A series of 3,8-diazabicyclo (3.2.1) octanes (DBO) (1) substituted at the nitrogen atoms by acyl and aralkenyl groups, were tested in in vitro binding assays towards μ and δ opioid receptors. The most representative terms (1a, 1d, 1g, 1j,) were also evaluated for the analgesic potency in vivo by the hot plate method. Among the compounds tested the most potent was the p.nitrocinnamyl DBO (1d) which displayed a μ/δ selectivity and an analgesic activity respectively 25 and 17 fold those of morphine. On the contrary, the m.hydroxycinnamyl DBO (1g) was markedly less active as agonist than the parent 1a, thus suggesting that structure 1 interacts with opioid receptors in a different fashion than morphine. Compound 1j isomer of 1a which is provided with high μ affinity, but lower analgesic potency, was found to possess a mixed agonist-antagonist activity. © 1988 The Italian Pharmacological Society.
Interaction of 3,8-diazabicyclo (3.2.1) octanes with mu and delta opioid receptors / Cignarella, G.; Barlocco, D.; Tranquillini, M. E.; Volterra, A.; Brunello, N.; Racagni, G.. - In: PHARMACOLOGICAL RESEARCH COMMUNICATIONS. - ISSN 0031-6989. - 20:5(1988), pp. 383-394. [10.1016/S0031-6989(88)80014-6]