Original Article

Naunyn-Schmiedeberg's Archives of Pharmacology

, Volume 378, Issue 3, pp 335-343

In vitro and in vivo pharmacological analysis of imidazole-free histamine H3 receptor antagonists: promising results for a brain-penetrating H3 blocker with weak anticholinesterase activity

  • Simona BertoniAffiliated withDipartimento di Scienze Farmacologiche, Biologiche e Chimiche Applicate, Università di Parma
  • , Vigilio BallabeniAffiliated withDipartimento di Scienze Farmacologiche, Biologiche e Chimiche Applicate, Università di Parma
  • , Lisa FlamminiAffiliated withDipartimento di Scienze Farmacologiche, Biologiche e Chimiche Applicate, Università di Parma
  • , Francesca SaccaniAffiliated withDipartimento di Scienze Farmacologiche, Biologiche e Chimiche Applicate, Università di Parma
  • , Giuseppe DomenichiniAffiliated withDipartimento di Scienze Farmacologiche, Biologiche e Chimiche Applicate, Università di Parma
  • , Giovanni MoriniAffiliated withDipartimento Farmaceutico, Università di Parma
  • , Mara CominiAffiliated withDipartimento Farmaceutico, Università di Parma
  • , Mirko RivaraAffiliated withDipartimento Farmaceutico, Università di Parma
  • , Elisabetta BarocelliAffiliated withDipartimento di Scienze Farmacologiche, Biologiche e Chimiche Applicate, Università di Parma Email author 

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Abstract

The pharmacological profiling of potent histamine H3-ligands initiated in a previous study is completed here. In vitro functional and binding studies revealed that several derivatives were selective H3-antagonists with nanomolar potency at human and guinea-pig histamine receptors, able to inhibit rat brain cholinesterase at micromolar concentrations and devoid of any cytotoxicity on cultured cells. Ex vivo binding experiments in rats showed that the most potent H3-antagonist, compound 5, had a prompt and long-lasting presence in the central nervous system (CNS), inhibiting [3H](R)-α-methylhistamine cortical binding [ED50 (dose that elicits a 50% response) = 0.63 mg/kg intraperitoneally (i.p.)]. In the passive-avoidance test, compound 5, at 1.25 mg/kg i.p., was as effective as the anti-Alzheimer drug donepezil in attenuating scopolamine-induced amnesia in rats. These results suggest that a good CNS penetration and multitarget activity could account for the antiamnesic effect of this weak cholinesterase inhibitor and potent H3-antagonist (compound 5). This result represents a potential benchmark for the development of non-imidazole H3-antagonists/cholinesterase inhibitors with therapeutic potential in cognitive disorders.

Keywords

Binding study Brain access Histamine H3 receptor Non-imidazole H3 antagonist Passive avoidance