Discovery and SAR of a novel series of GIRK1/2 and GIRK1/4 activators
Vanderbilt Institute of Chemical Biology, Vanderbilt University, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN 37232, USA. Bioorganic & medicinal chemistry letters
(Impact Factor: 2.42).
07/2013; 23(18). DOI: 10.1016/j.bmcl.2013.07.002
This Letter describes a novel series of GIRK activators identified through an HTS campaign. The HTS lead was a potent and efficacious dual GIRK1/2 and GIRK1/4 activator. Further chemical optimization through both iterative parallel synthesis and fragment library efforts identified dual GIRK1/2 and GIRK1/4 activators as well as the first examples of selective GIRK1/4 activators. Importantly, these compounds were inactive on GIRK2 and other non-GIRK1 containing GIRK channels, and SAR proved shallow.
Available from: Mauricio O Nava-Mesa
- "However, there is little evidence for GirK subtype-specificity or pharmacokinetic advantages of most of those compounds, as they have other primary molecular targets (Lujan et al., 2013). However, a new class of subtype-selective agonists and antagonists has been identified (Kaufmann et al., 2013; Ramos-Hunter et al., 2013; Wen et al., 2013). An example is ML297, which has been found to be a potent, effective, and selective activator of GirK channels via a G i/o -coupled receptor with preference for GIRK1/GIRK2 subunit combination (Days et al., 2010). "
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