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Papers: 26 Dec 2020 - 1 Jan 2021

Pharmacology/Drug Development

2020 Dec 29

J Med Chem

Novel Sigma 1 Receptor Antagonists as Potential Therapeutics for Pain Management.



The sigma 1 receptor (S1R) is a molecular chaperone protein located in the endoplasmic reticulum and plasma membranes and has been shown to play important roles in various pathological disorders including pain and, as recently discovered, COVID-19. Employing structure- and QSAR-based drug design strategies, we rationally designed, synthesized, and biologically evaluated a series of novel triazole-based S1R antagonists. Compound exhibited potent binding affinity for S1R, high selectivity over S2R and 87 other human targets, acceptable metabolic stability, slow clearance in liver microsomes, and excellent blood-brain barrier permeability in rats. Further studies in rats showed that exhibited negligible acute toxicity in the rotarod test and statistically significant analgesic effects in the formalin test for acute inflammatory pain and paclitaxel-induced neuropathic pain models during cancer chemotherapy. These encouraging results promote further development of our triazole-based S1R antagonists as novel treatments for pain of different etiologies.