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See detailDesign and synthesis of PET-probes targeting AMPA-subtype receptors
Deverdenne, François ULg; Claes, Giselle ULg; Goffin, Eric ULg et al

Poster (2015, June 05)

The AMPA subtype of glutamatergic receptors is the main actor in the excitatory neurotransmission in the mammalian central nervous system. These receptors are involved in the expression and the ... [more ▼]

The AMPA subtype of glutamatergic receptors is the main actor in the excitatory neurotransmission in the mammalian central nervous system. These receptors are involved in the expression and the maintenance of the long-term potentiation, a phenomenon closely linked to cognitive and memorization processes. Based on experimental data collected in recent years, the use of AMPA potentiators seems to be an interesting approach in the treatment of cognitive deficits (e.g. Alzheimer disease), schizophrenia or depression. Such AMPA signal potentiation could be mediated by positive allosteric modulators (PAMs) of the AMPA receptors, a class of compounds able to produce a fine signal tuning in the presence of the endogenous ligand in the synapse, providing less toxicity than direct agonists. With this approach, the laboratory of Medicinal Chemistry of Liège university developed many series of AMPA potentiators , among which 1,2,4-benzothiadiazine 1,1-dioxides (BTDs). In order to better understand the in vivo mapping of AMPA receptors and its evolution in neurological diseases, the present work aims at developing the design and the synthesis of BTDs positive allosteric modulators radiolabeled with a fluorine-18 atom. Based on previously synthesized series in this field, we investigate the synthesis of a new class of high-affinity AMPA potentiators characterized by the presence of a fluorine atom at selected positions on the structure of the AMPA potentiators. Thanks to in vitro pharmacological evaluations, we will further determine the best candidates for their fluorine-18 radiolabeling. [less ▲]

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See detailDesign, synthesis and pharmacological evaluation of dimeric ligands for the benzothiadiazine dioxide allosteric binding site of the AMPA receptors
Drapier, Thomas ULg; Francotte, Pierre ULg; Pirotte, Bernard ULg et al

Conference (2015, June 04)

L-glutamic acid is the major excitatory neurotransmitter in the brain. It exerts its effects through metabotropic and ionotropic receptors. Among the latter, three subtypes have been identified: NMDA ... [more ▼]

L-glutamic acid is the major excitatory neurotransmitter in the brain. It exerts its effects through metabotropic and ionotropic receptors. Among the latter, three subtypes have been identified: NMDA, AMPA and KA receptors. It is now well established that a deficit in glutamatergic signaling may be responsible for neurological disorders such as schizophrenia, depression, mild cognitive impairment and ADHD. Enhancement of the signal through positive allosteric modulators of AMPA receptors might be a therapeutic issue for these diseases. These compounds are expected to exert a fine tuning of the signal. Since they require the presence of the endogenous ligand to be active, they are expected to induce less toxicity than agonists. In this context, based on the structure of known allosteric modulators of AMPA receptors such as cyclothiazide (1) and IDRA 21 (2), the Laboratory of Medicinal Chemistry (University of Liège) has developed a series of 1,2,4-benzothiadiazine 1,1-dioxides with high potency as AMPA receptor potentiators, among which compounds (3) and (4). Crystallographic data obtained by the Department of Medicinal Chemistry (University of Copenhagen) highlighted that (3) and (4) bind to two contiguous sites at the dimer interface of the ligand binding domain of the AMPA receptor1,2. From these data, we may expect that the synthesis of dimeric molecules could lead to further improvement in affinity and activity. Our work consists in the development of a family of dimeric benzothiadiazine dioxides and their evaluation in a pharmacological assay. Several structural parameters such as the position of the bridge on the aromatic ring between the two heterocycles as well as its nature and length will be studied in order to determine their impact on the activity and thus the affinity. [less ▲]

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See detailDesign and synthesis of PET-probes targeting AMPA subtype receptors
Deverdenne, François ULg; Claes, Giselle ULg; Goffin, Eric ULg et al

Poster (2015, May 13)

The AMPA subtype of glutamatergic receptors is the main actor in the fast excitatory neurotransmission in the mammalian central nervous system. These receptors are involved in the expression and the ... [more ▼]

