Essential structure of orexin 1 receptor antagonist YNT-707, part III: Role of the 14-hydroxy and the 3-methoxy groups in antagonistic activity toward the orexin 1 receptor in YNT-707 derivatives lacking the 4,5-epoxy ring

Naoshi Yamamoto, Sayaka Ohrui, Takahiro Okada, Tsuyoshi Saitoh, Noriki Kutsumura, Yasuyuki Nagumo, Yoko Irukayama-Tomobe, Yasuhiro Ogawa, Yukiko Ishikawa, Yurie Watanabe, Daichi Hayakawa, Hiroaki Gouda, Masashi Yanagisawa, Hiroshi Nagase

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Morphinan derivatives lacking the 4,5-epoxy ring were synthesized to examine the participation of the 14-OH group, the 3-OMe group, and the aromaticity of the A-ring in the activity and selectivity for the orexin 1 receptor (OX 1 R). The assay results and the conformational analyses of the 14-dehydrated and 14-H derivatives suggested that the orientations of the 6-amide side chain and the 17-benzenesulfonyl group would play important roles in the activity for OX 1 R. In the 6β-derivatives, removal of the 3-OMe group and the reduction of the A-ring significantly decreased the activity toward the OX 1 R, but these changes did not affect the 6α-derivatives. These results indicate that the 3-OMe group and the A-ring would be essential structural moieties for the 6β-derivatives.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalBioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2019
Externally publishedYes



  • Conformational analysis
  • Morphinan
  • Orexin
  • OX R antagonist

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Molecular Biology
  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Drug Discovery
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Organic Chemistry

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