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2024 Jun 06

Bioorg Chem



The proof of concept of 2-{3-[N-(1-benzylpiperidin-4-yl)propyl]amino}-6-[N-methyl-N-(prop-2-yn-1-yl)amino]-4-phenylpyridine-3,5-dicarbonitrile for the therapy of neuropathic pain.


Entrena JM, Artacho-Cordón A, Ravez S, Liberelle M, Melnyk P, Toledano-Pinedo M, Almendros P, Cobos EJ, Marco-Contelles J


In the search for new small molecules for the therapy of neuropathic pain, we found that 2-{3-[N-(1-benzylpiperidin-4-yl)propyl]amino}-6-[N-methyl-N-(prop-2-yn-1-yl)amino]-4-phenylpyridine-3,5-dicarbonitrile (12) induced a robust antiallodynic effect in capsaicin-induced mechanical allodynia, a behavioural model of central sensitization, through σR antagonism. Furthermore, administration of compound 12 to neuropathic animals, fully reversed mechanical allodynia, increasing its mechanical threshold to levels that were not significantly different from those found in paclitaxel-vehicle treated mice or from basal levels before neuropathy was induced. Ligand 12 is thus a promising hit-compound for the therapy of neuropathic pain.