Discovery of a second generation agonist of the orphan G-protein coupled receptor GPR119 with an improved profile

Semple G, Lehmann J, Wong A, Ren A, Bruce M, Shin YJ, Sage CR, Morgan M, Chen WC, Sebring K, Chu ZL, Leonard JN, Al-Shamma H, Grottick AJ, Du F, Liang Y, Demarest K, Jones RM.


Arena Pharmaceuticals, San Diego, CA, USA

Bioorg Med Chem Lett. 2012;22(4):1750-5

The design and synthesis of a second generation GPR119-agonist clinical candidate for the treatment of diabetes is described. Compound 16 (APD597, JNJ-38431055) was selected for preclinical development based on a good balance between agonist potency, intrinsic activity and in particular on its good solubility and reduced drug-drug interaction potential. In addition, extensive in vivo studies showed a more favorable metabolic profile that may avoid the generation of long lasting metabolites with the potential to accumulate in clinical studies.

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