Development of potent and selective FAAH inhibitors with improved drug-like properties as potential tools to treat neuroinflammatory conditions.


The neuroprotective performance against neuroinflammation of the endocannabinoid system (ECS) can be remarkably improved by indirect stimulation mediated by the pharmacological inhibition of the key ECS catabolic enzyme fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH). Based on our previous works and aiming to discover new selective FAAH inhibitors , we herein reported a new series of carbamate-based FAAH inhibitors (4a-t) which showed improved drug disposition properties compared to the previously reported analogues 2a-b. The introduction of ionizable functions allowed us to obtain new FAAH inhibitors of nanomolar potency characterized by good water solubility and chemical stability at physiological pH. Interesting structure-activity relationships (SARs), deeply analyzed by molecular docking and molecular dynamic (MD) simulations, were obtained. All the newly developed inhibitors showed an excellent selectivity profile evaluated against monoacylglycerol lipase and cannabinoid receptors. The reversible mechanism of action was determined by a rapid dilution assay. Absence of toxicity was confirmed in mouse fibroblasts NIH3T3 (for compounds 4e, 4g, 4n-o, and 4s) and in human astrocytes cell line 1321N1 (for compounds 4e, 4n, and 4s). The absence of undesired cardiac effects was also confirmed for compound 4n. Selected analogues (compounds 4e, 4g, 4n, and 4s) were able to reduce oxidative stress in 1321N1 astrocytes and exhibited notable neuroprotective effects when tested in an ex vivo model of neuroinflammation.


PubMed ID: 36462439

Projects: WG1 - Compound libraries coordination and integration of compound design

Publication type: Journal

Journal: Eur J Med Chem

Citation: Eur J Med Chem. 2023 Jan 15;246:114952. doi: 10.1016/j.ejmech.2022.114952. Epub 2022 Nov 25.

Date Published: 15th Jan 2023

Registered Mode: by PubMed ID

Authors: A. Papa, S. Pasquini, F. Galvani, M. Cammarota, C. Contri, G. Carullo, S. Gemma, A. Ramunno, S. Lamponi, B. Gorelli, S. Saponara, K. Varani, M. Mor, G. Campiani, F. Boscia, F. Vincenzi, A. Lodola, S. Butini

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