The AMPA subtype of glutamatergic receptors is the main actor in the fast excitatory neurotransmission in the mammalian central nervous system. These receptors are involved in the expression and the maintenance of the long-term potentiation, a phenomenon closely linked to cognitive and memorization processes. Based on experimental data, it also appears that glutamatergic systems are involved in several pathological diseases. For instance, a lack of glutamatergic neurotransmission is observed in cognitive disorders or schizophrenia and an excessive activity is observed in Parkinson or Huntington diseases. The in vivo study of glutamate receptors mapping and its evolution appears to be an essential step for a better understanding of its implications. However, according to the literature, design of such a probe remains difficult due to the lack of specificity of the probes. Taking into account the potential in vitro and in vivo activity and specificity of benzothiadizine dioxides (BTDs) acting as AMPA positive allosteric modulators, we are investing the development of new compounds of this class radiolabeled with a fluorine-18 atom. Hence, we are currently developing new series of BTDs characterized by the presence of a fluorine atom and a 7-phenoxy-substituent that are expected to be more active and more specific. Finally, pharmacological tests to evaluate the best candidates for the radiochemical synthesis and in vivo evaluations are currently in progress. [less ▲]

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See detailThermodynamic Characterization of New Positive Allosteric Modulators Binding to the Glutamate Receptor A2 Ligand-Binding Domain: Combining Experimental and Computational Methods Unravels Differences in Driving Forces
Nørholm, Ann-Beth; Francotte, Pierre ULg; Goffin, Eric ULg et al

in Journal of Chemical Information & Modeling (2014), 54(12), 3404-3416

Positive allosteric modulation of the ionotropic glutamate receptor GluA2 presents a potential treatment of cognitive disorders, for example, Alzheimer’s disease. In the present study, we describe the ... [more ▼]

Positive allosteric modulation of the ionotropic glutamate receptor GluA2 presents a potential treatment of cognitive disorders, for example, Alzheimer’s disease. In the present study, we describe the synthesis, pharmacology, and thermodynamic studies of a series of monofluoro-substituted 3,4-dihydro-2H-1,2,4-benzothiadiazine 1,1-dioxides. Measurements of ligand binding by isothermal titration calorimetry (ITC) showed similar binding affinities for the modulator series at the GluA2 LBD but differences in the thermodynamic driving forces. Binding of 5c (7-F) and 6 (no-F) is enthalpy driven, and 5a (5-F) and 5b (6-F) are entropy driven. For 5d (8-F), both quantities were equal in size. Thermodynamic integration (TI) and one-step perturbation (OSP) were used to calculate the relative binding affinity of the modulators. The OSP calculations had a higher predictive power than those from TI, and combined with the shorter total simulation time, we found the OSP method to be more effective for this setup. Furthermore, from the molecular dynamics simulations, we extracted the enthalpies and entropies, and along with the ITC data, this suggested that the differences in binding free energies are largely explained by the direct ligand-surrounding enthalpies. Furthermore, we used the OSP setup to predict binding affinities for a series of polysubstituted fluorine compounds and monosubstituted methyl compounds and used these predictions to characterize the modulator binding pocket for this scaffold of positive allosteric modulators.10.1021/ci500559b [less ▲]

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See detailPositive Allosteric Modulators of 2-Amino-3-(3-hydroxy-5-methylisoxazol-4-yl)propionic Acid Receptors Belonging to 4-Cyclopropyl-3,4-dihydro-2H-1,2,4-pyridothiadiazine Dioxides and Diversely Chloro-Substituted 4-Cyclopropyl-3,4-dihydro-2H-1,2,4-benzothiadiazine 1,1-Dioxides
Francotte, Pierre ULg; Nørholm, Ann-Beth; Deva, Taru et al

in Journal of Medicinal Chemistry (2014), 57(22), 9539-9553

Two 4-ethyl-substituted pyridothiadiazine dioxides belonging to α-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazolepropionic acid (AMPA) receptor positive allosteric modulators were cocrystallized with the GluA2 ... [more ▼]

