Biarylpyrazolyl oxadiazole as potent, selective, orally bioavailable cannabinoid-1 receptor antagonists for the treatment of obesity.J Med Chem. 2008 Nov 27; 51(22):7216-33.JM
Since the CB1 cannabinoid receptor antagonist 1 (SR141716, rimonabant) was previously reported to modulate food intake, CB1 antagonism has been considered as a new therapeutic target for the treatment of obesity. In the present study, biarylpyrazole analogues based on a pyrazole core coupled with 1,3,4-oxadiazole were synthesized and tested for CB1 receptor binding affinity. Thorough SAR studies to optimize pyrazole substituents as well as 1,3,4-oxadiazole ring led to several novel CB1 antagonists with IC(50) approximately 1 nM for the CB1 receptor binding. Among these analogues, we identified 2-(4-((1H-1,2,4-triazol-1-yl)methyl)-5-(4-bromophenyl)-1-(2,4-dichlorophenyl)-1H-pyrazol-3-yl)-5-(1-(trifluoromethyl)cyclopropyl)-1,3,4-oxadiazole 43c as a promising precandidate for the development as an antiobesity agent.