Synthesis, molecular modeling studies, and muscarinic receptor activity of azaprophen analogues

J Med Chem. 1991 Nov;34(11):3164-71. doi: 10.1021/jm00115a003.


Synthesis, radioligand binding, and pharmacologic activities of a series of muscarinic receptor ligands including and related to azaprophen (6-methyl-6-azabicyclo[3.2.1]octan-3 alpha-ol 2,2-diphenylpropionate, 1) have been measured to determine activity and selectivity for muscarinic receptor subtypes. Pharmacologic affinities of antagonists were determined as pA2 values for antagonism of methacholine-induced tension responses in guinea pig ileum. Binding affinities were measured by competition against [3H]QNB binding in guinea pig ileum, rat heart and brain, and m1- or m3-transfected Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cells. The efficacies of muscarinic agonists in brain were determined by the ratio of binding affinities against [3H]QNB or [3H]NMS and [3H]oxotremorine-M ([3H]Oxo-M). Nine muscarinic antagonists, including azaprophen, did not discriminate significantly between the subtypes of muscarinic receptors. KI values for receptor binding for azaprophen (1) were between 8.81 x 10(-11) and 4.72 x 10(-10) M in ileum, heart, brain, and m1- or m3-transfected CHO cells. The alpha- and beta-benzilate esters 5 and 6 are as potent as azaprophen, and diphenylacetate esters 3 and 4 and N-(6)-benzyl alpha-isomer 7 are less potent than azaprophen. Significant stereoselectivity was exhibited with (+)-azaprophen being approximately 200 times more potent than the (-)-enantiomers and the 3 beta-ol isomer 2 being ca. 50 times less potent than azaprophen in all systems. A molecular modeling-molecular mechanics study was conducted to account for the difference. Putative muscarinic agonists (analogues and isomers of 6-methyl-6-azabicyclo[3.2.1]octan-3-ol acetate) did not discriminate muscarinic receptor subtypes with KI values between 2.77 x 10(-6) and 4.33 x 10(-5) M without significant stereoselectivity in the systems examined. The most active analogue was (1R,3R,5S)-6-[1(R)-phenylethyl]-6-azabicyclo[3.2.1]octan-3 alpha-ol acetate. However, efficacies of these putative agonists were in general very low.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Binding, Competitive
  • Cricetinae
  • Cricetulus
  • Female
  • Guinea Pigs
  • Male
  • Models, Molecular
  • Muscle, Smooth / drug effects
  • Muscle, Smooth / metabolism
  • Radioligand Assay
  • Rats
  • Rats, Inbred Strains
  • Receptors, Muscarinic / drug effects*
  • Receptors, Muscarinic / metabolism
  • Stereoisomerism
  • Structure-Activity Relationship
  • Tropanes / chemical synthesis*
  • Tropanes / metabolism
  • Tropanes / pharmacology


  • Receptors, Muscarinic
  • Tropanes