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Major Professor

Trudell, Mark L.

Second Advisor

Jursic, Branko S.

Third Advisor

Wang, Guijun

Fourth Advisor

Wiley, John B.

Fifth Advisor

Tarr, Matthew A.


In an effort to search for potential therapeutic agents for cocaine addiction, a novel class of compounds was synthesized and evaluated for in vitro dopamine and serotonin transporter affinities. These unique 3ƒÀ-aryl-3ƒ¿-arylmethoxytropane analogues incorporated the structure of dopamine selective 2-substituted-3-phenyltropanes and the design of serotonin selective meperidine derivatives. In general, the 3ƒÀ-aryl-3ƒ¿-arylmethoxytropane analogues exhibited greater potency for the serotonin transporter than the dopamine transporter. The most potent compounds of this series were 3ƒÀ-phenyl-3ƒ¿.(3, 4-dichlorophenyl)methoxy-8.azabicyclo [3.2.1]nortropane (Ki = 0.06 nM) and 3ƒÀ-(4Œ-chlorophenyl)-3ƒ¿.(4-chlorophenyl)methoxy-8. azabicyclo[3.2.1]nortropane (Ki = 0.09 nM) at the serotonin transporter and their binding affinities were equipotent with paroxetine and fluoxetine (Prozac). A series of 8-azabicyclo[3.2.1]oct-2-ene derivatives were synthesized from 3-tropinone based on the structure of triple re-uptake inhibitor, DOV 216, 303. The compounds were designed as potential triple re-uptake inhibitors which could exhibit equipotent affinities at the monoamine transporters for dopamine, serotonin and norepinephrine. A short and efficient synthetic methodology was developed for the synthesis of unique compounds which could exhibit potency for both the dopamine and serotonin transporters. The 3ƒÀ-aryl-3ƒ¿-(4Œ, 4-disubstituteddiphenylmethoxy)tropane analogues were designed as hybrid structures of the dopamine transporter selective benztropines and the serotonin transporter selective meperidine derivatives.


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