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Design, Synthesis, and Evaluation of Indolebutylamines as a Novel Class of Selective Dopamine D3 Receptor Ligands



A series of indolebutylamine derivatives were designed, synthesized, and evaluated as a novel class of selective ligands for the dopamine 3 receptor. The most potent compound 11q binds to dopamine 3 receptor with a Ki value of 124 nm and displays excellent selectivity over the dopamine 1 receptor and dopamine 2 receptor. Investigation based on structural information indicates that site S182 located in extracellular loop 2 may account for high selectivity of compounds. Interaction models of the dopamine 3 receptor-11q complex and structure-activity relationships were discussed by integrating all available experimental and computational data with the eventual aim to discover potent and selective ligands to dopamine 3 receptor.