The most recently discovered serotonin (5-HT) receptor subtype, 5-HT(7), is considered to be associated with several CNS disorders. Noninvasive in vivo positron emission tomography (PET) studies of cerebral 5-HT(7) receptors could provide a significant advance in the understanding of the neurobiology and eventual dysfunctions of the 5-HT(7) receptor. To date, no appropriate 5-HT(7) receptor PET ligand has been developed. Here, we modified known 5-HT(7) selective phenylpiperazinyl-butyloxindole derivatives so that they may be labeled either with carbon-11 or fluorine-18. A set of potential 5-HT(7) ligands for PET molecular imaging was successfully synthesized. Two compounds (10 and 14) were tested against a range of targets. Both compounds display a promising in vitro profile with respect to PET imaging of the 5-HT(7) receptor in thalamic regions.
Acs Chemical Neuroscience, 2012, Vol 3, Issue 12, p. 1002-1007
Evaluation Studies; Letter; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't