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Synthesis and pharmacological evaluation of 6,7-dimethoxy-1,2,3,4-tetrahydroisoquinoline derivatives as sigma-2 receptor ligands.

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Summary of "Synthesis and pharmacological evaluation of 6,7-dimethoxy-1,2,3,4-tetrahydroisoquinoline derivatives as sigma-2 receptor ligands."

Increasing evidences have implicated that sigma-2 receptor is a biomarker and significantly over-expressed in many proliferative cancer cells with no or low expression in normal cells. Sigma-2 receptor selective ligands have been successfully used as valuable tools to study its pharmacological functions, tumor imaging, and cancer therapeutics or adjuvants. 6,7-Dimethoxy-1,2,3,4-tetrahydroisoquinolinylalkyl benzamides are among a few categories of structures that have demonstrated high affinities and selectivities for sigma-2 receptor and been used extensively as study tools in various tumor imaging and therapy. As a continuous effort, we have synthesized a new series of 6,7-dimethoxy-1,2,3,4-tetrahydroisoquinoline derivatives and evaluated their affinities for both sigma-1 and sigma-2 receptors. Most of these newly developed analogs showed good to excellent binding affinities for sigma-2 receptor with no or low affinities for sigma-1 receptor. In particular, compounds 3b, 3e, 4b, and 4e demonstrated Kvalues of 5-6 nM affinities and excellent selectivities for sigma-2 receptor. In addition, these analogs also demonstrated moderate anticancer activities against human liver Huh-7 tumor cells and human esophagus KYSE-140 cancer cells. But their cytotoxicities seem not to be correlated with their sigma-2 receptor affinities.

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Name: European journal of medicinal chemistry
ISSN: 1768-3254
Pages: 227-237

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