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Title:
SULFONE COMPOUNDS WHICH MODULATE THE CB2 RECEPTOR
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2010/005782
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
Compounds which modulate the CB2 receptor are disclosed. Compounds according to the invention bind to and are agonists of the CB2 receptor, and are useful for treating inflammation. Those compounds which are agonists are additionally useful for treating pain.

Inventors:
REGAN, John (Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.900 Ridgebury Road,P.O. Box 36, Ridgefield CT, 06877-0368, US)
RIETHER, Doris (Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.900 Ridgebury Road,P.oO. Box 36, Ridgefield CT, 08677-0368, US)
Application Number:
US2009/048392
Publication Date:
January 14, 2010
Filing Date:
June 24, 2009
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Assignee:
BOEHRINGER INGELHEIM INTERNATIONAL GMBH (Binger Strasse 173, Ingelheim, Ingelheim, DE)
BOEHRINGER INGELHEIM PHARMA GMBH & CO. KG (Binger Strasse 173, Ingelheim, Ingelheim, DE)
REGAN, John (Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.900 Ridgebury Road,P.O. Box 36, Ridgefield CT, 06877-0368, US)
RIETHER, Doris (Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.900 Ridgebury Road,P.oO. Box 36, Ridgefield CT, 08677-0368, US)
International Classes:
C07D261/14; A61K31/4025; A61K31/4196; A61K31/42; A61K31/433; A61P29/00; C07D285/08; C07D401/04; C07D403/04; C07D413/04; C07D413/12; C07D413/14; C07D417/04
Domestic Patent References:
WO2008039645A12008-04-03
WO2007020502A22007-02-22
WO2009061652A12009-05-14
WO2009077533A12009-06-25
WO2008039645A12008-04-03
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KLEIN ET AL.: "The cannabinoid system and immune system", J LEUKOC BIOL, vol. 74, 2003, pages 486 - 496
BICKLET ET AL.: "Immunomodulation by cannabinoid is absent in mice deficient for the cannabinoid CB2 receptor", EUR J PHARMACOL, vol. 396, 2000, pages 141 - 149
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UEDA ET AL.: "Involvement of cannabinoid CB(2) receptor-mediated response and efficacy of cannabinoid CB(2) receptor inverse agonist, JTE-907, in cutaneous inflammation in mice", EUR J PHARMACOL., vol. 520, 2005, pages 164 - 171
SMITH ET AL.: "The anti-inflammatory activities of cannabinoid receptor ligands in mouse peritonitis models", EUR J PHARMACOL., vol. 432, 2001, pages 107 - 119
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Attorney, Agent or Firm:
MORRIS, Michael, P. et al. (Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.900 Ridgebury Road,P.O. Box 36, Ridgefield CT, 06877-0368, US)
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Claims:
Claims

1. A compound of formula I, wherein

R1 is aryl optionally independently substituted with 1 to 3 substituents chosen from Ci_6 alkyl, C3-6 cycloalkyl, C1-6 alkoxy, Ci_6 alkylthio, Ci_6 alkylsulfonyl, Ci_6 alkoxycarbonyl, C1-6 alkylaminocarbonyl, C1-6 acylamino, C 1-6 dialkylaminocarbonyl, halogen, cyano, nitro, aryl and heteroaryl; or R1 is C i_io alkyl, C 3_6 cycloalkyl, 3-10 membered saturated heterocyclic ring, each optionally independently substituted with 1-3 substituents chosen from C i_io alkyl, C 3_io cycloalkyl, C 1-6 acyl, cyano, phenyl, oxo, hydroxyl and halogen; each R1 and R1 substituent where possible is optionally substituted with 1 to 3 halogen atoms; or R1 is C i_6 alkyl substituted with 3-10 membered saturated heterocyclic ring each optionally independently substituted with 1-3 substituents chosen from C i_io alkyl, C 3_io cycloalkyl, C 1-6 acyl, cyano, phenyl, oxo, hydroxyl and halogen;

R is hydrogen or Cp6 alkyl;

R3 is heteroaryl optionally independently substituted with 1 to 3 substituents chosen from Ci-6 alkyl (which is optionally partially or fully halogenated) and halogen; R4 is Ci-6 alkyl, aryl or heteroaryl each optionally independently substituted with 1 to

3 substituents chosen from Cr6 alkyl and Cr6 alkoxy; each R4 or R4 substituent where possible is optionally partially or fully halogenated;

n is 1 or 2;

or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof.

2. The compound according to claim 1 wherein,

R1 is phenyl, naphthyl each optionally independently substituted with 1 to 3 substituents chosen from C 1-6 alkyl, C 3-6 cycloalkyl, C 1-6 alkoxy, C 1-6 alkylthio, C 1-6 alkylsulfonyl, C1-6 alkoxycarbonyl, C1-6 alkylaminocarbonyl, C 1-6 acylamino, C i_ 6 dialkylaminocarbonyl, halogen, cyano, nitro and phenyl; or

R1 is C 1-10 alkyl, C 3-10 cycloalkyl, heterocyclic ring chosen from tetrahydropyranyl, tetrahydrofuranyl, morpholinyl, piperidinyl, piperazinyl and pyrrolidinyl, each optionally independently substituted with 1-3 substituents chosen from C1-1O alkyl, C3_ 10 cycloalkyl, Ci_6 acyl, cyano, phenyl, oxo, hydroxyl and halogen; each R1 and R1 substituent where possible is optionally substituted with 1 to 3 halogen atoms; or

R1 is Ci_3 alkyl substituted with 3-10 membered saturated heterocyclic ring each optionally independently substituted with 1-3 substituents chosen from C1-1O alkyl, phenyl, oxo, hydroxyl and halogen;

R is hydrogen or C1-S alkyl; R3 is furanyl, pyranyl, benzoxazolyl, benzothiazolyl, benzimidazolyl, oxazolyl, isoxazolyl, thiazolyl, pyrazolyl, pyrrolyl, imidazolyl, thienyl, thiadiazolyl, triazolyl, pyridinyl, pyrimidinyl, pyridazinyl, pyrazinyl, triazinyl, quinolinyl, isoquinolinyl, quinazolinyl, indazolyl, indolyl, isoindolyl, benzofuranyl or benzopyranyl each optionally independently substituted with 1 to 3 substituents chosen from Cr6 alkyl (which is optionally substituted with 1 to 3 halogen atoms) and halogen;

R4 is Cr5 alkyl, phenyl or naphthyl each optionally independently substituted with 1 to 3 substituents chosen from C1-S alkyl and C1-S alkoxy; each R4 or R4 substituent where possible is optionally partially or fully halogenated;

n is 1.

3. The compound according to claim 2 wherein,

R1 is C i-6 alkyl, C3-6 cycloalkyl and phenyl; each optionally independently substituted with 1-3 substituents chosen from C1-3 alkyl, C3-6 cycloalkyl, cyano, phenyl and halogen, or

R1 is tetrahydropyranyl or tetrahydofuranyl optionally substituted with 1-3 substituents chosen from C1-1O alkyl, C3-1O cycloalkyl, C1-6 acyl, cyano, phenyl, oxo, hydroxyl and halogen; or

R1 is methyl substituted with tetrahydropyranyl or tetrahydofuranyl optionally substituted with 1-3 substituents chosen from C1-1O alkyl, phenyl, oxo, hydroxyl and halogen; R is hydrogen or Cr4 alkyl;

R3 is oxazolyl, isoxazolyl, thiazolyl, thiadiazolyl, triazolyl, pyridinyl, pyrimidinyl, pyridazinyl, pyrazinyl or triazinyl, each optionally independently substituted with 1 to 3 substituents chosen from C1-S alkyl (which is optionally substituted with 1 to 3 halogen atoms) and halogen;

R4 is Cr5 alkyl or phenyl each optionally independently substituted with 1 to 3 substituents chosen from Cr4 alkyl and Cr4 alkoxy; each R4 or R4 substituent where possible is optionally partially or fully halogenated.

4. The compound according to claim 3 wherein,

R is hydrogen or Cr3 alkyl;

R3 is oxazolyl, isoxazolyl, thiazolyl, thiadiazolyl or pyridinyl;

R4 is Cr4 alkyl or phenyl each optionally independently substituted with Cr3 alkyl; each R4 or R4 substituent where possible is optionally partially or fully halogenated.

5. The compound according to claim 4 wherein,

R1 is phenyl or tetrahydropyranyl each optionally partially or fully halogenated;

R is hydrogen or Cr2 alkyl; R4 is Ci-4 alkyl or phenyl each optionally partially or fully halogenated.

6. The compound according to claim 5 wherein,

R1 is phenyl optionally substituted with halogen or tetrahydropyranyl;

R is hydrogen or methyl;

R3 is thiadiazolyl, isoxazolyl, pyridinyl or triazolyl;

R4 is Cp4 alkyl optionally partially or fully halogenated or phenyl.

7. A compound of the formula IA:

L-R3-R4

(IA) wherein for the formula (IA) is chosen independently from members of column A in Table I, and

R3- R4 is chosen independently from members of column B in Table I: Table I

or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof.

8. A compound chosen from

or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof.

