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Title:
1-BENZOYL-PIPERAZINE DERIVATIVES AS GLYCINE UPTAKE INHIBITORS FOR THE TREATMENT OF PSYCHOSES
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2005/023261
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
The invention relates to compounds of formula (I) wherein Ar is substituted aryl or unsubstituted or substituted 6-membered heteroaryl, containing one, two or three nitrogen atoms, and wherein the aryl and the heteroaryl groups may be substituted by one or more substituents selected from the group consisting of hydroxy, halogen, CN, (C1­C6)-alkyl, (C1-C6)-alkyl substituted by halogen, (C1-C6)-alkoxy, (C1-C6)-alkoxy substituted by halogen, NR7R8, C(O)R9 or SO2R10; R1 is hydrogen or (C1-C6)-alkyl; R2 is halogen, (C1-C6) -alkyl, (C2-C6) -alkenyl, wherein a hydrogen atom may be replaced by CN, C(O)-R9 or (C1-C6)-alkyl, or is (C2-C6)­alkynyl, (C1-C6)-alkyl substituted by halogen, -(CH2)n-(C3-C7)-cycloalkyl, -(CH2)n-heterocycloalkyl, -C(O)-R9, -(CH2)n-aryl or -(CH2)n-5 or -6­membered heteroaryl containing one, two or three heteroatoms, selected from the group consisting of oxygen, sulphur or nitrogen wherein aryl, cycloalkyl, heterocycloalkyl and heteroaryl are unsubstituted or substituted by one or more substituents selected from the group consisting of hydroxy, halogen, (C1-C6)-alkyl, (C1-C6)-alkyl substituted by halogen or (C1-C6) alkoxy; R3, R4 and R6 independently from each other are hydrogen, hydroxy, halogen, (C1-C6)-alkyl or (C1-C6)-alkoxy; R5 is NO2, CN, C(O)R9, SO2R10 or NR11R12 ; R7 and R8 independently from each other are hydrogen or (C1-C6)-alkyl; the other substituents are defined in the claims; and to pharmaceutically acceptable acid addition salts thereof for the treatment of psychoses, pain, neurodegenerative disfunction in memory and learning, schizophrenia, dementia and other diseases in which cognitive processes are impaired, such as attention deficit disorders or Alzheimer's disease.

Inventors:
Alberati-giani, Daniela (Kirchplatz 4, Zofingen, CH-4800, CH)
Jolidon, Synese (Stutzhalde 2, Blauen, CH-4223, CH)
Narquizian, Robert (4 Rue de Montreux, St. Louis, St. Louis, F-68300, FR)
Nettekoven, Matthias Heinrich (Winkelmatten 9, Grenzach-Wyhlen, 79639, DE)
Norcross, Roger David (Alte Saline 20, Rheinfelden, CH-4310, CH)
Pinard, Emmanuel (7 rue de Pujo, Linsdorf, Linsdorf, F-68480, FR)
Stalder, Henri (St. Johanns-Ring 145, Basel, CH-4056, CH)
Application Number:
PCT/EP2004/009699
Publication Date:
March 17, 2005
Filing Date:
August 31, 2004
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Assignee:
F. HOFFMANN-LA ROCHE AG (Grenzacherstrasse 124, Basel, CH-4070, CH)
Alberati-giani, Daniela (Kirchplatz 4, Zofingen, CH-4800, CH)
Jolidon, Synese (Stutzhalde 2, Blauen, CH-4223, CH)
Narquizian, Robert (4 Rue de Montreux, St. Louis, St. Louis, F-68300, FR)
Nettekoven, Matthias Heinrich (Winkelmatten 9, Grenzach-Wyhlen, 79639, DE)
Norcross, Roger David (Alte Saline 20, Rheinfelden, CH-4310, CH)
Pinard, Emmanuel (7 rue de Pujo, Linsdorf, Linsdorf, F-68480, FR)
Stalder, Henri (St. Johanns-Ring 145, Basel, CH-4056, CH)
International Classes:
A61K31/495; A61K31/496; A61P25/28; C07D213/56; C07D213/69; C07D213/74; C07D233/54; C07D239/26; C07D239/42; C07D241/12; C07D251/42; C07D251/48; C07D257/04; C07D263/32; C07D277/30; C07D295/16; C07D295/185; C07D309/04; C07D309/20; C07D333/24; C07D409/12; (IPC1-7): A61K31/496; A61K31/495; A61P25/28; C07D295/18
Domestic Patent References:
2003-05-01
2003-01-16
1999-09-10
2004-05-06
Foreign References:
EP0624584A11994-11-17
EP0171636A11986-02-19
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Attorney, Agent or Firm:
Poppe, Regina (Grenzacherstrasse 124, Basel, CH-4070, CH)
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Claims:
Claims
1. Compounds of formula wherein Ar is substituted aryl or unsubstituted or substituted 6membered heteroaryl, containing one, two or three nitrogen atoms, and wherein the aryl and the heteroaryl groups may be substituted by one or more substituents selected from the group consisting of hydroxy, halogen, CN, (ClC6)alkyl, (ClC6)alkyl substituted by halogen, (C1C6)alkoxy, (C1C6)alkoxy substituted by halogen, NRR, C (o) R9 or SO2R10 ; Rl is hydrogen or (ClC6)alkyl ; Ra is halogen, (ClC6)alkyl, (C2C6)alkenyl, wherein a hydrogen atom may be replaced by CN, C (O)R9 or (ClC6)alkyl, or is (C2C6)alkynyl, (ClC6)alkyl substituted by halogen, (CH2)n(C3C7)cycloalkyl, (CH2)nheterocycloalkyl, C(O)R9, (CH2)naryl or (CH2) n5 or6membered heteroaryl containing one, two or three heteroatoms, selected from the group consisting of oxygen, sulphur or nitrogen wherein aryl, cycloalkyl, heterocycloalkyl and heteroaryl are unsubstituted or substituted by one or more substituents selected from the group consisting of hydroxy, halogen, (C1C6)alkyl, (ClC6)alkyl substituted by halogen or (ClC6) alkoxy ; R3, R4 and R6 independently from each other are hydrogen, hydroxy, halogen, (ClC6)alkyl or (ClC6)alkoxy ; R5 is N02, CN, C (O) R9, SO2R10 or NR11R12 ; R7 and R8 independently from each other are hydrogen or (CiC6)alkyl ; R9 is (CC6)alkyl, (C3C6)cycloalkyl, (CiC6)alkoxy or NR7R8 ; Rl° is (ClC6)alkyl, (C3C6)cycloalkyl or NR7R8 ; R11 and R12 independently from each other are hydrogen, or form together with the N atom to which they are attached a 5membered heteroaryl group ; n is 0, 1 or 2 ; and pharmaceutically acceptable acid addition salts thereof, with the proviso that 1 (2chloro5nitrobenzoyl)4 (4methoxyphenyl)piperazine, 1 (2chloro5nitrobenzoyl)4 (4chlorophenyl)piperazine, 1(2fluoro5nitrobenzoyl)4 [2fluoro4(1oxobutyl) phenyl]piperazine, 1(2fluoro5nitrobenzoyl)4[2 fluoro4(1oxopropyl)phenyl]piperazine, 1(2chloro5nitrobenzoyl)4(2, 3dimethylphenyl)piperazine, <BR> <BR> <BR> 1 (2chloro5nitrobenzoyl)4 (3chlorophenyl)piperazine,<BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 1 (2chloro5nitrobenzoyl)4 (2ethoxyphenyl)piperazine,<BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 1 (4acetyl2fluorophenyl)4 (2fluoro5nitrobenzoyl)piperazine,<BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 1 (2chloro5nitrobenzoyl)4 (4fluorophenyl)piperazine, 1 (2chloro5nitrobenzoyl)4 (2methoxyphenyl)piperazine, and 1 (4acetyl2fluoro5methylphenyl)4 (2fluoro5nitrobenzoyl)piperazine are excluded.
2. Compounds of the formula wherein Ar is substituted aryl or unsubstituted or substituted 6membered heteroaryl, containing one, two or three nitrogen atoms, and wherein the aryl and the heteroaryl groups are substituted by one or more substituents selected from the group consisting of hydroxy, halogen, CN, (ClC6)alkyl, (ClC6)alkyl substituted by halogen, (C1C6)alkoxy, (ClC6)alkoxy substituted by halogen, NR7R8, C (O) R9 or SO2R10 ; R'is hydrogen or (ClC6)alkyl ; R2 is halogen, (C1C6)alkyl, (C2C6)alkenyl, (C2C6)alkynyl, (ClC6)alkyl substituted by halogen, (C3C7)cycloalkyl, heterocycloalkyl, (C1C6)alkyl(C3C7)cycloalkyl, (ClC6)alkylheterocycloalkyl,C (O)R9, aryl or 5 or6membered heteroaryl containing one, two or three heteroatoms, selected from the group consisting of oxygen, sulphur or nitrogen wherein aryl, cycloalkyl, heterocycloalkyl and heteroaryl are unsubstituted or substituted by one or more substituents selected from the group consisting of hydroxy, halogen, (ClC6)alkyl, (ClC6)alkyl substituted by halogen or (ClC6)alkoxy ; R3, R4 and R6 independently from each other are hydrogen, hydroxy, halogen, CN, (ClC6)alkyl, (C1C6)alkoxy or NR7R8 ; R5 is NO2, CN, C (O) R9, SO2R10 or NR11R12 ; R7 and R8 independently from each other are hydrogen or (ClC6)alkyl ; R9 is hydroxy, (C1C6)alkyl, (C3C6)cycloalkyl, (C1C6)alkoxy or NR7R8 ; R10 is (C1C6)alkyl, (C3C6)cycloalkyl or NR7R8 ; R11 and R12 independently from each other are hydrogen, C (O) (ClC6)alkyl, S02 (ClC6)alkyl, or form together with the Natom a 5membered heteroaryl group, optionally substituted by halogen, (ClC6)alkyl, (ClC6)alkyl substituted by halogen or (C3C6)cycloalkyl ; and pharmaceutically acceptable acid addition salts thereof, with the proviso that 1(2chloro5nitrobenzoyl)4(4methoxyphenyl)piperazine, 1(2chloro5nitrobenzoyl)4(4chlorophenyl)piperazine, 1(2fluoro5nitrobenzoyl)4[2fluoro4(1oxobutyl)phenyl]piperazine, 1(2fluoro5nitrobenzoyl)4[2fluoro4(1oxopropyl) phenyl]piperazine, 1 (2chloro5nitrobenzoyl)4 (2, 3dimethylphenyl)piperazine, 1 (2chloro5nitrobenzoyl)4 (3chlorophenyl)piperazine, 1 (2chloro5nitrobenzoyl)4 (2ethoxyphenyl)piperazine, <BR> <BR> 1 (4acetyl2fluorophenyl)4 (2fluoro5nitrobenzoyl)piperazine,<BR> <BR> 1 (2chloro5nitrobenzoyl)4 (4fluorophenyl)piperazine, 1(2chloro5nitrobenzoyl)4(2methoxyphenyl)piperazine, and 1 (4acetyl2fluoro5methylphenyl)4 (2fluoro5nitrobenzoyl)piperazine are excluded.
3. Compounds of formula I1 according to claim 1 wherein R is hydroxy, halogen, CN, (C1C6)alkyl, (C1C6)alkkyl substituted by halogen, (ClC6)alkoxy, (CiC6)alkoxy substituted by halogen, NR7R8, C (O) R9 or SO2R10 ; p is 1, 2 or 3 ; R1 is hydrogen ; Ruz ils halogen, (ClC6)alkyl, (C2C6)alkenyl, wherein a hydrogen atom may be replaced by CN, C (O)R9 or (ClC6)alkyl, or is (C2C6)alkynyl, (ClC6)alkyl substituted by halogen, (CH2)n(C3C7)cycloalkyl, (CH2)nheterocycloalkyl, C(O)R9, aryl or 5 or6membered heteroaryl containing one, two or three heteroatoms, selected from the group consisting of oxygen, sulphur or nitrogen wherein aryl, cycloalkyl, heterocycloalkyl and heteroaryl are unsubstituted or substituted by one or more substituents selected from the group consisting of hydroxy, halogen, (ClC6) alkyl, (ClC6)alkyl substituted by halogen or (ClC6)alkoxy ; R3,R4 and R6 are hydrogen ; R5 isN02orS02R ; R and R8 independently from each other are hydrogen or (ClC6)alkyl ; R9 is (C1C6)alkyl, (C3C6)cycloalkyl, (ClC6)alkoxy or NR7R8; Rl° is (CiC6)alkyl, (C3C6)cycloalkyl or NR7R8 ; n is 0, 1 or 2 ; and pharmaceutically acceptable acid addition salts thereof.
4. Compounds of formula I1 according to claim 3, wherein R2 is aryl, unsubstituted or substituted by one or more substituents selected from the group consisting of hydroxy, halogen, (ClC6)alkyl, (ClC6)alkyl substituted by halogen or (ClC6)alkoxy and the other substituents are as described in claim 1.
5. Compounds of formula I1 according to claim 4, which compounds are 1 {3fluoro4 [4 (4nitrobiphenyl2carbonyl)piperazin1yl]phenyl}ethanone, (4methanesulfonylbiphenyl2yl) [4 (4trifluoromethylphenyl)piperazin1yl] methanone, (4'fluoro4methanesulfonylbiphenyl2yl)[4(4trifluoromethylphenyl)piperazin1 yl]methanone, <BR> <BR> <BR> [4 (2fluoro4trifluoromethylphenyl)piperazin1yl] (4methanesulfonylbiphenyl2 yl)methanone, (4'fluoro4methanesulfonylbiphenyl2yl) [4 (2fluoro4trifluoromethylphenyl) piperazin1yl]methanone, 2 [4 (4trifluoromethylphenyl)piperazine1carbonyl]biphenyl4sulfonic acid methylamide, 3fluoro4 [4 (4methanesulfonylbiphenyl2carbonyl)piperazin1yl]benzonitrile or 3fluoro4 [4 (2'fluoro4methanesulfonylbiphenyl2carbonyl)piperazin1yl] benzonitrile.
6. Compounds of formula I1 according to claim 3, wherein R is (C3C7)cycloalkyl.
7. Compounds of formula I1 according to claim 6, which compounds are 1{4[4(2cyclopropyl5nitrobenzoyl)piperazin1yl]3fluorophenyl}ethanone, 1{4[4(2cyclohex1enyl5methanesulfonylbenzoyl)piperazin1yl]3fluoro phenyl}ethanone, (2cyclohexyl5methanesulfonylphenyl) [4 (4ethyl2fluorophenyl)piperazin1yl] methanone, <BR> <BR> <BR> 1 {4 [4 (2cyclopent1enyl5methanesulfonylbenzoyl)piperazin1yl]3fluoro<BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> phenyl}ethanone,<BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 1 {4 [4 (2cyclohept1enyl5methanesulfonylbenzoyl)piperazinlyl]3fluoro<BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> phenyl}ethanone,<BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> (2cyclohept1enyl5methanesulfonylphenyl) [4 (4trifluoromethylphenyl)<BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> piperazin1yl]methanone, (2Cyclohex1enyl5methanesulfonylphenyl) [4 (4trifluoromethylphenyl) piperazin1yl]methanone, (2cyclohexyl5methanesulfonylphenyl) [4 (4trifluoromethylphenyl)piperazin1 yl]methanone or <BR> <BR> <BR> (2cyclopentyl5methanesulfonylphenyl) [4 (4trifluoromethylphenyl)piperazin1 yl]methanone.
8. Compounds of formula I1 according to claim 3, wherein R2is heterocycloalkyl.
9. Compounds of formula I1 according to claim 8, which compounds are [2 (3, 6dihydro2Hpyran4yl)5methanesulfonylphenyl] [4 (4trifluoromethyl phenyl)piperazin1yl]methanone, [5methanesulfonyl2 (tetrahydropyran4yl)phenyl] [4 (4trifluoromethylphenyl) <BR> <BR> <BR> piperazin1yl]methanone,<BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 1 (4 {4 [2 (3, 6dihydro2Hpyran4yl)5methanesulfonylbenzoyl]piperazin1yl}3 fluorophenyl)ethanone or 4 {4 [2 (3, 6dihydro2Hpyran4yl)5methanesulfonylbenzoyl]piperazin1yl}3 fluorobenzonitrile.
10. Compounds of formula 11 according to claim 3, wherein R2 is a 5 or6membered heteroaryl group containing one, two or three heteroatoms, selected from the group consisting of oxygen, sulphur or nitrogen, unsubstituted or substituted by (ClC6)alkyl.
11. Compounds of formula I1 according to claim 10, which compounds are (5methanesulfonyl2thiophen2ylphenyl) [4 (4trifluoromethylphenyl)piperazin 1yl]methanone, (5methanesulfonyl2thiophen3ylphenyl) [4 (4trifluoromethylphenyl)piperazin 1yl]methanone, [5methanesulfonyl2 (5methylthiophen2yl)phenyl] [4 (4trifluoromethylphenyl) piperazin1yl]methanone, (5methanesulfonyl2pyridin4ylphenyl) [4 (4trifluoromethylphenyl)piperazinl yl]methanone, [4(2fluoro4trifluoromethylphenyl)piperazin1yl](5methanesulfonyl2thiophen 3ylphenyl)methanone or 1 {4 [4 (5methanesulfonyl2thiophen3ylbenzoyl)piperazin1yl]phenyl} ethanone.
12. Compounds of formula I1 according to claim 3, wherein R2 is halogen, (ClC6)alkyl, (C2C6)alkenyl, wherein a hydrogen atom may be replaced by CN, C (O)R9 or (ClC6)alkyl, or is (C2C6)alkynyl, (C1C6alkyl substituted by halogen or C(O)R9.
13. Compounds of formula I1 according to claim 12, which compound is 2[4(4acetyl2fluorophenyl)piperazine1carbonyl]4nitrobenzoic acid methyl ester.
14. Compounds of formula I2 according to claim 1, O R2 N \ rus N T'Rs I/Ra hot tR) o aNl R Rs I 2 a, 12 wherein R is hydroxy, halogen, CN, (ClC6)akl, (ClC6)alkyl substituted by halogen, (ClC6)alkoxy, (ClC6)alkoxy substituted by halogen, NR7R8, C (O) R9 or SO2Rl° ; o is 0, 1, 2 or 3 ; R'is hydrogen ; R2 is halogen, (ClC6)alkyl, (C2C6)alkenyl, wherein a hydrogen atom may be replaced by CN, C (O)R9 or (ClC6)alkyl, or is (C2C6)alkynyl, (C1C6)alkyl substituted by halogen, (CH2)n(C3C7)cycloalkyl,(CH2)nheterocycloalkyl, C(O)R9, aryl or 5 or6membered heteroaryl containing one, two or three heteroatoms, selected from the group consisting of oxygen, sulphur or nitrogen wherein aryl, cycloalkyl, heterocycloalkyl and heteroaryl are unsubstituted or substituted by one or more substituents selected from the group consisting of hydroxy, halogen, (ClC6) alkyl, (ClC6)alkyl substituted by halogen or (ClC6)alkoxy ; R3, R4 and R6 are hydrogen ; R5 isNOzorSOzR ; R and R8 independently from each other are hydrogen or (ClC6)alkyl ; R9 is (CIC6)alkyl, (C3C6)cycloalkyl, (C1C6)alkoxy or NR7R8 ; R10 is (ClC6)alkyl, (C3C6)cycloalkyl or NR7R8 ; n is 0, 1 Or 2 ; and pharmaceutically acceptable acid addition salts thereof.
15. Compounds of formula I2 according to claim 14, wherein R is aryl, unsubstituted or substituted by one or more substituents selected from the group consisting of hydroxy, halogen, (C1C6)alkyl, (ClC6)alkyl substituted by halogen or (ClC6)alkoxy and the other substituents are as described in claim 1,.
16. Compounds of formula I2 according to claim 15, which compounds are [4(3chloro5trifluoromethylpyridin2yl)piperazin1yl](2'fluoro4 methanesulfonylbiphenyl2yl)methanone or <BR> <BR> <BR> [4 (3chloro5trifluoromethylpyridin2yl)piperazin1yl] (4methanesulfonyl<BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> biphenyl2yl)methanone.
17. Compounds of formula I2 according to claim 14, wherein R2 is a 5 or6 membered heteroaryl group containing one, two or three heteroatoms, selected from the group consisting of oxygen, sulphur or nitrogen.
18. Compounds of formula I2 according to claim 17, which compound is [4 (3chloro5trifluoromethylpyridin2yl)piperazin1yl] (5methanesulfonyl2 thiophen3ylphenyl)methanone.
19. Processes for preparation of compounds of formula I and their pharmaceutically acceptable salts, which process comprises a) reacting a compound of formula with a compound of formula to a compound of formula wherein Z is hydroxy or halogen, and the other substituents are as defined in claim 1, or b) reacting a compound of formula with a compound of formula R2B (OH) 2 or RB (OR) 2 in the presence of a palladium catalyst to a compound of formula wherein X is halogen and the other substituents are as defined in claim 1, or c) reacting a compound of formula with R2SnBu3 or R2SnMe3 in the presence of a palladium catalyst to a compound of formula wherein X is halogen and the other substituents are as defined in claim 1, or d) reacting a compound of formula with a compound of formula in the presence of a palladium catalyst and base to a compound of formula wherein X is halogen and the other substituents are as defined in claim 1, or e) hydrogenating a compound of formula wherein R is (C2C6)alkenyl or (C2C6)alkynyl to a compound of formula wherein R'is (C2C6)alkyl or (C2C6)alkenyl f) reacting a compound of formula with trimethylsulfoxonium iodide in the presence of a base to a compound of formula g) reacting a compound of formula with a compound of formula TMSCP3 in the presence of copper to a compound of formula wherein X is halogen and the other substituents are as described in claim 1, if desired, converting the compounds obtained into pharmaceutically acceptable acid addition salts.
20. A compound according to claim 1, whenever prepared by a process as claimed in claim 19 or by an equivalent method.
21. A medicament containing one or more compounds as claimed in claim 1 or containing <BR> <BR> <BR> 1 (2chloro5nitrobenzoyl)4 (4methoxyphenyl)piperazine,<BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 1 (2chloro5nitrobenzoyl)4 (4chlorophenyl)piperazine, 1(2fluoro5nitrobenzoyl)4 [2fluoro4(1oxobutyl) phenyl]piperazine, 1(2fluoro5nitrobenzoyl)4 [2fluoro4(1oxopropyl) phenyl]piperazine, 1 (2chloro5nitrobenzoyl)4 (2, 3dimethylphenyl)piperazine, <BR> <BR> <BR> 1 (2chloro5nitrobenzoyl)4 (3chlorophenyl)piperazine,<BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 1(2chloro5nitrobenzoyl)4(2ethoxyphenyl)piperazine, 1 (4acetyl2fluorophenyl)4 (2fluoro5nitrobenzoyl)piperazine, 1 (2chloro5nitrobenzoyl)4 (4fluorophenyl)piperazine, 1 (2chloro5nitrobenzoyl)4 (2methoxyphenyl)piperazine, and 1 (4acetyl2fluoro5methylphenyl)4 (2fluoro5nitrobenzoyl)piperazine and pharmaceutically acceptable excipients.
22. A medicament according to claim 21 for the treatment of illnesses based on the glycine uptake inhibitor.
23. A medicament according to claim 22, wherein the illnesses are psychoses, pain, disfunction in memory and learning, schizophrenia, dementia and other diseases in which cognitive processes are impaired, such as attention deficit disorders or Alzheimer's disease.
24. The use of a compound as claimed in claim 1 and of <BR> <BR> <BR> 1 (2chloro5nitrobenzoyl)4 (4methoxyphenyl)piperazine,<BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 1 (2chloro5nitrobenzoyl)4 (4chlorophenyl)piperazine,<BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 1 (2fluoro5nitrobenzoyl)4 [2fluoro4 (loxobutyl) phenyljpiperazine,<BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 1(2fluoro5nitrobenzoyl)4 [2fluoro4(1oxopropyl) phenyl]piperazine, 1 (2chloro5nitrobenzoyl)4 (2, 3dimethylphenyl)piperazine, 1 (2chloro5nitrobenzoyl)4 (3chlorophenyl)piperazine, <BR> <BR> <BR> 1(2chloro5nitrobenzoyl)4(2ethoxyphenyl)piperazine,<BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 1 (4acetyl2fluorophenyl)4 (2fluoro5nitrobenzoyl)piperazine,<BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 1 (2chloro5nitrobenzoyl)4 (4fluorophenyl)piperazine, 1 (2chloro5nitrobenzoyl)4 (2methoxyphenyl)piperazine, and 1 (4acetyl2fluoro5methylphenyl)4 (2fluoro5nitrobenzoyl)piperazine for the manufacture of medicaments for the treatment of psychoses, pain, neurodegenerative disfunction in memory and learning, schizophrenia, dementia and other diseases in which cognitive processes are impaired, such as attention deficit disorders or Alzheimer's disease.
25. The invention as herein before described.
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1-BENZOYL-PIPERAZINE DERIVATIVES AS GLYCINE UPTAKE INHIBITORS FOR THE TREATMENT OF PSYCHOSES The present invention relates to compounds of formula

