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Dibenzazecine compounds with a novel dopamine/5HT2A receptor profile and 3D-QSAR analysis

Alexandra Hamacher1, Mathias Weigt1, Michael Wiese1, Barbara Hoefgen1, Jochen Lehmann2 and Matthias U Kassack1*

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1 Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Institute of Pharmacy, University of Bonn, An der Immenburg 4, 53121 Bonn, Germany

2 Institute of Pharmacy, University of Jena, Philosophenweg 14, 07743 Jena, Germany

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BMC Pharmacology 2006, 6:11  doi:10.1186/1471-2210-6-11

Published: 15 September 2006



Antipsychotics are divided into typical and atypical compounds based on clinical efficacy and side effects. The purpose of this study was to characterize in vitro a series of novel azecine-type compounds at human dopamine D1-D5 and 5HT2A receptors and to assign them to different classes according to their dopamine/5HT2A receptor profile.


Regardless of using affinity data (pKi values at D1-D5 and 5HT2A) or selectivity data (15 log (Ki ratios)), principal component analysis with azecine-type compounds, haloperidol, and clozapine revealed three groups of dopamine/5HT2A ligands: 1) haloperidol; 2) clozapine plus four azecine-type compounds; 3) two hydroxylated dibenzazecines. Reducing the number of Ki ratios used for principal component analysis from 15 to two (the D1/D2 and D2/5HT2A Ki ratios) obtained the same three groups of compounds. The most potent dibenzazecine clustering in the same group as clozapine was the non-hydroxylated LE410 which shows a slightly different D2-like receptor profile (D2L > D3 > D4.4) than clozapine (D4.4 > D2L > D3). The monohydroxylated dibenzacezine LE404 clusters in a separate group from clozapine/LE410 and from haloperidol and shows increased D1 selectivity.


In conclusion, two compounds with a novel dopamine/5HT2A receptor profile, LE404 and LE410, with some differences in their respective D1/D2 receptor affinities including a validated pharmacophore-based 3D-QSAR model for D1 antagonists are presented.