9. A compound of formula IB wherein

'OR

IB

R1 is aryl optionally independently substituted with 1 to 3 substituents chosen from Ci_6 alkyl, C3_6 cycloalkyl, C1-6 alkoxy, Ci_6 alkylthio, Ci_6 alkylsulfonyl, Ci_6 alkoxycarbonyl, Ci_6 alkylaminocarbonyl, Ci_6 acylamino, C 1-6 dialkylaminocarbonyl, halogen, cyano, nitro, aryl and heteroaryl; or R1 is C i-io alkyl, C 3-6 cycloalkyl, 3-10 membered saturated heterocyclic ring, each optionally independently substituted with 1-3 substituents chosen from C MO alkyl, C 3-io cycloalkyl, C 1-6 acyl, cyano, phenyl, oxo, hydroxyl and halogen; each R1 and R1 substituent where possible is optionally substituted with 1 to 3 halogen atoms; or R1 is C i_6 alkyl substituted with 3-10 membered saturated heterocyclic ring each optionally independently substituted with 1-3 substituents chosen from C i_io alkyl, C 3_io cycloalkyl, C 1-6 acyl, cyano, phenyl, oxo, hydroxyl and halogen;

R is hydrogen or Cp6 alkyl;

R3 is heteroaryl optionally independently substituted with 1 to 3 substituents chosen from Ci-6 alkyl (which is optionally partially or fully halogenated) and halogen;

R4 is Cp6 alkyl, aryl or heteroaryl each optionally independently substituted with 1 to

3 substituents chosen from Cr6 alkyl and Cr6 alkoxy; each R4 or R4 substituent where possible is optionally partially or fully halogenated;

R is hydrogen or Cr6 alkyl optionally substituted with phenyl or 1-3 halogen atoms; and

n is 1 or 2;

or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof.

10. The compound according to claim 9 wherein,

R1 is phenyl, naphthyl each optionally independently substituted with 1 to 3 substituents chosen from C 1-6 alkyl, C 3-6 cycloalkyl, C 1-6 alkoxy, C 1-6 alkylthio, C i_6 alkylsulfonyl, C1-6 alkoxycarbonyl, Ci_6 alkylaminocarbonyl, C 1-6 acylamino, C i_ 6 dialkylaminocarbonyl, halogen, cyano, nitro and phenyl; or R1 is C i-io alkyl, C 3-10 cycloalkyl, heterocyclic ring chosen from tetrahydropyranyl, tetrahydrofuranyl, morpholinyl, piperidinyl, piperazinyl and pyrrolidinyl, each optionally independently substituted with 1-3 substituents chosen from C1-1O alkyl, C3. 10 cycloalkyl, Ci_6 acyl, cyano, phenyl, oxo, hydroxyl and halogen; each R1 and R1 substituent where possible is optionally substituted with 1 to 3 halogen atoms; or R1 is C1-3 alkyl substituted with 3-10 membered saturated heterocyclic ring each optionally independently substituted with 1-3 substituents chosen from C1-1O alkyl, phenyl, oxo, hydroxyl and halogen;

R is hydrogen or C1-5 alkyl;

R3 is furanyl, pyranyl, benzoxazolyl, benzothiazolyl, benzimidazolyl, oxazolyl, isoxazolyl, thiazolyl, pyrazolyl, pyrrolyl, imidazolyl, thienyl, thiadiazolyl, triazolyl, pyridinyl, pyrimidinyl, pyridazinyl, pyrazinyl, triazinyl, quinolinyl, isoquinolinyl, quinazolinyl, indazolyl, indolyl, isoindolyl, benzofuranyl or benzopyranyl each optionally independently substituted with 1 to 3 substituents chosen from Cp6 alkyl (which is optionally substituted with 1 to 3 halogen atoms) and halogen;

R4 is C1-5 alkyl, phenyl or naphthyl each optionally independently substituted with 1 to 3 substituents chosen from C1-S alkyl and C1-S alkoxy; each R4 or R4 substituent where possible is optionally partially or fully halogenated;

R is hydrogen or C1-S alkyl; and

n is 1.

11. The compound according to claim 10 wherein, R1 is C 1-6 alkyl, C3-6 cycloalkyl and phenyl; each optionally independently substituted with 1-3 substituents chosen from Ci_3 alkyl, C3-6 cycloalkyl, cyano, phenyl and halogen, or

R1 is tetrahydropyranyl or tetrahydofuranyl optionally substituted with 1-3 substituents chosen from C1-1O alkyl, C3_io cycloalkyl, Ci_6 acyl, cyano, phenyl, oxo, hydroxyl and halogen; or

R1 is methyl substituted with tetrahydropyranyl or tetrahydofuranyl optionally substituted with 1-3 substituents chosen from C1-1O alkyl, phenyl, oxo, hydroxyl and halogen;

R is hydrogen or Cr4 alkyl;

R3 is oxazolyl, isoxazolyl, thiazolyl, thiadiazolyl, triazolyl, pyridinyl, pyrimidinyl, pyridazinyl, pyrazinyl or triazinyl, each optionally independently substituted with 1 to 3 substituents chosen from C1-5 alkyl (which is optionally substituted with 1 to 3 halogen atoms) and halogen;

R4 is C1-5 alkyl or phenyl each optionally independently substituted with 1 to 3 substituents chosen from Cr4 alkyl and Cr4 alkoxy; each R4 or R4 substituent where possible is optionally partially or fully halogenated;

R is hydrogen or Cr4 alkyl.

12. The compound according to claim 11 wherein, R is hydrogen or Cr3 alkyl;

R3 is oxazolyl, isoxazolyl, thiazolyl, thiadiazolyl or pyridinyl;

R4 is Cr4 alkyl or phenyl each optionally independently substituted with Cr3 alkyl; each R4 or R4 substituent where possible is optionally partially or fully halogenated;

R is hydrogen, benzyl or Cr3 alkyl.

13. The compound according to claim 12 wherein,

R1 is phenyl or tetrahydropyranyl each optionally partially or fully halogenated;

R2 is hydrogen or Cr2 alkyl;

R4 is Ci-4 alkyl or phenyl each optionally partially or fully halogenated;

R is hydrogen or Cr3 alkyl.

14. The compound according to claim 13 wherein,

R1 is phenyl optionally substituted with halogen or tetrahydropyranyl;

R2 is hydrogen or methyl;

R3 is thiadiazolyl, isoxazolyl, pyridinyl or triazolyl; R is Ci-4 alkyl optionally partially or fully halogenated or phenyl;

R is hydrogen.

15. A compound of the formula IC:

L-R3-R4

wherein for the formula (IC)

L-i- is chosen independently from members of column A in Table IV, and

+- R3- R4 is chosen independently from members of column B in Table IV

Table IV:

B

or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof.

16. A compound chosen from

or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof.

17. A pharmaceutical composition comprising a therapeutically effective amount of a compound according to any one of claims 1 - 16.

18. A method of treating pain comprising administering to a patient a therapeutically effective amount of a compound according to any one of claims 1 - 17.

19. A method of treating a disease or condition chosen from a lung disease, a rheumatic disease, an autoimmune disease, a musculoskeletal disease, an allergic disease, an allergic reaction, a vascular disease, a dermatological disease, a renal disease, a hepatic disease, a gastrointestinal disease, neurodegeneration eye disease, diseases of the ear, nose, and throat, neurological disease blood disease, tumors, endocrine diseases, organ and tissue transplantations and graft-versus-host diseases, severe states of shock, acute pain, visceral pain, spasm of the gastrointestinal tract or uterus, colics, neuropathic pain, inflammatory and nociceptive pain, cancer pain, headache, restenosis, atherosclerosis, reperfusion injury, congestive heart failure, myocardial infarction, thermal injury, multiple organ injury secondary to trauma, necrotizing enterocolitis and syndromes associated with hemodialysis, leukopheresis, and granulocyte transfusion, sarcoidosis, gingivitis and pyrexia comprising administering to a patient a therapeutically effective amount of a compound according to any one of claims 1 - 17.

Description:
Sulfone Compounds Which Modulate The CB2 Receptor

APPLICATION DATA

This application claims benefit to US provisional application serial no. 61/079,517 filed July 10, 2008.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

1. TECHNICAL FIELD

The present invention relates to novel compounds which modulate the CB2 receptor and their use as medicaments.

2. BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Cannabinoids are a group of about 60 distinct compounds found in Cannabis sativa (also know as marijuana) with cannabinol, cannabidiol and Δ 9 -tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) being the most representative molecules. The therapeutic usage of Cannabis can be dated back to ancient dynasties of China and includes applications for various illnesses ranging from lack of appetite, emesis, cramps, menstrual pain, spasticity to rheumatism. The long history of Cannabis use has led to the development of several pharmaceutical drugs. For example, Marinol and Cesamet which are based on THC and its analogous nabilone, respectively, are used as anti-emetic and appetite stimulant. Despite of the clinical benefits, the therapeutic usage of cannabis is limited by its psychoactive effects including hallucination, addiction and dependence. Mechoulam R, ed. Cannabinoids as Therapeutic Agents, Boca Raton, FL; CRC Press, 1986 provides a review of the medicinal use of cannabis.

The physiological effects of cannabinoids are mediated by at least two G-protein coupled receptors, CBl and CB2. Autoradiographic studies have demonstrated that CBl receptors are expressed primarily in the central nervous system, specifically in the cerebral cortex, hippocampus, basal ganglia and cerebellum. They are also found to a lesser degree in the reproductive system and other peripheral tissues including that of the immune system. CBl receptors regulate the release of neurotransmitters from the presynaptic neurons and are believed to mediate most of the euphoric and other central nervous system effects of cannabis, such as THC-induced ring-catalepsy, hypomobility, and hypothermia, which were found to be completely absent in mice with a deletion of the CBl gene (Zimmer et al., Increased mortality, hypoactivity, and hypoalgesia in cannabinoid CBl receptor knockout mice. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. (1999) 96:5780- 5785.)

