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ABSTRACT: A novel series of AMPAR positive modulators is described that were identified by high throughput screening. The molecules of the series have been optimized from a high quality starting point hit to afford excellent developability, tolerability, and efficacy profiles, leading to identification of a clinical candidate. Unusually for an ion channel target, this optimization was integrated with regular generation of ligand-bound crystal structures and uncovered a novel chemotype with a unique and highly conserved mode of interaction via a trifluoromethyl group.
Journal of Medicinal Chemistry 12/2010; 54(1):78-94. · 5.61 Impact Factor