I am a
Home I AM A Search Login

Papers of the Week

Papers: 16 Apr 2022 - 22 Apr 2022

2022 Apr 11

Bioorg Med Chem


Discovery of (R)-(3-fluoropyrrolidin-1-yl)(6-((5-(trifluoromethyl)pyridin-2-yl)oxy)quinolin-2-yl)methanone (ABBV-318) and analogs as small molecule Na1.7/ Nav1.8 blockers for the treatment of pain.


Patel MV, Peltier HM, Matulenko MA, Koenig JR, Scanio MJC, Gum RJ, El-Kouhen OF, Fricano MM, Lundgaard GL, Neelands T, Zhang X-F, Zhan C, Pai M, Ghoreishi-Haack N, Hudzik T, Gintant G, Martin R, McGaraughty S, Xu J, Bow D, et al.
Bioorg Med Chem. 2022 Apr 11; 63:116743.
PMID: 35436748.


The voltage-gated sodium channel Na1.7 is an attractive target for the treatment of pain based on the high level of target validation with genetic evidence linking Na1.7 to pain in humans. Our effort to identify selective, CNS-penetrant Na1.7 blockers with oral activity, improved selectivity, good drug-like properties, and safety led to the discovery of 2-substituted quinolines and quinolones as potent small molecule Na1.7 blockers. The design of these molecules focused on maintaining potency at Na1.7, improving selectivity over the hERG channel, and overcoming phospholipidosis observed with the initial leads. The structure-activity relationship (SAR) studies leading to the discovery of (R)-(3-fluoropyrrolidin-1-yl)(6-((5-(trifluoromethyl)pyridin-2-yl)oxy)quinolin-2-yl)methanone (ABBV-318) are described herein. ABBV-318 displayed robust in vivo efficacy in both inflammatory and neuropathic rodent models of pain. ABBV-318 also inhibited Na1.8, another sodium channel isoform that is an active target for the development of new pain treatments.