wherein Ar is substituted aryl or unsubstituted or substituted 6-membered heteroaryl, containing one, two or three nitrogen atoms, and wherein the aryl and the heteroaryl groups may be substituted by one or more substituents selected from the group consisting of hydroxy, halogen, CN, (Cl-C6)-alkyl, (Cl-C6)-alkyl substituted by halogen, (Cl-C6)-alkoxy, (Ci-C6)-alkoxy substituted by halogen, NR7R8, C (O) R9 or SO2R1° ; Ru ils hydrogen or (Cl-C6)-alkyl ; R2 is halogen, (Cl-C6)-alkyl, (C2-C6)-alkenyl, wherein a hydrogen atom may be replaced by CN, C (O)-R9 or (Cl-C6)-alkyl, or is (C2-C6)-alkynyl, (Cl-C6)-alkyl substituted by halogen,-(CH2) n-(C3-C7)-cycloalkyl,- (CH2) n-heterocycloalkyl,-C (O)-R9, - n-aryl or-(CH2) n-5 or-6-membered heteroaryl containing one, two or three heteroatoms, selected from the group consisting of oxygen, sulphur or nitrogen wherein aryl, cycloalkyl, heterocycloalkyl and heteroaryl are unsubstituted or substituted by one or more substituents selected from the group consisting of hydroxy, halogen, (Cl-C6)-alkyl, (Cl-C6)-alkyl substituted by halogen or (Cl-C6)- alkoxy ; R3, R4 and R6 independently from each other are hydrogen, hydroxy, halogen, (Cl-C6)-alkyl or (Cl-C6)-alkoxy ; R5 is NO2, CN, C (O) R9, SO2R'° or NR11R12 ; R7 and R8 independently from each other are hydrogen or (Cl-C6)-alkyl ; R9 is (Ci-C6)-alkyl, (C3-C6)-cycloalkyl, (Cl-C6)-alkoxy or NR7R ; R10 is (Cl-C6)-alkyl, (C3-C6)-cycloalkyl or N3t7R8 ; R"and R 12 independently from each other are hydrogen, or form together with the N- atom to which they are attached a 5-membered heteroaryl group ; n is 0, 1 or 2 ; and to pharmaceutically acceptable acid addition salts thereof, with the proviso that <BR> <BR> 1- (2-chloro-5-nitrobenzoyl)-4- (4-methoxyphenyl)-piperazine,<BR> <BR> 1- (2-chloro-5-nitrobenzoyl)-4- (4-chlorophenyl)-piperazine, 1-(2-fluoro-5-nitrobenzoyl)-4-[2-fluoro-4-(1-oxobutyl) phenyl]-piperazine, 1-(2-fluoro-5-nitrobenzoyl)-4- [2-fluoro-4-(l-oxopropyl) phenyl]-piperazine, 1-(2-chloro-5-nitrobenzoyl)-4-(2, 3-dimethylphenyl)-piperazine, 1- (2-chloro-5-nitrobenzoyl)-4- (3-chlorophenyl)-piperazine, 1- (2-chloro-5-nitrobenzoyl)-4- (2-ethoxyphenyl)-piperazine, 1- (4-acetyl-2-fluorophenyl)-4- (2-fluoro-5-nitrobenzoyl)-piperazine, 1- (2-chloro-5-nitrobenzoyl)-4- (4-fluorophenyl)-piperazine, 1-(2-chloro-5-nitrobenzoyl)-4-(2-methoxyphenyl)-piperazine, and 1- (4-acetyl-2-fluoro-5-methylphenyl)-4- (2-fluoro-5-nitrobenzoyl)-piperazine are excluded.

These excluded compounds are commercially available products.

The present invention relates to compounds of general formula I, to pharmaceutical composition containing them and their use in the treatment of neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders. It has surprisingly been found that the compounds of general formula I are good inhibitors of the glycine transporter 1 (GlyT- 1), and that they have a good selectivity to glycine transporter 2 (GlyT-2) inhibitors.

Schizophrenia is a progressive and devastating neurological disease characterized by episodic positive symptoms such as delusions, hallucinations, thought disorders and psychosis and persistent negative symptoms such as flattened affect, impaired attention and social withdrawal, and cognitive impairments (Lewis DA and Lieberman JA, Neuron, , 28 : 325-33, 2000). For decades research has focused on the"dopaminergic hyperactivity" hypothesis which has led to therapeutic interventions involving blockade of the dopaminergic system (Vandenberg RJ and Aubrey KR., Exp. Opin. Ther. Targets, 5 (4) : 507-518, 2001 ; Nakazato A and Okuyama S, et al., Exp. Opin. Ther. Patents, 10 (1) : 75-98, 2000). This pharmacological approach poorly address negative and cognitive symptoms which are the best redictors of functional outcome (Sharma T., Br. J.

Psychiatry, 174 (suppl. 28) : 44-51, 1999).

A complementary model of schizophrenia was proposed in the mid-1960'based upon the psychotomimetic action caused by the blockade of the glutamate system by compounds like phencyclidine (PCP) and related agents (ketamine) which are non- competitive NMDA receptor antagonists. Interestingly in healthy volunteers, PCP- induced psychotomimetic action incorporates positive and negative symptoms as well as cognitive dysfunction, thus closely resembling schizophrenia in patients (Javitt DC et al., Biol. Psychiatry, 45 : 668-679, 1999). Furthermore transgenic mice expressing reduced levels of the NMDAR1 subunit displays behavioral abnormalities similar to those observed in pharmacologically induced models of schizophrenia, supporting a model in which reduced NMDA receptor activity results in schizophrenia-like behavior (Mohn AR et al., Cell, 98 : 427-236, 1999).

Glutamate neurotransmission, in particular NMDA receptor activity, plays a critical role in synaptic plasticity, learning and memory, such as the NMDA receptors appears to serve as a graded switch for gating the threshold of synaptic plasticity and memory formation (Wiley, NY ; Bliss TV and Collingridge GL, Nature, 361 : 31-39, 1993).

Transgenic mice overexpressing the NMDA NR2B subunit exhibit enhanced synaptic plasticity and superior ability in learning and memory (Tang JP et al., Natur, 401-63-69, 1999).

Thus, if a glutamate deficit is implicate in the pathophysiology of schizophrenia, enhancing glutamate transmission, in particular via NMDA receptor activation, would be predicted to produce both anti-psychotic and cognitive enhancing effects.

The amino acid glycine is known to have at least two important functions in the CNS. It acts as an inhibitory amino acid, binding to strychnine sensitive glycine receptors, and it also influences excitatory activity, acting as an essential co-agonist with glutamate for N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor function. While glutamate is

released in an activity-dependent manner from synaptic terminals, glycine is apparently present at a more constant level and seems to modulate/control the receptor for its response to glutamate.

One of the most effective ways to control synaptic concentrations of neurotransmitter is to influence their re-uptake at the synapses. Neurotransmitter transporters by removing neurotransmitters from the extracellular space, can control their extracellular lifetime and thereby modulate the magnitude of the synaptic transmission (Gainetdinov RR et al, Trends in Pharm. Sci., 23 (8) : 367-373, 2002).

Glycine transporters, which form part of the sodium and chloride family of neurotransmitter transporters, play an important role in the termination of post-synaptic glycinergic actions and maintenance of low extracellular glycine concentration by re- uptake of glycine into presynaptic nerve terminals and surrounding fine glial processes.

Two distinct glycine transporter genes have been cloned (GlyT-1 and GlyT-2) from mammalian brain, which give rise to two transporters with-50 % amino acid sequence homology. GlyT-1 presents four isoforms arising from alternative splicing and alternative promoter usage (la, lb, 1c and ld). Only two of these isoforms have been found in rodent brain (GlyT-la and GlyT-lb). GlyT-2 also presents some degree of heterogeneity.

Two GlyT-2 isoforms (2a and 2b) have been identified in rodent brains. GlyT-1 is known to be located in CNS and in peripheral tissues, whereas GlyT-2 is specific to the CNS.

GlyT-1 has a predominantly glial distribution and is found not only in areas corresponding to strychnine sensitive glycine receptors but also outside these areas, where it has been postulated to be involved in modulation of NMDA receptor function (Lopez-Corcuera B et al., Mol. Mem. BioZ, 18 : 13-20, 2001). Thus, one strategy to enhance NMDA receptor activity is to elevate the glycine concentration in the local microenvironment of synaptic NMDA receptors by inhibition of GlyT-1 transporter (Bergereon R. et al., Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 95 : 15730-15734, 1998 ; Chen L. et al., J.

Neurophysiol., 89 (2) : 691-703, 2003).

Glycine transporters inhibitors are suitable for the treatment of neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders. The majority of diseases states implicated are psychoses, schizophrenia (Armer RE and Miller DJ, Exp. Opin. Ther. Patents, 11 (4) : 563-572, 2001), psychotic mood disorders such as severe major depressive disorder, mood disorders associated with psychotic disorders such as acute mania or depression, associated with bipolar disorders and mood disorders, associated with schizophrenia, (Pralong ET et al., Prog. Neurobiol., 67 : 173-202, 2002), autistic disorders (Carlsson ML, I. Neural Trans,.

105 : 525-535, 1998), cognitive disorders such as dementias, including age related dementia and senile dementia of the Alzheimer type, memory disorders in a mammal,

including a human, attention deficit disorders and pain (Armer RE and Miller DJ, Exp.

Opin. Ther. Patents, 11 (4) : 563-572, 2001).

Thus, increasing activation of NMDA receptors via GlyT-1 inhibition may lead to agents that treat psychosis, schizophrenia, dementia and other diseases in which cognitive processes are impaired, such as attention deficit disorders or Alzheimer's disease.

Objects of the present invention are the compounds of formula I per se, the use of compounds of formula I and their pharmaceutically acceptable salts for the manufacture of medicaments for the treatment of diseases related to activation of NMDA receptors via Glyt-1 inhibition, their manufacture, medicaments based on a compound in accordance with the invention and their production as well as the use of compounds of formula I in the control or prevention of illnesses such as psychoses, disfunction in memory and learning, schizophrenia, dementia and other diseases in which cognitive processes are impaired, such as attention deficit disorders or Alzheimer's disease.

The preferred indications using the compounds of the present invention are schizophrenia, cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's disease.

Furthermore, the invention includes all racemic mixtures, all their corresponding enantiomers and/or optical isomers.

As used herein, the term"alkyl"denotes a saturated straight-or branched-chain group containing from 1 to 6 carbon atoms, for example, methyl, ethyl, propyl, isopropyl, n-butyl, i-butyl, 2-butyl, t-butyl and the like. Preferred alkyl groups are groups with 1-4 carbon atoms.

As used herein, the term"alkenyl"denotes an unsaturated straight-or branched- chain group containing from 2 to 6 carbon atoms with at least one double bond, and the term"alkynyl"denotes an unsaturated straight-or branched-chain group containing from 2 to 6 carbon atoms with at least one triple bond.

The term"cycloalkyl"denotes a saturated or partially saturated ring containing from 3 to 7 carbon atoms, for example cyclopropyl, cyclopentyl, cyclopentenyl, cyclohexyl, cyclohexenyl, cycloheptyl or cycloheptenyl.

The term"halogen"denotes chlorine, iodine, fluorine and bromine.

The term"aryl"denotes a monovalent cyclic aromatic hydrocarbon radical consisting of one or more fused rings in which at least one ring is aromatic in nature, for example phenyl or naphthyl.

The term"6-membered heteroaryl containing one, two or three nitrogen atoms" denotes a monovalent aromatic carbocyclic radical, for example pyridyl, pyrazinyl, pyrimidinyl, pyridazinyl or triazinyl.

The term"heterocycloalkyl"denotes a non aromatic hydrocarbon radical, for example oxetanyl, tetrahydrofuranyl, dihydropyranyl, tetrahydropyranyl, azetidinyl ; pyrrolidinyl, piperidinyl, piperazinyl, morpholinyl, thiomorpholinyl.

The term"5 or 6-membered heteroaryl containing one, two or three heteroatoms, selected from the group consisting of oxygen, sulphur or nitrogen"denotes a monovalent aromatic carbocyclic radical, for example pyridyl, pyrazinyl, pyrimidinyl, pyridazinyl, triazinyl, thiazolyl, thienyl, furyl, pyrrolyl, imidazolyl, pyrazolyl, oxazolyl, isothiazolyl or isoxazolyl.

The term"pharmaceutically acceptable acid addition salts"embraces salts with inorganic and organic acids, such as hydrochloric acid, nitric acid, sulfuric acid, phosphoric acid, citric acid, formic acid, fumaric acid, maleic acid, acetic acid, succinic acid, tartaric acid, methane-sulfonic acid, p-toluenesulfonic acid and the like.

Preferred compounds of formula I are those of formula wherein R is hydroxy, halogen, CN, (Cl-C6)-alkyl, (Cl-C6)-alkyl substituted by halogen, (Ci-C6)-alkoxy, (Cl-C6)-alkoxy substituted by halogen, NR7R8, C (O) R9 or SO2R1° ; p is 1, 2 or 3 ; Rl is hydrogen ; R2 is halogen, (Cl-C6)-alkyl, (C2-C6)-alkenyl, wherein a hydrogen atom may be replaced by CN, C (O)-R9 or (Cl-C6)-alkyl, or is (C2-C6)-alkynyl, (Cl-C6)-alkyl substituted by halogen,- (CH2) n-(C3-C7)-cycloalkyl,- (CH2) n-heterocycloalkyl,-C (O)-R9, aryl or 5 or-6-membered heteroaryl containing one, two or three heteroatoms,

selected from the group consisting of oxygen, sulphur or nitrogen wherein aryl, cycloalkyl, heterocycloalkyl and heteroaryl are unsubstituted or substituted by one or more substituents selected from the group consisting of hydroxy, halogen, (Cl-C6)- alkyl, (Cl-C6)-alkyl substituted by halogen or (Cl-C6)-alkoxy ; R3, R4 and R6 are hydrogen ; RS is NO2 or SO2R10 ; R7 and R8 independently from each other are hydrogen or (Cl-C6)-alkyl ; R9 is (CI-C6)-alkyl, (C3-C6)-cycloalkyl, (Cl-C6)-alkoxy or NR7R8 ; R'° is (C1-C6)-alkyl, (C3-C6)-cycloalkyl or NR7R8 ; n is 0, 1 or 2 ; and pharmaceutically acceptable acid addition salts thereof.

A preferred group of compounds of formula I-1 are those, wherein R2 is aryl, unsubstituted or substituted by one or more substituents selected from the group consisting of hydroxy, halogen, (Cl-C6)-alkyl, (Cl-C6)-alkyl substituted by halogen or (CI-C6)-alkoxy and the other substituents are as described above, for example the following compounds : 1- {3-fluoro-4- [4- (4-nitro-biphenyl-2-carbonyl)-piperazin-1-yl]-phenyl}-ethano ne, (4-methanesulfonyl-biphenyl-2-yl)- [4- (4-trifluoromethyl-phenyl)-piperazin-1-yl]- methanone, (4'-fluoro-4-methanesulfonyl-biphenyl-2-yl)- [4-(4-trifluoromethyl-phenyl)-piperazin-1- yl]-methanone, [4- (2-fluoro-4-trifluoromethyl-phenyl)-piperazin-1-yl]- (4-methanesulfonyl-biphenyl-2- yl)-methanone, (4'-fluoro-4-methanesulfonyl-biphenyl-2-yl)- [4-(2-fluoro-4-trifluoromethyl-phenyl)- piperazin-1-yl]-methanone, 2- [4- (4-trifluoromethyl-phenyl)-piperazine-1-carbonyl]-biphenyl-4 -sulfonic acid methylamide, <BR> <BR> <BR> 3-fluoro-4- [4- (4-methanesulfonyl-biphenyl-2-carbonyl)-piperazin-1-yl]-benz onitrile or 3-fluoro-4- [4- (2'-fluoro-4-methanesulfonyl-biphenyl-2-carbonyl)-piperazin- 1-yl]- benzonitrile.

A further preferred group of compounds of formula I-1 are those, wherein R2 is (C3-C7)-cycloalkyl, for example the following compounds : <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 1-{4- [4-(2-cyclopropyl-5-nitro-benzoyl)-piperazin-1-yl]-3-fluoro- phenyl}-ethanone,<BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 1- {4- [4- (2-cyclohex-1-enyl-5-methanesulfonyl-benzoyl)-piperazin-1-yl ]-3-fluoro-<BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> phenyl}-ethanone, (2-cyclohexyl-5-methanesulfonyl-phenyl)- [4- (4-ethyl-2-fluoro-phenyl)-piperazin-1-yl]- methanone, <BR> <BR> <BR> 1-{4- [4-(2-cyclopent-1-enyl-5-methanesulfonyl-benzoyl)-piperazin- 1-yl]-3-fluoro-<BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> phenyl}-ethanone,<BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 1- {4- [4- (2-cyclohept-1-enyl-5-methanesulfonyl-benzoyl)-piperazin-1-y l]-3-fluoro-<BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> phenyl}-ethanone,<BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> (2-cyclohept-l-enyl-5-methanesulfonyl-phenyl)- [4- (4-trifluoromethyl-phenyl)-<BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> piperazin-1-yl]-methanone, (2-Cyclohex-1-enyl-5-methanesulfonyl-phenyl)- [4- (4-trifluoromethyl-phenyl)- piperazin-1-yl]-methanone, (2-cyclohexyl-5-methanesulfonyl-phenyl)- [4- (4-trifluoromethyl-phenyl)-piperazin-1- yl]-methanone or (2-cyclopentyl-5-methanesulfonyl-phenyl)- [4- (4-trifluoromethyl-phenyl)-piperazin-l- yl]-methanone.

A preferred group of compounds of formula I-1 are further those, wherein R2 is heterocycloalkyl, for example the following compounds : <BR> <BR> <BR> [2- (3, 6-dihydro-2H-pyran-4-yl)-5-methanesulfonyl-phenyl]- [4- (4-trifluoromethyl-<BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> phenyl)-piperazin-1-yl]-methanone,<BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> [5-methanesulfonyl-2- (tetrahydro-pyran-4-yl)-phenyl]- [4- (4-trifluoromethyl-phenyl)-<BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> piperazin-1-yl]-methanone,<BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 1- (4- {4- [2- (3, 6-dihydro-2H-pyran-4-yl)-5-methanesulfonyl-benzoyl]-piperazi n-1-yl}-3- fluoro-phenyl)-ethanone or <BR> <BR> <BR> 4-{4- [2-(3, 6-dihydro-2H-pyran-4-yl)-5-methanesulfonyl-benzoyl]-piperazi n-1-yl}-3- fluoro-benzonitrile.

A further preferred group of compounds of formula I-1 are those, wherein R2 is a 5 or-6-membered heteroaryl group containing one, two or three heteroatoms, selected from the group consisting of oxygen, sulphur or nitrogen, unsubstituted or substituted by (Cl-C6)-alkyl, for example the following compounds : (5-methanesulfonyl-2-thiophen-2-yl-phenyl)- [4- (4-trifluoromethyl-phenyl)-piperazin- 1-yl]-methanone,

(5-methanesulfonyl-2-thiophen-3-yl-phenyl)- [4- (4-trifluoromethyl-phenyl)-piperazin- 1-yl]-methanone, [5-methanesulfonyl-2-(5-methyl-thiophen-2-yl)-phenyl]-[4-(4- trifluoromethyl-phenyl)- piperazin-1-yl]-methanone, (5-methanesulfonyl-2-pyridin-4-yl-phenyl)- [4- (4-trifluoromethyl-phenyl)-piperazin-1- yl]-methanone, [4-(2-fluoro-4-trifluoromethyl-phenyl)-piperazin-1-yl]-(5-me thanesulfonyl-2-thiophen- 3-yl-phenyl)-methanone or 1- {4- [4- (5-methanesulfonyl-2-thiophen-3-yl-benzoyl)-piperazin-1-yl]- phenyl}- ethanone.

A preferred group of compounds of formula I-1 are further those, wherein R2 is halogen, (Cl-C6)-alkyl, (C2-C6)-alkenyl, wherein a hydrogen atom may be replaced by CN, C (O)-R9 or (Cl-C6)-alkyl, or is (C2-C6)-alkynyl, (C1-C6)-alkyl substituted by halogen or-C (O)-R9, for example the compound 2- [4- (4-acetyl-2-fluoro-phenyl)-piperazine-1-carbonyl]-4-nitro-be nzoic acid methyl ester.