Two 4-ethyl-substituted pyridothiadiazine dioxides belonging to α-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazolepropionic acid (AMPA) receptor positive allosteric modulators were cocrystallized with the GluA2 ligand binding domain in order to decipher the impact of the position of the nitrogen atom on their binding mode at the AMPA receptors. The latter was found to be very similar to that of previously described benzothiadiazine-type AMPA receptor modulators. The affinity of the two compounds for the receptor was determined by isothermal titration calorimetry. Accordingly, the synthesis and biological evaluation of novel 4-cyclopropyl-substituted pyridothiadiazine dioxides was performed and completed with the synthesis of the corresponding chloro-substituted 4-cyclopropyl-3,4-dihydro-2H-benzothiadiazine 1,1-dioxides. The “8-aza” compound 32 was found to be the most potent pyridothiadiazine-type AMPA receptor potentiator in vitro, whereas the 7-chloro-substituted compound 36c emerged as the most promising benzothiadiazine dioxide. Due to proper drug-likeness and low in vivo acute toxicity in mice, 36c was chosen for a more complete preclinical evaluation. The compound was able to easily cross the blood–brain barrier. In an in vivo object recognition test with CD1 mice, oral administration of 36c was found to significantly improve cognition performance at doses as low as 1 mg/kg. [less ▲]

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See detailSynthesis, Pharmacological and Structural Characterization, and Thermodynamic Aspects of GluA2-Positive Allosteric Modulators with a 3,4-Dihydro-2H-1,2,4-benzothiadiazine 1,1-Dioxide Scaffold
Nørholm, Ann-Beth; Francotte, Pierre ULg; Olsen, Lars et al

in Journal of Medicinal Chemistry (2014), 56(21), 8736-8745

Positive allosteric modulators of ionotropic glutamate receptors are potential compounds for treatment of cognitive disorders, e.g., Alzheimer’s disease. The modulators bind within the dimer interface of ... [more ▼]

Positive allosteric modulators of ionotropic glutamate receptors are potential compounds for treatment of cognitive disorders, e.g., Alzheimer’s disease. The modulators bind within the dimer interface of the ligand-binding domain (LBD) and stabilize the agonist-bound conformation, thereby slowing receptor desensitization and/or deactivation. Here we describe the synthesis and pharmacological testing at GluA2 of a new generation of 3,4-dihydro-2H-1,2,4-benzothiadiazine 1,1-dioxides. The most potent modulator 3 in complex with GluA2-LBD-L483Y-N754S was subjected to structural analysis by X-ray crystallography, and the thermodynamics of binding was studied by isothermal titration calorimetry. Compound 3 binds to GluA2-LBD-L483Y-N754S with a Kd of 0.35 μM (ΔH = −7.5 kcal/mol and −TΔS = −1.3 kcal/mol). This is the first time that submicromolar binding affinity has been achieved for this type of positive allosteric modulator. The major structural factor increasing the binding affinity of 3 seems to be interactions between the cyclopropyl group of 3 and the backbone of Phe495 and Met496. [less ▲]

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See detailDesign and synthesis of high-affinity ligands of AMPA receptors and study of their Fluorine-18 radiolabeling
Deverdenne, François ULg; Goffin, Eric ULg; Plenevaux, Alain ULg et al

Poster (2014, June 05)

The AMPA subtype of glutamatergic receptors is the main actor in the excitatory neurotransmission in the mammalian central nervous system. These receptors are involved in the expression and the ... [more ▼]

The AMPA subtype of glutamatergic receptors is the main actor in the excitatory neurotransmission in the mammalian central nervous system. These receptors are involved in the expression and the maintenance of the long-term potentiation, a phenomenon closely linked to cognitive and memorization processes. Based on experimental data collected in recent years, the use of AMPA potentiators seems to be an interesting approach in the treatment of cognitive deficits (e.g. Alzheimer disease), schizophrenia or depression. Such AMPA signal potentiation could be mediated by positive allosteric modulators (PAMs) of the AMPA receptors, a class of compounds able to produce a fine signal tuning in the presence of the endogenous ligand in the synapse, providing less toxicity than direct agonists. With this approach, the laboratory of Medicinal Chemistry of Liège university developed many series of AMPA potentiators , among which 1,2,4-benzothiadiazine 1,1-dioxides (BTDs). In order to better understand the in vivo mapping of AMPA receptors and its evolution in neurological diseases, the present work aims at developing the design and the synthesis of BTDs positive allosteric modulators radiolabeled with a fluorine-18 atom. Based on previously synthesized series in this field, we investigate the synthesis of a new class of high-affinity AMPA potentiators characterized by the presence of a fluorine atom at selected positions on the structure of the AMPA potentiators. Thanks to in vitro pharmacological evaluations, we will further determine the best candidates for their fluorine-18 radiolabeling. [less ▲]

