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Title : Selective blockade of the hydrolysis of the endocannabinoid 2-arachidonoylglycerol impairs learning and memory performance while producing antinociceptive activity in rodents - Griebel_2015_Sci.Rep_5_7642
Author(s) : Griebel G , Pichat P , Beeske S , Leroy T , Redon N , Jacquet A , Francon D , Bert L , Even L , Lopez-Grancha M , Tolstykh T , Sun F , Yu Q , Brittain S , Arlt H , He T , Zhang B , Wiederschain D , Bertrand T , Houtmann J , Rak A , Vallee F , Michot N , Auge F , Menet V , Bergis OE , George P , Avenet P , Mikol V , Didier M , Escoubet J
Ref : Sci Rep , 5 :7642 , 2015
Abstract : Monoacylglycerol lipase (MAGL) represents a primary degradation enzyme of the endogenous cannabinoid (eCB), 2-arachidonoyglycerol (2-AG). This study reports a potent covalent MAGL inhibitor, SAR127303. The compound behaves as a selective and competitive inhibitor of mouse and human MAGL, which potently elevates hippocampal levels of 2-AG in mice. In vivo, SAR127303 produces antinociceptive effects in assays of inflammatory and visceral pain. In addition, the drug alters learning performance in several assays related to episodic, working and spatial memory. Moreover, long term potentiation (LTP) of CA1 synaptic transmission and acetylcholine release in the hippocampus, two hallmarks of memory function, are both decreased by SAR127303. Although inactive in acute seizure tests, repeated administration of SAR127303 delays the acquisition and decreases kindled seizures in mice, indicating that the drug slows down epileptogenesis, a finding deserving further investigation to evaluate the potential of MAGL inhibitors as antiepileptics. However, the observation that 2-AG hydrolysis blockade alters learning and memory performance, suggests that such drugs may have limited value as therapeutic agents.
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Title : SSR180711, a novel selective alpha7 nicotinic receptor partial agonist: (1) binding and functional profile - Biton_2007_Neuropsychopharmacology_32_1
Author(s) : Biton B , Bergis OE , Galli F , Nedelec A , Lochead AW , Jegham S , Godet D , Lanneau C , Santamaria R , Chesney F , Leonardon J , Granger P , Debono MW , Bohme GA , Sgard F , Besnard F , Graham D , Coste A , Oblin A , Curet O , Vige X , Voltz C , Rouquier L , Souilhac J , Santucci V , Gueudet C , Francon D , Steinberg R , Griebel G , Oury-Donat F , George P , Avenet P , Scatton B
Ref : Neuropsychopharmacology , 32 :1 , 2007
Abstract : In this paper, we report on the pharmacological and functional profile of SSR180711 (1,4-Diazabicyclo[3.2.2]nonane-4-carboxylic acid, 4-bromophenyl ester), a new selective alpha7 acetylcholine nicotinic receptor (n-AChRs) partial agonist. SSR180711 displays high affinity for rat and human alpha7 n-AChRs (K(i) of 22+/-4 and 14+/-1 nM, respectively). Ex vivo (3)[H]alpha-bungarotoxin binding experiments demonstrate that SSR180711 rapidly penetrates into the brain (ID(50)=8 mg/kg p.o.). In functional studies performed with human alpha7 n-AChRs expressed in Xenopus oocytes or GH4C1 cells, the compound shows partial agonist effects (intrinsic activity=51 and 36%, EC(50)=4.4 and 0.9 microM, respectively). In rat cultured hippocampal neurons, SSR180711 induced large GABA-mediated inhibitory postsynaptic currents and small alpha-bungarotoxin sensitive currents through the activation of presynaptic and somato-dendritic alpha7 n-AChRs, respectively. In mouse hippocampal slices, the compound increased the amplitude of both glutamatergic (EPSCs) and GABAergic (IPSCs) postsynaptic currents evoked in CA1 pyramidal cells. In rat and mouse hippocampal slices, a concentration of 0.3 muM of SSR180711 increased long-term potentiation (LTP) in the CA1 field. Null mutation of the alpha7 n-AChR gene totally abolished SSR180711-induced modulation of EPSCs, IPSCs and LTP in mice. Intravenous administration of SSR180711 strongly increased the firing rate of single ventral pallidum neurons, extracellularly recorded in anesthetized rats. In microdialysis experiments, administration of the compound (3-10 mg/kg i.p.) dose-dependently increased extracellular acetylcholine (ACh) levels in the hippocampus and prefrontal cortex of freely moving rats. Together, these results demonstrate that SSR180711 is a selective and partial agonist at human, rat and mouse alpha7 n-AChRs, increasing glutamatergic neurotransmission, ACh release and LTP in the hippocampus.
