(+/-)-3-Allyl-6-bromo-7,8-dihydroxy-1-phenyl-2,3,4,5-tetrahydro-1H-3- benzazepin, a new high-affinity D1 dopamine receptor ligand: synthesis and structure-activity relationship

J Med Chem. 1991 Dec;34(12):3366-71. doi: 10.1021/jm00116a004.


The 7,8-dihydroxy-1-phenyl-2,3,4,5-tetrahydro-1H-3-benzazepines form a series of compounds having a high affinity at the D1 dopamine receptor. The 6-chloro derivative has been previously shown to have enhanced affinity, selectivity, and agonist activity. In an attempt to study the effect of substitution of a 6-bromo group in place of the 6-chloro, we have synthesized a series of compounds and evaluated them for their affinity for the D1 receptor. The results show that the 6-bromo derivatives have virtually identical affinities to their 6-chloro counterparts, a finding similar to that found in the D1 antagonist 7-halo-8-hydroxy-1-phenyl-2,3,4,5-tetrahydro-1H-3-benzazepine series. From the present work, 3-allyl-6-bromo-7,8-dihydroxy-1-phenyl-2,3,4,5-tetrahydro-1H-3-benzazepi ne (6-Br-APB) has been identified as a suitable candidate for further in vivo studies and resolution into its active and inactive enantiomers.

MeSH terms

  • 2,3,4,5-Tetrahydro-7,8-dihydroxy-1-phenyl-1H-3-benzazepine / analogs & derivatives*
  • 2,3,4,5-Tetrahydro-7,8-dihydroxy-1-phenyl-1H-3-benzazepine / chemical synthesis
  • 2,3,4,5-Tetrahydro-7,8-dihydroxy-1-phenyl-1H-3-benzazepine / pharmacology
  • Animals
  • Binding, Competitive
  • Dogs
  • Dopamine Agents / chemical synthesis*
  • Dopamine Agents / pharmacology
  • In Vitro Techniques
  • Ligands
  • Radioligand Assay
  • Receptors, Dopamine / drug effects*
  • Receptors, Dopamine / metabolism
  • Receptors, Dopamine D1
  • Structure-Activity Relationship


  • Dopamine Agents
  • Ligands
  • Receptors, Dopamine
  • Receptors, Dopamine D1
  • 3-allyl-6-bromo-7,8-dihydroxy-1-phenyl-2,3,4,5-tetrahydro-1H-3-benzazepine
  • 2,3,4,5-Tetrahydro-7,8-dihydroxy-1-phenyl-1H-3-benzazepine