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See detailSynthesis, Pharmacological and Structural Characterization, and Thermodynamic Aspects of GluA2-Positive Allosteric Modulators with a 3,4-Dihydro-2H-1,2,4-benzothiadiazine 1,1-Dioxide Scaffold
Nørholm, Ann-Beth; Francotte, Pierre ULg; Olsen, Lars et al

in Journal of Medicinal Chemistry (2013), 56(21), 87368745

Positive allosteric modulators of ionotropic glutamate receptors are potential compounds for treatment of cognitive disorders, e.g., Alzheimer’s disease. The modulators bind within the dimer interface of ... [more ▼]

Positive allosteric modulators of ionotropic glutamate receptors are potential compounds for treatment of cognitive disorders, e.g., Alzheimer’s disease. The modulators bind within the dimer interface of the ligand-binding domain (LBD) and stabilize the agonist-bound conformation, thereby slowing receptor desensitization and/or deactivation. Here we describe the synthesis and pharmacological testing at GluA2 of a new generation of 3,4-dihydro-2H-1,2,4-benzothiadiazine 1,1-dioxides. The most potent modulator 3 in complex with GluA2-LBD-L483Y-N754S was subjected to structural analysis by X-ray crystallography, and the thermodynamics of binding was studied by isothermal titration calorimetry. Compound 3 binds to GluA2-LBD-L483Y-N754S with a Kd of 0.35 μM (ΔH = −7.5 kcal/mol and −TΔS = −1.3 kcal/mol). This is the first time that submicromolar binding affinity has been achieved for this type of positive allosteric modulator. The major structural factor increasing the binding affinity of 3 seems to be interactions between the cyclopropyl group of 3 and the backbone of Phe495 and Met496. [less ▲]

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See detailDevelopment of Thiophenic Analogues of Benzothiadiazine Dioxides as New Powerful Potentiators of 2-Amino-3-(3-hydroxy-5-methylisoxazol-4-yl)propionic Acid (AMPA) Receptors
Francotte, Pierre ULg; Goffin, Eric ULg; Fraikin, Pierre et al

in Journal of Medicinal Chemistry (2013), 56(20), 7838-7850

On the basis of the results obtained in previous series of AMPA potentiators belonging to 3,4-dihydro-2H-benzo- and 3,4-dihydro-2H-pyrido-1,2,4-thiadiazine 1,1-dioxides, the present work focuses on the ... [more ▼]

On the basis of the results obtained in previous series of AMPA potentiators belonging to 3,4-dihydro-2H-benzo- and 3,4-dihydro-2H-pyrido-1,2,4-thiadiazine 1,1-dioxides, the present work focuses on the design of original isosteric 3,4-dihydro-2H-thieno-1,2,4-thiadiazine 1,1-dioxides. Owing to the sulfur position, three series of compounds were developed and their activity as AMPA potentiators was characterized. In each of the developed series, potent compounds were discovered. After screening the selected active compounds on a safety in vivo test, 6-chloro-4-ethyl-3,4-dihydro-2H-thieno[2,3-e]-1,2,4-thiadiazine 1,1-dioxide (24) appeared as the most promising compound and was further evaluated. Its effects on long-term potentiation in vivo and on AMPA-mediated noradrenaline release were measured to predict its potential cognitive enhancing properties. Finally, an object recognition test performed in mice revealed that 24 was able to significantly enhance cognition, after oral administration, at doses as low as 0.3 mg/kg. This study validates the interest of the isosteric replacement of the benzene or pyridine nuclei by the thiophene nucleus in the ring-fused thiadiazine dioxides class of AMPA potentiators. [less ▲]

