Discovery of [cis-3-({(5 R)-5-[(7-Fluoro-1,1-dimethyl-2,3-dihydro-1H-inden-5-yl)carbamoyl]-2-methoxy-7,8-dihydro-1,6-naphthyridin-6(5H)-yl}carbonyl)cyclobutyl]acetic Acid (TAK-828F) as a Potent Selective and Orally Available Novel Retinoic Acid Receptor-R

Publication Type:

Journal Article


J Med Chem (2018)


<p>A series of tetrahydronaphthyridine derivatives as novel RORγt inverse agonists were designed and synthesized. We reduced the lipophilicity of tetrahydroisoquinoline compound 1 by replacement of the trimethylsilyl group and SBDD-guided scaffold exchange, which successfully afforded compound 7 with a lower log&nbsp; D value and tolerable in vitro activity. Consideration of LLE values in the subsequent optimization of the carboxylate tether led to the discovery of [ cis-3-({(5 R)-5-[(7-fluoro-1,1-dimethyl-2,3-dihydro-1 H-inden-5-yl)carbamoyl]-2-methoxy-7,8-dihydro-1,6-naphthyridin-6(5 H)-yl}carbonyl)cyclobutyl]acetic acid, TAK-828F (10), which showed potent RORγt inverse agonistic activity, excellent selectivity against other ROR isoforms and nuclear receptors, and a good pharmacokinetic profile. In animal studies, oral administration of compound 10 exhibited robust and dose-dependent inhibition of IL-17A cytokine expression in a mouse IL23-induced gene expression assay. Furthermore, development of clinical symptoms in a mouse experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis model was significantly reduced. Compound 10 was selected as a clinical compound for the treatment of Th17-driven autoimmune diseases.</p>