H4 receptor modulators, the triamino substituted pyridines and pyrimidines, contain a free primary amino (-NH2) group. In this Letter we demonstrate that an exocyclic amine (NH2) is not needed to maintain affinity, and also show a significant divergence in the SAR of the pendant diamine component. These des-NH2 azacycles also show a distinct functional spectrum, that appears to be influenced by the diamine component; in the case of the 1,3-amino pyrimidines, the preferred diamine is the amino pyrrolidine instead of the more common piperazines. Finally, we introduce 3,5-diamino pyridazines as novel histamine H4 antagonists. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
    Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters 12/2014; DOI:10.1016/j.bmcl.2014.12.027 · 2.33 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: During the course of our efforts toward the discovery of human histamine H4 antagonists from a series of 2-aminiopyrimidines, it was noted that a 6-trifluoromethyl group dramatically reduced affinity of the series toward the histamine H4 receptor. This observation was further investigated by synthesizing a series of ligands that varied in pKa of the pyrimidine derived H4 ligands by over five orders of magnitude and the effect on histamine H4 affinity. This trend was then extended to the discovery of C-linked piperidinyl-2-amino pyridines as histamine H4 receptor antagonists. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
    Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters 10/2014; 24(23):5489-5492. DOI:10.1016/j.bmcl.2014.10.013 · 2.33 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Two series of triamino pyrimidines and a series of triamino pyridines have been synthesized and their structure-activity relationships evaluated for activity at the H(4) receptor in competitive binding and functional assays. Small structural changes in these three hetereoaromatic cores influenced the functional activity of these compounds.
    Bioorganic & medicinal chemistry letters 03/2011; 21(10):3113-6. DOI:10.1016/j.bmcl.2011.03.017 · 2.33 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The present work details the transformation of a series of human histamine H(4) agonists into potent functional antagonists. Replacement of the aminopyrrolidine diamine functionality with a 5,6-fused pyrrolopiperidine ring system led to an antagonist. The dissection of this fused diamine led to the eventual replacement with heterocycles. The incorporation of histamine as the terminal amine led to a very potent and selective histamine H(4) agonist; whereas incorporation of the constrained histamine analog, spinacamine, modulated the functional activity to give a partial agonist. In two separate series, we demonstrate that constraining the terminal amino portion modulated the spectrum of functional activity of histamine H(4) ligands.
    Bioorganic & medicinal chemistry letters 06/2010; 20(11):3367-71. DOI:10.1016/j.bmcl.2010.04.017 · 2.33 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The histamine H(4) receptor (H(4)R) is the latest identified histamine receptor to emerge as a potential drug target for inflammatory diseases. Animal models are employed to validate this potential drug target. Concomitantly, various H(4)R orthologs have been cloned, including the human, mouse, rat, guinea pig, monkey, pig, and dog H(4)Rs. In this article, we expressed all these H(4)R orthologs in human embryonic kidney 293T cells and compared their interactions with currently used standard H(4)R ligands, including the H(4)R agonists histamine, 4-methylhistamine, guanidinylethyl isothiourea (VUF 8430), the H(4)R antagonists 1-[(5-chloro-1H-indol-2-yl)carbonyl]-4-methylpiperazine (JNJ 7777120) and [(5-chloro-1H-benzimidazol-2-yl)carbonyl]-4-methylpiperazine (VUF 6002), and the inverse H(4)R agonist thioperamide. Most of the evaluated ligands display significantly different affinities at the different H(4)R orthologs. These "natural mutants" of H(4)R were used to study ligand-receptor interactions by using chimeric human-pig-human and pig-human-pig H(4)R proteins and site-directed mutagenesis. Our results are a useful reference for ligand selection for studies in animal models of diseases and offer new insights in the understanding of H(4)R-ligand receptor interactions.
    Molecular pharmacology 05/2010; 77(5):734-43. DOI:10.1124/mol.109.063040 · 4.12 Impact Factor