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Type: Journal article
Title: Different in vitro and in vivo profiles of substituted 3-aminopropylphosphinate and 3-aminopropyl(methyl)phosphinate GABAB receptor agonists as inhibitors of transient lower oesophageal sphincter relaxation
Author: Lehmann, A.
Antonsson, M.
Holmberg, A.
Blackshaw, L.
Branden, L.
Elebring, T.
Jensen, J.
Karrberg, L.
Mattsson, J.
Nilsson, K.
Oja, S.
Saransaari, P.
von Unge, S.
Citation: British Journal of Pharmacology, 2012; 165(6):0001757-1772
Publisher: Nature Publishing Group
Issue Date: 2012
ISSN: 0007-1188
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A Lehmann, M Antonsson, A Aurell-Holmberg, LA Blackshaw, L Brändén, T Elebring, J Jensen, L Kärrberg, JP Mattsson, K Nilsson, SS Oja, P Saransaari, S von Unge
Abstract: BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Gastro-oesophageal reflux is predominantly caused by transient lower oesophageal sphincter relaxation (TLOSR) and GABAB receptor stimulation inhibits TLOSR. Lesogaberan produces fewer CNS side effects than baclofen, which has been attributed to its affinity for the GABA transporter (GAT), the action of which limits stimulation of central GABAB receptors. To understand the structure–activity relationship for analogues of lesogaberan (3-aminopropylphosphinic acids), and corresponding 3-aminopropyl(methyl)phosphinic acids, we have compared representatives of these classes in different in vitro and in vivo models. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH The compounds were characterized in terms of GABAB agonism in vitro. Binding to GATs and cellular uptake was done using rat brain membranes and slices respectively. TLOSR was measured in dogs, and CNS side effects were evaluated as hypothermia in mice and rats. KEY RESULTS 3-Aminopropylphosphinic acids inhibited TLOSR with a superior therapeutic index compared to 3-aminopropyl(methyl)phosphinic acids. This difference was most likely due to differential GAT-mediated uptake into brain cells of the former but not latter. In agreement, 3-aminopropyl(methyl)phosphinic acids were much more potent in producing hypothermia in rats even when administered i.c.v. CONCLUSIONS AND IMPLICATIONS An enhanced therapeutic window for 3-aminopropylphosphinic acids compared with 3-aminopropyl(methyl)phosphinic acids with respect to inhibition of TLOSR was observed and is probably mechanistically linked to neural cell uptake of the former but not latter group of compounds. These findings offer a platform for discovery of new GABAB receptor agonists for the treatment of reflux disease and other conditions where selective peripheral GABAB receptor agonism may afford therapeutic effects.
Keywords: GABAB receptor; transient lower oesophageal sphincter relaxation; gastro-oesophageal reflux disease; GABA transporter; hypothermia
Rights: © 2011 The Authors. British Journal of Pharmacology © 2011 The British Pharmacological Society
RMID: 0020117960
DOI: 10.1111/j.1476-5381.2011.01682.x
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