The discovery, synthesis and preliminary structure-activity relationships (SARs) of a novel class of CB1 antagonists is described. Initial optimization of benzimidazole-based screening hit 4 led to the identification of 'inverted' indole-based lead compound 18c with improved properties versus compound 4 including reduced AlogP, improved microsomal stability and improved aqueous solubility. Compound 18c demonstrates in vivo CB1 antagonist efficacy (CB1 agonist induced hypothermia model) and is orally bioavailable in rat.
- microsomes, liver
- rats, wistar
- receptor, Cannabinoid, CB1
- structure-activity relationships