Allosteric Modulators for Adenosine Receptors: An Alternative to the Orthosteric Ligands

Author(s): C. La Motta, S. Sartini, M. Morelli, S. Taliani, F. Da Settimo

Journal Name: Current Topics in Medicinal Chemistry

Volume 10 , Issue 10 , 2010

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Adenosine is a ubiquitous homeostatic substance which exerts its action by triggering four different cell membrane G protein-coupled receptors, classified as A1, A2A, A2B, and A3. As they are widely distributed and deeply involved in several physiological functions, as well as pathological disorders, these receptors represent an excellent drug target, and the development of specific ligands has been tested as a promising therapeutic concept. Among the obtainable ligands, allosteric modulators offer higher advantages with respect to classical orthosteric compounds, as they make it possible to achieve greater selectivity and better modulatory control at disease mediating receptors. Actually, when synergizing with adenosine bound to the primary binding site, these compounds may modify receptor functions through interaction with an additional binding site. As a consequence, their actions depend directly on the release of the endogenous agonist. A number of compounds have been developed as effective allosteric modulators. Most of them target adenosine A1 and A3 receptor subtypes whereas, to date, little or no research has been made to improve the field of A2A or A2B ligands. This review updates literature on the allosteric modulators that has appeared in the last few years, focusing its attention on medicinal chemistry, in terms of chemical structure and structure-activity relationships. This will provide new perspectives on existing data, and an exciting starting point for the development of novel and more effective modulators.

Keywords: Adenosine, A1, A2A, A2B, A3 adenosine receptors, allosteric modulators

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Year: 2010
Page: [976 - 992]
Pages: 17
DOI: 10.2174/156802610791293136
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