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Toth, Krisztian; Hoefner, Georg; Wanner, Klaus T. (2019): Synthesis and biological evaluation of novel N-substituted nipecotic acid derivatives with a cis-alkene spacer as GABA uptake inhibitors. In: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry, Vol. 27, No. 5: pp. 822-831
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Abstract

To discover new, potent, and selective inhibitors for the murine gamma-aminobutyric acid transporter 4 (mGAT4), the structure-activity relationship (SAR) study of a new cis-alkene analog family based on DDPM-1457 [(S)-2], which previously showed promising inhibitory potency at and subtype selectivity for mGAT4, was conducted. To uncover the importance of the differences between the trans-and the cis-alkene moiety in the spacer, the present publication describes the synthesis of the new compounds via catalytic hydrogenation with Lindlar's catalyst. The biological results collected by the SAR study revealed that analog rac-7j characterized by a four-instead of a three-carbon atom spacer with a cis double bond applying to the majority of the studied compounds displays a surprisingly high potency at mGAT1 (pIC(50)= 6.00 + 0.04) and at the same time a reasonable potency at mGAT4 (pIC(50)= 4.82).