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Papers: 14 Dec 2019 - 20 Dec 2019

Animal Studies, Pharmacology/Drug Development

2020 02 05

ACS Chem Neurosci



Structure-based design of novel biphenyl amide antagonists of human Transient Receptor Potential Cation Channel Subfamily M Member 8 channels (TRPM8) with potential implications in the treatment of sensory neuropathies.


Journigan BV, Feng Z, Rahman S, Wang Y, Amin RARM, Heffner CE, Bachtel N, Wang S, Gonzalez-Rodriguez S, Fernández-Carvajal A, Fernández-Ballester G, Hilton JK, Van Horn WD, Ferrer-Montiel A, Xie X-Q, Rahman T
ACS Chem Neurosci. 2020 02 05; 11(3):268-290.
PMID: 31850745.


SAR studies of a reported menthol-based TRPM8 antagonist, guided by computational simulations and structure-based design, uncovers a novel series of TRPM8 antagonists with >10-fold selectivity versus related TRP subtypes. Spiro[4.5]decan-8-yl analog 14 inhibits icilin-evoked Ca2+ entry in HEK-293 cells stably expressing human TRPM8 (hTRPM8) with an IC50: 2.4 ± 1.0 nM, while in whole-cell patch-clamp recordings, this analog inhibits menthol-evoked currents with an hTRPM8 IC50: 64 ± 2 nM. Molecular dynamics (MD) simulations of compound 14 in our homology model of hTRPM8 suggests that this antagonist forms extensive hydrophobic contacts within the orthosteric site. In the wet dog shakes (WDS) assay, compound 14 dose-dependently blocks icilin-triggered shaking behaviors in mice. Upon local administration, compound 14 dose dependently inhibits cold allodynia evoked by the chemotherapy oxaliplatin in a murine model of peripheral neuropathy at microgram doses. Our findings suggest that 14 and other biphenyl amide analogs within our series can find utility as potent antagonist chemical probes derived from (-)-menthol, as well as small molecule therapeutic scaffolds for chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN) and other sensory neuropathies.