ABT 418


Name: ABT 418
Chemical Name: 3-methyl-5-[(2S)-1-methylpyrrolidin-2-yl]-1,2-oxazole
Therapy Type: Small Molecule (timeline)
Target Type: Cholinergic System (timeline)
Condition(s): Alzheimer's Disease
U.S. FDA Status: Alzheimer's Disease (Discontinued)
Approved for: None


Acute administration of nicotine to AD patients improved accuracy of delayed recall, as well as deficits in attention and information processing (Sahakian et al. 1989; Wesnes and Warburton, 1984; Jones et al, 1992). However, nictoine has significant side effects including tachycardia, elevated blood pressure, and gastrointestinal distress.  Agonists with better selectivity for nAChR subtypes that mediate the beneficial effects could be useful. ABT-418 is a novel bioisostere of (-)-nicotine. Like nicotine, it is an agonist for nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs),  ionotropic  receptors composed of five subunits arranged around a central pore. It is unclear which nicotinic receptor subtypes are preferentially activated by ABT-418. 


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Paper Citations

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