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Oct 15, 2015

Discovery of novel S1P2 antagonists. Part 2: Improving the profile of a series of 1,3-bis (aryloxy) benzene derivatives


Our initial lead compound 2 was modified to improve its metabolic stability. The resulting compound 5 showed excellent metabolic stability in rat and human liver microsomes. We subsequently designed and synthesized a hybrid compound of 5 and the 1,3-bis(aryloxy) benzene derivative 1, which was previously reported by our group to be an S1P2antagonist. This hybridization reaction gave compound 9, which showed improved S1P2antagonist activity and good metabolic stability. The subsequent introduction of a carboxylic acid moiety into 9 resulted in 14, which showed potent antagonist activity towards S1P2 with a much smaller species difference between human S1P2 and rat S1P2. Compound 14 also showed good metabolic stability and an improved safety profile compared with compound 9.

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