Preferred compounds of formula I are further those of formula XNt N \ rus N Rs (/Ra ) set' I-2 -S P R wherein R is hydroxy, halogen, CN, (Cl-C6)-alkyl, (Ci-C6)-alkyl substituted by halogen, (Cl-C6)-alkoxy, (C1-C6)-alkoxy substituted by halogen, NR7R8, C (O) R9 or SO2R10 ; o is 0, 1, 2 or 3 ; Rl is hydrogen ; R2 is halogen, (Cl-C6)-alkyl, (C2-C6)-alkenyl, wherein a hydrogen atom may be replaced by CN, C (O)-R9 or (Ci-C6)-alkyl, or is (C2-C6)-alkynyl, (Cl-C6)-alkyl substituted by halogen, -(CH2)n-(C3-C7)cycloalkyl, -(CH2)n-heterocycloalkyl, -C(O)-R9, aryl or 5 or-6-membered heteroaryl containing one, two or three heteroatoms, selected from the group consisting of oxygen, sulphur or nitrogen wherein aryl, cycloalkyl, heterocycloalkyl and heteroaryl are unsubstituted or substituted by one or more substituents selected from the group consisting of hydroxy, halogen, (C1-C6)- alkyl, (Cl-C6)-alkyl substituted by halogen or (Cl-C6)-alkoxy ; R3, R4 and R6 are hydrogen ; Rs isNOxorSOzR ; R7 and R8 independently from each other are hydrogen or (CI-C6)-akl ; R9 is (C1-C6)-alkyl, (C3-C6)-cycloalkyl, (Cl-C6)-alkoxy or NR7R8 ; R10 is (C1-C6)-alkyl, (C3-C6)-cycloalkyl or NR7R8; n is 0, 1 or 2 ; and pharmaceutically acceptable acid addition salts thereof.

Further preferred compounds of formula I-2 are those, wherein R2 is aryl, unsubstituted or substituted by one or more substituents selected from the group consisting of hydroxy, halogen, (Cl-C6)-alkyl, (Cl-C6)-alkyl substituted by halogen or (Cl-C6)-alkoxy and the other substituents are as described above, for example the following compounds : [4- (3-chloro-5-trifluoromethyl-pyridin-2-yl)-piperazin-1-yl]- (2'-fluoro-4- methanesulfonyl-biphenyl-2-yl)-methanone or [4- (3-chloro-5-trifluoromethyl-pyridin-2-yl)-piperazin-1-yl]- (4-methanesulfonyl- biphenyl-2-yl)-methanone.

A further preferred group of compounds of formula I-2 are those, wherein R2 is a 5 or-6-membered heteroaryl group containing one, two or three heteroatoms, selected from the group consisting of oxygen, sulphur or nitrogen, for example the following compound : [4-(3-chloro-5-trifluoromethyl-pyridin-2-yl)-piperazin-1-yl] -(5-methanesulfonyl-2- thiophen-3-yl-phenyl)-methanone.

One embodiment of the invention are compounds of formula

wherein Ar is substituted aryl or unsubstituted or substituted 6-membered heteroaryl, containing one, two or three nitrogen atoms, and wherein the aryl and the heteroaryl groups are substituted by one or more substituents selected from the group consisting of hydroxy, halogen, CN, (Cl-C6)-alkyl, (Cl-C6)-alkyl substituted by halogen, (Cl-C6)-alkoxy, (Cl-C6)-alkoxy substituted by halogen, NR7R8, C (O) R9 or SO2R10 ; Rl is hydrogen or (Cl-C6)-alkyl ; R2 is halogen, (C1-C6)-alkyl, (C2-C6)-alkenyl, (C2-C6)-alkynyl, (C1-C6)-alkyl substituted by halogen, (C3-C7)-cycloalkyl, heterocycloalkyl, (C1-C6)-alkyl-(C3-C7)-cycloalkyl, (C1-C6)-alkyl-heterocycloalkyl, -C (O)-R9, aryl or 5 or-6-membered heteroaryl containing one, two or three heteroatoms, selected from the group consisting of oxygen, sulphur or nitrogen wherein aryl, cycloalkyl, heterocycloalkyl and heteroaryl are unsubstituted or substituted by one or more substituents selected from the group consisting of hydroxy, halogen, (Cl-C6)-alkyl, (Cl-C6)-alkyl substituted by halogen or (Cl-C6)-alkoxy ; R3, R4 and R6independently from each other are hydrogen, hydroxy, halogen, CN, (Ci-C6)-alkyl, (C1-C6)-alkoxy or NR7R8 ; R5 is NO2, CN, C (O) R9, SO2R10 or NR"R 12 ; R7 and R8 independently from each other are hydrogen or (Cl-C6)-alkyl ; R9 is hydroxy, (C1-C6)-alkyl, (C3-C6)-cycloalkyl, (C1-C6)-alkoxy or NR7R8 ; R10 is (C1-C6)-alkyl, (C3-C6)-cycloalkyl or NR7R8 ;

Rl'and R12 independently from each other are hydrogen, C (O)- (Ci-C6)-alkyl, S02- (Cl-C6)-alkyl, or form together with the N-atom a 5-membered heteroaryl group, optionally substituted by halogen, (C1-C6)-alkyl, (Cl-C6)-alkyl substituted by halogen or (C3-C6)-cycloalkyl ; and pharmaceutically acceptable acid addition salts thereof, with the proviso that <BR> <BR> <BR> 1- (2-chloro-5-nitrobenzoyl)-4- (4-methoxyphenyl)-piperazine,<BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 1- (2-chloro-5-nitrobenzoyl)-4- (4-chlorophenyl)-piperazine,<BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 1- (2-fluoro-5-nitrobenzoyl)-4- [2-fluoro-4-(1-oxobutyl) phenyl]-piperazine, 1-(2-fluoro-5-nitrobenzoyl)-4-[2-fluoro-4-(1-oxopropyl)pheny l]-piperazine, 1-(2-chloro-5-nitrobenzoyl)-4-(2,3-dimethylphenyl)-piperazin e, <BR> <BR> <BR> 1- (2-chloro-5-nitrobenzoyl)-4- (3-chlorophenyl)-piperazine,<BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 1-(2-chloro-5-nitrobenzoyl)-4-(2-ethoxyphenyl)-piperazine, 1- (4-acetyl-2-fluorophenyl)-4- (2-fluoro-5-nitrobenzoyl)-piperazine, 1- (2-chloro-5-nitrobenzoyl)-4- (4-fluorophenyl)-piperazine, 1-(2-chloro-5-nitrobenzoyl)-4-(2-methoxyphenyl)-piperazinhe, and 1- (4-acetyl-2-fluoro-5-methylphenyl)-4- (2-fluoro-5-nitrobenzoyl)-piperazine are excluded.

An another embodiment of the present invention are compounds of formula la wherein Ar is aryl, substituted by one or more substituents selected from the group consisting of halogen, (Cl-C6)-alkyl, (Cl-C6)-alkyl substituted by halogen or C (O) R9 ; Ru ils hydrogen ; R2 is halogen, (Cl-C6)-alkyl, (C2-C6)-alkenyl, (Ci-C6)-alkyl substituted by halogen, (C3-C7)-cycloalkyl, heterocycloalkyl,-C (O)-R9, aryl or 5 or-6-membered heteroaryl

containing one, two or three heteroatoms, selected from the group consisting of oxygen, sulphur or nitrogen, wherein aryl, cycloalkyl, heterocycloalkyl and heteroaryl are unsubstituted or substituted by one or more substituents selected from the group consisting of halogen, (Cl-C6)-alkyl, (Cl-C6)-alkyl substituted by halogen or (Cl-C6)-alkoxy ; R3, R4 and R6 independently from each other are hydrogen or halogen ; R5 is NO2, CN, SO2R10 or NR11R12 ; R7 and R8 independently from each other are hydrogen or (Cl-C6)-alkyl ; R9 is (Cl-C6)-alkyl or (Ci-C6)-alkoxy ; Rio is (Cl-C6)-akl or NR7R8 ; R11 and R12 form together with the N-atom a tetrazole ring, and to pharmaceutically acceptable acid addition salts thereof, with the proviso that 1- (2-chloro-5-nitrobenzoyl)-4- (4-chlorophenyl)-piperazine, 1-(2-fluoro-5-nitrobenzoyl)-4- [2-fluoro-4-(l-oxobutyl) phenyl]-piperazine, 1- (2-fluoro-5-nitrobenzoyl)-4- [2- fluoro-4- (1-oxopropyl) phenyl]-piperazine, 1-(2-chloro-5-nitrobenzoyl)-4-(2, 3-dimethylphenyl)-piperazine, <BR> <BR> <BR> 1- (2-chloro-5-nitrobenzoyl)-4- (3-chlorophenyl)-piperazine,<BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 1- (4-acetyl-2-fluorophenyl)-4- (2-fluoro-5-nitrobenzoyl)-piperazine, 1- (2-chloro-5-nitrobenzoyl)-4- (4-fluorophenyl)-piperazine and 1- (4-acetyl-2-fluoro-5-methylphenyl)-4- (2-fluoro-5-nitrobenzoyl)-piperazine are excluded.

A further embodiment are those compounds of formula la, wherein Ar is phenyl, substituted by one, two or three substituents selected from the group consisting of halogen, methyl, ethyl, CF3 or C (O) CH3

R1 is hydrogen ; R2 is halogen, methyl, isopropyl, isopropenyl, CF3, cyclopropyl, cyclohexyl, cyclohexenyl, cyclopentenyl, cycloheptenyl, tetrahydropyranyl, dihydropyranyl,- COOCH3, phenyl or 5 or-6-membered heteroaryl containing one or two heteroatoms, selected from the group consisting of oxygen, sulphur or nitrogen, wherein phenyl, cyclopropyl and heteroaryl are unsubstituted or substituted by one or more substituents selected from the group consisting of halogen, methyl, CF3 or methoxy ; R3 R4 and R6 independently from each other are hydrogen or chloro ; R5 is NO2, CN, SO2CH3, SO2NHCH3 or tetrazole ; and to pharmaceutically acceptable acid addition salts thereof, with the proviso that <BR> <BR> <BR> 1- (2-chloro-5-nitrobenzoyl)-4- (4-chlorophenyl)-piperazine,<BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 1-(2-fluoro-5-nitrobenzoyl)-4- [2-fluoro-4-(1-oxobutyl) phenyl]-piperazine, 1-(2-fluoro-5-nitrobenzoyl)-4-[2- fluoro-4-(1-oxopropyl)phenyl]-piperazine, 1- (2-chloro-5-nitrobenzoyl)-4- (2, 3-dimethylphenyl)-piperazine, <BR> <BR> <BR> 1- (2-chloro-5-nitrobenzoyl)-4- (3-chlorophenyl)-piperazine,<BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 1- (4-acetyl-2-fluorophenyl)-4- (2-fluoro-5-nitrobenzoyl)-piperazine,<BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 1- (2-chloro-5-nitrobenzoyl)-4- (4-fluorophenyl)-piperazine 1- (4-acetyl-2-fluoro-5-methylphenyl)-4- (2-fluoro-5-nitrobenzoyl)-piperazine are excluded.

An embodiment of the invention are further those compounds, wherein R2 is halogen, for example the following compounds : 1-{4-[4-(2-bromo-5-nitro-benzoyl)-piperazin-1-yl]-3-fluoro-p henyl}-ethanone or 3- [4- (4-acetyl-2-fluoro-phenyl)-piperazine-1-carbonyl]-4-chloro-N -methyl- benzenesulfonamide.

An embodiment of the invention are further those compounds, wherein R2 is phenyl, optionally substituted by fluoro, for example the following compounds : 1- {3-fluoro-4- [4- (4-nitro-biphenyl-2-carbonyl)-piperazin-1-yl]-phenyl}-ethano ne, (4-methanesulfonyl-biphenyl-2-yl)- [4- (4-trifluoromethyl-phenyl)-piperazin-1-yl]- methanone,

(4'-fluoro-4-methanesulfonyl-biphenyl-2-yl)- [4-(4-trifluoromethyl-phenyl)-piperazin-1- yl]-methanone, (2'-fluoro-4-methanesulfonyl-biphenyl-2-yl)- [4- (4-trifluoromethyl-phenyl)-piperazin-l- yl]-methanone, (3'-fluoro-4-methanesulfonyl-biphenyl-2-yl)- [4- (4-trifluoromethyl-phenyl)-piperazin-l- yl]-methanone, (2', 4'-difluoro-4-methanesulfonyl-biphenyl-2-yl)- [4- (4-trifluoromethyl-phenyl)- <BR> <BR> piperazin-1-yl]-methanone,<BR> <BR> (3'-fluoro-4-methanesulfonyl-biphenyl-2-yl)- [4- (4-trifluoromethyl-phenyl)-piperazin-l- yl]-methanone, <BR> <BR> [4- (2-fluoro-4-trifluoromethyl-phenyl)-piperazin-1-yl]- (4-methanesulfonyl-biphenyl-2- yl)-methanone, (4'-fluoro-4-methanesulfonyl-biphenyl-2-yl)- [4-(2-fluoro-4-trifluoromethyl-phenyl)- piperazin-1-yl]-methanone or 2- [4-(4-Trifluoromethyl-phenyl)-piperazine-1-carbonyl]-biphyen yl-4-sulfonic acid methylamide.

An embodiment of the invention are further those compounds, wherein R2 is cycloalkyl, for example the following compounds : 1- {4- [4- (2-cyclopropyl-5-nitro-benzoyl)-piperazin-1-yl]-3-fluoro-phe nyl}-ethanone, 1-{4-[4-(2-cyclohex-1-enyl-5-methanesulfonyl-benzoyl)-pipera zin-1-yl]-3-fluoro- phenyl}-ethanone, (2-cyclohexyl-5-methanesulfonyl-phenyl)- [4- (4-ethyl-2-fluoro-phenyl)-piperazin-1-yl]- methanone, <BR> <BR> 1- {4- [4- (2-cyclopent-1-enyl-5-methanesulfonyl-benzoyl)-piperazin-1-y l]-3-fluoro-<BR> <BR> phenyl}-ethanone,<BR> <BR> 1- {4- [4- (2-cyclohept-1-enyl-5-methanesulfonyl-benzoyl)-piperazin-1-y l]-3-fluoro-<BR> <BR> phenyl}-ethanone, (2-cyclopent-l-enyl-5-methanesulfonyl-phenyl)- [4- (4-trifluoromethyl-phenyl)- <BR> <BR> piperazin-1-yl]-methanone,<BR> <BR> (2-cyclohept-1-enyl-5-methanesulfonyl-phenyl)- [4- (4-trifluoromethyl-phenyl)-<BR> <BR> piperazin-1-yl]-methanone,<BR> (2-cyclohex-1-enyl-5-methanesulfonyl-phenyl)- [4- (4-trifluoromethyl-phenyl)- piperazin-1-yl]-methanone or <BR> <BR> (2-cyclohexyl-5-methanesulfonyl-phenyl)- [4- (4-trifluoromethyl-phenyl)-piperazin-1- yl]-methanone.

An embodiment of the invention are further those compounds, wherein R2 is -C (O) OCH3, for example the following compound : 2- [4- (4-acetyl-2-fluoro-phenyl)-piperazine-1-carbonyl]-4-nitro-be nzoic acid methyl ester.

An embodiment of the invention are further those compounds, wherein R2 is 5 or- 6-membered heteroaryl containing one, two or three heteroatoms, selected from the group consisting of oxygen, sulphur or nitrogen, optionally substituted by methyl, for example the following compounds : (5-methanesulfonyl-2-thiophen-2-yl-phenyl)- [4- (4-trifluoromethyl-phenyl)-piperazin- 1-yl]-methanone, (5-methanesulfonyl-2-thiophen-3-yl-phenyl)- [4- (4-trifluoromethyl-phenyl)-piperazin- 1-yl]-methanone, [5-methanesulfonyl-2- (4-methyl-thiophen-2-yl)-phenyl]- [4- (4-trifluoromethyl-phenyl)- <BR> <BR> <BR> piperazin-1-yl]-methanone,<BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> [5-methanesulfonyl-2- (5-methyl-thiophen-2-yl)-phenyl]- [4- (4-trifluoromethyl-phenyl)-<BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> piperazin-1-yl]-methanone, (5-methanesulfonyl-2-thiazol-2-yl-phenyl)- [4- (4-trifluoromethyl-phenyl)-piperazin-l- yl]-methanone, (5-methanesulfonyl-2-pyridin-4-yl-phenyl)- [4- (4-trifluoromethyl-phenyl)-piperazin-1- yl]-methanone or <BR> <BR> <BR> [4- (2-fluoro-4-trifluoromethyl-phenyl)-piperazin-1-yl]- (5-methanesulfonyl-2-thiophen- 3-yl-phenyl)-methanone.

An embodiment of the invention are further those compounds, wherein R2 is heterocycloalkyl, for example the following compounds : [2- (3, 6-dihydro-2H-pyran-4-yl)-5-methanesulfonyl-phenyl]- [4- (4-trifluoromethyl- <BR> <BR> <BR> phenyl)-piperazin-1-yl]-methanone,<BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> [5-methanesulfonyl-2- (tetrahydro-pyran-4-yl)-phenyl]- [4- (4-trifluoromethyl-phenyl)- piperazin-1-yl]-methanone or <BR> <BR> <BR> 1- (4-14- [2- (3, 6-dihydro-2H-pyran-4-yl)-5-methanesulfonyl-benzoyl]-piperazi n-1-yll-3-<BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> fluoro-phenyl)-ethanone.

The present compounds of formula I and their pharmaceutically acceptable salts can be prepared by methods known in the art, for example, by processes described below, which process comprises a) reacting a compound of formula with a compound of formula to a compound of formula

wherein Z is hydroxy or halogen, and the other substituents are as defined above, or b) reacting a compound of formula

with a compound of formula ROB (OH) 2 or R2B (OR) 2 in the presence of a palladium catalyst to a compound of formula wherein X is halogen and the other substituents are as defined above, or c) reacting a compound of formula

with R2SnBu3 or R2SnMe3 in the presence of a palladium catalyst to a compound of formula wherein X is halogen and the other substituents are as defined above, or d) reacting a compound of formula

with a compound of formula in the presence of a palladium catalyst and base to a compound of formula wherein X is halogen and the other substituents are as defined above, or e) hydrogenating a compound of formula

wherein R is (C2-C6)-alkenyl or (C2-C6)-alkynyl to a compound of formula wherein R'is (C2-C)-alkyl or (C2-C6)-alkenyl f) reacting a compound of formula

with trimethylsulfoxonium iodide in the presence of a base to a compound of formula g) reacting a compound of formula

with a compound of formula TMSCF3 in the presence of copper to a compound of formula

wherein X is halogen and the other substituents are as described above, if desired, converting the compounds obtained into pharmaceutically acceptable acid addition salts.

The compounds of formula I may be prepared in accordance with process variant a) to g) and with the following schemes 1 to 8.

The starting material is commercially available or may be prepared in accordance with known methods.

Scheme 1 O Ra ZR6 z Ra /Ra . Y 5 III ArX + N 1, coupling (^NH 2. optimal ArN R' removal of Y 11 if Z : OH, then an activating agent is added : X : halogen i. e. CDI, TBTU Y : H, protective group (i. e. boc) Z : OH, halogen (i. e. : Cl)

Ar and R1-R6 are as described above.

Compounds of general formula I can be prepared by reacting a piperazine of formula II with a compound of formula III (Z = Cl) or III (Z = OH) in the presence of an activating agent like CDI (N, N-carbonyldiimidazole) or TBTU (2- (lH-benzotriazole-1-yl)- 1, 1, 3, 3-tetramethyluroniumtetrafluoroborate). Piperazines of formula II can be prepared by heating of corresponding piperazines with ArX or by reacting of corresponding N- protected piperazines with ArX in the presence of palladium catalyst followed by cleavage of the protective group. The protective group is typically tert-butoxycarbonyl (Boc).

Scheme 2 O X 3 R3 R B (OH) , or R'B (OR) 2 CN) + N 1 4-Ar N-' Rw6 *R4 Ar Rt R 5 R Palladium catalist R R5 lb I ! tb X is Cl, Br or I, Ar and Rl-R6 are as described above.

Compounds of general formula I can be prepared by reacting of a corresponding aryl halide of formula Ib with boronic acids or esters under Suzuki conditions in the presence of a palladium catalyst (e. g. tetrakis (triphenylphosphine) palladium, palladium acetate, tri-tert-butyl phosphine) and a base (e. g. cesium carbonate, sodium carbonate, potassium fluoride).

Scheme 3 0 X 0 RZ Rs Rs I, N Ar'N41J RX R2SnBu3 or R2SnMe3 A NX RaR il R Ar R, R 5 R R 5 lb Palladium catalist I

X is Cl, Br or I.

Ar and R1-R6 are as described above.

Compounds of general formula I can be prepared by reacting of a aryl halide of formula Ib with an organostannane under Stille conditions, in the presence of a palladium catalyst (e. g. tris (dibenzylideneacetone) dipalladium chloroform complex), of a ligand (e. g. triphenylarsine) and of copper iodide.

Scheme 4 0 X r'N R fN R3-S \ ^ N \ Rs Paffadium catafisf ArN, l 6 / Ar R'R 5 R R R 5 R R R In foc

X is Cl, Br or I.

Ar and R1 and R3-R6 are as described above.

Compounds of general formula Ic can be prepared by reacting an aryl halide of formula Ib with ethynyltrimethylsilane under Sonagashira conditions in the presence of palladium catalyst (e. g. tetrakis (triphenylphosphine) palladium, of copper iodide and base (e. g. triethylamine), followed by a basic treatment to provide compound Ic.

Scheme 5 O R 3 R3 hydrogen fez j c 11 N 6 4 Ar, N'- RtWPd/C or Raney Ni Ar I R R Rs R Rs In le

wherein R is (C2-C6)-alkenyl or (C2-C6)-alkynyl and wherein R'is (C2-C6)-alkyl or (C2-C6)-alkenyl and Ar, R'and R3-R6 are as described above.

Compounds of general formula Ie which does not contain insaturation can be prepared by hydrogenation of derivatives of formula Id for which R contain insaturation, in the presence of hydrogen and catalyst (e. g. Palladium on carbon or Raney Ni).

Scheme 6 trimethylsulfoxonium p R3 iodide R3 basez I R64R I . a R R Vif

Ar and Rl and R3-R6 are as described above.

The methyl-cyclopropyl compound of formula Ig can be prepared by reacting of an isopropenyl compound of formula If under Corey's conditions in the presence of trimethylsulfoxonium and a base (e. g. potassium tert-butoxyde).

Scheme 7 0 X O CF3 Rs TMSCF3 N I \ R3 N Ar-"I R R copper catalist 1 * R R 5 In oh

XisCl, BrorI.

Ar and Rl and R3-R6 are as described above.

Compounds of general formula Ih can be prepared by reacting of an aryl halide of formula Ib with (trifluoromethyl) trimethylsilane, in the presence of a copper catalyst (e. g. CuI), and potassium fluoride.

Scheme 8 O R2 O X R3 RZB (OH) 2 or R B (OR) 2 r| r R t R Palladium catalist Rs R III Illa

XisCl, BrorIandZisOH.

Ar and R-R6 are as described above.

