Investigations on the 4-quinolone-3-carboxylic acid motif. 4. Identification of new potent and selective ligands for the cannabinoid type 2 receptor with diverse substitution patterns and antihyperalgesic effects in mice.J Med Chem. 2011 Aug 11; 54(15):5444-53.JM
Experimental evidence suggests that selective CB2 receptor modulators may provide access to antihyperalgesic agents devoid of psychotropic effects. Taking advantage of previous findings on structure-activity/selectivity relationships for a class of 4-quinolone-3-carboxamides, further structural modifications of the heterocyclic scaffold were explored, leading to the discovery of the 8-methoxy derivative 4a endowed with the highest affinity and selectivity ever reported for a CB2 ligand. The compound, evaluated in vivo in the formalin test, behaved as an inverse agonist by reducing at a dose of 6 mg/kg the second phase of the formalin-induced nocifensive response in mice.