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Antagonists for the Orphan G‑Protein-Coupled Receptor GPR55 Based on a Coumarin Scaffold

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posted on 2013-06-13, 00:00 authored by Viktor Rempel, Nicole Volz, Franziska Gläser, Martin Nieger, Stefan Bräse, Christa E. Müller
The orphan G-protein-coupled receptor GPR55, which is activated by 1-lysophosphatidylinositol and interacts with cannabinoid (CB) receptor ligands, has been proposed as a new potential drug target for the treatment of diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, neuropathic pain, and cancer. We applied β-arrestin assays to identify 3-substituted coumarins as a novel class of antagonists and performed an extensive structure–activity relationship study for GPR55. Selectivity versus the related receptors CB1, CB2, and GPR18 was assessed. Among the 7-unsubstituted coumarins selective, competitive GPR55 antagonists were identified, such as 3-(2-hydroxybenzyl)-5-isopropyl-8-methyl-2H-chromen-2-one (12, PSB-SB-489, IC50 = 1.77 μM, pA2 = 0.547 μM). Derivatives with long alkyl chains in position 7 were potent, possibly allosteric GPR55 antagonists which showed ancillary CB receptor affinity. 7-(1,1-Dimethyloctyl)-5-hydroxy-3-(2-hydroxybenzyl)-2H-chromen-2-one (69, PSB-SB-487, IC50 = 0.113 μM, KB = 0.561 μM) and 7-(1,1-dimethylheptyl)-5-hydroxy-3-(2-hydroxybenzyl)-2H-chromen-2-one (67, PSB-SB-1203, IC50 = 0.261 μM) were the most potent GPR55 antagonists of the present series.