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      Combining rimonabant and fentanyl in a single entity: preparation and pharmacological results

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          Based on numerous pharmacological studies that have revealed an interaction between cannabinoid and opioid systems at the molecular, neurochemical, and behavioral levels, a new series of hybrid molecules has been prepared by coupling the molecular features of two wellknown drugs, ie, rimonabant and fentanyl. The new compounds have been tested for their affinity and functionality regarding CB 1 and CB 2 cannabinoid and μ opioid receptors. In [ 35S]-GTPγS (guanosine 5′-O-[gamma-thio]triphosphate) binding assays from the post-mortem human frontal cortex, they proved to be CB 1 cannabinoid antagonists and μ opioid antagonists. Interestingly, in vivo, the new compounds exhibited a significant dual antagonist action on the endocannabinoid and opioid systems.

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                Drug Des Devel Ther
                Drug Des Devel Ther
                Drug Design, Development and Therapy
                Dove Medical Press
                20 February 2014
                : 8
                : 263-277
                [1 ]Instituto de Química Médica, CSIC, Madrid, Spain
                [2 ]Departamento de Farmacología, Universidad del Pais Vasco, UPV/EHU, CIBERSAM, Leioa, Spain
                [3 ]Departamento de Farmacología y Nutrición, Ciencias de la Salud, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Alcorcón, Spain
                [4 ]Departamento de Psicobiologia, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Madrid, Spain
                [5 ]Laboratorio de Medicina Regenerativa, Hospital Carlos Haya, Fundación IMABIS, Málaga, Spain
                [6 ]Departamento de Bioquímica y Biología Molecular, Facultad de Medicina, CIBERNED, IRYCIS, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Madrid, Spain
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                Correspondence: Nadine Jagerovic, Instituto de Química Médica, CSIC, C/Juan de la Cierva 3, E-28006 Madrid, Spain, Tel +34 9 1562 2900, Fax +34 9 1564 4853, Email nadine@ 123456iqm.csic.es
                © 2014 Fernández-Fernández et al. This work is published by Dove Medical Press Limited, and licensed under Creative Commons Attribution – Non Commercial (unported, v3.0) License

                The full terms of the License are available at http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/. Non-commercial uses of the work are permitted without any further permission from Dove Medical Press Limited, provided the work is properly attributed.

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                Pharmacology & Pharmaceutical medicine

                fentanyl, opioid, cannabinoid, rimonabant, behavioral assays


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