Discovery, synthesis, and structure-activity relationship development of a series of N-(4-acetamido)phenylpicolinamides as positive allosteric modulators of metabotropic glutamate receptor 4 (mGlu4) with CNS exposure in rats

Darren W. Engers, Julie R. Field, Uyen Le, Ya Zhou, Julie D. Bolinger, Rocio Zamorano, Anna L. Blobaum, Carrie K. Jones, Satyawan Jadhav, C. David Weaver, P. Jeffrey Conn, Craig W. Lindsley, Colleen M. Niswender, Corey R. Hopkins

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Herein we report the discovery, synthesis, and evaluation of a series of N-(4-acetamido)-phenylpicolinamides as positive allosteric modulators of mGlu4. Compounds from the series show submicromolar potency at both human and rat mGlu4. In addition, pharmacokinetic studies utilizing subcutaneous dosing demonstrated good brain exposure in rats.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1106-1110
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Medicinal Chemistry
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Feb 24 2011


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  • Molecular Medicine
  • Drug Discovery

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