Acute wake-promoting actions of JNJ-5207852, a novel, diamine-based H3 antagonist


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  • 1-[4-(3-piperidin-1-yl-propoxy)-benzyl]-piperidine (JNJ-5207852) is a novel, non-imidazole histamine H3 receptor antagonist, with high affinity at the rat (pKi=8.9) and human (pKi=9.24) H3 receptor. JNJ-5207852 is selective for the H3 receptor, with negligible binding to other receptors, transporters and ion channels at 1 μM.

  • JNJ-5207852 readily penetrates the brain tissue after subcutaneous (s.c.) administration, as determined by ex vivo autoradiography (ED50 of 0.13 mg kg−1 in mice). In vitro autoradiography with 3H-JNJ-5207852 in mouse brain slices shows a binding pattern identical to that of 3H-R-α-methylhistamine, with high specific binding in the cortex, striatum and hypothalamus. No specific binding of 3H-JNJ-5207852 was observed in brains of H3 receptor knockout mice.

  • In mice and rats, JNJ-5207852 (1–10 mg kg−1 s.c.) increases time spent awake and decreases REM sleep and slow-wave sleep, but fails to have an effect on wakefulness or sleep in H3 receptor knockout mice. No rebound hypersomnolence, as measured by slow-wave delta power, is observed. The wake-promoting effects of this H3 receptor antagonist are not associated with hypermotility.

  • A 4-week daily treatment of mice with JNJ-5207852 (10 mg kg−1 i.p.) did not lead to a change in body weight, possibly due to the compound being a neutral antagonist at the H3 receptor.

  • JNJ-5207852 is extensively absorbed after oral administration and reaches high brain levels.

  • The data indicate that JNJ-5207852 is a novel, potent and selective H3 antagonist with good in vitro and in vivo efficacy, and confirm the wake-promoting effects of H3 receptor antagonists.

British Journal of Pharmacology (2004) 143, 649–661. doi:10.1038/sj.bjp.0705964