[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The bradykinin B(1) receptor plays a critical role in chronic pain and inflammation, although efforts to demonstrate efficacy of receptor antagonists have been hampered by species-dependent potency differences, metabolic instability, and low oral exposure of current agents. The pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, and analgesic efficacy of the novel benzamide B(1) receptor antagonist 7-chloro-2-[3-(9-pyridin-4-yl-3,9-diazaspiro[5.5]undecanecarbonyl)phenyl]-2,3-dihydro-isoindol-1-one (ELN441958) is described. ELN441958 competitively inhibited the binding of the B(1) agonist ligand [(3)H]desArg(10)-kallidin ([(3)H]DAKD) to IMR-90 human fibroblast membranes with high affinity (K(i) = 0.26 +/- 0.02 nM). ELN441958 potently antagonized DAKD (but not bradykinin)-induced calcium mobilization in IMR-90 cells, indicating that it is highly selective for B(1) over B(2) receptors. Antagonism of agonist-induced calcium responses at B(1) receptors from different species indicated that ELN441958 is selective for primate over rodent B(1) receptors with a rank order potency (K(B), nanomolar) of human (0.12 +/- 0.02) approximately rhesus monkey (0.24 +/- 0.01) > rat (1.5 +/- 0.4) > mouse (14 +/- 4). ELN441958 had good permeability and metabolic stability in vitro consistent with high oral exposure and moderate plasma half-lives in rats and rhesus monkeys. Because ELN441958 is up to 120-fold more potent at primate than at rodent B(1) receptors, it was evaluated in a primate pain model. ELN441958 dose-dependently reduced carrageenan-induced thermal hyperalgesia in a rhesus monkey tail-withdrawal model, with an ED(50) approximately 3 mg/kg s.c. Naltrexone had no effect on the antihyperalgesia produced by ELN441958, indicating a lack of involvement of opioid receptors. ELN441958 is a novel small molecule bradykinin B(1) receptor antagonist exhibiting high oral bioavailability and potent systemic efficacy in rhesus monkey inflammatory pain.
Full-text · Article · Sep 2007 · Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics