Synthesis and biological evaluation of a series of multi-target N-substituted cyclic imide derivatives with potential antipsychotic effect
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In the present study, a series of multi-target N-substituted cyclic imide derivatives which possessed potent dopamine D2, serotonin 5-HT1A and 5-HT2A receptors properties were synthesized and evaluated as potential antipsychotics. Among these compounds, (3aR,4R,7S,7aS)-2-(4-(4-(benzo[b]thiophen-4-yl)piperazin-1-yl)butyl)-3a,4,7,7a-tetrahydro-1H-4,7-methanoisoindole-1,3(2H)-dione hydrochloride (3d) held a promising pharmacological profile. 3d not only showed potent and balanced in vitro activities on D2/5-HT1A/5-HT2A receptors, but also endowed with low to moderate activities on 5-HT2C, H1, α1A, M3 receptors and hERG channel, suggesting a low liability to induce side effects such as weight gain, orthostatic hypotension and QT prolongation. In animal behavioral studies, 3d reduced phencyclidine-induced hyperlocomotion with a high threshold for catalepsy induction. Compound 3d was selected as a potential antipsychotic candidate for further development.