The intermediate compound of formula III with Z = hydroxy can be prepared by reacting of an aryl halide of formula IIIa with boronic acids or esters under Suzuki conditions in the presence of a palladium catalyst (e. g. tetrakis (triphenylphosphine) palladium, palladium acetate, tri-tert-butyl phosphine, PdCl2 (dppf) 2) and a base (e. g. cesium carbonate, sodium carbonate, potassium fluoride, potassium hydroxyde).

The acid addition salts of the basic compounds of formula I may be converted to the corresponding free bases by treatment with at least a stoichiometric equivalent of a suitable base such as sodium or potassium hydroxide, potassium carbonate, sodium bicarbonate, ammonia, and the like.

The compounds of formula I and their pharmaceutically usable addition salts possess valuable pharmacological properties. Specifically, it has been found that the compounds of the present invention are good inhibitors of the glycine transporter I (GlyT-1).

The compounds were investigated in accordance with the test given hereinafter.

Solutions and materials DMEM complete medium : Nutrient mixture F-12 (Gibco Life-technologies), fetal bovine serum (FBS) 5 %, (Gibco life technologies), Penicillin/Streptomycinl % (Gibco life technologies), Hygromycin 0. 6 mg/ml (Gibco life technologies), Glutamine 1 mM Gibco life technologies) Uptake buffer (UB) : 150 mM NaCl, 10 mM Hepes-Tris, pH 7. 4, 1 mM Cal2, 2. 5 mM KC1, 2. 5 mM MgS04, 10 mM (+) D-glucose.

Flp-inTM-CHO (Invitrogen Cat n° R758-07) cells stably transfected with mGlyTlb cDNA.

Glycine uptake inhibition assay (mGlyT-lb) On day 1 mammalian cells, (Flp-in"-CHO), transfected with mGlyT-lb cDNA, were plated at the density of 40, 000 cells/well in complete P-12 medium, without hygromycin in 96-well culture plates. On day 2, the medium was aspirated and the cells were washed twice with uptake buffer (UB). The cells were then incubated for 20 min at 22°C with either (i) no potential competitor, (ii) 10 mM non-radioactive glycine, (iii) a concentration of a potential inhibitor. A range of concentrations of the potential inhibitor was used to generate data for calculating the concentration of inhibitor resulting in 50 % of the effect (e. g. ICso, the concentration of the competitor inhibiting glycine uptake of 50 %). A solution was then immediately added containing [3H]-glycine 60 nM (11-16 Ci/mmol) and 25 uM non-radioactive glycine. The plates were incubated with gentle shaking and the reaction was stopped by aspiration of the mixture and washing (three times) with ice-cold UB. The cells were lysed with scintillation liquid, shaken 3 hours and the radioactivity in the cells was counted using a scintillation counter.

The preferred compounds show an ICSO (lem) at GlyT-1 < 0. 04. Example No. IC5o (wM) Example No. 15 0.023 71 0.013 16 0. 026 72 0. 021 17 0. 031 73 0. 013 18 0. 029 75 0. 014 43 0. 032 76 0. 012 52 0. 033 77 0. 011 53 0. 006 78 0. 025 55 0. 039 79 0. 008 59 0. 033 91 0. 022 60 0. 019 111 0. 038 62 0. 019 114 0. 035 63 0. 01 125 0. 02 67 0. 04 126 0. 039 68 0.007 127 0.036 69 0. 031

The compounds of formula I and the pharmaceutically acceptable salts of the compounds of formula I can be used as medicaments, e. g. in the form of pharmaceutical preparations. The pharmaceutical preparations can be administered orally, e. g. in the form of tablets, coated tablets, dragees, hard and soft gelatine capsules, solutions, emulsions or suspensions. The administration can, however, also be effected rectally, e. g. in the form of suppositories, parenterally, e. g. in the form of injection solutions.

The compounds of formula I can be processed with pharmaceutically inert, inorganic or organic carriers for the production of pharmaceutical preparations.

Lactose, corn starch or derivatives thereof, talc, stearic acids or its salts and the like can be used, for example, as such carriers for tablets, coated tablets, dragees and hard gelatine capsules. Suitable carriers for soft gelatine capsules are, for example, vegetable oils, waxes, fats, semi-solid and liquid polyols and the like. Depending on the nature of the active substance no carriers are however usually required in the case of soft gelatine capsules.

Suitable carriers for the production of solutions and syrups are, for example, water, polyols, glycerol, vegetable oil and the like. Suitable carriers for suppositories are, for example, natural or hardened oils, waxes, fats, semi-liquid or liquid polyols and the like.

The pharmaceutical preparations can, moreover, contain preservatives, solubilizers, stabilizers, wetting agents, emulsifiers, sweeteners, colorants, flavorants, salts for varying the osmotic pressure, buffers, masking agents or antioxidants. They can also contain still other therapeutically valuable substances.

Medicaments containing a compound of formula I or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof and a therapeutically inert carrier are also an object of the present invention, as is a process for their production, which comprises bringing one or more compounds of formula I and/or pharmaceutically acceptable acid addition salts and, if desired, one or more other therapeutically valuable substances into a galenical administration form together with one or more therapeutically inert carriers.

The most preferred indications in accordance with the present invention are those, which include disorders of the central nervous system, for example the treatment or prevention of schizophrenia, cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's disease.

The dosage can vary within wide limits and will, of course, have to be adjusted to the individual requirements in each particular case. In the case of oral administration the dosage for adults can vary from about 0. 01 mg to about 1000 mg per day of a compound of general formula I or of the corresponding amount of a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof. The daily dosage may be administered as single dose or in divided doses and, in addition, the upper limit can also be exceeded when this is found to be indicated.

The following examples illustrate the present invention without limiting it. All temperatures are given in degree Celsius.

Intermediates Example A 2-bromo-5-cyano-benzoic

To a suspension of copper (II) bromide (1. 6 g, 7. 1 mmol) in acetonitrile (30 ml) was added dropwise tert-butylnitrite (1. 15 ml, 8. 63 mmol) at 0°C within 2 minutes. 2- Amino-5-cyano-benzoic acid (CAS : 99767-45-0 ; W09518097) (1. 0 g, 6. 17 mmol) was added portionwise within 10 minutes at 0°C. The mixture was stirred at 0°C for 2 hours and then at room temperature overnight. Half of the solvent was removed in vacuo. The residue was taken in HC1 1N (15 ml) and ethyl acetate (30 ml). The organic layer was extracted with NaOH 1N (3x10 ml). The aqueous layer was acidified with HC1 2N. The resulting solid was filtered, washed with water and dried (high vacum, 50°C) to provide 2-bromo-5-cyano-benzoic (0. 92 g, 66%) yellow solid, M+Ht=227. 1 Example B 2-Chloro-5-methanesulfonyl-benzoic acid A solution of 2-Chloro-5- (methylthio) benzoic acid (CAS : 51546-12-4 ; 2. 5 g, 11. 8 mmol) was dissolved in methanol (50 ml) and cooled to 0°C. Oxone (21. 9 g, 35. 5 mmol) was added portionwise within 5 minutes. The mixture was stirred at 0°C for 30 minutes and then at room temperature for 22 hours. The mixture was filtered. The filtrate was poured onto water (200 ml). The aqueous layer was extracted with dichloromethane (5x50 ml).

The combined extracts were dried over Na2SO4, filtered and the solvent was removed in vacuo. The solid was stirred in ether (30 ml), filtered and dried (High Vacum, 50°C) to provide 2-chloro-5-methanesulfonyl-benzoic acid (1. 96 g, 70%) as a beige solid, M-H : 232. 9.

Example C 2-Iodo-5-methanesulfonyl-benzoic acid (a) 2-Amino-5-methanesulfonvl-benzoic acid A mixture of 4. 26 mmol 2-chloro-5-methanesulfonyl-benzoic acid (see example K, stepl), 0. 39 mmol Copper powder and 10 ml ammonium hydroxide 25% was heated at 125-130°C with stirring for 18 hours. Mixture was cooled to room temperature and filtered. The solid was washed with methanol. The filtrate was concentrated in vacuo.

The residue was acidified with HC1 1N to pH=2. The obtained solid was washed with water and dried (HV, 50°C, 1 hour) to yield the title compound. MS (m/e) : 214. 1 (M-H, 100%) (b) 2-Iodo-5-methanesulfonyl-benzoic acid

To a suspension of 3. 0 mmol 2-amino-5-methanesulfonyl-benzoic acid in a mixture of 1. 7 ml sulfuric acid and 1. 7 ml water was added dropwise a solution of 3. 92 mmol sodium nitrite in 1. 7 ml water at such rate that the temperature did not exceed 3°C. The mixture was stirred at 0°C for 1 hour. A solution of 3. 0 mmol KI in 1. 7 ml water was added dropwise at 0°C. The brown suspension was allowed to warm to rt and stirred for 30 minutes. Excess iodine was destroyed by addition of a few drops of a sodium hydrogenosulfite solution. The solid was filtered, washed with water and dried (HV, 50°C, 1 hour) to yield the title compound. MS (m/e) : 325. 0 (M-H, 100%) Example D rac-3-Methyl-4- (4-trifluoromethyl-phenyl)-piperazine-l-carboxylic acid tert-butyl ester

To a solution of 3-Methyl-piperazine-l-carboxylic acid tert-butyl ester (l. Og, 5. 3 mmol) and of l-Bromo-4-trifluoromethyl-benzene (l. Og, 4. 4 mmol) in toluene (10 ml) were added sodium-tert butylate (0. 6g, 6. 2 mmol), 2-(dicyclohexylphosphino) biphenyl (31. mg, 89 mmol), and tris (dibenzylideneacetone) dipalladium-chloroform complex (23 mg, 22 mmol). The reaction mixture was then stirred for 16 hours at 80°C. After allowing to cool to room temperature the reaction mixture was concentrated in vacuo and purified by column chromatography (SiO2, 70g, heptane/ethyl acetate 0-30%) to give the title compound as a light brown solid (0. 47g) ; MS (m/e) : 345. 2 (M+H+, 100%).

Example E 4-(2-Fluoro-4-trifluoromethyl-phenyl)-piperazine-1-carboxyli c acid tert-butyl ester A mixture of 5 g (20 mmol) 1-Bromo-2-fluoro-4-trifluoromethyl-benzene, 4. 6 g (24. 7 mmol) n-Boc-piperazine, 106 mg (0. 1 mmol) Tris (dibenzylideneacetone) dipalladium chloroform complex 2. 77 g (28. 8 mmol) sodium-t-butoxide and 144 mg (0. 4 mmol) 2- (Dicyclohexylphosphino) biphenyl in 50 ml toluene was heated for 16 h at 80 °C. After cooling to room temperature the mixture was treated with 15 g Isolute HM-N and all volatiles were removed under vacuum. The residue was purified on silica eluting with a gradient of heptane/EtOAc to yield after evaporation 4. 54 g (63%) of the title compound as white amorphous solid ; MS (m/e) : 349. 2 (MH+, 100%).

Example F 1- (2-Fluoro-4-trifluoromethyl-phenyl)-piperazine

A mixture of 3. 11 g (9 mmol) 4-(2-Fluoro-4-trifluoromethyl-phenyl)-piperazine-1- carboxylic acid tert-butyl ester in 20 ml dioxane was treated with 8. 93 ml 4N HC1 in dioxane for 2 h at 80 °C. The mixture was concentrated and treated with 20 ml water, 20 ml 2M Na2CO3 and extracted with 50 ml EtOAc. The organic phase was washed with 30 ml saturated NaCl. All aqueous phases were combined and extracted with 50 ml EtOAc.

The combined organic phases were dried with MgS04 and evaporated to yield 2. 1 g (95 %) of the title compound as brownish crystals ; MS (m/e) : 249. 2 (MH+, 100%) Procedure A : Suzuki-Miyaura coupling Example G 2-Cyclohex-l-enyl-5-methanesulfonyl-benzoic acid

In analogy to a procedure described by Masuda et al. [M. Murata, T. Oyama, S.

Watanabe, Y. Masuda, Synthesis 2000, 778] a stirred mixture of 1 eq. 2-cyclohex-1-enyl- 4, 4, 5, 5-tetramethyl- [1, 3, 2] dioxaborolane, 0. 8 eq. 2-iodo-5-methanesulfonyl-benzoic acid, 2 eq. aqueous 3M KOH solution and 0. 03 eq PdCl2 (dppf) 2-CHC13 in dioxane (0. 2 ml per mmol) were heated to 80°C for 5h. Then the reaction mixture is diluted with water, extracted with AcOEt, the aqueous phase acidified with 2N H2SO4, extracted with AcOEt and the pooled organic extracts dried over Na2SO4, filtered and evaporated. The crude product is purified by flash-chromatography on silica gel with heptane/AcOEt as eluent. to yield the title compound ; MS (ISN) : 279. 8 M-H-.

Example H 2-Cyclopent-1-enyl-5-methanesulfonyl-benzoic acid

Following procedure A, 2-Cyclopent-1-enyl-5-methanesulfonyl-benzoic acid is prepared from 2-iodo-5-methanesulfonyl-benzoic acid and 2-cydopent-1-enyl-4, 4, 5, 5-

tetramethyl- [1, 3, 2] dioxaborolane [M. Murata, T. Oyama, S. Watanabe, Y. Masuda, Synthesis 2000, 778] : MS (ISN) : 264. 8 M-H-.

Example I 2-Cyclohept-1-enyl-5-methanesulfonyl-benzoic acid

Following procedure A, 2-Cyclohept-I-enyl-5-methanesulfonyl-benzoic acid is prepared from 2-iodo-5-methanesulfonyl-benzoic acid and 2-cyclohept-1-enyl-4, 4, 5, 5- tetramethyl- [1, 3, 2] dioxaborolane [M. Murata, T. Oyama, S. Watanabe, Y. Masuda, Synthesis 2000, 778] : MS (ISN) : 292. 9 M-H-.

Example J 2- (3, 6-Dihydro-2H-pyran-4-yl)-5-methanesulfonyl-benzoic acid

Following procedure A, 2- (3, 6-Dihydro-2H-pyran-4-yl)-5-methanesulfonyl-benzoic acid is prepared from 2-iodo-5-methanesulfonyl-benzoic acid and 2-cyclohept-1-enyl-4, 4, 5, 5- tetramethyl- [1, 3, 2] dioxaborolane [M. Murata, T. Oyama, S. Watanabe, Y. Masuda, Synthesis 2000, 778] : MS (ISN) : 280. 8 M-H-.

Example K 5-Nitro-2-trifluoromethyl-benzoic acid

5-Nitro-2-trifluoromethyl-benzoic acid is prepared from the known 2-methyl-4-nitro-1- trifluoromethyl-benzene by oxidation with chromium trioxide in an acetic acid/water/sulfuric acid mixture following a procedure described by Aeberli et al. [P.

Aeberli, P. Eden, J. H. Gogerty, W. J. Houlihan, C. Penberthy, J. Med. Chem. 18, 177 (1975)] : colourless solid, MS (ISN) : 233. 9 M-H-.

Example L Procedure B : Sonoghashira reaction : (5-Methanesulfonyl-2-trimethylsilanylethynyl-phenyl)- [4- (4-trifluoromethyl-phenyl)-<BR> piperazin-1-yl]-methanone A mixture of (2-Iodo-5-methanesulfonyl-phenyl)- [4- (4-trifluoromethyl-phenyl)- piperazin-l-yl]-methanone, Example 9 (100 mg, 0. 186 mmol), Pd (PPh3) 4 (10 mg, 0. 0093 mmol), Cul (1. 8 mg, 0. 0093 mmol) and Ethynyltrimethylsilane (32 ul, 0. 223 mmol) in triethylamine (0. 4 ml) was heated to 80°C for 4 hours. The mixture was cooled to room temperature, diluted with ethylacetate, filtered and the solvent was removed in vacuo. The crude brown oil was purified on Si02 (Heptane/AcOEt 0%-40%, 15 minutes) to provide the title compound (50 mg, 53%, yellow foam) ; M+H= 590. 2.

Example M 4-Chloro-N-methyl-3- [4- (4-trifluoromethyl-phenyl)-piperazine-l-carbonyl]- benzenesulfonamide Following procedure E, the title compound was synthetised from 1- (4-trifluoromethyl- phenyl)-piperazine and 2-Chloro-5- (N-methylsulfamoyl) benzoic acid (CAS = [68901- 09-7]) ; M-H = 460. 1 Example N <BR> <BR> [4-(2-Fluoro-4-trifluoromethyl-phenyl)-piperazin-1-yl]- (2-iodo-5-methanesulfonyl- phenyl)-methanone

Following procedure E, the title compound was synthetised from 1- (2-Fluoro-4- trifluoromethyl-phenyl)-piperazine (Example F) and 2-Iodo-5-methanesulfonyl-benzoic acid (Example C) ; M+H = 556. 9.

Example O 5-Methanesulfonyl-2-thiazol-2-yl-benzoic acid (a) 2-Iodo-5-methanesulfonyl-benzoic acid methyl ester

Following procedure D, 2-iodo-5-methanesulfonyl-benzoic acid methyl ester is prepared from 2-Iodo-5-methanesulfonyl-benzoic acid (example C) and Methanol. 86% Yield, white solid, MS (m/e) : 357. 8 (M+ NH4+, 100%) (b) 5-Methanesulfonyl-2-thiazol-2-yl-benzoic acid methyl ester

Following procedure I, 5-methanesulfonyl-2-thiazol-2-yl-benzoic acid methyl ester is prepared from 2-Iodo-5-methanesulfonyl-benzoic acid methyl ester and 2- Tributylstannanyl-thiazole (CAS : 121359-48-6). Colorless oil, 65% yield, MS (m/e) : (MH+, 100%) (c) 5-Methanesulfons1-2-thiazol-2-yl-benzoic acid 5-Methanesulfonyl-2-thiazol-2-yl-benzoic acid is prepared by saponification of 5- Methanesulfonyl-2-thiazol-2-yl-benzoic acid methyl ester in the presence of sodium hydroxide (2N) in a mixture of dioxane and ethanol at 80 deg for 30 minutes. Brow solid, 50% yield, MS (m/e) : 282. 2 (M-H, 100%) Example P 1- (3-Fluoro-4-trifluoromethyl-phenyl)-piperazine

(a)-4-(3-Fluoro-4-trifluoromethyl-phenyl)-piperazine-1-carbo xylic acid tert-butyl ester

To a mixture of sodium tert-butoxide (0. 68 g, 6. 9 mmol), palladium (II) acetate (11 mg, 0. 05 mmol), 2- (di-t-butylphosphino) biphenyl (149 mg, 0. 49 mmol), tert-Butyl-1- piperazine carboxylate (1. 1 g, 5. 9 mmol) and 4-chloro-2-fluorobenzotrifluoride (1 g, 4. 94 mmol) was added degazed toluene (10 ml). The mixture was heated to 80 °C overnight.

The mixture was cool to room temperature, diluted with ether, filtered and the filtrate was concentrated in vacuo. The residue was chromatographed over silica gel : eluent : Heptane/Ethylacetate 0-10% over 15 minutes to provide the title compound (1. 05 g, 61%) as a white solid, MS (m/e) : 349. 2 (M+H, 100%).

(b) 1-(3-Fluoro-4-trifluoromethyl-phenyl)-piperazine

The title compound was prepared according to the procedure described for example F from 4-(3-Fluoro-4-trifluoromethyl-phenyl)-piperazine-1-carboxyli c acid tert-butyl ester (98%, brown solid, MS (m/e) : 249. 2 (M+H, 100%) Example Q 1- (3-Fluoro-4-trifluoromethyl-phenyl)-piperazine

This compound is commercially available Example R [4- (2-Fluoro-4-methanesulfonyl-phenyl)-piperazin-1-yl]- (2-iodo-5-methanesulfonyl- phenyl)-methanone

Following procedure E, the title compound was synthetised from 1- (2-Fluoro-4- methanesulfonyl-phenyl)-piperazine (Commercially available from Peakdale) and 2- Iodo-5-methanesulfonyl-benzoic acid (Example C) ; M+H = 567. 0 (100%) Example S 3-Fluoro-4- [4- (2-iodo-5-methanesulfonyl-benzoyl)-piperazin-I-yl]-benzonitr ile

Following procedure E, the title compound was synthetised from 3-Fluoro-4-piperazin- 1-yl-benzonitrile (W09625414, [182181-38-0]) and 2-Iodo-5-methanesulfonyl-benzoic acid (Example C) ; M+H = 514. 0 Example T (5-Methanesulfonyl-2-trimethylstannanyl-phenyl)- [4- (4-trifluoromethyl-phenyl)- piperazin-1-yl]-methanone A mixture of (2-Iodo-5-methanesulfonyl-phenyl)- [4- (4-trifluoromethyl-phenyl)- piperazin-1-yl]-methanone (Example 9, 2. 62 g, 4. 87 mmol), Tetrakis (triphenylphosphine) palladium (O) (248 mg, 0. 21 mmol), Palladium (II) acetate (77 mg, 0. 34 mmol) and Hexamethyldistannane (1. 72 ml, 8. 27 mmol) in Tetrahydrofuran (15 ml) and Triethylamine (0. 75 ml) was heated at 100 °C for 1 hour.

The mixture was cooled to room temperature and concentrated in vacuo. The residue was chromatographed over Si02 (ethyl acetate/heptane/triethylamine 0/98/2 to 18/80/2) to provide the title compound (990 mg, 35%) as an off-white solid.

Example U 2-Iodo-5-methyl-thiazole

To a solution of Diisopropylamine (6. 78 ml, 21. 7 mmol) in Tetrahydrofuran (50 ml) was added dropwise a 2 M solution of Butylmagnesium chloride in Tetrahydrofuran (9. 83 ml, 19. 7 mmol) and the mixture was stirred at room temperature for 16 hours. 5- Methylthiazole (1. 00 g, 10. 1 mmol) was then added and stirring continued for a further hour, whereupon a solution of Iodine (6. 53 g, 25. 7 mmol) in Tetrahydrofuran (50 ml) was added dropwise. After stirring for a further 1 hour, the reaction mixture was quenched with aqueous sodium thiosulphate solution (20%, 100 ml) and extracted three times with Ethyl acetate. The combined organic phases were dried over Na2SO4 and concentrated in vacuo. The residue was chromatographed over Si02 (ethyl acetate/heptane 1/1) to provide the title compound (1. 95 g, 86%) as brown oil.

Example V 4-Methanesulfonyl-biphenyl-2-carboxylic acid (a) 2-Iodo-5-methanesulfonyl-benzoic acid methyl ester To 2-Iodo-5-methanesulfonyl-benzoic acid (Example C, 10. 0 g, 30. 7 mmolin 250 ml THF was added CDI (5. 50 g, 33. 7 mmol) and the mixture heated at 70 °C for 1 h.

Methanol (12. 4 ml, 307 mmol) was then added and the mixture was heated at 70 °C for a further 1 h. The mixture was then cooled to room temperature and concentrated in vacuo. The residue was chromatographed over Si02 (ethyl acetate/dichloromethane 4 : 1) to afford the title compound (8. 95 g, 86%) as white crystalline solid.

