L-660,711 (3-(3-(2-(7-chloro-2-quinolinyl)ethenyl)phenyl) ((3-dimethyl amino-3-oxo propyl)thio)methyl)thio)propanoic acid is a potent and selective competitive inhibitor of [3H]leukotriene D4 binding in guinea pig (Ki value, 0.22 nM) and human (Ki value, 2.1 nM) lung membranes but is essentially inactive versus [3H]leukotriene C4 binding (IC50 value in guinea pig lung, 23 microM). Functionally it competitively antagonized contractions of guinea pig trachea and ileum induced by leukotriene (LT) D4 (respective pA2 values, 9.4 and 10.5) and LTE4 (respective pA2 values, 9.1 and 10.4) and contractions of human trachea induced by LTD4 (pA2 value, 8.5). L-660,711 (5.8 x 10(-8)M) antagonized contractions of guinea pig trachea induced by LTC4 in the absence (dose ratio = 28) but not in the presence of 45 mM L-serine borate (dose ratio less than 2). L-660,711 (1.9 x 10(-5)M) did not block contractions of guinea pig trachea induced by histamine, acetylcholine, 5-hydroxytryptamine, PGF2 alpha, U-44069, or PGD2. In the presence of atropine, mepyramine, and indomethacin, L-660,711 (1.9 x 10(-5)M) inhibited a small component of the response to antigen on guinea pig trachea but completely blocked anti-IgE-induced contractions of human trachea. L-660,711 (i.v.) antagonized bronchoconstriction induced in anesthetized guinea pigs by i.v. LTC4, LTD4, and LTE4 but did not block bronchoconstriction to arachidonic acid, U-44069, 5-hydroxytryptamine, histamine, or acetylcholine. Intraduodenal L-660,711 antagonized LTD4 (0.2-12.8 micrograms/kg)-induced bronchoconstriction in guinea pigs, and p.o. L-660,711 blocked LTD4- and Ascaris-induced bronchoconstriction in conscious squirrel monkeys and ovalbumin-induced bronchoconstriction in conscious sensitized rats treated with methysergide (3 micrograms/kg). The pharmacological profile of L-660,711 indicates that it is a potent, selective, orally active leukotriene receptor antagonist which is well suited to determine the role played by LTD4 and LTE4 in asthma and other pathophysiologic conditions.