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Tricyclic pyrazoles. Part 5. Novel 1,4-dihydroindeno[1,2-c]pyrazole CB2 ligands using molecular hybridization based on scaffold hopping

In search of new selective CB2 ligands, the synthesis and preliminary biological evaluation of novel
1,4-dihydroindeno[1,2-c]pyrazole hybrids of the highly potent prototypicals 5-(4-chloro-3-methylphenyl)-1-(4-
methylbenzyl)-N-fenchyl-1H-pyrazole-3-carboxamide 1 and 1-(2,4-dichlorophenyl)-6-methyl-N-(piperidin-1-yl)-1,4-
dihydroindeno[1,2-c]pyrazole-3-carboxamide 2 are detailed.
We postulated that the introduction of those pharmacophoric elements essential for activity of 1 in the tricyclic core of 2
might provide CB2 ligands with further improved receptor selectivity and biological activity. Among the compounds,
6-chloro-7-methyl-1-(2,4-dichlorophenyl)-N-fenchyl-1,4-dihydroindeno[1,2-c]pyrazole-3-carboxamide (22) exhibited low
two digit nanomolar affinity for the cannabinoid CB2R and maintained a high level of CB2-selectivity.

Citation

Murineddu, G., Asproni, B., Ruiu, S., Deligia, F., Falzoi, M., Pau, A., ... Lazzari, P. (2012). Tricyclic pyrazoles. Part 5. Novel 1,4-dihydroindeno[1,2-c]pyrazole CB2 ligands using molecular hybridization based on scaffold hopping. The Open Medicinal Chemistry Journal, 6, 1 - 14.