(b) 4-Methanesulfonyl-biphenyl-2-carboxylic acid methyl ester A mixture of 2-Iodo-5-methanesulfonyl-benzoic acid methyl ester (1. 20 g, 3. 53 mmol), Phenyltri-n-butyltin (1. 27 ml, 3. 88 mmol), Tris (dibenzylideneacetone) dipalladium (O) (226 mg, 0. 25 mmol), Triphenylarsine (108 mg, 0. 35 mmol) and Copper iodide (309 mg, 1. 62 mmol) in N, N-Dimethylformamide (30 ml) was heated at 90 °C for 16 hours. The mixture was cooled to room temperature and concentrated in vacuo. The residue was chromatographed over Si02 (ethyl acetate/heptane gradient) to provide the title compound (1. 02 g, 99%) as an off-white crystalline solid. MS (ISP) : 291. 0 MH+.

(c) 4-Methanesulfonyl-biphenYl-2-carboxylic acid To 4-Methanesulfonyl-biphenyl-2-carboxylic acid methyl ester (1. 00 g, 3. 44 mmol) in 5 ml THF was added 5 M aq NaOH solution (7. 58 ml, 37. 9 mmol) and the mixture was heated at 60 °C for 16 h. The mixture was then cooled to RT, acidified to pH 1 with conc hydrochloric acid, and extracted 3 times with ethyl acetate. The combined organic phases were dried with Na2SO4. Evaporation in vacuo afforded the title compound (903 mg, 95%) as an off-white crystalline solid. MS (ISN) : 275. 1 M-H-.

Example W 1- (4-Cyclopropanesulfonyl-2-fluoro-phenyl)-piperazine (a) 354-Difluoro-benzenesulfinic aåd To sodium sulfite (22. 2 g, 176 mmol) in 80 ml water at RT was added dropwise over 20 min a solution of 3, 4-difluoro-benzenesulfonyl chloride (5. 00 g, 23. 5 mmol) in 40 ml dioxane. 1 M aq NaOH (40 ml) was then added dropwise until the reaction mixture was pH 14 and the mixture was then allowed to stir at RT for a further 16 h. The mixture was then cooled to 0 °C and concentrated H2SO4 added until the reaction mixture was pH 1.

The mixture was extracted three times with ethyl acetate and the combined organic phases washed with saturated aq NaCl solution and then dried with Na2SO4. Evaporation in vacuo yielded the title compound (4. 21g, 97%) as a white crystalline solid.

MS (ISN) : 177. 1 M-H- (b) 4-(3-Chloro-propane-1-sulfonyl)-1, 2-difluoro-benzene To 3, 4-difluoro-benzenesulfinic acid (500 mg, 2. 81 mmol) and triethylamine (0. 43 ml, 3. 10 mmol) in 10 ml DMF was added l-chloro-3-iodopropane (1. 43 g, 7. 00 mmol) and the mixture heated at 65 °C for 3 h. The reaction mixture was then poured onto water and extracted three times with ethyl acetate. The combined organic phases were then washed with saturated aq. NaCl solution, dried over Na2SO4, and concentrated in vacuo.

The residue was chromatographed over Si02 (ethyl acetate/heptane 1 : 50) to afford the title compound (300 mg, 42%) as an off-white crystalline solid.

MS (ISP) : 257. 2 {37Cl} MH+, 255. 1 {35C1} MH+

(c) 4-Cvclopropanesulfonyl-1, 2-difluoro-benzene To mmol 4- (3-chloro-propane-1-sulfonyl)-1, 2-difluoro-benzene (300 mg, 1. 18 mmol) in 10 ml THF at-78 °C was added dropwise a 0. 9 M solution of potassium bis (trimethylsilyl) amide in THF (3. 65 ml, 3. 32 mmol). The reaction mixture was then allowed to warm to RT and stirring continued for a further 30 min at RT. The mixture was quenched by addition of 1 M aq HC1 (2 ml) and water (10 ml), and then extracted three times with ethyl acetate. The combined organic phases were dried with Na2SO4, and concentrated in vacuo. The residue was chromatographed over Si02 (ethyl acetate/heptane 1 : 10) to afford the title compound (90 mg, 37%) as an off-white amorphous solid. MS (ISP) : 219. 2 MH+ (d) 1-(4-Cyclopropanesulfonyl-2-fluoro-phenyl)-piperazine To 4-cyclopropanesulfonyl-1, 2-difluoro-benzene (40 mg, 0. 18 mmol) in 5 ml N, N- dimethylacetamide was added piperazine (47 mg, 0. 55 mmol) and the mixture was heated at 80 °C for 90 min. The mixture was then concentrated in vacuo to afford the title compound (27 mg, 52%) as a brown solid. MS (ISP) : 285. 0 MH+ Example X Dimethyl- (4-piperazin-1-yl- [1, 3, 5] triazin-2-yl)-amine (al 4- (4-Chloro- [1, 3, 5 triazin-2-yl)-piperazine-1-carboxylic acid ter-butyl ester A solution of 11 mmol of 2, 4-dichlorotriazine (WO 02/083654) in 20ml of acetonitrile was chilled and treated with 11 mmol of triethylamine and 11 mmol of N-BOC- piperazine. The reaction mixture was stirred for 2 hours at 0° C then for 2 hours at room temperature. Addition of 100ml brine and extraction with ethyl acetate yields the crude product which was purified through trituration in ethyl acetate.

MS (m/e) : 300. 3 (MH+, 100%) b) 4- ('4-Dimethylamino-fl, 3. 5ltriazin-2-yl')-piperazine-l-carboxylic acid tert-butyl ester A solution of 2 mmol of 4- (4-Chloro- [1, 3, 5] triazin-2-yl)-piperazine-1-carboxylic acid tert-butyl ester in 15 ml of 2M dimethylamine in methanol was stirred at room

temperature for 1 hour. Concentration and purification by chromatography (Si02 ; ethyl acetate/cyclohexane 1 : 1) yields the title compound as a colorless solid.

MS (m/e) : 309. 1 (MH+, 100%) (c) Dimethyl- (4-piperazin-1-yl- (1, 3, 5 triazin-2-yl)-amine A solution of 1 mmol of 4- (4-Dimethylamino- [1, 3, 5] triazin-2-yl)-piperazine-1- carboxylic acid tert-butyl ester in 10 ml dichloromethane was chilled and treated with 14 mmol of trifluoroacetic acid. The reaction mixture was heated to 40° C for 30 min. After cooling, 50ml of 2M aqueous sodium hydroxide is added. The organic layer is separated, dried and concentrated to yield the title compound as a yellowish oil.

MS (m/e) : 267. 0 (M+CH3COO+, 100%) Example Y [4- (3-Chloro-5-trifluoromethyl-pyridin-2-yl)-piperazin-1-yl]- (2-iodo-5- methanesulfonyl-phenyl)-methanone

Following procedure E, the title compound was synthetised from 1- (3-Chloro-5- trifluoromethyl-pyridin-2-yl)-piperazine ( [132834-59-4]) and 2-Iodo-5- methanesulfonyl-benzoic acid (Example C) ; M+H = 574 Example Z [4-(2-Fluoro-phenyl)-piperazin-l-yl]-(2-iodo-5-methanesulfon yl-phenyl)-methanone

Following procedure E, the title compound was synthetised from 1- (2- Fluorophenyl) piperazine ([1011-15-0]) and 2-Iodo-5-methanesulfonyl-benzoic acid (Example C) ; M+H = 489 Example AA <BR> <BR> 1- {3-Fluoro-4- [4- (2-iodo-5-methanesulfonyl-benzoyl)-piperazin-1-yl]-phenyl}- ethanone

Following procedure E, the title compound was synthetised from 1- (3-Fluoro-4- piperazin-1-yl-phenyl)-ethanone [189763-57-3] and 2-Iodo-5-methanesulfonyl-benzoic acid (Example C) ; M+H = 531 Example AB 3-Fluoro-4- [4- (2-iodo-5-methanesulfonyl-benzoyl)-piperazin-1-yl]-benzonitr ile

Following procedure E, the title compound was synthetised from 3-Fluoro-4-piperazin- 1-yl-benzonitrile [182181-38-0] and 2-Iodo-5-methanesulfonyl-benzoic acid (Example C) ; M+H = 514 Example AC 1-14- [4- (2-Iodo-5-methanesulfonyl-benzoyl)-piperazin-1-yl]-phenyll-e thanone

Following procedure E, the title compound was synthetised from 1- (4-Piperazin-1-yl- phenyl)-ethanone [51639-48-6] and 2-Iodo-5-methanesulfonyl-benzoic acid (Example C) ; M+H = 513 Example AD <BR> <BR> [4- (2, 4-Difluoro-phenyl)-piperazin-1-yl]- (2-iodo-5-methanesulfonyl-phenyl)- methanone

Following procedure E, the title compound was synthetised from 1- (2, 4-Difluoro- phenyl)-piperazine [115761-79-0] and 2-Iodo-5-methanesulfonyl-benzoic acid (Example C) ; M+H = 507 Example AE 2-Piperazin-1-yl-5-trifluoromethyl-pyrimidine (a) 2- (4-Benzyl-piperazin-1-vl)-5-trifluoromethyl-pvrimidine To a solution of (3-Dimethylamino-2-trifluoromethyl-allylidene)-dimethyl-ammo nium chloride ( [176214-18-9], 0. 60 g) in acetonitrile (10 mL) was added 4-Benzyl-piperazine- 1-carboxamidine hydrochloride ( [7773-69-5], 0. 66 g) and triethylamine (0. 87 mL) and the reaction mixture was stirred for 3 hours at room temperature. After such time the reaction mixture was concentrated in vacuo and purified by column chromatography to yield the title compound as a light yellow solid (0. 79 g). MS (m/e) : 323. 4 (M+H+).

(b) 2-Piperazin-1-vl-5-trifluoromethyl-p, vrimidine To a solution of 2- (4-Benzyl-piperazin-1-yl)-5-trifluoromethyl-pyrimidine (0. 63 g) in methanol was added Palladium-C (Degussa E101N ; 5%) and the reaction mixture was heated at 60°C under hydrogen atmosphere. The reaction mixture was then allowed to cool down to room temperature, the catalyst was filtered of and solvent was removed in vacuo to yield the title compound as a colorless solid (0. 41 g). MS (m/e) : 233. 1 (M+H+).

Example AF <BR> 2- [4- (2-Iodo-5-methanesulfonyl-benzoyl)-piperazin-1-yl]-benzonitr ile

Following procedure E, the title compound was synthetised from 2-Piperazin-I-yl- benzonitrile [111373-03-6] and 2-Iodo-5-methanesulfonyl-benzoic acid (Example C) ; M+H = 496 Example AG 4- [4- (2-Iodo-5-methanesulfonyl-benzoyl)-piperazin-1-yl]-benzonitr ile Following procedure E, the title compound was synthetised from 4-Piperazin-l-yl- benzonitrile [68104-63-2] and 2-Iodo-5-methanesulfonyl-benzoic acid (Example C) ; M+H = 496 Example 1 1- (4-acetyl-2-fluoro-5-methylphenyl)-4- (2-fluoro-5-nitrobenzoyl)-piperazine Known compound, CAS number : [313377-35-4] Procedure C Example 2 1- {3-Fluoro-4- [4- (2-fluoro-5-nitro-benzoyl)-piperazin-1-yl]-phenyl}-ethanone A solution of 2-Fluoro-5-nitro-benzoyl chloride (CAS : 7304-32-7 ; Feng, Y. ; Burgess, K. ; Chem. Europ. J. ; EN ; 5 ; 11 ; 1999 ; 3261-3272) (0. 054 g, 0. 261 mmol) in dioxane (lml) was treated with triethylamine (0. 073 ml, 0. 522 mmol) and then with a solution of 1- (3- Fluoro-4-piperazin-1-yl-phenyl)-ethanone (CAS : 189763-57-3 ; W09714690) (58 mg, 0. 261 mmol) in dioxane (1 ml). The mixture was stirred at room temperature for 30 minutes. The solvent was removed in vacuo. The crude oil was taken in water. The

aqueous layer was extracted 3 times with CH2C12. The combined extracts were dried over Na2SO4, filtered and the solvent was removed in vacuo. The crude gum was purified on a Si02 (Heptane/AcOEt 0%-20% (10 minutes, then 20% (5 minutes) to provide 1- {3- Fluoro-4- [4- (2-fluoro-5-nitro-benzoyl)-piperazin-1-yl]-phenyl}-ethanone (69 mg, 68%) as a light yellow solid (M+H+ : 390. 2).

Procedure D Example 3 3- [4- (4-acetyl-2-fluoro-phenyl)-piperazine-1-carbonyl]-4-bromo benzonitrile To a solution of 2-bromo-5-cyano-benzoic acid (200 mg, 0. 885 mmol) in DMF (3 ml) was added dropwise 1, 1'-Carbonyldiimidazole (148 mg, 0. 885 mmol). When the C02 evolution ceased, the mixture was heated to 50°C for 15 minutes. The mixture was cooled to room temperature. 1- (3-Fluoro-4-piperazin-1-yl-phenyl)-ethanone (198 mg, 0. 885 mmol) was added portionwise. The mixture was stirred at room temperature for 1 hour.

The solvent was removed in vacuo. The residue was dissolved in ethyl acetate. The solution was washed twice with water, dried over Na2SO4, filtered and the solvent was removed in vacuo. The crude oil was purified on Si02 (Heptane/AcOEt 0%-30% (10 minutes)) to provide 3- [4- (4-acetyl-2-fluoro-phenyl)-piperazine-1-carbonyl]-4-bromo benzonitrile (185mg, 49%) as white solid (M+ 430. 3).

Example 4 1-{4- [4-(2-Bromo-5-nitro-benzoyl)-piperazin-1-yl]-3-fluoro-phenyl }-ethanone The title compound was prepared according to the procedure C described for example 2 from 1- (3-fluoro-4-piperazin-1-yl-phenyl)-ethanone and 2-bromo-5-nitro-benzoyl chloride (CAS : 80887-01-0 ; Grohmann, Chem. Ber. ; 24 ; 1891 ; 3814) (81% yield, yellow solid, M+ : 450. 0) Example 5 1- {4- [4- (2-Chloro-5-methanesulfonyl-benzoyl)-piperazin-1-yl]-3-fluor o-phenyl}- ethanone The title compound was prepared according to the procedure D described for example 2 from 1- (3-Fluoro-4-piperazin-1-yl-phenyl)-ethanone and 2-chloro-5-methanesulfonyl- benzoic acid (Example B), 72%, white solid, M+H+ : 439. 1) Example 6 3- [4- (4-Acetyl-2-fluoro-phenyl)-piperazine-1-carbonyl]-4-chloro-b enzenesulfonamide

The title compound was prepared according to the procedure D described for example 2 from 1- (3-Fluoro-4-piperazin-1-yl-phenyl)-ethanone and 2-Chloro-5-sulfamoyl-benzoic acid (CAS : 97-04-1 ; Basu ; D.-G. ; J. Indian Chem. Soc. ; 16 ; 1939 ; 100, 106) (42%, white solid, M-H : 438. 1) Example 7 3- [4- (4-Acetyl-2-fluoro-phenyl)-piperazine-1-carbonyl]-4-chloro-N -methyl- benzenesulfonamide The title compound was prepared according to the procedure D described for example 2 from 1- (3-Fluoro-4-piperazin-1-yl-phenyl)-ethanone and 2-Chloro-5-methylsulfamoyl- benzoic acid (CAS : 68901-09-7 ; BE 620741) (69%, light yellow foam, M-H : 452. 1) Example 8 1- {4- [4- (2-Chloro-5-nitro-benzoyl)-piperazin-1-yl]-3-fluoro-phenyl}- ethanone The title compound was prepared according to the procedure D described for example 2 from 1-(3-Fluoro-4-piperazin-1-yl-phenyl)-ethanone and 2-chloro-5-nitro-benzoic acid (CAS : 2516-96-3) ; MS (ISP) : 406. 2 MH+.

Procedure E Example 9 (2-Iodo-5-methanesulfonyl-phenyl)- [4- (4-trifluoromethyl-phenyl)-piperazin-1-yl]- methanone To a solution of 2-Iodo-5-methanesulfonyl-benzoic acid (Example C, 3. 0g, 9. 2 mmol) in dimethylformamide (20 ml) were successively added TBTU (3. 8g, 11. 5 mmol), N- ethyldiisopropylamine (8. 0 ml, 46. 0 mmol) and 1- (4-trifluromethylphenyl) piperazine (ABCR F07741NB, [30459-17-7], 2. 5g, 11. 0 mmol). The reaction was then stirred at room temperature for two hours, then concentrated in vacuo and purified by column chromatography (Si02, 50g, CH2Cl2/MeOH/NH3 = 100/0/0 to 95/4. 5/0. 5), to give the title compound as a pale brown foam ; MS (m/e) : 539. 1 (M+H+).

TBTU = 2-(lH-benzotriazole-l-yl)-1, 1, 3, 3-tetramethyluronium tetrafluoroborate Example 10 (2-Chloro-5-methanesulfonyl-phenyl)- [4- (4-trifluoromethyl-phenyl)-piperazin-1-yl]- methanone The title compound was prepared according to the procedure E described for example 9 from 1- (4-trifluromethylphenyl) piperazine (ABCR F07741NB, [30459-17-7] and 2-

chloro-5- (methylsulfonyl)-benzoic acid (CAS : 89938-62-5) ; MS (m/e) : 464. 3 (M+NH4+).

Example 11 <BR> <BR> <BR> 1- {4- [4- (2-Chloro-5-tetrazol-1-yl-benzoyl)-piperazin-1-yl]-3-fluoro- phenyl}-ethanone The title compound was prepared according to the procedure E described for example 2 from 1- (3-Fluoro-4-piperazin-1-yl-phenyl)-ethanone and 2-Chloro-5-tetrazol-1-yl- benzoic acid (CAS : 190270-10-1 ; commercial) (50%, white solid, M+H : 429. 2) Example 12 1-14- [4- (2, 6-Dichloro-3-nitro-benzoyl)-piperazin-1-yl]-3-fluoro-phenyll -ethanone The title compound was prepared according to the procedure E described for Example 9 from 2, 6-dichloro-3-nitro-benzoic acid (CAS : 55775-97-8 ; commercial) and 1- (3-fluoro- 4-piperazin-1-yl-phenyl)-ethanone : colourless solid, m. p. 209-211°C, MS (ISP) : 440. 1 MH+.

Example 82 2-Fluoro-4- [4- (5-methanesulfonyl-2-thiazol-2-yl-benzoyl)-piperazin-1-yl]-b enzonitrile The title compound was prepared according to the procedure E described for Example 9 from 2-Fluoro-4-piperazin-1-yl-benzonitrile [204192-45-0] and 5-Methanesulfonyl-2- thiazol-2-yl-benzoic acid (Example 0). MS (ISP) : 471. 0 MH+.

Example 83 4- [4- (5-Methanesulfonyl-2-thiazol-2-yl-benzoyl)-piperazin-1-yl]-b enzonitrile The title compound was prepared according to the procedure E described for Example 9 from 4-piperazin-1-yl-benzonitrile [68104-63-2] and 5-Methanesulfonyl-2-thiazol-2-yl- benzoic acid (Example 0). MS (ISP) : 453. 5 MH+.

Example 84 3-Fluoro-4- [4- (5-methanesulfonyl-2-thiazol-2-yl-benzoyl)-piperazin-1-yl]-b enzonitrile The title compound was prepared according to the procedure E described for Example 9 from 3-Fluoro-4-piperazin-1-yl-benzonitrile [182181-38-0] and 5-Methanesulfonyl-2- thiazol-2-yl-benzoic acid (Example 0). MS (ISP) : 471. 4 MH+.

Example 85 <BR> <BR> <BR> 1- {3-Fluoro-4- [4- (5-methanesulfonyl-2-thiazol-2-yl-benzoyl)-piperazin-1-yl]-p henyl}- ethanone

The title compound was prepared according to the procedure E described for Example 9 from 1- (3-Fluoro-4-piperazin-1-yl-phenyl)-ethanone [189763-57-3] and 5- Methanesulfonyl-2-thiazol-2-yl-benzoic acid (Example 0). MS (ISP) : 488. 5 MH+.

Example 86 [4- (3-Fluoro-4-trifluoromethyl-phenyl)-piperazin-1-yl]- (5-methanesulfonyl-2-thiazol- 2-yl-phenyl)-methanone The title compound was prepared according to the procedure E described for Example 9 from 1- (3-Fluoro-4-trifluoromethyl-phenyl)-piperazine (Example P) and 5- Methanesulfonyl-2-thiazol-2-yl-benzoic acid (Example 0). MS (ISP) : 514. 5 MH+.

Example 87 [4- (2-Fluoro-4-trifluoromethyl-phenyl)-piperazin-1-yl]- (5-methanesulfonyl-2-thiazol- 2-yl-phenyl)-methanone The title compound was prepared according to the procedure E described for Example 9 from 1- (2-Fluoro-4-trifluoromethyl-phenyl)-piperazine (Example F) and 5- Methanesulfonyl-2-thiazol-2-yl-benzoic acid (Example 0). MS (ISP) : 514. 3 MH+.

Example 88 <BR> <BR> <BR> [4- (2-Fluoro-4-methanesulfonyl-phenyl)-piperazin-1-yl]- (5-methanesulfonyl-2-thiazol- 2-yl-phenyl)-methanone The title compound was prepared according to the procedure E described for Example 9 from 1- (2-Fluoro-4-methanesulfonyl-phenyl)-piperazine (Example Q) and 5- Methanesulfonyl-2-thiazol-2-yl-benzoic acid (Example 0). MS (ISP) : 524. 3 MH+.

Example 98 (4-Methanesulfonyl-biphenyl-2-yl)- (4-phenyl-piperazin-1-yl)-methanone The title compound was prepared according to the procedure E described for Example 9 from phenyl piperazine [189457-54-3] and 4-Methanesulfonyl-biphenyl-2-carboxylic acid (Example V). MS (ISP) : 421. 3 MH+.

Example 99 [4- (4-Hydroxy-phenyl)-piperazin-1-yl]- (4-methanesulfonyl-biphenyl-2-yl)-methanone The title compound was prepared according to the procedure E described for Example 9 <BR> <BR> <BR> from'1- (4-hydroxyphenyl)-piperazine [56621-48-8] and4-Methanesulfonyl-biphenyl-2- carboxylic acid (Example V). MS (ISP) : 437. 4 MH+.

Example 100 (4-Methanesulfonyl-biphenyl-2-yl)- [4- (4-methoxy-phenyl)-piperazin-1-yl]-methanone The title compound was prepared according to the procedure E described for Example 9 from'l- (4-metoxyphenyl)-piperazine [38212-30-5] and4-Methanesulfonyl-biphenyl-2- carboxylic acid (Example V). MS (ISP) : 451. 1 MH+.

Example 101 (4-Methanesulfonyl-biphenyl-2-yl)- [4- (4-trifluoromethyl-pyrimidin-2-yl)-piperazin-1- yl]-methanone The title compound was prepared according to the procedure E described for Example 9 from 2-Piperazin-1-yl-4-trifluoromethyl-pyrimidine [179756-91-3] and4- Methanesulfonyl-biphenyl-2-carboxylic acid (Example V). MS (ISP) : 491. 1 MH+.

