Synthesis and enantioselectivity of optically active 1- and 3-substituted 4-phenyl-1,2,3,4-tetrahydroisoquinolin-4-ols and related compounds as norepinephrine potentiators

Chemical & Pharmaceutical Bulletin
M KiharaZ Taira


Optically active 1,2-dimethyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,4-tetrahydroisoquinolin-4-ols (1R,4R-3a and 1S,4S-3b, 1S,4R-4a, and 1R,4S-4b) and 2-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,4-tetrahydroisoquinolines (4S-5a and 4R-5b) were prepared in order to examine the effects of the 1-, 3-, and 4-substituents of 2-methyl-4-phenyl- 1,2,3,4-tetrahydroisoquinolin-4-ol (PI-OH) (1) on the enantioselectivity for norepinephrine (NE) potentiating activity. The conformations and absolute configurations of 3-5 were determined from their 1H-NMR and circular dichroism (CD) spectra and by single-crystal X-ray diffractometric analysis. The NE potentiating activity of the optically active 3-5 and previously prepared 3-methyl derivatives (3R,4R-6a and 3S,4S-6b) of PI-OH were tested. The results show that compounds 3, 4, and 6 had high enantioselectivity for NE potentiation: the 4R series of the enantiomers exhibited activity but not the 4S-enantiomers. The activity of the 4-desoxy compound 5 also resided exclusively in the 4S-enantiomer. These findings suggest the presence of a specific receptor for NE uptake, and the enantiomers 3a, 4a, 5a, and 6a may be antagonistic at this NE uptake receptor.


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