The development of selective CB2 receptor agonists is a promising therapeutic approach for the treatment of inflammatory diseases, without CB1 receptor mediated psychoactive side effects. Preliminary structure-activity relationship studies on pyrazoylidene benzamide agonists revealed the -ylidene benzamide moiety was crucial for functional activity at the CB2 receptor. A small library of compounds with varying linkage moieties between the pyrazole and substituted phenyl group has culminated in the discovery of a potent and selective pyrazolo-[2,3-e]-[1,2,4]-triazine agonist 19 (CB2R EC50 = 19 nM, CB1R EC50 > 10 μM). Docking studies have revealed key structural features of the linkage group that are important for potent functional activity.
- CB(2)R selective;
- Structure-activity relationship study
- CB R selective