Using rational drug design to develop atypical antipsychotic drug candidates, we generated novel and metabolically stable pyrrolobenzazepines with an optimized pKi 5-HT2A/O2 ratio. 5a, obtained by a new palladium-catalyzed three-step synthesis, was selected for further pharmacological and biochemical investigations and showed atypical antipsychotic properties in vivo. 5a was active on conditioned avoidance response at 0.56 mg/kg, it had low cataleptic potential and proved to be better than ST1899, clozapine, and olanzapine, representing a new clinical candidate.
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- Organic Chemistry