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Papers: 18 Jul 2020 - 24 Jul 2020

Human Studies, Pharmacology/Drug Development

2020 Jul 16

CNS Drugs

A Phase I, Randomized, Single‑Blind, Placebo‑Controlled, Single Ascending Dose Study of the Safety, Tolerability, and Pharmacokinetics of Subcutaneous and Oral TRV250, a G Protein-Selective Delta Receptor Agonist, in Healthy Subjects.


The delta opioid receptor (DOR) has been identified as a therapeutic target for migraine, with DOR agonists exhibiting low abuse potential compared with conventional µ-opioid agonists. TRV250 is a novel small molecule agonist of the DOR that is preferentially selective for G-protein signaling, with relatively little activation of the β-arrestin2 post-receptor signaling pathway. This selectivity provides reduced susceptibility to proconvulsant activity seen with non-selective DOR agonists. TRV250 significantly reduced nitroglycerin-evoked hyperalgesia in rodents, indicating a potential utility in acute migraine without the risk of seizure activity or abuse potential.