Blocking membrane currents evoked by the activation of purinergic P2X3 receptors localized on nociceptive neurons represents a promising strategy for the development of agents useful for the treatment of chronic pain conditions. Among compounds endowed with such antagonistic action, 2′,3′-O-(2,4,6-trinitrophenyl)-ATP (TNP-ATP) is an ATP analogue, whose inhibitory activity on P2X receptors has been previously reported. Based on the results of molecular modelling studies performed with homology models of the P2X3 receptor, novel adenosine nucleotide analogues bearing cycloalkyl or arylalkyl substituents replacing the trinitrophenyl moiety of TNP-ATP were designed and synthesized. These new compounds were functionally evaluated on native P2X3 receptors from mouse trigeminal ganglion (TG) sensory neurons using patch clamp recordings under voltage clamp configuration. Our data show that some of these molecules are potent (nanomolar range) and reversible inhibitors of P2X3 receptors, without any apparent effect on trigeminal GABAA and 5-HT3 receptors, whose membrane currents were unaffected by the tested compounds.
|Titolo:||2',3'-O-Substituted ATP derivatives as potent antagonists of purinergic P2X3 receptors and potential analgesic agents|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2017|
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