Structure-activity relationship of N,N′-disubstituted pyrimidinetriones as CaV1.3 calcium channel-selective antagonists for Parkinson's disease

Soosung Kang, Garry Cooper, Sara Fernandez Dunne, Chi Hao Luan, D. James Surmeier, Richard B. Silverman*

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CaV1.3 L-type calcium channels (LTCCs) have been a potential target for Parkinson's disease since calcium ion influx through the channel was implicated in the generation of mitochondrial oxidative stress, causing cell death in the dopaminergic neurons. Selective inhibition of CaV1.3 over other LTCC isoforms, especially CaV1.2, is critical to minimize potential side effects. We recently identified pyrimidinetriones (PYTs) as a CaV1.3-selective scaffold; here we report the structure-activity relationship of PYTs with both CaV1.3 and CaV1.2 LTCCs. By variation of the substituents on the cyclopentyl and arylalkyl groups of PYT, SAR studies allowed characterization of the CaV1.3 and Ca V1.2 LTCCs binding sites. The SAR also identified four important moieties that either retain selectivity or enhance binding affinity. Our study represents a significant enhancement of the SAR of PYTs at CaV1.3 and CaV1.2 LTCCs and highlights several advances in the lead optimization and diversification of this family of compounds for drug development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4786-4797
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Medicinal Chemistry
Issue number11
StatePublished - Jun 13 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Medicine
  • Drug Discovery


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