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Title : Neurochemical, electrophysiological and pharmacological profiles of the selective inhibitor of the glycine transporter-1 SSR504734, a potential new type of antipsychotic - Depoortere_2005_Neuropsychopharmacology_30_1963
Author(s) : Depoortere R , Dargazanli G , Estenne-Bouhtou G , Coste A , Lanneau C , Desvignes C , Poncelet M , Heaulme M , Santucci V , Decobert M , Cudennec A , Voltz C , Boulay D , Terranova JP , Stemmelin J , Roger P , Marabout B , Sevrin M , Vige X , Biton B , Steinberg R , Francon D , Alonso R , Avenet P , Oury-Donat F , Perrault G , Griebel G , George P , Soubrie P , Scatton B
Ref : Neuropsychopharmacology , 30 :1963 , 2005
Abstract : Noncompetitive N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) blockers induce schizophrenic-like symptoms in humans, presumably by impairing glutamatergic transmission. Therefore, a compound potentiating this neurotransmission, by increasing extracellular levels of glycine (a requisite co-agonist of glutamate), could possess antipsychotic activity. Blocking the glycine transporter-1 (GlyT1) should, by increasing extracellular glycine levels, potentiate glutamatergic neurotransmission. SSR504734, a selective and reversible inhibitor of human, rat, and mouse GlyT1 (IC50=18, 15, and 38 nM, respectively), blocked reversibly the ex vivo uptake of glycine (mouse cortical homogenates: ID50: 5 mg/kg i.p.), rapidly and for a long duration. In vivo, it increased (minimal efficacious dose (MED): 3 mg/kg i.p.) extracellular levels of glycine in the rat prefrontal cortex (PFC). This resulted in an enhanced glutamatergic neurotransmission, as SSR504734 potentiated NMDA-mediated excitatory postsynaptic currents (EPSCs) in rat hippocampal slices (minimal efficacious concentration (MEC): 0.5 microM) and intrastriatal glycine-induced rotations in mice (MED: 1 mg/kg i.p.). It normalized activity in rat models of hippocampal and PFC hypofunctioning (through activation of presynaptic CB1 receptors): it reversed the decrease in electrically evoked [3H]acetylcholine release in hippocampal slices (MEC: 10 nM) and the reduction of PFC neurons firing (MED: 0.3 mg/kg i.v.). SSR504734 prevented ketamine-induced metabolic activation in mice limbic areas and reversed MK-801-induced hyperactivity and increase in EEG spectral energy in mice and rats, respectively (MED: 10-30 mg/kg i.p.). In schizophrenia models, it normalized a spontaneous prepulse inhibition deficit in DBA/2 mice (MED: 15 mg/kg i.p.), and reversed hypersensitivity to locomotor effects of d-amphetamine and selective attention deficits (MED: 1-3 mg/kg i.p.) in adult rats treated neonatally with phencyclidine. Finally, it increased extracellular dopamine in rat PFC (MED: 10 mg/kg i.p.). The compound showed additional activity in depression/anxiety models, such as the chronic mild stress in mice (10 mg/kg i.p.), ultrasonic distress calls in rat pups separated from their mother (MED: 1 mg/kg s.c.), and the increased latency of paradoxical sleep in rats (MED: 30 mg/kg i.p.). In conclusion, SSR504734 is a potent and selective GlyT1 inhibitor, exhibiting activity in schizophrenia, anxiety and depression models. By targeting one of the primary causes of schizophrenia (hypoglutamatergy), it is expected to be efficacious not only against positive but also negative symptoms, cognitive deficits, and comorbid depression/anxiety states.
ESTHER : Depoortere_2005_Neuropsychopharmacology_30_1963
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