Synthesis and muscarinic receptor activity of ester derivatives of 2-substituted 2-azabicyclo[2.2.1]heptan-5-ol and -6-ol

J Med Chem. 1992 Jun 12;35(12):2184-91. doi: 10.1021/jm00090a006.


Radioligand binding affinities of four new muscarinic antagonists and six potential muscarinic agonists which possess the 2-alkyl-2-azabicyclo[2.2.1]heptane ring system have been determined in rat heart, rat brain, and m1- or m3-transfected CHO cell membrane preparations to examine the selectivity for subtypes of muscarinic receptor. The efficacies of the potential muscarinic agonists were determined by the ratio of binding affinities against [3H]QNB and [3H]Oxo-M. Four muscarinic antagonists which have the 2,2-diphenylpropionate side chain at either the C5 (5-endo or 5-exo) or the C6 (6-endo or 6-exo) positions did not discriminate between the subtypes of muscarinic receptors. The 2,2-diphenylpropionate 5-endo substituted compound was the most potent, showing affinities between 4.23 x 10(-10) and 1.18 x 10(-9) M in rat heart, rat brain, and m1- or m3-transfected CHO cell membrane preparations. The rank order of ester potency was 5-endo greater than 5-exo greater than 6-endo greater than 6-exo. A molecular modeling study based on the pharmacophore developed for azaprophen was used to account for the relative potency of these antagonists. Six potential muscarinic agonists which have acetoxy groups in the C5 or C6 position with an N-methyl or N-benzyl substituent did not discriminate subtypes of muscarinic receptors and had affinities between 6.63 x 10(-6) and 4.76 x 10(-5) M in rat heart, rat brain, and m1- or m3-transfected CHO cell membrane preparations. exo-2-Methyl-5-acetoxy-2-azabicyclo[2.2.1]heptane was the most efficacious partial agonist.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Aza Compounds / chemistry*
  • Aza Compounds / metabolism
  • Binding, Competitive
  • Brain / metabolism
  • Bridged Bicyclo Compounds / chemistry*
  • Bridged Bicyclo Compounds / metabolism
  • CHO Cells
  • Cell Membrane / metabolism
  • Cricetinae
  • Male
  • Models, Molecular
  • Molecular Structure
  • Muscarine / antagonists & inhibitors*
  • Myocardium / metabolism
  • Parasympathomimetics / chemical synthesis*
  • Parasympathomimetics / metabolism
  • Quinuclidinyl Benzilate / metabolism
  • Rats
  • Rats, Inbred Strains
  • Receptors, Muscarinic / genetics
  • Receptors, Muscarinic / metabolism*
  • Structure-Activity Relationship
  • Transfection


  • Aza Compounds
  • Bridged Bicyclo Compounds
  • Parasympathomimetics
  • Receptors, Muscarinic
  • Quinuclidinyl Benzilate
  • Muscarine