PubMed 27015369

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Automatically associated channels: Nav1 , Nav1.7

Title: Substituted Indazoles as Nav1.7 Blockers for the Treatment of Pain.

Authors: Jennifer M Frost, David A DeGoey, Lei Shi, Rebecca J Gum, Meagan M Fricano, Greta L Lundgaard, Odile F El-Kouhen, Gin C Hsieh, Torben Neelands, Mark A Matulenko, Jerome F Daanen, Madhavi Pai, Nayereh Ghoreishi-Haack, Cenchen Zhan, Xu-Feng Zhang, Michael E Kort

Journal, date & volume: J. Med. Chem., 2016 Apr 14 , 59, 3373-91

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The genetic validation for the role of the Nav1.7 voltage-gated ion channel in pain signaling pathways makes it an appealing target for the potential development of new pain drugs. The utility of nonselective Nav blockers is often limited due to adverse cardiovascular and CNS side effects. We sought more selective Nav1.7 blockers with oral activity, improved selectivity, and good druglike properties. The work described herein focused on a series of 3- and 4-substituted indazoles. SAR studies of 3-substituted indazoles yielded analog 7 which demonstrated good in vitro and in vivo activity but poor rat pharmacokinetics. Optimization of 4-substituted indazoles yielded two compounds, 27 and 48, that exhibited good in vitro and in vivo activity with improved rat pharmacokinetic profiles. Both 27 and 48 demonstrated robust activity in the acute rat monoiodoacetate-induced osteoarthritis model of pain, and subchronic dosing of 48 showed a shift to a lower EC50 over 7 days.