Novel tricyclic indole-3-carboxamides were synthesized as structurally restricted analogs of bicyclic indoles, and found to be potent CB1 cannabinoid receptor agonists. The CB1 agonist activity depended on the absolute configuration of the chiral center of the tricyclic ring. The preferred enantiomer was more potent than the structurally unconstrained lead compound. Structure-activity relationships in the amide side chain of the indole C-3 position were also investigated.
- drug design
- receptor, Cannabinoid, CB1
- structure-activity relationships