Novel Niacin Receptor Agonists: A Promising Strategy for the Treatment of Dyslipidemia

Author(s): Prajakta B. Kothawade, Asha B. Thomas*, Sohan S. Chitlange

Journal Name: Mini-Reviews in Medicinal Chemistry

Volume 21 , Issue 17 , 2021

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Background: Hyperlipidemia is characterized by high level of cholesterol and triglycerides in blood. Various classes of drugs like statins, fibrates, niacin etc. are used for treatment of hyperlipidaemia.

Objective: Niacin, which is one of the beneficial anti-hyperlipidemic agents, helps decreasing LDL cholesterol by 20 to 40% and causes increase of HDL cholesterol by 20 to 35%. However cutaneous flushing, loss of glucose tolerance, liver toxicity are the reported side effects of niacin therapy responsible for decreased patient compliance. Very recently, the G protein coupled receptor (GPCR); GPR109A located on the adipocytes has been identified as the receptor for activation of niacin.

Method: In-vitro studies have demonstrated that GPR109A receptor having high affinity for niacin. The present review attempts to provide a systematic presentation of the various chemical classes of compounds that have been reported as novel niacin receptor agonists including pyrazole-3-carboxylic acids, urea derivatives, anthranilic acids, biaryl anthranilides, tetrahydro anthranilic acid, xanthines, barbituric acid, bicyclic pyrazole carboxylic acids, pyrido pyrimidinones, pyrazolyl propionyl cyclohexenamides, pyrazole acids etc.

Results: As the design of GPR109A receptor agonists offers a promising solution for treatment of dyslipidemia, this review will be beneficial for medicinal and drug discovery chemists to expediate the process of discovery of new class of anti-hyperlipidemic agent with favorable lipid lowering profile with increase in HDL levels.

Conclusion: This review explains novel GPR109A receptor agonists for the treatment of dyslipidemia.

Keywords: Antihyperlipidemic drugs, cutaneous flushing, dyslipidaemia, Niacin receptor agonists, G-protein coupled receptor (GPCR), HDL.

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Year: 2021
Published on: 25 January, 2021
Page: [2481 - 2496]
Pages: 16
DOI: 10.2174/1389557521666210125144921
Price: $65

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