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See detailUnusual Amino Acids and Monofluoroacetate from Dichapetalum michelsonii (Umutambasha), a Toxic Plant from Rwanda
Esters, Virginie ULg; Karangwa, Charles; Tits, Monique ULg et al

in Planta Medica (2013), 79

In the course of our investigations on Umutambasha in order to identify its convulsant principles, small quantities of monofluoroacetate were observed in stem bark, leaves, and fruits of this plant newly ... [more ▼]

In the course of our investigations on Umutambasha in order to identify its convulsant principles, small quantities of monofluoroacetate were observed in stem bark, leaves, and fruits of this plant newly identified as Dichapetalum michelsonii Hauman. Conclusive evidence for a monofluoroacetate presence came from its isolation from the freeze-dried extract of stem bark. Three free unusual amino acids, named N-methyl-α-alanine, N-methyl-β-alanine, and 2,7-diaminooctan-1,8-dioic acid, described for the first time in a plant, and known trigonelline were also isolated from the stem bark of D. michelsonii. Structure elucidations were mainly achieved by spectroscopic methods (1H-NMR, 2D-NMR, MS) and by comparison with authentic references. These unusual amino acids were detected by a fast, reliable TLC analysis in all our batches of Umutambasha, suggesting that they could be used for identification purposes in case of human or livestock intoxications. Finally, EEG recordings and behavioural observations performed in mice suggested that the convulsive patterns produced by Umutambasha are the consequence of monofluoroacetate presence in D. michelsonii. [less ▲]

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See detailAMPA receptor positive allosteric modulators: a patent review
Pirotte, Bernard ULg; Francotte, Pierre ULg; Goffin, Eric ULg et al

in Expert Opinion on Therapeutic Patents (2013), 23

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See detailThermodynamics and structural analysis of positive allosteric modulation of the ionotropic glutamate receptor GluA2
Krintel, Christian; Frydenvang, Karla; Olsen, Lars et al

in Biochemical Journal (2012), 441

Positive allosteric modulators of the ionotropic glutamate receptor-2 (GluA2) are promising compounds for the treatment of cognitive disorders, e.g. Alzheimer’s disease. These modulators bind within the ... [more ▼]

Positive allosteric modulators of the ionotropic glutamate receptor-2 (GluA2) are promising compounds for the treatment of cognitive disorders, e.g. Alzheimer’s disease. These modulators bind within the dimer interface of the LBD (ligand-binding domain) and stabilize the agonist-bound conformation slowing receptor desensitization and/or deactivation. In the present study, we employ isothermal titration calorimetry to determine binding affinities and thermodynamic details of binding of modulators of GluA2. A mutant of the LBD of GluA2 (LBD-L483Y-N754S) that forms a stable dimer in solution was used. The potent GluA2 modulator BPAM-97 was used as a reference compound. Evidence that BPAM-97 binds in the same pocket as the well-known GluA2 modulator cyclothiazide was obtained from X-ray structures. The LBD-L483Y-N754S:BPAM-97 complex has aKd of 5.6 μM (Δ H = − 4.9 kcal/mol, − T Δ S = − 2.3 kcal/mol; where 1 kcal ≈4.187 kJ). BPAM-97 was used in a displacement assay to determine a Kd of 0.46 mM (Δ H = − 1.2 kcal/mol, − T Δ S = − 3.3 kcal/mol) for the LBD-L483Y-N754S:IDRA-21 complex. The major structural factors increasing the potency of BPAM-97 over IDRA-21 are the increased van der Waals contacts to, primarily, Met496 in GluA2 imposed by the ethyl substituent of BPAM-97. These results add important information on binding affinities and thermodynamic details, and provide a new tool in the development of drugs against cognitive disorders. Key words: binding affinity, crystal structure, ionotropic glutamate receptor, isothermal titration calorimetry, positive allosteric modulator [less ▲]

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See detailDesign of Photoreactive Orthosteric GABAA Ligands Potentially Useful for Studying Localization and Function of GABAA Receptors
Francotte, Pierre ULg; Nielsen, Birgitte; Krogsgaard Larsen, Povl et al

Poster (2011, May 08)

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