Example 102 [4- (4-Cyclopropanesulfonyl-2-fluoro-phenyl)-piperazin-1-yl]- (4-methanesulfonyl- biphenyl-2-yl)-methanone The title compound was prepared according to the procedure E described for Example 9 from 1- (4-Cyclopropanesulfonyl-2-fluoro-phenyl)-piperazine (Example W) and 4- Methanesulfonyl-biphenyl-2-carboxylic acid (Example V). MS (ISP) : 543. 3 MH+.

Example 103 (4-Methanesulfonyl-biphenyl-2-yl)- [4- (4-trifluoromethoxy-phenyl)-piperazin-1-yl]- methanone The title compound was prepared according to the procedure E described for Example 9 from l- (4-Trifluoromethoxy-phenyl)-piperazine [187669-62-1] and 4-Methanesulfonyl- biphenyl-2-carboxylic acid (Example V). MS (ISP) : 505. 4 MH+.

Example 104 [4- (4-Dimethylamino-phenyl)-piperazin-1-yl]- (4-methanesulfonyl-biphenyl-2-yl)- methanone The title compound was prepared according to the procedure E described for Example 9 from Dimethyl- (4-piperazin-1-yl-phenyl)-amine [91703-23-0] and 4-Methanesulfonyl- biphenyl-2-carboxylic acid (Example V). MS (ISP) : 464. 3 MH+.

Example 105 [4- (4-Dimethylamino- [1, 3, 5] triazin-2-yl)-piperazin-1-yl]- (4-methanesulfonyl-biphenyl- 2-yl)-methanone The title compound was prepared according to the procedure E described for Example 9 from Dimethyl- (4-piperazin-1-yl- [1, 3, 5] triazin-2-yl)-amine (Example X) and 4- Methanesulfonyl-biphenyl-2-carboxylic acid (Example V). MS (ISP) : 467. 4 MH+.

Example 106 (4-Methanesulfonyl-biphenyl-2-yl)- [4- (4-methoxy- [1, 3, 5] triazin-2-yl)-piperazin-1-yl]- methanone The title compound was prepared according to the procedure E described for Example 9 from 2-Methoxy-4-piperazin-l-yl- [1, 3, 5] triazine [59215-45-1] and 4-Methanesulfonyl- biphenyl-2-carboxylic acid (Example V). MS (ISP) : 454. 5 MH+.

Example 108 [4- (2-Fluoro-4-trifluoromethyl-phenyl)-piperazin-1-yl]- (2-iodo-5-methanesulfonyl- phenyl)-methanone The title compound was prepared according to the procedure E described for Example 9 from 1- (2-Fluoro-4-trifluoromethyl-phenyl)-piperazine (Example F) and 2-Iodo-5- methanesulfonyl-benzoic acid (Example F). MS (ISP) : 556. 9 MH+.

Example 134 (4-Methanesulfonyl-biphenyl-2-yl)- [4- (5-trifluoromethyl-pyrimidin-2-yl)-piperazin-1- ylj-methanone The title compound was prepared according to the procedure E described for Example 9 from 2-Piperazin-l-yl-5-trifluoromethyl-pyrimidine (Example AE) and 4- Methanesulfonyl-biphenyl-2-carboxylic acid (Example V). MS (ISP) : 431. 1 MH+.

Procedure F Example 13 rac- (2-Iodo-5-methanesulfonyl-phenyl)- [3-methyl-4- (4-trifluoromethyl-phenyl)- piperazin-1-yl]-methanone To a solution of rac-3-Methyl-4-(4-trifluoromethyl-phenyl)-piperazine-l-carbo xylic aåd tert-butyl ester (ExampleD, 95 mg, 0. 27 mmol) in dichloromethane (2 ml) was added trifluoroacetic acid (1 ml) and the reaction mixture was stirred at room temperature for 30 min. After such time the reaction mixture was concentrated in vacuo, and the residue

was dissolved in dimethylformamide (3 ml). To the solution were added 2-Iodo-5- methanesulfonyl-benzoic acid (ExampleC, 81 mg, 0. 25 mmol), N-ethyldiisopropylamine (0. 29 ml, 1. 7 mmol), and TBTU (99 mg, 0. 3 mmol). The reaction mixture was then allowed to stir at room temperature for 2 hours. The reaction mixture was then concentrated in vacuo and the residue was purified by column chromatography (Si02, 20g, Heptane/EtOAc 0-100%) to give the title compound as a light brown solid (135 mg) ; MS (m/e) : 553. 1 (M+H+).

TBTU = 2-(lH-benzotriazole-1-yl)-1, 1, 3, 3-tetramethyluronium tetrafluoroborate Procedure G : Suzuki coupling.

Example 17 (4-Methanesulfonyl-biphenyl-2-yl)- [4- (4-trifluoromethyl-phenyl)-piperazin-1-yl]- methanone To a solution of (2-Iodo-5-methanesulfonyl-phenyl)- [4- (4-trifluoromethyl- phenyl)-piperazin-1-yl]-methanone (Example 13 ; 70 mg, 0. 130 mmol) in dioxane (2 ml) was added phenylboronic acid (31 mg, 0. 260 mmol) followed by cesium carbonate (85 mg) and tetrakis (triphenylphosphine) palladium (0). The reaction mixture was then stirred for 24 hours at 100°C. The reaction mixture was then filtered over celite and concentrated in vacuo and the residue was purified by preparative HPLC (MeCN, H20 + 0. 005 N HCOOH).

According to the above procedure G described for the synthesis of Example 17, further derivatives have been synthesized from (2-Iodo-5-methanesulfonyl-phenyl)- [4- (4- trifluoromethyl-phenyl)-piperazin-1-yl]-methanone (Example 9) and boronic acid or esters and comprise Examples 17-27, 38-42, 45-55, 65 and 107 in (Table 2).

According to the above procedure G described for the synthesis of Example 17, further derivatives have been synthesized from 1- {4- [4- (2-Bromo-5-nitro-benzoyl)-piperazin-1- yl]-3-fluoro-phenyl}-ethanone and trimethylboroxine (Example 14) or phenyl boronic acid (Example 15) (table 2).

According to the above procedure G described for the synthesis of Example 17, further derivatives have been synthesized from [4- (2-Fluoro-4-trifluoromethyl-phenyl)- piperazin-1-yl]-(2-iodo-5-methanesulfonyl-phenyl)-methanone (Example N) and boronic acids (Example 62-64).

According to the above procedure G described for the synthesis of Example 17, further derivatives have been synthesized from [4- (3-Chloro-5-trifluoromethyl-pyridin-2-yl)- piperazin-1-yl]- (2-iodo-5-methanesulfonyl-phenyl)-methanone (Example Y) and boronic acid or esters and comprise Examples 108-116 in (Table 2).

According to the above procedure G described for the synthesis of Example 17, further derivatives have been synthesized from [4- (2-Fluoro-phenyl)-piperazin-1-yl]- (2-iodo-5- methanesulfonyl-phenyl)-methanone (Example Z) and boronic acid or esters and comprise Examples 117-121 in (Table 2).

According to the above procedure G described for the synthesis of Example 17, further derivatives have been synthesized from 1- {3-Fluoro-4- [4- (2-iodo-5-methanesulfonyl- benzoyl)-piperazin-1-yl]-phenyl}-ethanone (Example AA) and boronic acid or esters and comprise Examples 122-124 in (Table 2).

According to the above procedure G described for the synthesis of Example 17, further derivatives have been synthesized from 3-Fluoro-4- [4- (2-iodo-5-methanesulfonyl- benzoyl)-piperazin-1-yl]-benzonitrile (Example AB) and boronic acid or esters and comprise Examples 125 and 126 in (Table 2).

According to the above procedure G described for the synthesis of Example 17, further derivatives have been synthesized from 1-14- [4- (2-Iodo-5-methanesulfonyl-benzoyl)- piperazin-l-yl]-phenyl}-ethanone (Example AC) and boronic acid or esters and comprise Example 127 in (Table 2).

According to the above procedure G described for the synthesis of Example 17, further derivatives have been synthesized from [4-(2, 4-Difluoro-phenyl)-piperazin-1-yl]-(2- iodo-5-methanesulfonyl-phenyl)-methanone (Example AD) and boronic acid or esters and comprise Examples 128-133 in (Table 2).

According to the above procedure G described for the synthesis of Example 17, further derivatives have been synthesized from 2- [4- (2-Iodo-5-methanesulfonyl-benzoyl)- piperazin-1-yl]-benzonitrile (Example AF) and boronic acid or esters and comprise Examples 135-138 in (Table 2).

Procedure H : Leadbeater Suzuki variation Example 29 1- {3-Fluoro-4- [4- (4'-methyl-4-nitro-biphenyl-2-carbonyl)-piperazin-1-yl]-phen yl}- ethanone In analogy to a procedure described by Leadbeater et al. [N. E. Leadbeater, M. Marco, Org. Lett. 4, 2973 (2002)] a stirred mixture of 1 eq. 1-14- [4- (2-bromo-5-nitro-benzoyl)- piperazin-1-yl]-3-fluoro-phenyl}-ethanone (Example 4), 1. 05 eq. 4-methylphenylboronic acid, 1 eq. tetrabutylammonium bromide. 2. 5 eq. sodium carbonate and 0. 01 eq Pd (OAc) 2 in water (20 ml per mmol) were heated in a sealed tube to 150°C by microwave irradiation for 1 minute. Then the reaction mixture is diluted with water, extracted with AcOEt, the pooled organic extracts dried over Na2SO4, filtered and evaporated. The crude product is purified by preparative HPLC on a YMC Combiprep ODS-AQ column with an acetonitrile/water + 0. 1% formic acid gradient to yield the title compound (table 2).

According to the above procedure H described for the synthesis of Example 29, further derivatives have been synthesized from of 1- {4- [4- (2-Bromo-5-nitro-benzoyl)-piperazin- 1-yl]-3-fluoro-phenyl}-ethanone and boronic acids (Examples 29-32).

Procedure I : Stille coupling Example 44 (2-Isopropenyl-5-methanesulfonyl-phenyl)- [4- (4-trifluoromethyl-phenyl)-piperazin-1- yl]-methanone A mixture of (2-Iodo-5-methanesulfonyl-phenyl)- [4- (4-trifluoromethyl-phenyl)- piperazin-1-yl]-methanone (Example 9 ; 100 mg, 0. 186 mmol), Tributyl-isopropenyl- stannane (CAS : 100073-15-2 ; 74 mg, 0. 223 mmol), Tris (dibenzylideneacetone) dipalladium chloroform complex (15. 4 mg, 0. 0149 mmol), Triphenylarsine (27 mg, 0. 0856 mmol), Copper iodide (3. 2 mg, 0. 0167 mmol) in N, N- Dimethylformamide (1 ml) was heated at 90°C for 75 minutes. The mixture was cooled to room temperature and DMF was evaporated under high vacuum. The residue was dissolved in Ethyl acetate and 4mL of a 30% Potassium fluoride solution were added. The mixture was stirred for 30 minutes. Then the aqueous phase was separated and extracted 2 times with Ethyl acetate. The organic phases were combined, washed with water, dried with Na2SO4, filtered and evaporated to dryness. The so obtained residue was chromatographed over Si02 (Heptane/EtOAc 0% to 30% over 15 minutes) to provide the title compound (59 mg, 70% as a yellow solid).

According to the above procedure I described for the synthesis of Example 44 further derivatives have been synthesized from (2-Iodo-5-methanesulfonyl-phenyl)- [4- (4- trifluoromethyl-phenyl)-piperazin-1-yl]-methanone and stannanes (Examples 28, 34-37, 57-60).

According to the above procedure I described for the synthesis of Example 44, Example 16 has been synthesized from 1-14- [4- (2-Bromo-5-nitro-benzoyl)-piperazin-1-ylj-3- fluoro-phenyl}-ethanone.

Procedure I Example 33 (2-Ethynyl-5-methanesulfonyl-phenyl)- [4- (4-trifluoromethyl-phenyl)-piperazin-1-yl]- methanone To a solution of (5-Methanesulfonyl-2-trimethylsilanylethynyl-phenyl)- [4- (4- trifluoromethyl-phenyl)-piperazin-l-yl]-methanone, Example L (45 mg, 0. 0885 mmol) in methanol (0. 5 ml) was added K2CO3 (4 mg, 0. 0289 mmol). The mixture was stirred at rt for 1 hour. The solvent was removed in vacuo. The residue was purified on Si02, Eluent : Heptane/AcOEt 0%,-40% (10 minutes), then 40% (5 minutes) to provide the title compound (16 mg, 42%, yellow foam), M+H= 437. 1 Procedure K : Hydrogenation Example 56 (2-Isopropyl-5-methanesulfonyl-phenyl)- [4- (4-trifluoromethyl-phenyl)-piperazin-l- yl]-methanone To a solution of (2-Isopropenyl-5-methanesulfonyl-phenyl)- [4- (4-trifluoromethyl- phenyl)-piperazin-1-yl]-methanone, (Example 44, 20 mg, 0. 0442 mmol) in Ethylacetate (1 ml) was added Pd/C 10% (1 mg). The mixture was hydrogenated at rt for 1 hour.

Then, Pd/C 10 % (10 mg) and Ethylacetate (5mL) were added and the mixture was hydrogenated at reflux temperature for 1 hour. The mixture was diluted with MeCl2, filtered and the filtrate was concentrated in vacuo. The crude mixture was purified on Si02 Eluent : Heptane/AcOEt 0% to 40% (20 minutes) to provide the title compound (14 mg, 70%, yellow solid) ; M+H= 455. 2

Procedure L : Hydrogenation Example 67 [5-Methanesulfonyl-2- (tetrahydro-pyran-4-yl)-phenyl]- [4- (4-trifluoromethyl-phenyl)-<BR> piperazin-1-yl]-methanone A suspension of [2- (3, 6-Dihydro-2H-pyran-4-yl)-5-methanesulfonyl-phenyl]- [4- (4- trifluoromethyl-phenyl)-piperazin-1-yl]-methanone, Example 60 (30 mg, 0. 0607 mmol) in methanol (1. 5 ml) was acidified to pH= 1 with HCI solution in ether. The mixture was evaporated to dryness and the residue was taken up in Methanol (5 mL). Then Pd/C 10% (15 mg) was added and the mixture was hydrogenated at reflux temperature for 20 hours. The mixture was diluted with MeOH, filtered and the filtrate was concentrated in vacuo. The resulting mixture was purified on a Si02 : Eluent : Heptane/EtOAc 0% to 70% (20 minutes) then 70% (10 minutes) to provide the title compound (19 mg, white solid ; Solid ; M+H= 497. 2).

According to the above procedure L described for the synthesis of Example 67, Example 92 has been synthesized from Example 89.

According to the above procedure L described for the synthesis of Example 67, Example 93 has been synthesized from Example 91.

Procedure M : Cycloproanation, Corey reaction Example 61 [5-Methanesulfonyl-2- (1-methyl-cyclopropyl)-phenyl]- [4- (4-trifluoromethyl-phenyl)- piperazin-1-yl]-methanone To a suspension of Trimethylsulfoxonium iodide (21. 9 mg, 0. 1 mmol) in dry DMSO (300 uL) was added Potassium tert-butoxyde (11. 3 mg, 0. 101 mmol) portionwise. A solution of (2-Isopropenyl-5-methanesulfonyl-phenyl)- [4- (4-trifluoromethyl-phenyl)- piperazin-1-yl]-methanone ; Example 44 (20 mg, 0. 0442 mmol) in dry THF (200 uL) was prepared separately and then added to the above suspension dropwise at room temperature. The reaction mixture was stirred at room temperature for 1 hour and then at 60°C for 20 hours. Then it was cooled down to rt and a solution of Trimethylsulfoxonium iodide (21. 9 mg, 0. 1 mmol) and Potassium tert-butoxyde (11. 3 mg, 0. 101 mmol) in dry DMSO (300 uL) was slowly added. Water was added and the solution was extracted 2 times with Ethylacetate. The combined organic phases were washed with water (3 times), dried over Na2SO4, filtered and the solvent was removed in vacuo. The residue was chromatographed on Si02 Eluent : Heptane/EtOAc to provide the title compound (4. 2 mg, 20%, white solid ; Solid ; M+H= 467. 2)

Procedure N : trifluoromethylation Example 66 5-Methanesulfonyl-2-trifluoromethyl-phenyl)- [4- (4-trifluoromethyl-phenyl)-piperazin- 1-yl]-methanone A mixture of (2-Iodo-5-methanesulfonyl-phenyl)- [4- (4-trifluoromethyl-phenyl)- piperazin-l-yl]-methanone ; Example 9, (50 mg, 0. 0929 mmol), (Trifluoromethyl) trimethylsilane (27 ul, 0. 186 mmol), Potassium fluoride (7. 5 mg, 0. 13 mmol), Copper iodide (28 mg, 0. 149 mmol) and 1-Methyl-2-pyrrolidone (0. 25 ml) in N, N-Dimethylformamide (0. 25 ml) was stirred at room temperature under Argon in a sealed tube for 17 hours. Water was added to the solution and the reaction mixture was extracted with Ethyl acetate. The organic layers were combined, dried over Na2SO4, filtered and evaporated to dryness.

This oil was purified on Si02, Eluent : Heptane/EtOAc 0% to 100% (10 minutes) to the title compound (40 mg, 90% yield, brown foam, M+H= 481. 1).

Example 43 2- [4- (4-Acetyl-2-fluoro-phenyl)-piperazine-l-carbonyl]-4-nitro-be nzoic acid methyl ester Following procedure D, the title compound is prepared by reaction of methyl 4- nitrophthalate [90072-77-8] with 1- (3fluoro-4-piperazin-1-yl-phenyl)-ethanone (m. p.

189-191°C, MS (ISP) : 429. 4 M+H+).

Example 68 1- {4- [4- (2-Cyclohex-1-enyl-5-methanesulfonyl-benzoyl)-piperazin-1-yl ]-3-fluoro-<BR> phenyl}-ethanone Following procedure E, 1- {4- [4- (2-Cyclohex-1-enyl-5-methanesulfonyl-benzoyl)- piperazin-l-yl]-3-fluoro-phenyl}-ethanone is prepared from 2-cyclohex-l-enyl-5- methanesulfonyl-benzoic acid (Example G) and 1- (3-fluoro-4-piperazin-1-yl-phenyl)- ethanone : light yellow gum, MS (ISP) : 485. 3 MH+.

Example 70 1- {3-Fluoro-4- [4- (5-nitro-2-trifluoromethyl-benzoyl)-piperazin-1-yl]-phenyl}- ethanone Following procedure E, 1- {3-Fluoro-4- [4- (5-nitro-2-trifluoromethyl-benzoyl)-piperazin- 1-yl]-phenyl}-ethanone is prepared from 5-nitro-2-trifluoromethyl-benzoic acid

(Example K) and 1- (3-fluoro-4-piperazin-1-yl-phenyl)-ethanone : colourless solid, MS (ISP) : 440. 2 (M+H+).

Example 77 (2-Cyclohex-1-enyl-5-methanesulfonyl-phenyl)- [4- (4-trifluoromethyl-phenyl)- piperazin-1-yl]-methanone Following procedure E, (2-Cyclohex-1-enyl-5-methanesulfonyl-phenyl)- [4- (4- trifluoromethyl-phenyl)-piperazin-l-yl]-methanone is prepared from 2-cyclohex-1-enyl- 5-methanesulfonyl-benzoic acid (Example G) 1- (4-trifluoromethyl-phenyl)-piperazine : colourless solid, MS (ISP) : 493. 2 (M+H+).

Example 71 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 1- {4- [4- (2-Cyclopent-l-enyl-5-methanesulfonyl-benzoyl)-piperazin-1-y l]-3-fluoro-<BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> phenyl}-ethanone Following procedure E, 1- {4- [4- (2-Cyclopent-1-enyl-5-methanesulfonyl-benzoyl)- piperazin-l-yl]-3-fluoro-phenyl}-ethanone is prepared from 2-cyclopent-1-enyl-5- methanesulfonyl-benzoic acid (Example H) 1- (3-fluoro-4-piperazin-1-yl-phenyl)- ethanone : colourless foam, MS (ISP) : 471. 4 (M+H+).

Example 74 (2-Cyclopent-1-enyl-5-methanesulfonyl-phenyl)- [4- (4-trifluoromethyl-phenyl)- piperazin-1-yl]-methanone Following procedure E, (2-Cyclopent-1-enyl-5-methanesulfonyl-phenyl)- [4- (4- trifluoromethyl-phenyl)-piperazin-1-yl]-methanone is prepared from 2-cyclopent-1- enyl-5-methanesulfonyl-benzoic acid (Example H) and 1- (4-trifluoromethyl-phenyl)- piperazine : colourless foam, MS (ISP) : 479. 5 (M+H+).

Example 72 1-(4-{4-[2-(3,6-Dihydro-2H-pyran-4-yl)-5-methanesulfonyl-ben zoyl]-piperazin-1-yl}-3- fluoro-phenyl)-ethanone Following procedure E, 1- (4- {4- [2- (3, 6-Dihydro-2H-pyran-4-yl)-5-methanesulfonyl- benzoyl]-piperazin-1-yl}-3-fluoro-phenyl)-ethanone is prepared from 2- (3, 6-dihydro- 2H-pyran-4-yl)-5-methanesulfonyl-benzoic acid (Example J) and 1- (3-fluoro-4- piperazin-l-yl-phenyl)-ethanone : light-yellow crystals, MS (ISP) : 487. 4 (M+H+).

Example 75 (2-Cyclohept-l-enyl-5-methanesulfonyl-phenyl)- [4- (4-trifluoromethyl-phenyl)- piperazin-1-yl]-methanone Following procedure E, (2-Cyclohept-1-enyl-5-methanesulfonyl-phenyl)- [4- (4- trifluoromethyl-phenyl)-piperazin-l-yl]-methanone is prepared from 2-cyclohept-1- enyl-5-methanesulfonyl-benzoic acid (Example I) and 1- (4-trifluoromethyl-phenyl)- piperazine : colourless crystals, MS (ISP) : 507. 5 (M+H+).

Example 73 <BR> <BR> <BR> 1-{4- [s (2-Cyclohept-l-enyl-5-methanesulfonyl-benzoyl)-piperazin-l-y l]-3-fluoro-<BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> phenyl}-ethanone Following procedure E, 1-14- [4- (2-Cyclohept-l-enyl-5-methanesulfonyl-benzoyl)- piperazin-1-yl]-3-fluoro-phenyl}-ethanone is prepared from 2-cyclohept-1-enyl-5- methanesulfonyl-benzoic acid and 1- (3-fluoro-4-piperazin-1-yl-phenyl)-ethanone : colourless foam, MS (ISP) : 499. 4 (M+H+).

Example 69 (2-Cyclohexyl-5-methanesulfonyl-phenyl)- [4- (4-ethyl-2-fluoro-phenyl)-piperazin-1-yl]- methanone Following procedure K using methanol as solvent instead of ethylacetate, (2-Cyclohexyl- <BR> <BR> <BR> 5-methanesulfonyl-phenyl)- [4- (4-ethyl-2-fluoro-phenyl)-piperazin-1-yl]-methanone is prepared from 1- {4- [4- (2-Cyclohex-1-enyl-5-methanesulfonyl-benzoyl)-piperazin-1-yl j- 3-fluoro-phenyl}-ethanone (Example 68) : colourless solid, MS (ISP) : 474. 0 MH+.

Example 78 (2-Cyclohexyl-5-methanesulfonyl-phenyl)- [4- (4-trifluoromethyl-phenyl)-piperazin-1- yl]-methanone Following procedure K using methanol as solvent instead of ethylacetate, (2-Cyclohexyl- 5-methanesulfonyl-phenyl)- [4- (4-trifluoromethyl-phenyl)-piperazin-1-yl]-methanone is prepared from (2-cyclohex-1-enyl-5-methanesulfonyl-phenyl)- [4- (4-trifluoromethyl- phenyl)-piperazin-1-yl]-methanone (Example 77) : colourless solid, MS (ISP) : 495. 9 MH+, 537. 0 (M+H+MeCN) +.

Procedure O Example 76 2- [4- (4-Trifluoromethyl-phenyl)-piperazine-1-carbonyl]-biphenyl-4 -sulfonic acid methylamide To a solution of 4-Chloro-N-methyl-3- [4- (4-trifluoromethyl-phenyl)-piperazine-l- carbonyl]-benzenesulfonamide (Example M ; 30 mg, 0. 065 mmol) in dioxane (2 ml) was added phenylboronic acid (12 mg, 0. 098 mmol) followed by potassium fluoride (12 mg) and bis (tri-t-butylphosphine) palladium. The reaction mixture was then stirred for 19 hours at 90°C. After such time were added again (every 24 hours) the same amounts of phenylboronic acid, potassium fluoride, and bis (tri-t-butylphosphine) palladium After 3 days, the reaction mixture was diluted with ethyl acetate, filtered and concentrated in vacuo. The residue was purified by preparative HPLC (MeCN, H20 + 0. 005 N HCOOH) to yield the title compound (7. 4 mg). (M+H+ : 504. 4.) Procedure P Example 79 <BR> <BR> <BR> (2-Cyclopentyl-5-methanesulfonyl-phenyl)- [4- (4-trifluoromethyl-phenyl)-piperazin-l- yl]-methanone (2-Cyclopent-1-enyl-5-methanesulfonyl-phenyl)- [4- (4-trifluoromethyl-phenyl)- piperazin-1-yl]-methanone (Example 74) is hydrogenated in MeOH in presence of 10% Pd/C under a hydrogen pressure of 50 bar at 50°C for 18h. Filtration, evaporation of the solvent and purification of the residue by preparative HPLC on a C-18 column with a H20/MeCN gradient provided (2-Cyclopentyl-5-methanesulfonyl-phenyl)- [4- (4- trifluoromethyl-phenyl)-piperazin-1-yl]-methanone in 94% yield as colourless foam (M+Ht : 481. 5.).

Procedure Q Example 80 [4- (4-Ethyl-2-fluoro-phenyl)-piperazin-1-yl]- [5-methanesulfonyl-2- (tetrahydro-pyran- 4-yl)-phenyl]-methanone <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 1- (4- {4- [2- (3, 6-Dihydro-2H-pyran-4-yl)-5-methanesulfonyl-benzoyl]-piperazi n-1-yl}-3- fluoro-phenyl)-ethanone (Example 72) is hydrogenated in EtOH in presence of Raney nickel under a hydrogen pressure of 100 bar at 100°C for 18h. Filtration, evaporation of the solvent and purification of the residue by preparative HPLC on a C-18 column with a H20/MeCN gradient provided [4- (4-Ethyl-2-fluoro-phenyl)-piperazin-1-yl]- [5-

methanesulfonyl-2-(tetrahydro-pyran-4-yl)-phenyl]-methanone in 41% yield as colourless crystals (M+H+ : 475. 5.).

Procedure R Example 81 (2-Cycloheptyl-5-methanesulfonyl-phenyl)- [4- (4-trifluoromethyl-phenyl)-piperazin-l- yl]-methanone (2-Cyclohept-1-enyl-5-methanesulfonyl-phenyl)- [4- (4-trifluoromethyl-phenyl)- piperazin-1-yl]-methanone (Example 75)) is hydrogenated in MeOH in presence of 10% Pd/C under a hydrogen pressure of 100 bar at 100°C for 18h. Filtration, evaporation of the solvent and purification of the residue by preparative HPLC on a C-18 column with a H20/MeCN gradient provided (2-Cycloheptyl-5-methanesulfonyl-phenyl)- [4- (4- trifluoromethyl-phenyl)-piperazin-1-yl]-methanone in 73% yield as colourless gum (M+H+ : 509. 6.).

Procedure S Example 89 [2- (3, 6-Dihydro-2H-pyran-4-yl)-5-methanesulfonyl-phenyl]- [4- (2-fluoro-4- methanesulfonyl-phenyl)-piperazin-1-yl]-methanone Following procedure I, [2- (3, 6-Dihydro-2H-pyran-4-yl)-5-methanesulfonyl-phenyl]- [4- (2-fluoro-4-methanesulfonyl-phenyl)-piperazin-1-yl]-methanon e is prepared from [4- (2-Fluoro-4-methanesulfonyl-phenyl)-piperazin-1-yl]-(2-iodo- 5-methanesulfonyl- phenyl)-methanone (Example R) and tributyl- (3, 6-dihydro-2H-pyran-4-yl)-stannane (CAS : 535924-69-7). 42% yield, light yellow foam (M+NH4+ : 540. 3) Example 90 <BR> <BR> <BR> 4-{4- [2-(3, 6-Dihydro-2H-pyran-4-yl)-5-methanesulfonyl-benzoyl]-piperazi n-1-yl}-3- fluoro-benzonitrile Following procedure I, 4-14- [2- (3, 6-Dihydro-2H-pyran-4-yl)-5-methanesulfonyl- benzoyl]-piperazin-1-yl}-3-fluoro-benzonitrile is prepared from 3-Fluoro-4- [4- (2-iodo- 5-methanesulfonyl-benzoyl)-piperazin-1-yl]-benzonitrile (Example S) and tributyl-(3, 6- dihydro-2H-pyran-4-yl)-stannane (CAS : 535924-69-7). 36% yield, white foam (M+H+ : 470. 1)

Example 91 <BR> <BR> [2- (3, 6-Dihydro-2H-pyran-4-yl)-5-methanesulfonyl-phenyl]- [4- (2-fluoro-4-<BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> trifluoromethyl-phenyl)-piperazin-1-yl]-methanone Following procedure I, [2- (3, 6-Dihydro-2H-pyran-4-yl)-5-methanesulfonyl-phenyl]- [4- (2-fluoro-4-trifluoromethyl-phenyl)-piperazin-1-yl]-methanon e is prepared from [4- (2- <BR> <BR> Fluoro-4-trifluoromethyl-phenyl)-piperazin-1-yl]- (2-iodo-5-methanesulfonyl-phenyl)- methanone (Example N) and tributyl- (3, 6-dihydro-2H-pyran-4-yl)-stannane (CAS : 535924-69-7). 40% yield, white foam (M+H+ : 513. 2) Procedure T Example 94 [5-Methanesulfonyl-2- (4-methyl-thiazol-2-yl)-phenyl]- [4- (4-trifluoromethyl-phenyl)- piperazin-1-yl]-methanone A mixture of (5-Methanesulfonyl-2-trimethylstannanyl-phenyl)- [4- (4-trifluoromethyl- phenyl)-piperazin-1-yl]-methanone (Example T, 100 mg, 0. 17 mmol), 2-Iodo-4-methyl- thiazole (CAS : 34203-25-3 ; 43 mg, 0. 19 mmol), Bis (dibenzylideneacetone) palladium (8 mg, 0. 01 mmol), Triphenylarsine (25 mg, 0. 08 mmol) and Copper iodide (3 mg, 0. 02 mmol) in N, N-Dimethylformamide (2 ml) was heated at 100 °C for 1 hour. The mixture was cooled to room temperature, diluted with water, and extracted three times with Ethyl acetate. The combined organic phases were dried with Na2SO4, filtered, and evaporated to dryness. The residue was chromatographed over Si02 (methanol/dichoromethane 0% to 0. 5%) to provide the title compound (22 mg, 25%) as a light yellow solid. MS (ISP) : 510. 5 MH+.

Example 95 [5-Methanesulfonyl-2- (5-methyl-thiazol-2-yl)-phenyl]- [4- (4-trifluoromethyl-phenyl)- piperazin-1-yl]-methanone Following procedure T, [5-Methanesulfonyl-2- (5-methyl-thiazol-2-yl)-phenyl]- [4- (4- trifluoromethyl-phenyl)-piperazin-1-yl]-methanone is prepared from (5- Methanesulfonyl-2-trimethylstannanyl-phenyl)- [4- (4-trifluoromethyl-phenyl)- piperazin-1-yl]-methanone (Example T) and 2-Iodo-5-methyl-thiazole (Example U) : off-white solid, MS (ISP) : 510. 3 (M+H+).

Example 96 [5-Methanesulfonyl-2- (2-methyl-pyridin-4-yl)-phenyl]- [4- (4-trifluoromethyl-phenyl)- piperazin-1-yl]-methanone

Following procedure T, [5-Methanesulfonyl-2- (2-methyl-pyridin-4-yl)-phenyl]- [4- (4- trifluoromethyl-phenyl)-piperazin-1-yl]-methanone is prepared from (5- Methanesulfonyl-2-trimethylstannanyl-phenyl)- [4- (4-trifluoromethyl-phenyl)- piperazin-1-yl]-methanone (Example T) and 4-Bromo-2-methyl-pyridine (CAS : 22282- 99-1) : off-white solid, MS (ISP) : 504. 0 (M+H+).

Example 97 [5-Methanesulfonyl-2- (1-methyl-lH-imidazol-4-yl)-phenyl]- [4- (4-trifluoromethyl- phenyl)-piperazin-1-yl]-methanone Following procedure T, [5-Methanesulfonyl-2- (l-methyl-lH-imidazol-4-yl)-phenyl]- [4- (4-trifluoromethyl-phenyl)-piperazin-1-yl]-methanone is prepared from (5- Methanesulfonyl-2-trimethylstannanyl-phenyl)- [4- (4-trifluoromethyl-phenyl)- piperazin-1-yl]-methanone (Example T) and 4-Iodo-1-methyl-1H-imidazole (CAS : 71759-87-0) : light yellow solid, MS (ISP) : 493. 3 (M+H+).

Procedure U Example 139 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 4-{4-[2-((E)-2-Cyano-vinyl)-5-methanesulfonyl-benzoyl]-piper azin-1-yl}-benzonitrile A mixture of 0. 5 mmol 4- [4-(2-Iodo-5-methanesulfonyl-benzoyl)-piperazin-1-yl]- benzonitrile (Example AG), 6. 3 mmol acrylonitrile, 9. 0 mmol triethylamine and 0. 2 mmol of bis-(triphenylphosphin)-palladium (II)-dichloride in 10 ml dimethylformamide is hold under argon for 2 hours at 80°. The reaction mixture is concentrated.

Chromatography (Si02 ; cyclohexane/ethyl acetate 9 : 1) yields the title compound as a slightly yellow solid (105 mg).). (M+H+ : 421. 2) Example 140 (E)-3- {2- [4- (4-Cyano-phenyl)-piperazine-1-carbonyl]-4-methanesulfonyl-ph enyl}- acrylic acid methyl ester Prepared in analogy to example 139 from 4- [4- (2-Iodo-5-methanesulfonyl-benzoyl)- piperazin-1-yl]-benzonitrile (Example AG) and methyl acrylate. Chromatography (Si02 ; cyclohexane/ethyl acetate 3 : 7) yields the title compound as a slightly yellow solid.

(M+H+ : 454. 3) Table 1 Structure MW M+H Systematic Name Procedure 1 0-403. 383 NA 1- (4-acetyl-2-fluoro-5-methylphenyl)- known 4- (2-fluoro-5-nitrobenzoyl)- 0 piperazine oW o 2 F 389. 3 390. 2 1- {3-Fluoro-4- [4- (2-fluoro-5-nitro- C F N benzoyl)-piperazin-1-yl]-phenyl}- 'o-o. o ethanone 3 F C Nu 430. 274 430. 3 3- [4- (4-Acetyl-2-fluoro-phenyl)- D f Iff piperazine-1-carbonyl]-4-bromo- "aC I/NI NI benzonitrile 4 F 450. 261 450. 0 1- {4- [4- (2-Bromo-5-nitro-benzoyl)- C F I/ , C) 0940 piperazin-1-yl]-3-fluoro-phenyl}- ethanone 5 F C N 438. 904 439. 1 1- {4- [4- (2-Chloro-5-methanesulfonyl- D F r--N benzoyl)-piperazin-1-yl]-3-fluoro- tiC 0= : S=o CH, phenyll-ethanone 6 0 ci 439 893 438. 1 3- [4- (4-Acetyl-2-fluoro-phenyl)- D f f'i'jjj HJ Y piperazine-1-carbonyl]-4-chloro- H, Cuw O=S=O Õ bH2 benzenesulfonamide 7 0 a 45392 452. 1 3- [4- (4-Acetyl-2-fluoro-phenyl)- D H2C84 °19--° piperazine-1-carbonyl]-4-chloro-N- O NscH2 methyl-benzenesulfonamide 8 0 ci 405. 811 406. 2 1- {4- [4- (2-Chloro-5-nitro-benzoyl)- D F N I \ piperazin-1-yl]-3-fluoro-phenyl}- H O O ethanone 9 1 538. 322 539. 1 (2-Iodo-5-methanesulfonyl-phenyl)-E [4- (4-trifluoromethyl-phenyl)- os=o FtH g piperazin-1-yl3-methanone F p CHs 10 cru 446. 875 464. 3 (2-Chloro-5-methanesulfonyl-E N y (+NH4') phenyl)- [4- (4-trifluoromethyl- I o=S°o phenyl)-piperazin-l-yl]-methanone F 11 F ci 428. 852 429. 11 1- {4- [4- (2-Chloro-5-tetrazol-1-yl- E F N \ benzoyl)-piperazin-1-yl]-3-fluoro- ccv phenyl}-ethanone 6 H-N 12 0 a 0 440. 256 440. 1 1- {4- [4- (2, 6-Dichloro-3-nitro-E \NO benzoyl)-piperazin-1-yl]-3-fluoro- h > phenyl}-ethanone 13 C N) 552. 348 553. 1 (2-Iodo-5-methanesulfonyl-phenyl)-F ftti [3-methyl-4- (4-trifluoromethyl- FH 14 phenyl)-piperazin-1-yl]-methanone Table 2 Structure MW M+H Name Procedure 14 ° 385. 4 386. 1 1- {3-Fluoro-4- [4- (2-methyl-5-nitro- G XNJ 9 benzoyl)-piperazin-1-yl]-phenyl}- wcX, tJ o N2O ethanone 0 15 1 447. 5 448. 3 1-13-Fluoro-4- [4- (4-nitro-biphenyl-2- G 0 carbonyl)-piperazin-1-yll-phenyll- F r n \ ethanone HCye po 16 0 411. 4 412. 2 1-14- [4- (2-Cyclopropyl-5-nitro- I benzoyl)-piperazin-1-yl]-3-fluoro- phenyl}-ethanone _ 0 0 17 488. 5 489. 2 (4-Methanesulfonyl-biphenyl-2-yl)-G CNu [4- (4-trifluoromethyl-phenyl)- r'N piperazin-1-yl]-methanone CF o=S=o -CF3 CHt 18 F 506. 5 524. 3 (4'-Fluoro-4-methanesulfonyl-G o ¢ (+NH4+ biphenyl-2-yl)- [4- (4-trifluoromethyl- 0 ) phenyl)-piperazin-1-yl]-methanone F I O=S=o F F 19 502. 6 503. 1 (4-Methanesulfonyl-4'-methyl-G 0 biphenyl-2-yl)- [4- (4-trifluoromethyl- 0 phenyl)-piperazin-1-yl]-methanone X 0YO F CC (4Methanesulfonyl-4'-G o W trifluoromethyl-biphenyl-2-yl)- [4- (4- 0 trifluoromethyl-phenyl)-piperazin-1- yll-methanone CFw O=C-HO 6H3 21 523. 0 523. 2 (4'-Chloro-4-methanesulfonyl-G biphenyl-2-yl)- [4- (4-trifluoromethyl- run phenyl)-piperazin-1-yl]-methanone I X I /O=S=O F CC 22 556. 5 557. 1 (4-Methanesulfonyl-3'-G trifluoromethyl-biphenyl-2-yl)- [4- (4- trifluoromethyl-phenyl)-piperazin-1- O=S=O yl]-methanone F 23 506. 5 507. 2 (2'-Fluoro-4-methanesulfonyl-G biphenyl-2-yl)- [4- (4-trifluoromethyl- r N \ phenyl)-piperazin-1-yl]-methanone Fie ci Oc-O F 24 523. 0 523. 2 (2'-Chloro-4-methanesulfonyl-G S biphenyl-2-yl)- [4- (4-trifluoromethyl- r N \ phenyl)-piperazin-1-yl]-methanone F % p C 25 518. 6 519. 2 (4-Methanesulfonyl-2'-methoxy-G 1 biphenyl-2-yl)- [4- (4-trifluoromethyl- N phenyl)-piperazin-1-yl]-methanone F I /O=S=O F r F 26 ? 557. 4557. 0 (2', 4'-Dichloro-4-methanesulfonyl-G 0 ci biphenyl-2-yl)- [4- (4-trifluoromethyl- o phenyl)-piperazin-1-yl]-methanone N O=S=o p qu 27 CefC'557. 4 557. 0 (3', 5'-Dichloro-4-methanesulfonyl-G CNg biphenyl-2-yl)- [4- (4-trifluoromethyl- ) J ! phenyl)-piperazin-1-yl]-methanone F % 'p CH, p p 28 489. 5 490. 1 (5-Methanesulfonyl-2-pyridin-2-yl-I phenyl)- [4- (4-trifluoromethyl- f'N" phenyl)-piperazin-1-yl]-methanone O=S=o /0=S=0 F W CA -"461. 5462. 2l- {3-Fluoro-4- [4- (4'-methyl-4-nitro- H biphenyl-2-carbonyl)-piperazin-1-yl]- 0 F N phenyll-ethanone AcH oN \/ H'C I ! O. N0 O 30 481. 9 482. 1 1 {4 [4-(4-Chloro-4-nitro-biphenyl-H o ¢) 2-carbonyl)-piperazin-1-yl]-3-fluoro- F CNJ9q phenyl}-ethanone . JU o-o 31 ot 477. 5 478. 1 1-{3-Fluoro-4- [4-(4'-methoxy-4-H nitro-biphenyl-2-carbonyl)-piperazin- 0 1-yl]-phenyl}-ethanone "'° i o,"o 32 ci ci 516. 4 516. 1 1- {4- [4- (3', 4'-Dichloro-4-nitro- H biphenyl-2-carbonyl)-piperazin-1-yl]- 0 3-fluoro-phenyl}-ethanone JU o 0 33 0 1CIH436. 5 437. 1 (2-Ethynyl-5-methanesulfonyl-J phenyl)- [4- (4-trifluoromethyl- (NJ 9 phenyl)-piperazin-1-yl]-methanone o=s=o F CC 34 NnN i90. 5 491. 2 (5-Methanesulfonyl-2-pyrimidin-2-yl-I N iN phenyl)- [4- (4-trifluoromethyl- phenyl)-piperazin-1-yl]-methanone F I p 35 490. 5 491. 2 (5-Methanesulfonyl-2-pyrazin-2-yl-I CN0ia phenyl)- [4- (4-trifluoromethyl- jN'T-j sNJ 9 phenyl)-piperazin-1-yl]-methanone F, p 0--$=O F F 36 0-N479. 5 480. 1 (5-Methanesulfonyl-2-oxazol-2-yl-I phenyl)- [4- (4-trifluoromethyl- phenyl)-piperazin-1-yl]-methanone fox cl F'F CH, 37 0 452. 5 453. 1 (2-Cyclopropyl-5-methanesulfonyl-I N phenyl)- [4- (4-trifluoromethyl- I phenyl)-piperazin-1-yl]-methanone F : (a O=S=O F F OS 38 eoF 506. 5 507. 2 (3'-Fluoro-4-methanesulfonyl-G biphenyl-2-yl)- [4- (4-trifluoromethyl- r N \ tNs) eJ phenyl)-piperazin-1-yl]-methanone F I /O= =O F Cit 39 c'523. 0 523. 2 (3'-Chloro-4-methanesulfonyl-G biphenyl-2-yl)- [4- (4-trifluoromethyl- N \ < O=O phenyl)-piperazin-l-yl]-methanone F F at cl. F 40 3, CHa 502. 6 503. 1 (4-Methanesulfonyl-3'-methyl-G JLJ biphenyl-2-yl)- [4- (4-trifluoromethyl- rv JN I/ phenyl)-piperazin-1-yl]-methanone 0=90 F F 41 cl cl 557. 4 557. 0 (3', 4'-Dichloro-4-methanesulfonyl-G biphenyl-2-yl)- [4- (4-trifluoromethyl- phenyl)-piperazin-1-yl]-methanone 0= =0 /O==0 F To549. 6 550. 3 [2- (2, 6-Dimethoxy-pyridin-3-yl)-5- G methanesulfonyl-phenyl]- [4- (4- trifluoromethyl-phenyl)-piperazin-1- 0= =0 yl]-methanone F 6t I 43 0 0 429. 4 429. 4 2- [4- (4-Acetyl-2-fluoro-phenyl)- D 0 piperazine-1-carbonyl]-4-nitro- benzoic acid methyl ester 0 inc 44 452. 5 453. 1 (2-Isopropenyl-5-methanesulfonyl-I fl-"N phenyl)- [4- (4-trifluoromethyl- 5 phenyl)-piperazin-1-yll-methanone F F CFI 45 F 524. 5 525. 2 (2', 4'-Difluoro-4-methanesulfonyl- G biphenyl-2-yl)- [4- (4-trifluoromethyl- O F phenyl)-piperazin-1-yl]-methanone NU 0= =0 FI CHIA 46 541. 0 541. 2 (2'-Chloro-4'-fluoro-4-G methanesulfonyl-biphenyl-2-yl)- [4- (4- trifluoromethyl-phenyl)-piperazin-1- FX CH yl]-methanone F F 6-6 47 520. 6 521. 2 (4'-Fluoro-4-methanesulfonyl-2'-G methyl-biphenyl-2-yl)- [4- (4- N trifluoromethyl-phenyl)-piperazin-1- '4l yl]-methanone F F Oia 48 F 524. 5 525. 2 (3', 4'-Difluoro-4-methanesulfonyl- G biphenyl-2-yl)- [4- (4-trifluoromethyl- 0 phenyl)-piperazin-1-yl]-methanone 0= =0 /0=S=0 F F CHJ 49 cl 541. 0 541. 2 (3'-Chloro-4'-fluoro-4-G Q L methanesulfbnyl-biphenyl-2-yl)- [4- (4- trifluoromethyl-phenyl)-piperazin-1- yl]-methanone F F 50 FCit 520. 6 521. 2 (4'-Fluoro-4-methanesulfonyl-3'-G methyl-biphenyl-2-yl)- [4- (4- trifluoromethyl-phenyl)-piperazin-1- I o= =o yl]-methanone 51 F<F 542. 5 543. 2 (3', 4', 5'-Trifluoro-4-methanesulfonyl- G biphenyl-2-yl)- [4- (4-trifluoromethyl- phenyl)-piperazin-1-yl]-methanone O=S=O X °=15=° F F CH 52 s 494. 6 495. 1 (5-Methanesulfonyl-2-thiophen-2-yl-G phenyl)- [4- (4-trifluoromethyl- 2fNJ phenyl)-piperazin-1-yl]-methanone o=S=o F C6 53 o X 494. 6 495. 1 (5-Methanesulfonyl-2-thiophen-3-yl-G o phenyl)- [4- (4-trifluoromethyl- \) phenyl)-piperazin-1-yl]-methanone o=g=o F O 54 FuCS 508. 6 509. 2 [5-Methanesulfonyl-2- (4-methyl- G f Nt thiophen-2-yl)-phenyl]- [4- (4- N trifluoromethyl-phenyl)-piperazin-l- yl]-methanone FF CHz 55 508. 6 509. 1 [5-Methanesulfonyl-2- (5-methyl- G CNJA thiophen-2-yl)-phenyl]- [4- (4- N trifluoromethyl-phenyl)-piperazin-l- F F yl]-methanone 56 0"° 454. 5 455. 2 (2-Isopropyl-5-methanesulfonyl-K N phenyl)- [4- (4-trifluoromethyl- phenyl)-piperazin-1-yl]-methanone F 57 495. 5 496. 2 (5-Methanesulfonyl-2-thiazol-2-yl-I N phenyl)- [4- (4-trifluoromethyl- soft phenyl)-piperazin-1-yl]-methanone AJ o=s=o F3Cw CH3 58 CN 489. 5 490. 1 (5-Methanesulfonyl-2-pyridin-3-yl-I CN) phenyl)- [4- (4-trifluoromethyl- rN phenyl)-piperazin-1-yl]-methanone FW C 0=S=0 F Cit 59 N489. 5 490. 1 (5-Methanesulfonyl-2-pyridin-4-yl-I 0 phenyl)- [4- (4-trifluoromethyl- i .. 11 phenyl)-piperazin-1-yl]-methanone Nu 0=S-0 \F 60 Co) 494. 5 495. 2 [2- (3, 6-Dihydro-2H-pyran-4-yl)-5- I N0< methanesulfonyl-phenyl]- [4- (4- N I trifluoromethyl-phenyl)-piperazin-l- FX 14 yl]-methanone Fuzz 61 o, c 466. 5 467. 2 [5-Methanesulfonyl-2- (1-methyl-M N cyclopropyl)-phenyl]- [4- (4- I J I trifluoromethyl-phenyl)-piperazin-1- o=s=o F yl]-methanone 62 506. 5 507. 2 [4- (2-Fluoro-4-trifluoromethyl- G 0 phenyl)-piperazin-1-yll- (4- methanesulfonyl-biphenyl-2-yl)- methanone F F 63 F 524. 5 525. 2 (4'-Fluoro-4-methanesulfonyl-G biphenyl-2-yl)- [4- (2-fluoro-4- 0 trifluoromethyl-phenyl)-piperazin-l- yl]-methanone _ Fe O=S=O fi 64 o U 512. 5 513. 2 [4-(2-Fluoro-4-trifluoromethyl-G F CN) 9} phenyl)-piperazin-l-yl]-(5- F N \ methanesulfonyl-2-thiophen-3-yl- I F O=S=O phenyl)-methanone Fol 65 502. 6 503. 1 (4-Methanesulfonyl-2'-methyl-G biphenyl-2-yl)- [4- (4-trifluoromethyl- mNJ 9 phenyl)-piperazin-l-yl]-methanone I/O=S=0 F F 66 o F+F 480. 4 481. 1 (5-Methanesulfonyl-2-N 0 F--F trifluoromethyl-phenyl)- [4- (4- I J trifluoromethyl-phenyl)-piperazin-1- O=S=O yl]-methanone 67 ° 496. 6 497. 2 [5-Methanesulfonyl-2- (tetrahydro- L S pyran-4-yl)-phenyl]- [4- (4- trifluoromethyl-phenyl)-piperazin-1- =I=o yl]-methanone F F Cti 68 484. 6 485. 3 1-14- [4- (2-Cyclohex-1-enyl-5-E methanesulfonyl-benzoyl)-piperazin- F r"N 1-yl]-3-fluoro-phenyl}-ethanone 0 0 69 472. 6 474. 0 (2-Cyclohexyl-5-methanesulfonyl-K F phenyl)- [4- (4-ethyl-2-fluoro-phenyl)- N piperazin-l-yl]-methanone H'° r o°so 70 439. 4 440. 2 1-13-Fluoro-4- [4- (5-nitro-2- E ouf F trifluoromethyl-benzoyl)-piperazin-1- yl]-phenyl}-ethanone 0-" 0 71 470. 6 471. 4 1- {4- [4- (2-Cyclopent-1-enyl-5- E o T methanesulfonyl-benzoyl)-piperazin- F N SNJ 9 l-yl]-3-fluoro-phenyl}-ethanone ti, c s o so o 72 cl) 486. 6 487. 4 1- (4- {4- [2- (3, 6-Dihydro-2H-pyran-4- E F yl)-5-methanesulfonyl-benzoyl]- r N \ piperazin-1-yll-3-fluoro-phenyl)- oso O ° m° ethanone 0 73 498. 6 499. 4 1- {4- [4- (2-Cyclohept-1-enyl-5- E methanesulfonyl-benzoyl)-piperazin- 1-yl]-3-fluoro-phenyl}-ethanone o 5 74 4 ? 8. 5 479. 5 (2-Cyclopent-l-enyl-5-E o methanesulfonyl-phenyl)- [4- (4- trifluoromethyl-phenyl)-piperazin-l- yl]-methanone 75 506. 6 507. 5 (2-Cyclohept-l-enyl-5-E CNJW methanesulfonyl-phenyl)- [4-(4- trifluoromethyl-phenyl)-piperazin-1- yl]-methanone F 76 1 503. 5 504. 4 2- [4- (4-Trifluoromethyl-phenyl)- 0 l°l T piperazine-1-carbonyl]-biphenyl-4- sulfonic acid methylamide o=s=o oc 77 492. 6 493. 2 (2-Cyclohex-1-enyl-5-E CN0g methanesulfonyl-phenyl)- [4-(4- trifluoromethyl-phenyl)-piperazin-l- yl]-methanone F p CFIs 78 494. 6 495. 9 (2-Cyclohexyl-5-methanesulfonyl-K phenyl)- [4- (4-trifluoromethyl- phenyl)-piperazin-1-yl]-methanone F I /O SJO p Qi 0 (2-Cyclopentyl-5-methanesulfonyl- I 79 480. 5 481. 5 phenyl)- [4- (4-trifluoromethyl- p 481. 5 phenyl)-piperazin-1-yl]-methanone t [4- (4-Ethyl-2-fluoro-phenyl)- 0 piperazin-1-yl]- [5-methanesulfonyl- 474. 5 Q ' "Y 475. 5 2- (tetrahydro-pyran-4-yl)-phenyl]- '475. 5 2- (tetrahydro-pyran-4-yl)-phenyl]- methanone (2-Cycloheptyl-5-methanesulfonyl- phenyl)- [4- (4-trifluoromethyl- F [ !] Y 5u'7. b o phenyl)-piperazin-1-yl]-methanone s N 2-Fluoro-4- [4- (5-methanesulfonyl- 82 CNJA 470. 5 471. 0 2-thiazol-2-yl-benzoyl)-piperazin-1-E N yl]-benzonitrile i o=s=o N, S 1 4- [4- (5-Methanesulfonyl-2-thiazol- 83 erNt) 9 452. 5 453. 5 2-yl-benzoyl)-piperazin-1-yl]-E benzonitrile Nez fizz 3-Fluoro-4- [4- (5-methanesulfonyl- rN 84 N 470. 5 471. 4 2-thiazol-2-yl-benzoyl)-piperazin-1-E O=f=O yll-benzonitrile N o s 1-13-Fluoro-4- [4- (5- methanesulfonyl-2-thiazol-2-yl- 85 1 487. 5 488. 5 E ! J T benzoyl)-piperazm-l-yl]-phenyl}- ethanone [4- (3-Fluoro-4-trifluoromethyl- phenyl)-piperazin-1-yl]- (5- 86 Nsj kJ 513. 5 514. 5 methanesulfonyl-2-thiazol-2-yl-E F'\ F phenyl)-methanone o Nn [4- (2-Fluoro-4-trifluoromethyl- phenyl)-piperazin-1-yl]- (5- 87 A 513. 5 514. 3 methanesulfonyl-2-thiazol-2-yl-E v o-I-o phenyl)-methanone 0 N"S [4- (2-Fluoro-4-methanesulfonyl- phenyl)-piperazin-1-yl]- (5- 88 NJ i 523. 6 524. 3 E 88 0\ I s JN o 0 523. 6 524. 3 methanesulfonyl-2-thiazol-2-yl- xÒ phenyl)-methanone 0 [2- (3, 6-Dihydro-2H-pyran-4-yl)-5- ° 540. 3 (M+N methanesulfonyl-phenyl]- [4- (2- CQ J. ! CTI \iVi*t*i\ ! o % \. 322. 6 TT+\ r) c i i i\ S 89 ! T H4) nuoro-4-methanesulfonyl-phenyl)- o- Nb piperazin-1-yl]-methanone 0 4- {4- [2- (3, 6-Dihydro-2H-pyran-4- 90 XNS) t 469. 5 470. 1 yl)-5-methanesulfonyl-benzoyl]-s piperazin-1-yl}-3-fluoro-benzonitrile N O [2- (3, 6-Dihydro-2H-pyran-4-yl)-5- 0 methanesulfonyl-phenyl]- [4- (2- 91 X O9=O 512. 5 513. 2 fluoro-4-trifluoromethyl-phenyl)-S o--o Y p y) _ o=s=o F F piperazin-1-yl]-methanone 0 [4- (2-Fluoro-4-methanesulfonyl- 0 phenyl)-piperazin-1-yl]- [5- 92 A 524. 6 525. 4.,. io,. n,.] L 92, lf NJ 9 524. 6 525. 4 methanesulfonyl-2-(tetrahydro-L O=S=O 'Sb I pyran-4-yl)-phenyl]-methanone 0 [4- (2-Fluoro-4-trifluoromethyl- 0 phenyl)-piperazin-1-yl]- [5- r 1 514. 5 515. 3 L 93 F N methanesulfonyl-2- (tetrahydro- o= F F pyran-4-yl)-phenyl]-methanone N9s [5-Methanesul bnyl-2- (4-methyl- thiazol-2-yl)-phenyl]- [4- (4- 94 F4 09=Jo 509. 5 510. 5 trifluoromethyl-phenyl)-piperazin-1-T F O=T=O FF yl]-methanone [ [5-Methanesulfonyl-2- (5-methyl- thiazol-2-yl)-phenyl]- [4- (4- 95. J 5093 5103,. r,.,,, n.., T F O=T=O trifluoromethyl-phenyl)-piperazin-l-T F O=$=O F yl]-methanone [5-Methanesulfonyl-2- (2-methyl- pyridin-4-yl)-phenyl]- [4- (4- 96 NJ--503. 5 504. 0 T 96 trifluoromethyl-phenyl)-piperazin-1- F F yl]-methanone ti) N [5-Methanesulfonyl-2-(1-methyl- 1H-imidazol-4-yl)-phenyl]- [4- (4- F-- 0=7=0 trifluoromethyl-phenyl)-piperazin-1- y F F yl]-methanone ' (4-Methanesulfonyl-biphenyl-2-yl)- 98 N 1 420. 5 421. 3 (4-phenyl-piperazin-1-yl)-E r =o methanone i o [4- (4-Hydroxy-phenyl)-piperazin-l- 99 NC JX 436. 5 437. 4 yl]- (4-methanesulfonyl-biphenyl-2- E J °T° yl)-methanone HO (4-Methanesulfonyl-biphenyl-2-yl)- 100 Cj) 450. 5 451. 1 [4- (4-methoxy-phenyl)-piperazin-l- E XOJa °=f=O yl]-methanone O 9 (4-Methanesulfonyl-biphenyl-2-yl)- 0 101 tv 490. 5 491. 1 [4- (4-trifluoromethyl-pyrimidin-2- E o= =o yl)-piperazin-1-yl]-methanone [4- (4-Cyclopropanesulfonyl-2- 0 fluoro-phenyl)-piperazin-1-yl]- (4- 102 N'J 542. 6 543. 3 E methanesulfonyl-biphenyl-2-yl)- o methanone (4-Methanesulfonyl-biphenyl-2-yl)- 103 F NC) X 504. 5 505. 4 [4- (4-trifluoromethoxy-phenyl)-E piperazin-1-yl]-methanone y [4- (4-Dimethylamino-phenyl)- f ! ! 104 o0Ns) 463. 5 464. 3 piperazin-1-yl]-(4-methanesulfonyl-E o=t=o biphenyl-2-yl)-methanone I [4- (4-Dimethylamino- [1, 3, 5] triazin- 2-yl)-piperazin-1-yl]- (4- 105 N N N 466. 5 467. 4 E $'methanesulfonyl-biphenyl-2-yl)- NN =I=O methanone (4-Methanesulfonyl-biphenyl-2-yl)- 0 106 J,. ' 453. 5 [4- (4-methoxy- [1, 3, 5] triazin-2-yl)- E piperazin-1-yl]-methanone [2- (3, 5-Dimethyl-isoxazol-4-yl)-5- methanesulfonyl-phenyl]- [4- (4- 0=1=0 trifluoromethyl-phenyl)-piperazin-l- I yl]-methanone O, [4-(2-Fluoro-4-trifluoromethyl- phenyl)-piperazin-1-yl]- (2-iodo-5- 108 k'' 556. 3 556. 9 ir 1 i, i\ E p j ! j J methanesulfonyl-phenyl)- o=i=o methanone F PIF cl (4'-Chloro-4-methanesulfonyl- fa N biphenyl-2-yl)- [4- (3-chloro-5- 109 C 558. 4 55 109 trifluoromethyl-pyridin-2-yl)- piperazin-1-yl]-methanone ci w I F F FF NA (2'-Chloro-4-methanesulfonyl- N no biphenyl-2-yl)- [4-(3-chloro-5- no 110 CN 0 558. 4 MS trifluoromethyl-pyridin-2-yl)- t piperazin-1-yl]-methanone cl F FI lí 9 [4-(3-Chloro-5-trifluoromethyl- < pyridin-2-yl)-piperazin-1-yl]- (2'- 111 CN 0 541. 9 S42 fluoro-4-methanesulfonyl-biphenyl-E NSSx 2-yl)-methanone Z F F F NF C,- (3-Chloro-5-trifluoromethyl- N pyridin-2-yl)-piperazin-1-yl]- (4'- 112 CN) 541. 9 542 fluoro-4-methanesulfonyl-biphenyl-E ose 2-yl)-methanone F F FF NI [4- (3-Chloro-5-trifluoromethyl- pyridin-2-yl)-piperazin-1-yl]- (4- 113 kNJ o 553. 9 554 methanesulfonyl-2'-methoxy-E Sx biphenyl-2-yl)-methanone w F F F NI [4- (3-Chloro-5-trifluoromethyl- pyridin-2-yl)-piperazin-1-yl]- (4- 114 523. 9 524,,,...., E N methanesulfonyl-biphenyl-2-yl)- o I S o methanone S F F : ea [4-(3-Chloro-5-trifluoromethyl- zu 115 CN 541. 9 542 E fluoro-4-methanesulfonyl-biphenyl- I 2-yl)-methanone F S [4- (3-Chloro-5-trifluoromethyI- N pyridin-2-yl)-piperazin-1-yl]- (5- 116 ci 529. 9 530 methanesulfonyl-2-thiophen-3-yl-E a phenyl)-methanone F F F F ( (4'-Chloro-4-methanesulfonyl- 117 hen 1-2-1-4-2-fluoro-hen 1 117 N 0 472. 9 473 p Y Y) l p Y)'E piperazin-1-yl]-methanone ci I i F F [4- (2-Fluoro-phenyl)-piperazin-1- 118 N o 438. 5 439 yl]- (4-methanesulfonyl-biphenyl-2- E 3, S, yl)-methanone s wu if F "iC (3'-Fluoro-4-methanesulfonyl- 119 t °"s'456. 5 457 biphenyl-2-yl)- [4- (2-fluoro-phenyl)- E I o piperazin-1-yl]-methanone F F FX (41-Fluoro-4-methanesulfonyl- N 120 (N 456. 5 457 biphenyl-2-yl)- [4- (2-fluoro-phenyl)- E 0 piperazin-1-yl]-methanone F e (2'-Fluoro-4-methanesulfonyl- 121 CN) o\So 456. 5 457 biphenyl-2-yl)- [4- (2-fluoro-phenyl)- E piperazin-1-yl]-methanone X F 0 1- {4- [4- (2'-Chloro-4- F methanesulfonyl-biphenyl-2- 122 515. 0 515 E o carbonyl)-piperazin-1-yl]-3-fluoro-E 0 S XsNÓ phenyl}-ethanone ci 0 1- {3-Fluoro-4- [4- (4'-fluoro-4- F methanesulfonyl-biphenyl-2- 123 (J 498. 5 499 n--1 n i. n E 123 CN 0 498. 5 499 arbonyl)-piperazin-1-yl]-phenyl}-E Su ethanone _ 0 F- {3-Fluoro-4- [4- (4- methanesulfonyl-biphenyl-2- 124 ! J 480. 5 zu N carbonyl)-piperazin-1-yl]-phenyl}- <L Q- o-methanone o U 3-Fluoro-4- [4- (4-methanesulfonyl- 125 9çO 463. 5 464 biphenyl-2-carbonyl)-piperazin-1-E yl]-benzonitrile F 3-Fluoro-4- [4- (2'-fluoro-4- 126 N methanesulfonyl-biphenyl-2- 126 9 481. 5 482.. E Q. o 481. 5 482 carbonyD-piperazin-l-yl]- benzonitrile oX 1-{4- [4-(5-Methanesulfonyl-2- 127 9 OS\° 468. 6 469 thiophen-3-yl-benzoyl)-piperazin-1-E yl]-phenyl}-ethanone o F F4 FX 592 (4'-Chloro--methanesulfonyl- 128 CN 490. 9 (M+TE biphenyl-2-yl)- [4- (2, 4-difluoro- E Hate phenyl)-piperazin-1-yl]-methanone ci i ci F T 576 [4- (2, 4-Difluoro-phenyl)-piperazin- N 576 129 474. 5 (M+ 1-yl]-(4'-fluoro-4-methanesulfonyl-E o H+TE s A biphenyl-2-yl)-methanone H F zizi F4 [4- (2, 4-Difluoro-phenyl)-piperazin- N 130 CN) 456. 5 457 1-yl]- (4-methanesulfonyl-biphenyl- E N 2-yl)-methanone o- I o < F F4 576 [4- (2, 4-Difluoro-phenyl)-piperazin- N 131 SN) 474. 5 (M+ 1-yl]- (2'-fluoro-4-methanesulfonyl- E N 0 H+TE o9) TE biphenyl-2-yl)-methanone I \\O F s °/< 564 [4- (2, 4-Difluoro-phenyl)-piperazin- 132 462. 5 l-yl]- (5-methanesulfonyl-2- E _J A) thiophen-3-yl-phenyl)-methanone F F F N 588 [4- (2, 4-Difluoro-phenyl)-piperazin- 133 CN 486. 5 (M+ 1-yl]-(4-methanesulfonyl-2'-E J'\-Jn+iil methoxy-biphenyl-2-yl)-methanone xi i 0 (4-Methanesulfonyl-biphenyl-2-yl)- rN 134 irN y 1 490. 5 491. 1 [4- (5-trifluoromethyl-pyrimidin-2- E °-j-° yl)-piperazin-1-yl]-methanone F - N P-=N 0, 2- [4- (4-Methanesulfonyl-biphenyl- 135 = 445. 5 446 2-carbonyl)-piperazin-1-yl]-E oX benzonitrile X 2- [4- (3'-Fluoro-4-methanesulfonyl- ' °s 136 -N-'s"0 463. 5 464 biphenyl-2-carbonyl)-piperazin-1-E 0 yl]-benzonitrile F 2- [4- (2'-Fluoro-4-methanesulfonyl- ° 137 t 463. 5 464 biphenyl-2-carbonyl)-piperazin-l-E °)- yl]-benzonitrile F N 2- [4- (5-Methanesulfonyl-2- /\ 138 zu 451. 5 452 thiophen-3-yl-benzoyl)-piperazin-l-E yl]-benzonitrile su N 4-14- [2- ( (E)-2-Cyano-vinyl)-5- 139 N < 420. 4 421 methanesulfonyl-benzoyl]-piperazin-U NI) i O=S=O 1-yll-benzonitrile N-'' (E)-3- {2- [4- (4-Cyano-phenyl)- piperazine-l-carbonyl]-4- t4 methanesulfonyl-phenyll-acrylic acid o=i-o methyl ester

Tablet Formulation (Wet Granulation) Item Ingredients mg/tablet 5 mg 25 mg 100 mg 500 mg 1. Compound of formula I 5 25 100 500 2. Lactose Anhydrous DTG 125 105 30 150 3. Sta-Rx 1500 6 6 6 30 4. Microcrystalline Cellulose 30 30 30 150 5. Magnesium Stearate 1111 Total 167 167 167 831 Manufacturing Procedure 1. Mix items 1, 2, 3 and 4 and granulate with purified water.

2. Dry the granules at 50°C.

3. Pass the granules through suitable milling equipment.

4. Add item 5 and mix for three minutes ; compress on a suitable press.

Capsule Formulation Item Ingredients mg/capsule 5 mg 25 mg 100 mg 500 mg 1. Compound of formula I 5 25 100 500 2. Hydrous Lactose 159 123 148--- 3. Corn Starch 25 35 40 70 4. Talc 10 15 10 25 5. Magnesium Stearate 1 2 2 5 Total 200 200 300 600 Manufacturing Procedure 1. Mix items 1, 2 and 3 in a suitable mixer for 30 minutes.

2. Add items 4 and 5 and mix for 3 minutes.

3. Fill into a suitable capsule.