Discovery of new orally active phosphodiesterase (PDE4) inhibitors.Chem Pharm Bull (Tokyo) 2004; 52(9):1098-104CP
A series of 4-anilinopyrazolopyridine derivatives were synthesized and biologically evaluated as inhibitors of phosphodiesterase (PDE4). Chemical modification of 3, a structurally new chemical lead that was found in our in-house library, was focused on 1- and 3-substituents. Full details of the discovery of a new orally active chemical lead 5 are presented. Structure-activity relationship data, pharmacological evaluation, and the subtype selectivity study are also presented.