CB2 receptors are almost exclusively found in the immune system, with the greatest density in the spleen. It is estimated that the expression level of CB2 in the immune cells is about 10 to 100 times higher than CBl. Within the immune system, CB2 is found in various cell types, includung B cells, NK cells, monocytes, microglial cells, neutrophils, T cells, dentritic cells and mast cells, suggesting that a wide range of immune functions can be regulated through CB2 modulators (Klein et al., The cannabinoid system and immune system. J Leukoc Biol (2003) 74:.486-496). This is supported by the finding that the immunomodulatory effect of THC is absent in CB2 deficient mice mice (Bicklet et al., Immunomodulation by cannabinoid is absent in mice deficient for the cannabinoid CB2 receptor. Eur J Pharmacol (2000) 396:141-149). CB2 selective ligands have been developed and tested for their effects in various imflammatory settings. For example, in animal models of inflammation, CB2 selective agonists, inverse agonists and antagonists have been shown to be effective in suppressing inflammation (Hanus et al., HU-308: a specific agonist for CB(2), a peripheral cannabinoid receptor. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. (1999) 96:14228-14233, Ueda et al., Involvement of cannabinoid CB(2) receptor- mediated response and efficacy of cannabinoid CB(2) receptor inverse agonist, JTE-907, in cutaneous inflammation in mice. Eur J Pharmacol. (2005) 520:164-171 and Smith et al., The anti-inflammatory activities of cannabinoid receptor ligands in mouse peritonitis models Eur J Pharmacol. (2001) 432:107-119.). Furthermore, CB2 selective agonists inhibit disease severity and spasticity in animal models for multiple sclerosis (Baker et al., Cannabinoids control spasticity and tremor in a multiple sclerosis model. Nature (2000) 404: 84-87. Arevalo-Martin et al., Therapeutic action of cannabinoids in a murine model of multiple sclerosis J Neurosci. (2003) 23:2511-2516.). Taken together, these results support the notion that CB2 receptor modulators can be employed for the treatment of medical conditions having an inflammatory component.

In addition to inflammation, CB2 agonists have been shown to inhibit pain and emesis. For instance, CB2 selective agonists blunt the pain response induced by thermal or other stimuli (Malan et al., CB2 cannabinoid receptor-mediated peripheral antinociception. Pain. (2001) 93:239-45 and Nackley et al., Selective activation of cannabinoid CB(2) receptors suppresses spinal fos protein expression and pain behavior in a rat model of inflammation. Neuroscience (2003) 119:747-57.) CB2 activation has also been demonstrated to inhibit neuropathic pain response (Ibrahim et al., Activation of CB2 cannabinoid receptors by AM1241 inhibits experimental neuropathic pain: pain inhibition by receptors not present in the CNS. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. (2003) 100:10529-33.) Finally, in contrast to the earlier data which did not find CB2 in the brain, a recent article demonstrated the expression of CB2 in the brain, at about 1.5 % of the level in the spleen. CB2 activation is shown by this article to be responsible for the anti-emetic effect of endocannabinoid (Van Sickle et al., Identification and functional characterization of brainstem cannabinoid CB2 receptors. Science. 2005 310:329-332. ) The foregoing results confirm that CB2 agonists can be used for the treatment of inflammatory and neuropathic pain as well as emesis.

BRIEF SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

The present invention provides novel compounds which bind to and modulate the CB2 receptor. The invention also provides a method and pharmaceutical compositions for treating inflammation by way of the administration of therapeutic amounts of these compounds. Lastly, the invention provides a method and pharmaceutical compositions for treating pain by way of the administration of therapeutic amounts of the new compounds which are CB2 agonists.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

In its broadest generic aspect the invention provides compounds of formula I, wherein

R 1 is aryl optionally independently substituted with 1 to 3 substituents chosen from Ci_ 6 alkyl, C 3-6 cycloalkyl, Q_ 6 alkoxy, Ci_ 6 alkylthio, Ci_ 6 alkylsulfonyl, Ci_ 6 alkoxycarbonyl, C 1-6 alkylaminocarbonyl, C 1-6 acylamino, C 1-6 dialkylaminocarbonyl, halogen, cyano, nitro, aryl and heteroaryl; or R 1 is C i_io alkyl, C 3 _ 6 cycloalkyl, 3-10 membered saturated heterocyclic ring, each optionally independently substituted with 1-3 substituents chosen from C i_io alkyl, C 3_io cycloalkyl, C 1-6 acyl, cyano, phenyl, oxo, hydroxyl and halogen; each R 1 and R 1 substituent where possible is optionally substituted with 1 to 3 halogen atoms; or R 1 is C i_ 6 alkyl substituted with 3-10 membered saturated heterocyclic ring each optionally independently substituted with 1-3 substituents chosen from C i_io alkyl, C 3_io cycloalkyl, C 1-6 acyl, cyano, phenyl, oxo, hydroxyl and halogen;

R 2 is hydrogen or Ci-C 6 alkyl; R 3 is heteroaryl optionally independently substituted with 1 to 3 substituents chosen from Ci-C 6 alkyl (which is optionally partially or fully halogenated) and halogen;

R 4 is Ci-C 6 alkyl, aryl, or heteroaryl each optionally independently substituted with 1 to 3 substituents chosen from Ci-C 6 alkyl and Ci-C 6 alkoxy; each R 4 or R 4 substituent where possible is optionally partially or fully halogenated;

n is 1 or 2;

or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof.

In a first subgeneric aspect, the invention provides compounds of the formula I wherein,

R 1 is phenyl, naphthyl each optionally independently substituted with 1 to 3 substituents chosen from C 1-6 alkyl, C 3 _ 6 cycloalkyl, C 1-6 alkoxy, C 1-6 alkylthio, C i_ <5 alkylsulfonyl, Ci_ 6 alkoxycarbonyl, Ci_ 6 alkylaminocarbonyl, C 1-6 acylamino, C i_ β dialkylaminocarbonyl, halogen, cyano, nitro and phenyl; or

R 1 is C i_io alkyl, C 3 _io cycloalkyl, heterocyclic ring chosen from tetrahydropyranyl, tetrahydrofuranyl, morpholinyl, piperidinyl, piperazinyl and pyrrolidinyl, each optionally independently substituted with 1-3 substituents chosen from C 1-1O alkyl, C 3 - io cycloalkyl, C 1-6 acyl, cyano, phenyl, oxo, hydroxyl and halogen; each R 1 and R 1 substituent where possible is optionally substituted with 1 to 3 halogen atoms; or

R 1 is C 1-3 alkyl substituted with 3-10 membered saturated heterocyclic ring each optionally independently substituted with 1-3 substituents chosen from C 1-1O alkyl, phenyl, oxo, hydroxyl and halogen; R is hydrogen or C 1 -C 5 alkyl;

R 3 is furanyl, pyranyl, benzoxazolyl, benzothiazolyl, benzimidazolyl, oxazolyl, isoxazolyl, thiazolyl, pyrazolyl, pyrrolyl, imidazolyl, thienyl, thiadiazolyl, triazolyl, pyridinyl, pyrimidinyl, pyridazinyl, pyrazinyl, triazinyl, quinolinyl, isoquinolinyl, quinazolinyl, indazolyl, indolyl, isoindolyl, benzofuranyl or benzopyranyl each optionally independently substituted with 1 to 3 substituents chosen from Ci-C 6 alkyl (which is optionally substituted with 1 to 3 halogen atoms) and halogen;

R 4 is C 1 -C 5 alkyl, phenyl or naphthyl each optionally independently substituted with

1 to 3 substituents chosen from C 1 -C 5 alkyl and C 1 -C 5 alkoxy; each R 4 or R 4 substituent where possible is optionally partially or fully halogenated;

n is 1.

In another subgeneric aspect, the invention provides compounds of the formula I wherein,

R 1 is C i_ 6 alkyl, C 3-6 cycloalkyl and phenyl; each optionally independently substituted with 1-3 substituents chosen from Ci_ 3 alkyl, C 3 _ 6 cycloalkyl, cyano, phenyl and halogen, or

R 1 is tetrahydropyranyl or tetrahydofuranyl optionally substituted with 1-3 substituents chosen from C 1-1O alkyl, C 3 _io cycloalkyl, Ci_ 6 acyl, cyano, phenyl, oxo, hydroxyl and halogen; or R 1 is methyl substituted with tetrahydropyranyl or tetrahydofuranyl optionally substituted with 1-3 substituents chosen from C 1-1O alkyl, phenyl, oxo, hydroxyl and halogen;

R is hydrogen or C 1 -C 4 alkyl;

R 3 is oxazolyl, isoxazolyl, thiazolyl, thiadiazolyl, triazolyl, pyridinyl, pyrimidinyl, pyridazinyl, pyrazinyl or triazinyl, each optionally independently substituted with 1 to 3 substituents chosen from C 1 -C 5 alkyl (which is optionally substituted with 1 to 3 halogen atoms) and halogen;

R 4 is C 1 -C 5 alkyl or phenyl each optionally independently substituted with 1 to 3 substituents chosen from C 1 -C 4 alkyl and C 1 -C 4 alkoxy; each R 4 or R 4 substituent where possible is optionally partially or fully halogenated.

In a still further subgeneric aspect, the invention provides compounds of the formula I wherein,

R is hydrogen or C 1 -C 3 alkyl;

R 3 is oxazolyl, isoxazolyl, thiazolyl, thiadiazolyl or pyridinyl;

R 4 is C 1 -C 4 alkyl or phenyl each optionally independently substituted with C 1 -C 3 alkyl; each R 4 or R 4 substituent where possible is optionally partially or fully halogenated. In another subgeneric aspect, the invention provides compounds of the formula I wherein,

R 1 is phenyl or tetrahydropyranyl each optionally partially or fully halogenated;

R is hydrogen or Ci-C 2 alkyl;

R 4 is C 1 -C 4 alkyl or phenyl each optionally partially or fully halogenated.

In a still further subgeneric aspect, the invention provides compounds of the formula I wherein,

R 1 is phenyl optionally substituted with halogen or tetrahydropyranyl;

R is hydrogen or methyl;

R 3 is thiadiazolyl, isoxazolyl, pyridinyl or triazolyl;

R 4 is C 1 -C 4 alkyl optionally partially or fully halogenated or phenyl.

In another subgeneric aspect, the invention provides compounds of the formula IA:

L-R 3 -R 4

wherein for the formula (IA) L-\- is chosen independently from members of column A in Table I, and

R 3 - R 4 is chosen independently from members of column B in Table I: Table I

or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof.

In another embodiment, the invention provides compounds in Table II which can be made in view of the general schemes, examples and methods known in the art.

Table II

or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof.

Of the above compounds, the following are preferred CB2 agonists: Table III

nother generic aspect the invention provides compounds of formula IB wherein

OR

IB

R 1 is aryl optionally independently substituted with 1 to 3 substituents chosen from C 1-6 alkyl, C3-6 cycloalkyl, C 1-6 alkoxy, C 1-6 alkylthio, C 1-6 alkylsulfonyl, C 1-6 alkoxycarbonyl, C 1-6 alkylaminocarbonyl, C 1-6 acylamino, C 1-6 dialkylaminocarbonyl, halogen, cyano, nitro, aryl and heteroaryl; or R 1 is C i_io alkyl, C 3 _ 6 cycloalkyl, 3-10 membered saturated heterocyclic ring, each optionally independently substituted with 1-3 substituents chosen from C MO alkyl, C 3_io cycloalkyl, C 1-6 acyl, cyano, phenyl, oxo, hydroxyl and halogen; each R 1 and R 1 substituent where possible is optionally substituted with 1 to 3 halogen atoms; or R 1 is C 1 - 6 alkyl substituted with 3-10 membered saturated heterocyclic ring each optionally independently substituted with 1-3 substituents chosen from C MO alkyl, C 3_io cycloalkyl, C 1-6 acyl, cyano, phenyl, oxo, hydroxyl and halogen;

R is hydrogen or Cr 6 alkyl;

R 3 is heteroaryl optionally independently substituted with 1 to 3 substituents chosen from Cr 6 alkyl (which is optionally partially or fully halogenated) and halogen;

R 4 is Cr 6 alkyl, aryl, or heteroaryl each optionally independently substituted with 1 to 3 substituents chosen from Cr 6 alkyl and Cr 6 alkoxy; each R 4 or R 4 substituent where possible is optionally partially or fully halogenated;

R is hydrogen or Cr 6 alkyl optionally substituted with phenyl or 1-3 halogen atoms; and n is 1 or 2

or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof.

In a first subgeneric aspect, the invention provides compounds of the formula IB wherein,

R 1 is phenyl, naphthyl each optionally independently substituted with 1 to 3 substituents chosen from C 1-6 alkyl, C 3 _ 6 cycloalkyl, C 1-6 alkoxy, C 1-6 alkylthio, C i- 6 alkylsulfonyl, C 1-6 alkoxycarbonyl, C 1-6 alkylaminocarbonyl, C 1-6 acylamino, C i_ 6 dialkylaminocarbonyl, halogen, cyano, nitro and phenyl; or

R 1 is C i_io alkyl, C 3 _io cycloalkyl, heterocyclic ring chosen from tetrahydropyranyl, tetrahydrofuranyl, morpholinyl, piperidinyl, piperazinyl and pyrrolidinyl, each optionally independently substituted with 1-3 substituents chosen from C 1-1O alkyl, C 3 - io cycloalkyl, C 1-6 acyl, cyano, phenyl, oxo, hydroxyl and halogen; each R 1 and R 1 substituent where possible is optionally substituted with 1 to 3 halogen atoms; or R 1 is Ci_ 3 alkyl substituted with 3-10 membered saturated heterocyclic ring each optionally independently substituted with 1-3 substituents chosen from C 1-1O alkyl, phenyl, oxo, hydroxyl and halogen;

R is hydrogen or C 1 - S alkyl;

R 3 is furanyl, pyranyl, benzoxazolyl, benzothiazolyl, benzimidazolyl, oxazolyl, isoxazolyl, thiazolyl, pyrazolyl, pyrrolyl, imidazolyl, thienyl, thiadiazolyl, triazolyl, pyridinyl, pyrimidinyl, pyridazinyl, pyrazinyl, triazinyl, quinolinyl, isoquinolinyl, quinazolinyl, indazolyl, indolyl, isoindolyl, benzofuranyl or benzopyranyl each optionally independently substituted with 1 to 3 substituents chosen from Cr 6 alkyl (which is optionally substituted with 1 to 3 halogen atoms) and halogen;

R 4 is Ci- 5 alkyl, phenyl or naphthyl each optionally independently substituted with 1 to 3 substituents chosen from C 1 - S alkyl and C 1 - S alkoxy; each R 4 or R 4 substituent where possible is optionally partially or fully halogenated;

R is hydrogen or C 1 - S alkyl; and

n is 1.

In another subgeneric aspect, the invention provides compounds of the formula IB wherein, R 1 is C 1 - 6 alkyl, C 3 - 6 cycloalkyl and phenyl; each optionally independently substituted with 1-3 substituents chosen from C 1-3 alkyl, C 3 - 6 cycloalkyl, cyano, phenyl and halogen, or

R 1 is tetrahydropyranyl or tetrahydofuranyl optionally substituted with 1-3 substituents chosen from C 1-1 O alkyl, C 3-1 O cycloalkyl, C 1-6 acyl, cyano, phenyl, oxo, hydroxyl and halogen; or

R 1 is methyl substituted with tetrahydropyranyl or tetrahydofuranyl optionally substituted with 1-3 substituents chosen from C 1-1O alkyl, phenyl, oxo, hydroxyl and halogen;

R is hydrogen or Cr 4 alkyl;

R 3 is oxazolyl, isoxazolyl, thiazolyl, thiadiazolyl, triazolyl, pyridinyl, pyrimidinyl, pyridazinyl, pyrazinyl or triazinyl, each optionally independently substituted with 1 to 3 substituents chosen from C 1 - 5 alkyl (which is optionally substituted with 1 to 3 halogen atoms) and halogen;

R 4 is C 1 - 5 alkyl or phenyl each optionally independently substituted with 1 to 3 substituents chosen from Cr 4 alkyl and Cr 4 alkoxy; each R 4 or R 4 substituent where possible is optionally partially or fully halogenated;

R is hydrogen or Cr 4 alkyl.

In a still further subgeneric aspect, the invention provides compounds of the formula IB wherein, R is hydrogen or Cr 3 alkyl;

R 3 is oxazolyl, isoxazolyl, thiazolyl, thiadiazolyl or pyridinyl;

R 4 is Cr 4 alkyl or phenyl each optionally independently substituted with Cr 3 alkyl; each R 4 or R 4 substituent where possible is optionally partially or fully halogenated;

R is hydrogen, benzyl or Cr 3 alkyl.

In another subgeneric aspect, the invention provides compounds of the formula IB wherein,

R 1 is phenyl or tetrahydropyranyl each optionally partially or fully halogenated;

R 2 is hydrogen or Cr 2 alkyl;

R 4 is Ci- 4 alkyl or phenyl each optionally partially or fully halogenated;

R is hydrogen or Cr 3 alkyl.

In a still further subgeneric aspect, the invention provides compounds of the formula IB wherein,

R 1 is phenyl optionally substituted with halogen or tetrahydropyranyl;

R 2 is hydrogen or methyl;

R 3 is thiadiazolyl, isoxazolyl, pyridinyl or triazolyl; R is Ci- 4 alkyl optionally partially or fully halogenated or phenyl; R is hydrogen.

In another subgeneric aspect, the invention provides compounds of the formula IC:

L-R 3 -R 4

wherein for the formula (IC)

is chosen independently from members of column A in Table IV, and

÷R 3 -R 4 is chosen independently from members of column B in Table IV

Table IV:

wherein R is hydrogen or halogen; or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof.

In another embodiment, the invention provides compounds in Table V which can be made in view of the general schemes, examples and methods known in the art.

Table V

Structure

or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof.

Of the above compounds the following are preferred CB2 agonists:

Table VI

In all the compounds disclosed hereinabove in this application, in the event the nomenclature is in conflict with the structure, it shall be understood that the compound is defined by the structure.

The invention also relates to pharmaceutical preparations, containing as active substance one or more compounds of the invention, or the pharmaceutically acceptable derivatives thereof, optionally combined with conventional excipients and/or carriers.

Compounds of the invention also include their isotopically-labelled forms. An isotopically-labelled form of an active agent of a combination of the present invention is identical to said active agent but for the fact that one or more atoms of said active agent have been replaced by an atom or atoms having an atomic mass or mass number different from the atomic mass or mass number of said atom which is usually found in nature. Examples of isotopes which are readily available commercially and which can be incorporated into an active agent of a combination of the present invention in accordance with well established procedures, include isotopes of hydrogen, carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, phosphorous, fluorine and chlorine, e.g., 2 H, 3 H, 13 C, 14 C, 15 N, 18 O, 17 0, 31 P, 32 P, 35 S, 18 F, and 36 Cl, respectively. An active agent of a combination of the present invention, a prodrug thereof, or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt of either which contains one or more of the above-mentioned isotopes and/or other isotopes of other atoms is contemplated to be within the scope of the present invention.

The invention includes the use of any compounds of described above containing one or more asymmetric carbon atoms may occur as racemates and racemic mixtures, single enantiomers, diastereomeric mixtures and individual diastereomers. Isomers shall be defined as being enantiomers and diastereomers. All such isomeric forms of these compounds are expressly included in the present invention. Each stereogenic carbon may be in the R or S configuration, or a combination of configurations.

Some of the compounds of the invention can exist in more than one tautomeric form. The invention includes methods using all such tautomers.

All terms as used herein in this specification, unless otherwise stated, shall be understood in their ordinary meaning as known in the art. For example, is a Ci- 4 alkyl with a terminal oxygen, such as methoxy, ethoxy, propoxy, butoxy. All alkyl, alkenyl and alkynyl groups shall be understood as being branched or unbranched where structurally possible and unless otherwise specified. Other more specific definitions are as follows:

Carbocyclic or cycloalkyl groups include hydrocarbon rings containing from three to twelve carbon atoms. These carbocyclic or cycloalkyl groups may be either aromatic or non-aromatic ring systems. The non-aromatic ring systems may be mono- or polyunsaturated. Preferred carbocycles include but are not limited to cyclopropyl, cyclobutyl, cyclopentyl, cyclopentenyl, cyclohexyl, cyclohexenyl, cycloheptanyl, cycloheptenyl, phenyl, indanyl, indenyl, benzocyclobutanyl, dihydronaphthyl, tetrahydronaphthyl, naphthyl, decahydronaphthyl, benzocycloheptanyl and benzocycloheptenyl. Certain terms for cycloalkyl such as cyclobutanyl and cyclobutyl shall be used interchangeably.

The term "heterocycle" refers to a stable nonaromatic 4-8 membered (but preferably, 5 or 6 membered) monocyclic or nonaromatic 8-11 membered bicyclic or spirocyclic heterocycle radical which may be either saturated or unsaturated. Each heterocycle consists of carbon atoms and one or more, preferably from 1 to 4 heteroatoms chosen from nitrogen, oxygen and sulfur. The heterocycle may be attached by any atom of the cycle, which results in the creation of a stable structure.

The term "heteroaryl" shall be understood to mean an aromatic 5-8 membered monocyclic or 8-11 membered bicyclic ring containing 1-4 heteroatoms such as N,0 and S.

Unless otherwise stated, heterocycles and heteroaryl include but are not limited to, for example furanyl, pyranyl, benzoxazolyl, benzothiazolyl, benzimidazolyl, tetrahydropyranyl, dioxanyl, tetrahydrofuranyl, oxazolyl, isoxazolyl, thiazolyl, pyrazolyl, pyrrolyl, imidazolyl, thienyl, thiadiazolyl, triazolyl, thiomorpholinyl, 1,1-dioxo-lλ 6 - thiomorpholinyl, morpholinyl, pyridinyl, pyrimidinyl, pyridazinyl, pyrazinyl, triazinyl, pyrrolidinyl, piperidinyl, piperazinyl, purinyl, quinolinyl, Dihydro-2H-quinolinyl, isoquinolinyl, quinazolinyl, indazolyl, thieno[2,3-d]pyrimidinyl, indolyl, isoindolyl, benzofuranyl, benzopyranyl and benzodioxolyl, or 2-aza-spiro[4.5]dec-2-yl, 1-aza- spiro[4.5]dec-l-yl, l-aza-spiro[4.4]non-l-yl, 2-aza-spiro[4.4]non-2-yl, 2-aza- spiro[5.5]undec-2-yl, l-aza-spiro[5.5]undec-l-yl.

The term "heteroatom" as used herein shall be understood to mean atoms other than carbon such as O, N, S and P.

In all alkyl groups or carbon chains one or more carbon atoms can be optionally replaced by heteroatoms: O, S or N, it shall be understood that if N is not substituted then it is NH, it shall also be understood that the heteroatoms may replace either terminal carbon atoms or internal carbon atoms within a branched or unbranched carbon chain. Such groups can be substituted as herein above described by groups such as oxo to result in definitions such as but not limited to: alkoxycarbonyl, acyl, amido and thioxo.

The term "aryl" as used herein shall be understood to mean aromatic carbocycle or heteroaryl as defined herein. Each aryl or heteroaryl unless otherwise specified includes it's partially or fully hydrogenated derivative. For example, quinolinyl may include decahydroquinolinyl and tetrahydroquinolinyl, naphthyl may include its hydrogenated derivatives such as tetrahydranaphthyl. Other partially or fully hydrogenated derivatives of the aryl and heteroaryl compounds described herein will be apparent to one of ordinary skill in the art.

As used herein, "nitrogen" and "sulfur" include any oxidized form of nitrogen and sulfur and the quaternized form of any basic nitrogen. For example, for an -S-C 1-6 alkyl radical, unless otherwise specified, this shall be understood to include -S(O)-Ci_ 6 alkyl and - S(O) 2 -CL 6 alkyl.

The term "alkyl" refers to a saturated aliphatic radical containing from one to ten carbon atoms or a mono- or polyunsaturated aliphatic hydrocarbon radical containing from two to twelve carbon atoms. The mono- or polyunsaturated aliphatic hydrocarbon radical containing at least one double or triple bond, respectively. "Alkyl" refers to both branched and unbranched alkyl groups. It should be understood that any combination term using an "alk" or "alkyl" prefix refers to analogs according to the above definition of "alkyl". For example, terms such as "alkoxy", "alkythio" refer to alkyl groups linked to a second group via an oxygen or sulfur atom. "Alkanoyl" refers to an alkyl group linked to a carbonyl group (C=O).

The term "halogen" as used in the present specification shall be understood to mean bromine, chlorine, fluorine or iodine, preferably fluorine. The definitions "halogenated", "partially or fully halogenated"; partially or fully fluorinated; "substituted by one or more halogen atoms", includes for example, mono, di or tri halo derivatives on one or more carbon atoms. For alkyl, a nonlimiting example would be -CH 2 CHF 2 , -CF 3 etc.

Each alkyl, carbocycle, heterocycle or heteroaryl, or the analogs thereof, described herein shall be understood to be optionally partially or fully halogenated.

The compounds of the invention are only those which are contemplated to be 'chemically stable' as will be appreciated by those skilled in the art. For example, a compound which would have a 'dangling valency', or a 'carbanion' are not compounds contemplated by the inventive methods disclosed herein.

The invention includes pharmaceutically acceptable derivatives of compounds of formula (I). A "pharmaceutically acceptable derivative" refers to any pharmaceutically acceptable salt or ester, or any other compound which, upon administration to a patient, is capable of providing (directly or indirectly) a compound useful for the invention, or a pharmacologically active metabolite or pharmacologically active residue thereof. A pharmacologically active metabolite shall be understood to mean any compound of the invention capable of being metabolized enzymatically or chemically. This includes, for example, hydroxylated or oxidized derivative compounds of the invention. Pharmaceutically acceptable salts include those derived from pharmaceutically acceptable inorganic and organic acids and bases. Examples of suitable acids include hydrochloric, hydrobromic, sulfuric, nitric, perchloric, fumaric, maleic, phosphoric, glycolic, lactic, salicylic, succinic, toluene-p-sulfuric, tartaric, acetic, citric, methanesulfonic, formic, benzoic, malonic, naphthalene-2- sulfuric and benzenesulfonic acids. Other acids, such as oxalic acid, while not themselves pharmaceutically acceptable, may be employed in the preparation of salts useful as intermediates in obtaining the compounds and their pharmaceutically acceptable acid addition salts. Salts derived from appropriate bases include alkali metal (e.g., sodium), alkaline earth metal (e.g., magnesium), ammonium and N-(C γ -4 alkyl)4 + salts.

In addition, within the scope of the invention is use of prodrugs of compounds of the invention. Prodrugs include those compounds that, upon simple chemical transformation, are modified to produce compounds of the invention. Simple chemical transformations include hydrolysis, oxidation and reduction. Specifically, when a prodrug is administered to a patient, the prodrug may be transformed into a compound disclosed hereinabove, thereby imparting the desired pharmacological effect.

The compounds of formula I may be made using the general synthetic methods described below, which also constitute part of the invention.

GENERAL SYNTHETIC METHODS

The invention also provides processes for making compounds of Formula (I) and (IB). Compounds of Formula (IA) and (IC) may be made using the same Schemes. In all Schemes, unless specified otherwise, R 2 ; R 3 ; R 4 and n in the Formulas below shall have the meaning of R 1 R 2 R 3 R 4 and n in Formula (I) and (IB) of the invention described herein above. Optimum reaction conditions and reaction times may vary depending on the particular reactants used. Unless otherwise specified, solvents, temperatures, pressures, and other reaction conditions may be readily selected by one of ordinary skill in the art. Specific procedures are provided in the Synthetic Examples section. Typically, reaction progress may be monitored by thin layer chromatography (TLC), if desired, and intermediates and products may be purified by chromatography on silica gel and/or by recrystallization. The examples which follow are illustrative and, as recognized by one skilled in the art, particular reagents or conditions could be modified as needed for individual compounds without undue experimentation. Starting materials and intermediates used, in the Schemes below, are either commercially available or easily prepared from commercially available materials by those skilled in the art. Compounds of Formula (I) and (IB) may be prepared by Schemes 1

Scheme 1

As illustrated in Schemel, reaction of a sulfinic acid sodium salt of formula II with α- halo-γ- butyrolactone of formula III (Hal = Br or I), in a suitable solvent, at a suitable temperature, provides a lactone of formula IV. Alkylation of the lactone of formula IV with a suitable alkylating agent of formula V, under standard conditions, provides an alkylated product of formula VI. Reaction of VI with an amine of formula VII, in a suitable solvent, provides a ring opened intermediate of formula (IB). Cyclization of the intermediate (IB) using reagents such as triphenyl phosphine and diethyl azodicarboxylate, provides a compound of Formula (I).

Further modification of the initial product of Formula (I) by methods known to one skilled in the art and illustrated in the examples below, provides additional compounds of this invention.

Examples

Example 1: Synthesis of l-(3-ter/-Butyl-isoxazol-5-yl)-3-(4-chlorobenzenesulfonyl)-3 - methyl-pyrrolidin-2-one

3-(4-Chlorobenzenesulfonyl)-dihydro-furan-2-one

A mixture of α-bromo-γ-butyrolactone (1.58 g; 9.62 mmol) and 4-chlorobenzenesulfinic acid sodium salt (2.39 g; 12.03 mmol) in ethanol (75 mL) was heated at 65 0 C for 10 hours and the volatiles removed in vacuo. The residue was diluted with ethyl acetate and filtered. Removal of the volatiles from the filtrate provided as residue which was purified by silica gel chromatography using ethyl acetate and hexanes as the eluent. Removal of the volatiles from the product-rich fractions provided 1.58 g of the desired product. 1 H NMR (CDCl 3 ) δ 7.89 (d, 2H), 7.58 (d, 2H), 4.54 (m, IH), 4.42 (m, IH), 4.03 (dd, IH), 3.07 (m, IH), 2.77 (m, IH).

3-(4-Chlorobenzenesulfonyl)-3-methyl-dihydro-furan-2-one

To a mixture of 3-(4-chlorobenzenesulfonyl)-dihydro-furan-2-one (0.599 g; 2.29 mmol) in DMF (5 rnL) at 0-5 0 C was added portionwise NaH (0.23 g of a 60% dispersion in mineral oil; 5.74 mmol). The mixture stirred 30 minutes and iodomethane (0.43 mL; 6.89 mmol) was added. The reaction warmed to room temperature while stirring overnight and was quenched with water. The solid was filtered and dried in vacuo to provide the desired product. Wt 0.488 g. 1 U NMR (CDCl 3 ) δ 7.82 (d, 2H), 7.56 (d, 2H), 4.56 (m, IH), 4.39 (m, IH), 3.32 (m, IH), 2.42 (m, IH), 1.51 (s, 3H).

N-(3-ter/-Butyl-isoxazol-5-yl)-2-(4-chlorobenzenesulfonyl )-4-hydroxy-2-methyl- butyramide

To a solution of 3-te/t-butyl-isoxazol-5-ylamine (0.421 g; 3.00 mmol) in methylene chloride (5 mL) was added dropwise trimethylaluminum (1.5 mL of a 2.0 M solution in toluene; 3.00 mmol). The mixture was stirred 15 minutes and 3-(4-chloro- benzenesulfonyl)-3-methyl-dihydro-furan-2-one (0.659 g; 2.40 mmol) added. The mixture was stirred 3 hours, heated to 45 0 C for approximately 40 hours, cooled to room temperature and carefully quenched with 10% aqueous citric acid, aqueous sodium tartrate and chloroform. The organic layer was dried (MgSO 4 ). Removal of the volatiles in vacuo provided a residue which was purified by silica gel chromatography using ethyl acetate and hexanes as the eluent. Removal of the volatiles from the product-rich fractions provided 0.616 g of the desired product. 1 U NMR (CDCl 3 ) δ 9.85 (bs, IH), 7.75 (d, 2H), 7.55 (d, 2H), 6.24 (s, IH), 3.97 (m, IH), 3.85 (m, IH), 2.62 (m, IH), 2.32 (m, IH), 1.65 (s, 3H), 1.32 (s, 9H). MS (ESI): m/e 415, 417 (M+H).

l-(3-ter/-Butyl-isoxazol-5-yl)-3-(4-chlorobenzenesulfonyl )-3-methyl-pyrrolidin-2-one

To a solution of diethyl azodicarboxylate (0.067 g; 0.38 mmol, DEADC) in methylene chloride (1 mL) was added triphenylphosphine (0.076 g; 0.29 mmol). The mixture was stirred 20 minutes and N-(5-fert-butyl-isoxazol-3-yl)-2-(4-chlorobenzenesulfonyl)-4 - hydroxy-2-methyl-butyramide (0.100 g; 0.241 mmol) was added. After 4 hours the volatiles were removed in vacuo. The residue was purified by silica gel chromatography using ethyl acetate and hexanes as the eluent. Removal of the volatiles from the product- rich fractions provided 0.086 g of product. 1 U NMR (CDCl 3 ) δ 7.81 (d, 2H), 7.57 (d, 2H), 6.40 (s, IH), 4.13 (m, IH), 4.05 (m, IH), 3.28 (m, IH), 2.31 (m, IH), 1.52 (s, 3H), 1.35 (s, 9H). MS (ESI): m/e 397, 399 (M+H).

The enantiomers can be separated by chiral chromatography using an AD-H column and eluting with a 25% solution of a 1:1:0.01 mixture of iso-propanol, ethanol and diethylamine in hexanes.

Example 2: Synthesis of l-(5-ter/-Butyl-isoxazol-3-yl)-3-(4-chloro-benzenesulfonyl)- 3-methyl-pyrrolidin-2-one

N-(5-ter/-Butyl-isoxazol-3-yl)-2-(4-chloro-benzenesulfony l)-4-hydroxy-2-methyl- butyramide

To a solution of 5-te/t-butyl-isoxazol-3-ylamine (0.280 g; 2.00 mmol) in methylene chloride (5 rnL) was added dropwise trimethylaruminum (1.0 rnL of a 2.0 M solution in toluene; 2.00 mmol). The mixture was stirred 15 minutes and 3-(4-chloro- benzenesulfonyl)-3-methyl-dihydrofuran-2-one (0.440 g; 1.60 mmol) added. The mixture was stirred 18 hours and carefully quenched with 10% aqueous citric acid, aqueous sodium tartrate and chloroform. The organic layer was dried (MgSO 4 ). Removal of the volatiles in vacuo provided a residue which was purified by silica gel chromatography using ethyl acetate and hexanes as the eluent. Removal of the volatiles from the product- rich fractions provided 0.030 g of the desired product. 1 H NMR (CDCl 3 ) δ 9.4 (bs, IH), 7.76 (d, 2H), 7.52 (d, 2H), 6.49 (s, IH), 3.90 (m, IH), 3.82 (m, IH), 2.58 (m, IH), 2.25 (m, IH), 1.65 (s, 3H), 1.3 (s, 9H). MS (ESI): m/e 415, 417 (M+H).

l-(5-ter/-Butyl-isoxazol-3-yl)-3-(4-chloro-benzenesulfony l)-3-methyl-pyrrolidin-2- one

To a solution of diethyl azodicarboxylate (0.025 g; 0.14 mmol) in methylene chloride (1 mL) was added triphenylphosphine (0.038 g; 0.14 mmol). The mixture was stirred 20 minutes and N-(5-fer?-butyl-isoxazol-3-yl)-2-(4-chlorobenzenesulfonyl)-4 -hydroxy-2- methyl-butyramide (0.030 g; 0.072 mmol) in 1 niL methylene chloride was added. After 18 hours the volatiles were removed in vacuo. The residue was purified by silica gel chromatography using ethyl acetate and hexanes as the eluent. Removal of the volatiles from the product-rich fractions provided 0.024 g of product. 1 H NMR (CDCl 3 ) δ 7.83 (d, 2H), 7.55 (d, 2H), 6.73 (s, IH), 4.03 (m, IH), 3.95 (m, IH), 3.25 (m, IH), 2.29 (m, IH), 1.52 (s, 3H), 1.35 (s, 9H). MS (ESI): m/e 397, 399 (M+H).

Example 3: Synthesis of l-(3-ter^Butyl-isoxazol-5-yl)-3-methyl-3-(tetrahydro-pyran- 4-sulfonyl)-pyrrolidin-2-one

Toluene-4-sulfonic acid tetrahydro-pyran-4-yl ester

To a solution of tetrahydo-4-pyranol (5.00g; 48.9 mmol) in pyridine (30 mL) at 0-5 0 C was added portionwise p-toluenesulfonyl chloride (13.9g; 73.4 mmol). The mixture slowly warmed to room temperature, stirred overnight and poured onto 30 mL cone. HCl in ice. After stirring 15 minutes the solid was filtered and dried in vacuo. Trituration with t-butyl methyl ether provided 11.7 g of the desired product. 1 H NMR (CDCl 3 ) δ 7.82 (d, 2H), 7.35 (d, 2H), 4.70 (m, IH), 3.88 (m, 2H), 3.47 (m, 2H), 2.46 (s, 3H), 1.86 (m, 2H), 1.76 (m, 2H).

Thioacetic acid S-(tetrahydro-pyran-4-yl) ester

A mixture of potassium thioacetate (10.21 g; 87.62 mmol) and toluene-4-sulfonic acid tetrahydro-pyran-4-yl ester (11.23g; 43.81 mmol) in DMF (100 mL) was heated at 50 0 C for 12 hours, cooled to room temperature, diluted with ether, washed with water, saturated NaHCO 3 and brine and dried (MgSO 4 ). Removal of the volatiles in vacuo provided a residue which was taken forward without additional purification.

3-Methyl-3-(tetrahydro-pyran-4-ylsulfanyl)-dihydrofuran-2-on e

To thioacetic acid 5 r -(tetrahydro-pyran-4-yl) ester (4.25g; 26.5 mmol) in 2-proponal (20 mL) was added KOH (36.4 mL of a 0.8 M solution in 2-propanol; 29.2 mmol). The mixture was stirred 30 minutes and α-bromo-α-methyl- γ-butyrolactone (3.00 mL; 26.5 mmol) was added dropwise. The mixture was stirred 2 hours, quenched with acetyl chloride (0.62 mL; 8.75 mmol) and the volatiles removed in vacuo. The residue was diluted with ether and filtered. Removal of the volatiles in vacuo provided a residue which was purified by silica gel chromatography using ethyl acetate and hexanes as the eluent. The product-rich fractions were concentrated in vacuo to provide 2.65 g of the desired product. 1 U NMR (CDCl 3 ) δ 4.45 (m, IH), 4.29 (dt, IH), 3.89 (m, 2H), 3.48 (dq, 2H), 3.20 (m, IH), 2.33 (m, IH), 2.21 (m, IH), 1.95 (m, IH), 1.88 (m, IH), 1.86 (m, 2H), 1.65 (s, 3H).

3-Methyl-3-(tetrahydro-pyran-4-sulfonyl)-dihydro-furan-2- one

To a solution of 3-methyl-3-(tetrahydro-pyran-4-ylsulfanyl)-dihydrofuran-2-on e (2.62g; 12.1 mmol) in dioxane (40 niL) and water (10 rnL) was added potassium peroxymono sulfate (Oxone) (22.1g; 36.0 mmol). The mixture was stirred overnight and filtered. Removal of the volatiles in vacuo provided a residue which was purified with a plug of silica gel eluting with ethyl acetate. The product-rich fractions were concentrated in vacuo to provide 2.25 g of the desired product. 1 H NMR (CDCl 3 ) δ 4.56 (q, IH), 4.39 (dt, IH), 4.09 (m, 2H), 3.85 (m, IH), 3.48 (m, 2H), 3.27 (m, IH), 2.30 (dt, IH), 2.05-1.95 (m, 4H), 1.74 (s, 3H).

N-(3-ter/-Butyl-isoxazol-5-yl)-4-hydroxy-2-methyl-2-(tetr ahydro-pyran-4-sulfonyl)- butyramide

To a solution of 3-te/t-butyl-isoxazol-5-ylamine (0.421g; 3.00 mmol) in methylene chloride (10 mL) was added dropwise the trimethylaluminum (1.50 mL of a 2.0 M solution in toluene; 3.0 mmol). The mixture was stirred 15 minutes and 3-methyl-3- (tetrahydro-pyran-4-sulfonyl)-dihydro-furan-2-one (0.596 g; 2.40 mmol) was added. The mixture was heated to 45 0 C overnight, cooled to room temperature, carefully quenched with 0.5 mL methanol, applied to a plug of silica gel and eluted with ethyl acetate. Removal of the volatiles in vacuo provided a residue which was purified by silica gel chromatography using ethyl acetate and hexanes as the eluent. The product-rich fractions were concentrated in vacuo to provide 0.646 g of the desired product. 1 H NMR (CDCI 3 ) 5 9.92 (bs, IH), 6.29 (s, IH), 4.11-3.92 (m, 4H), 3.86 (m, IH), 3.60 (m, IH), 3.40 (m, 2H), 2.57 (m, IH), 2.36 (m, IH), 2.12-1.90 (m, 4H), 1.80 (s, 3H), 1.32 (s, 9H). MS (ESI): m/e 389 (M+H).

l-CS-terZ-Butyl-isoxazol-S-y^-S-methyl-S-Ctetrahydro-pyra n^-sulfony^-pyrrolidin^- one

To a solution of di-tert-butyl azodicarboxylate (0.126 g; 0.546 mmol) in methylene chloride (2.5 rnL) was added triphenylphosphine (0.143 g; 0.546 mmol). The mixture was stirred 30 minutes and iV-(3-te/t-butyl-isoxazol-5-yl)-4-hydroxy-2-methyl-2-(tetrah ydro- pyran-4-sulfonyl)-butyramide (0.212 g; 0.546 mmol) was added. After 3 hours the volatiles were removed in vacuo. The residue was purified by silica gel chromatography using ethyl acetate and hexanes as the eluent. Removal of the volatiles from the product- rich fractions provided 0.105 g of the solid product. 1 H NMR (CDCl 3 ) 5 6.41 (s, IH), 4.09 (m, 4H), 3.85 (m, IH), 3.49 (m, 2H), 3.24 (m, IH), 2.25-1.86 (m, 5H), 1.75 (s, 3H), 1.35 (s, 9H). MS (ESI): m/e 371 (M+H).

Assessment of Biological Properties

The biological properties of the compounds of the formula I and (IA) were assessed using the assays described below.

A. Human CBl and CB2 Receptor Binding: Experimental Method:

CB2 membranes were purchased and made from HEK293 EBNA cells stably transfected with human CB2 receptor cDNA (Perkin Elmer Life and Analytical Sciences). CBl membranes were isolated from HEK cells stably co-transfected with human CBl receptor and Gαl6 cDNA's. The membrane preparation was bound to scintillation beads (Ysi- Poly-L-lysine SPA beads, GE Healthcare) for 4 hours at room temperature in assay buffer containing 5OmM Tris, pH 7.5, 2.5mM EDTA, 5mM MgCl 2 , 0.8% fatty acid free Bovine Serum Albumin. Unbound membrane was removed by washing in assay buffer. Membrane-bead mixture was added to 96- well assay plates in the amounts of 15ug membrane per well (CB2) or 2.5ug per well (CBl) and lmg SPA bead per well. Compounds were added to the membrane-bead mixture in dose-response concentrations ranging from Ix 10 "5 M to IxIO 10 M with 0.25% DMSO, final. The competition reaction was initiated with the addition of 3 H-CP55940 (Perkin Elmer Life and Analytical Sciences) at a final concentration of 1.5nM (CB2) or 2.5nM (CBl). The reaction was incubated at room temperature for lδhours and read on TopCount NXT plate reader. Total and non-specific binding was determined in the absence and presence of 1.25uM Win 55212 (Sigma). IC50 values for each compound were calculated as the concentration of compound that inhibits the specific binding of the radioactively labeled ligand to the receptor by 50% using the XLFit 4.1 four parameter logistic model. IC50 values were converted to inhibition constant (Ki) values using Cheng-Prusoff equation.

B. CB 2R mediated modulation of c AMP synthesis:

Compounds of the invention were evaluated for their CB2 agonist or inverse agonistic activity in accordance with the following experimental method. Compounds which were shown to bind to CB2 by the binding assay described above but which were not shown to exhibit CB2R-mediated modulation of cAMP synthesis by this assay were presumed to be CB2 antagonists. Experimental Method:

CHO cells expressing human CB2R (Euroscreen) were plated at a density of 5000 cells per well in 384 well plates and incubated overnight at 37 0 C. After removing the media, the cells were treated with test compounds diluted in stimulation buffer containing ImM IBMX, 0.25% BSA and lOuM Forskolin. The assay was incubated for 30 minutes at 37 0 C. Cells were lysed and the cAMP concentration was measured using DiscoverX -XS cAMP kit, following the manufacturer's protocol. In this setting, agonists will decrease forskolin induced production of cAMP while inverse agonists will further increase forskolin induced production of cAMP. EC50 of agonists were calculated as follows. The maximal amount of cAMP produced by forskolin compared to the level of cAMP inhibited by IuM CP55940 is defined as 100%. The EC50 value of each test compound was determined as the concentration at which 50% of the forskolin- stimulated cAMP synthesis was inhibited. Data was analyzed using a four-parameter logistic model. (Model 205 of XLfit 4.0).

C. CBlR mediated modulation of cAMP synthesis:

Compounds of the invention were evaluated for their CBl agonist or inverse agonistic activity in accordance with the following experimental method. Compounds which were shown to bind to CBl by the binding assay described above but which were not shown to exhibit CBIR-mediated modulation of cAMP synthesis by this assay were presumed to be CBl antagonists.

Experimental Method:

CHO cells expressing human CBlR (Euroscreen) were plated at a density of 5000 cells per well in 384 well plates and incubated overnight at 37 0 C. After removing the media, the cells were treated with test compounds diluted in stimulation buffer containing ImM IBMX, 0.25% BSA and lOuM Forskolin. The assay was incubated for 30 minutes at 37 0 C. Cells were lysed and the cAMP concentration was measured using DiscoverX -XS cAMP kit, following the manufacturer's protocol. In this setting, agonists will decrease forskolin induced production of cAMP while inverse agonists will further increase forskolin induced production of cAMP. EC50 of agonists were calculated as follows. The maximal amount of cAMP produced by forskolin compared to the level of cAMP inhibited by IuM CP55940 is defined as 100%. The EC50 value of each test compound was determined as the concentration at which 50% of the forskolin- stimulated cAMP synthesis was inhibited. Data was analyzed using a four-parameter logistic model. (Model 205 of XLfit 4.0).

Preferred compounds will have CB2 EC 50 (nM) of less 500 nM.

Compounds Having Agonist Activity

Through the use of the above described assays compounds were found to exhibit agonistic activity and thus to be particularly well suited for the treatment of pain as well as for the treatment of inflammation.

Therapeutic Use

As can be demonstrated by the assays described above, the compounds of the invention are useful in modulating the CB2 receptor function. By virtue of this fact, these compounds have therapeutic use in treating disease-states and conditions mediated by the

CB2 receptor function or that would benefit from modulation of the CB2 receptor function.

As the compounds of the invention modulate the CB2 receptor function, they have very useful anti-inflammatory and immune-suppressive activity and they can be used in patients as drugs, particularly in the form of pharmaceutical compositions as set forth below, for the treatment of disease-states and conditions. As noted before, those compounds which are CB2 agonists can also be employed for the treatment of pain.

The agonist compounds according to the invention can be used in patients as drugs for the treatment of the following disease-states or indications that are accompanied by inflammatory processes:

(i) Lung diseases: e.g. asthma, bronchitis, allergic rhinitis, emphysema, adult respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), pigeon fancier's disease, farmer's lung, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma including allergic asthma (atopic or non-atopic) as well as exercise-induced bronchoconstriction, occupational asthma, viral- or bacterial exacerbation of asthma, other non-allergic asthmas and "wheezy-infant syndrome", pneumoconiosis, including aluminosis, anthracosis, asbestosis, chalicosis, ptilosis, siderosis, silicosis, tabacosis and byssinosis;

(ii) Rheumatic diseases or autoimmune diseases or musculoskeletal diseases: all forms of rheumatic diseases, especially rheumatoid arthritis, acute rheumatic fever, and polymyalgia rheumatica; reactive arthritis; rheumatic soft tissue diseases; inflammatory soft tissue diseases of other genesis; arthritic symptoms in degenerative joint diseases (arthroses); tendinitis, bursitis, osteoarthritis, traumatic arthritis; collagenoses of any genesis, e.g., systemic lupus erythematosus, scleroderma, polymyositis, dermatomyositis, Sjogren syndrome, Still disease, Felty syndrome; and osteoporosis and other bone resorption diseases; (iii) Allergic diseases: all forms of allergic reactions, e.g., angioneurotic edema, hay fever, insect bites, allergic reactions to drugs, blood derivatives, contrast agents, etc., anaphylactic shock (anaphylaxis), urticaria, angioneurotic edema, and contact dermatitis; (iv) Vascular diseases: panarteritis nodosa, polyarteritis nodosa, periarteritis nodosa, arteritis temporalis, Wegner granulomatosis, giant cell arthritis, atherosclerosis, reperfusion injury and erythema nodosum;

(v) Dermatological diseases: e.g. dermatitis, psoriasis; sunburn, burns, eczema;

(vi) Renal diseases: e.g. nephrotic syndrome; and all types of nephritis, e.g., glomerulonephritis; pancreatits;

(vii) Hepatic diseases: e.g. acute liver cell disintegration; acute hepatitis of various genesis, e.g., viral, toxic, drug-induced; and chronically aggressive and/or chronically intermittent hepatitis;

(viii) Gastrointestinal diseases: e.g. inflammatory bowel diseases, irritable bowel syndrome, regional enteritis (Crohns disease), colitis ulcerosa; gastritis; aphthous ulcer, celiac disease, regional ileitis, gastroesophageal reflux disease;

(ix) Neuroprotection: e.g. in the treatment of neurodegeneration following stroke; cardiac arrest; pulmonary bypass; traumatic brain injury; spinal cord injury or the like;

(x) Eye diseases: allergic keratitis, uveitis, or iritis; conjunctivitis; blepharitis; neuritis nervi optici; choroiditis; glaucoma and sympathetic ophthalmia;

(xi) Diseases of the ear, nose, and throat (ENT) area: e.g. tinnitus; allergic rhinitis or hay fever; otitis externa; caused by contact eczema, infection, etc.; and otitis media;

(xii) Neurological diseases: e.g. brain edema, particularly tumor-related brain edema; multiple sclerosis; acute encephalomyelitis; meningitis; acute spinal cord injury; trauma; dementia, particularly degenerative dementia (including senile dementia, Alzheimer's disease; Parkinson's disease and Creutzfeldt-Jacob disease; Huntington's chorea, Pick's disease; motor neuron disease), vascular dementia (including multi-infarct dementia) as well as dementia associated with intracranial space occupying lesions; infections and related conditions (including HIV infection); Guillain-Barre syndrome; myasthenia gravis, stroke; and various forms of seizures, e.g., nodding spasms;

(xiii) Blood diseases: acquired hemolytic anemia; aplastic anemia, and idiopathic thrombocytopenia;

(xiv) Tumor diseases: acute lymphatic leukemia; Hodgkin's disease, malignant lymphoma; lymphogranulomatoses; lymphosarcoma; solid malignant tumors; extensive metastases,;

(xv) Endocrine diseases: endocrine ophthalmopathy; endocrine orbitopathia; thyrotoxic crisis; Thyroiditis de Quervain; Hashimoto thyroiditis; Morbus Basedow; granulomatous thyroiditis; struma lymphomatosa; and Graves disease; type I diabetes (insulin-dependent diabetes);

(xvi) Organ and tissue transplantations and graft-versus-host diseases; (xvii) Severe states of shock, e.g., septic shock, anaphylactic shock, and systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS);

(xviii) Acute pain such as dental pain, perioperative, post-operative pain, traumatic pain, muscle pain, pain in burned skin, sun burn, trigeminal neuralgia, sun burn; spasm of the gastrointestinal tract or uterus, colics; (xix) Visceral pain such as pain associated with chronic pelvic pain, pancreatitis, peptic ulcer, interstitial cystitis, renal colic, angina, dysmenorrhoea, menstruation, gynaecological pain, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), non-ulcer dyspepsia, non- cardiac chest pain, myocardial ischemia;

(xx) Neuropathic pain such as low back pain, non-herpetic neuralgia, post herpetic neuralgia, diabetic neuropathy, nerve injury, acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) related neuropathic pain, head trauma, painful traumatic mononeuropathy, toxin and chemotherapy induced pain, phantom limb pain, painful polyneuropathy, thalamic pain syndrome, post-stroke pain, central nervous system injury, post surgical pain, stump pain, repetitive motion pain, pain induced by post mastectomy syndrome, multiple sclerosis, root avulsions, postthoracotomy syndrome, neuropathic pain associated hyperalgesia and allodynia.

(xxi) Inflammatory/nociceptive pain induced by or associated with disorders such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, rheumatic disease, teno-synovitis, gout, vulvodynia, myofascial pain (muscular injury, fibromyalgia), tendonitis, osteoarthritis, juvenile arthritis, spondylitis, gouty arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, muscoskeletal pain, fibromyalgia, sprains and strains, sympathetically maintained pain, myositis, pain associated with migraine, toothache, influenza and other viral infections such as the common cold, rheumatic fever, systemic lupus erythematosus;

(xxii) Cancer pain induced by or associated with tumors such as lymphatic leukemia; Hodgkin's disease, malignant lymphoma; lymphogranulomatoses; lymphosarcoma; solid malignant tumors; extensive metastases;

(xxiii) Headache such as cluster headache, migraine with and without aura, tension type headache, headache with different origins, headache disorders including prophylactic and acute use;

(xxiv) various other disease- states or conditions including, restenosis following percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty, acute and chronic pain, atherosclerosis, reperfusion injury, congestive heart failure, myocardial infarction, thermal injury, multiple organ injury secondary to trauma, necrotizing enterocolitis and syndromes associated with hemodialysis, leukopheresis, and granulocyte transfusion, sarcoidosis, gingivitis, pyrexia, edema resulting from trauma associated with bums, sprains or fracture, cerebral oedema and angioedema, Diabetes such as diabetic vasculopathy, diabetic neuropathy, diabetic retinopathy, post capillary resistance or diabetic symptoms associated with insulitis (e.g. hyperglycemia, diuresis, proteinuria and increased nitrite and kallikrein urinary excretion). Other indications include: epilepsy, septic shock e.g. as antihypovolemic and/or antihypotensive agents, cancer, sepsis, osteoporosis, benign prostatic hyperplasia and hyperactive bladder, pruritis, vitiligo, general gastrointestinal disorders, disturbances of visceral motility at respiratory, genitourinary, gastrointestinal or vascular regions, wounds, burns, tissue damage and postoperative fever, syndromes associated with itching.

Besides being useful for human treatment, these compounds are also useful for veterinary treatment of companion animals, exotic animals and farm animals, including mammals, rodents, and the like.

For treatment of the above-described diseases and conditions, a therapeutically effective dose will generally be in the range from about 0.01 mg to about 100 mg/kg of body weight per dosage of a compound of the invention; preferably, from about 0.1 mg to about 20 mg/kg of body weight per dosage. For example, for administration to a 70 kg person, the dosage range would be from about 0.7 mg to about 7000 mg per dosage of a compound of the invention, preferably from about 7.0 mg to about 1400 mg per dosage. Some degree of routine dose optimization may be required to determine an optimal dosing level and pattern. The active ingredient may be administered from 1 to 6 times a day.

General Administration and Pharmaceutical Compositions

When used as pharmaceuticals, the compounds of the invention are typically administered in the form of a pharmaceutical composition. Such compositions can be prepared using procedures well known in the pharmaceutical art and comprise at least one compound of the invention. The compounds of the invention may also be administered alone or in combination with adjuvants that enhance stability of the compounds of the invention, facilitate administration of pharmaceutical compositions containing them in certain embodiments, provide increased dissolution or dispersion, increased inhibitory activity, provide adjunct therapy, and the like. The compounds according to the invention may be used on their own or in conjunction with other active substances according to the invention, optionally also in conjunction with other pharmacologically active substances. In general, the compounds of this invention are administered in a therapeutically or pharmaceutically effective amount, but may be administered in lower amounts for diagnostic or other purposes.

Administration of the compounds of the invention, in pure form or in an appropriate pharmaceutical composition, can be carried out using any of the accepted modes of administration of pharmaceutical compositions. Thus, administration can be, for example, orally, buccally (e.g., sublingually), nasally, parenterally, topically, transdermally, vaginally, or rectally, in the form of solid, semi-solid, lyophilized powder, or liquid dosage forms, such as, for example, tablets, suppositories, pills, soft elastic and hard gelatin capsules, powders, solutions, suspensions, or aerosols, or the like, preferably in unit dosage forms suitable for simple administration of precise dosages. The pharmaceutical compositions will generally include a conventional pharmaceutical carrier or excipient and a compound of the invention as the/an active agent, and, in addition, may include other medicinal agents, pharmaceutical agents, carriers, adjuvants, diluents, vehicles, or combinations thereof. Such pharmaceutically acceptable excipients, carriers, or additives as well as methods of making pharmaceutical compositions for various modes or administration are well-known to those of skill in the art. The state of the art is evidenced, e.g., by Remington: The Science and Practice of Pharmacy, 20th Edition, A. Gennaro (ed.), Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2000; Handbook of Pharmaceutical Additives, Michael & Irene Ash (eds.), Gower, 1995; Handbook of Pharmaceutical Excipients, A.H. Kibbe (ed.), American Pharmaceutical Ass'n, 2000; H.C. Ansel and N. G. Popovish, Pharmaceutical Dosage Forms and Drug Delivery Systems, 5th ed., Lea and Febiger, 1990; each of which is incorporated herein by reference in their entireties to better describe the state of the art.

As one of skill in the art would expect, the forms of the compounds of the invention utilized in a particular pharmaceutical formulation will be selected (e.g., salts) that possess suitable physical characteristics (e.g., water solubility) that is required for the formulation to be efficacious.