N-methyl-D-aspartic acid receptor agonists: resolution, absolute stereochemistry, and pharmacology of the enantiomers of 2-amino-2-(3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazolyl)acetic acid

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(R,S)-2-Amino-2-(3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazolyl)acetic acid [(R,S)-AMAA, 4] is a potent and selective agonist at the N-methyl-D-aspartic acid (NMDA) subtype of excitatory amino acid receptors. Using the Ugi "four-component condensation" method, the two diastereomers (2R)- and (2S)-2-[3-(benzyloxy)-5-methyl-4-isoxazolyl]N-tert-butyl-2- [N-[(S)-1-phenylethyl]benzamido]-acetamide (16 and 17, respectively) were synthesized and separated chromatographically. The absolute stereochemistry of 16 was confirmed by an X-ray analysis. Deprotection of these intermediates did, however, provide (R)- (8) and (S)- (9) AMAA, respectively, in extensively racemized forms. N-BOC-protected (R,S)-AMAA (21) was successfully resolved via diastereomeric salt formation using cinchonidine. The stereochemical purity and stability of 8 and 9 obtained via this resolution were determined using chiral HPLC. (R)-AMAA (8) showed peak affinity for [3H]AMPA receptor sites (IC50 = 72 +/- 13 microM) and was shown to be a more potent inhibitor of [3H]CPP binding (IC50 = 3.7 +/- 1.5 microM) than (S)-AMAA (9) (IC50 = 61 +/- 6.4 microM). Neither enantiomer of AMAA affected [3H]kainic acid receptor binding significantly. In electrophysiological studies using rat brain tissue, 8 (EC50 = 7.3 +/- 0.3 microM) was 1 order of magnitude more potent than 9 (EC50 = 75 +/- 9 microM) as an NMDA receptor agonist.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Medicinal Chemistry
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)183-90
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 1996

    Research areas

  • Acetic Acids, Animals, Cerebral Cortex, Chromatography, High Pressure Liquid, Crystallography, X-Ray, Electrophysiology, Excitatory Amino Acid Agonists, Hydrogen Bonding, Isoxazoles, Molecular Structure, Rats, Receptors, AMPA, Receptors, Kainic Acid, Receptors, N-Methyl-D-Aspartate, Stereoisomerism

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