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Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science


Medicinal Chemistry

First Advisor

Malgorzata Dukat

Second Advisor

Richard Glennon

Third Advisor

Richard Young

Fourth Advisor

Aron Lichtman


Serotonin receptors play a variety of functional roles in the body. Some indications and treatment claims for one of the classes of serotonin receptors, the 5-HT3 receptor family, include: anxiety, depression, chemotherapy- and radiation-induced emesis, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, pain, drug addiction, and satiety control. A 5-HT3 receptor partial agonist, MD-354, served as a lead compound in the development of new 5-HT3 receptor ligands. Using halogenated analogs the study investigated their effect on binding to the 5-HT3 receptor. Conformationally-constrained analogs (quinazolines) were shown to be a novel class of 5-HT3 receptor antagonists. The log P values were determined for several analogs, and indicated that these ligands should be able to penetrate the blood-brain barrier. A homology model of the 5-HT3 receptor was built and the docking modes were assessed for these two series. Quinazolines were investigated for antidepressant properties using the mouse tail suspension test, and were shown to possess antidepressant-like activity.


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Date of Submission

May 2009