Are you Anthony Smith?

Claim your profile

Publications (2)4.55 Total impact

  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: Abstract The galanin 3 receptor (GalR3) belongs to the large G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) family of proteins. GalR3 and two other closely related receptors, GalR1 and GalR2, together with their endogenous ligand galanin, are involved in a variety of physiological and pathophysiological processes. GalR3 in particular has been strongly implicated in addiction and mood-related disorders such as anxiety and depression. It has been the target of many drug discovery programs within the pharmaceutical industry, but despite the significant resources and effort devoted to discovery of galanin receptor subtype selective small molecule modulators, there have been very few reports for the discovery of such molecules. GalR3 has proven difficult to enable in cell-based functional assays due to its apparent poor cell surface expression in recombinant systems. Here, we describe the generation of a modified GalR3 that facilitates its cell surface expression while maintaining wild-type receptor pharmacology. The modified GalR3 has been used to develop a high-throughput screening-compatible, cell-based, cAMP biosensor assay to detect selective small molecule modulators of GalR3. The performance of the assay has been validated by challenging it against a test library of small molecules with known pharmacological activities (Sigma-LOPAC). This approach will enable identification of GalR3 selective modulators (chemical probes) that will facilitate dissection of the biological role(s) that GalR3 plays in normal physiological processes as well as in disease states.
    Assay and Drug Development Technologies 10/2013; · 1.90 Impact Factor
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: A series of orexin receptor antagonists was synthesized based on a substituted piperidine scaffold. Through traditional medicinal chemistry structure-activity relationships (SAR), installation of various groups at the 3-6-positions of the piperidine led to modest enhancement in receptor selectivity. Compounds were profiled in vivo for plasma and brain levels in order to identify candidates suitable for efficacy in a model of drug addiction.
    Bioorganic & medicinal chemistry letters 05/2012; 22(12):3890-4. · 2.65 Impact Factor