DT-0111: a novel P2X3 receptor antagonist

Posted on 17 July 2022


Extracellular adenosine 5’-triphosphate (ATP) acts as an autocrine and paracrine agent, the actions of which on affected cells are mediated by P2 receptors (P2R), which include trans cell-membrane cationic channels (P2XRs), and G protein coupled receptors (P2YRs). The mammalian P2X receptors form homotrimeric or heterotrimeric cationic channels, each of which contains three ATP-binding sites. There are seven homotrimeric P2X receptors (P2X1-7) and three heteromeric (P2X2/P2X3, P2X4/P2X6, P2X1/P2X5). In the lungs and airways, ATP activates P2X3 and P2X2/3 receptors (P2X3R, P2X2/3R, respectively) localized on vagal sensory nerve terminals resulting in bronchoconstriction, and cough, and probably also localized release of pro-inflammatory neuropeptides via the axon reflex. Currently, several P2X3R and P2X2/3R antagonists are being developed as drug-candidates for the treatment of chronic cough. This report presents the receptor affinity data of a novel water-soluble small molecule, DT-0111, that acts as a selective P2X3R antagonist.

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