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Title:
PHARMACEUTICAL DOPAMINE GLYCOCONJUGATE COMPOSITIONS AND METHODS OF THEIR PREPARATION
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2001/079244
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
Hydrophilic transportable N-linked glycosyl dopaminergic prodrug compounds according to FORMULA (V), wherein, Ring 1 comprises a cyclic or heterocyclic ring, or aryl or heteroaryl ring, all of said rings comprising 4 to 8 carbon atoms, among which atoms are counted 'X' and 'Y'; R¿0?, R¿1?, R¿2?, R¿3? and R¿4? comprise substituents of Ring 1; either of X of Y is optional; each of X and Y, when present comprise a carbon atom, a halogen atom or a lower alkyl; Z, R¿5? and R¿5'? are optional; when Z is present it comprises a lower alkyl having substitutents R¿5?, R¿5'?; R¿6? and R¿6'? comprise substituents on a carbon atom linking Z with N through a single bond, or when Z is absent, linking N with Ring 1; N comprises a nitrogen atom of an amine or an amide linked with E through a single bond and having R¿7? as a substituent; and E comprises a saccharide.

Inventors:
CHRISTIAN SAMUEL T (US)
Application Number:
PCT/US2001/011914
Publication Date:
October 25, 2001
Filing Date:
April 12, 2001
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Assignee:
INTERNAT MEDICAL INNOVATIONS I (US)
CHRISTIAN SAMUEL T (US)
International Classes:
C07H7/027; A61K31/135; A61K31/167; A61K31/70; A61K31/7024; A61K47/48; A61P25/00; A61P25/16; A61P43/00; C07C215/52; C07C235/08; C07H17/00; C07H; (IPC1-7): C07H17/00; A61K31/70
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Claims:
I CLAIM :
1. A hydrophilic transportable dopaminergic prodrug compound according to FORMULA V, Formula V wherein, Ring 1 comprises a cyclic or heterocyclic ring, or aryl or heteroaryl ring, all of said rings comprising 4 to 8 carbon atoms, among which atoms are counted"X"and"Y" ; Ro, R1, R2, R3 and R4 comprise substituents of Ring 1 ; either of X or Y is optional ; each of X and Y, when present comprise a carbon atom, a halogen atom or a lower alkyl ; Z, Rs and Rs are optional ; when Z is present it comprises a lower allcyl having substituents R5, R5' ; R6 and R6 comprise substituents on a carbon atom linking Z with N through a single bond, or when Z is absent, linking N with Ring 1 ; N comprises'a nitrogen atom of an amine or an amide linked with E through a single bond and having R7 as a substituent ; and E comprises a saccharide ; with the proviso that when E is a monosaccharide it is not a C6 glucuronic acid and when E is an oligosaccharide it is not a cyclodextrin.
2. The prodrug compound according to claim 1, wherein Ring 1 comprises an optionally substituted aryl or heteroaryl ring wherein either one of X or Y comprises a. halogen or oxygen and the ramining of X or Y comprises a carbon atom.
3. The prodrug compound according to claim 2, wherein Ra and R3 are hydroxy1.
4. The prodrug compound according to claim 3, wherein Ra and R4 are selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, hydroxyl, halogen, halolower alkyl, alkoxy, alkoxylower allcyl, haloalkoxy, thioamido, amidosulfonyl, alkoxycarbonyl, carboxamide, aminocarbonyl and alkylaminecarbonyl.
5. The prodrug compound according to claim 1, wherein each of X and Y comprise a lower allcyl chain having 2 carbon atoms.
6. The prodrug compound according to claim 1, wherein each of X and Y comprise a lower allcyl chain having 1 carbon atom.
7. The prodrug compound according to claim 1, wherein Z comprises a lower allcyl having 1 or 2 carbon atoms.
8. The prodrug compound of claim 7, substituents Rs and R5 are selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, hydroxyl, alkoxyl, carboxyl, allcoxylcarbonyl, aminocarbonyl, alkylaminocarbonyl and dialkylaminocarbonyl.
9. The prodrug compound of claim 8, wherein R6 and R6 are selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, hydroxyl, alkoxyl, carboxyl, alkoxylcarbonyl, aminocarbonyl, allcylaminocarbonyl and dialkylaminocarbonyl.
10. The prodrug compound of claim 1, wherein Z and R6 comprise a carbonyl group, N comprises an amide and R7 is hydrogen.
11. The prodrug compound of claim 1, wherein R7 comprises a hydrogen and N comprises an amine.
12. The prodrug compound of claim 1, wherein the E substituent is selected from the group consisting of a radical of a monosaccharide, a disaccharide, a trisaccharide and an oligosaccharide.
13. The prodrug compound of claim 1, wherein the E monosaccharide comprises a radical of a sugar selected from the group consisting of aldose, ketoaldose, alditols, ketoses, aldonic acids, ketoaldonic acids, aldaric acids, ketoaldaric acids, amino sugars, ketoamino sugars, uronic acids, ketouronic acids, lactones and ketolactones.
14. The prodrug compound of claim 13, wherein said radical of a sugar is further selected from the group consisting of triosyl, tetraosyl, pentosyl, hexosyl, heptosyl, octosyl and nonosyl radicals and derivatives thereof.
15. The prodrug compound of claim 14, wherein said pentosyl sugar radical comprises a straight carbon chain, a furanosyl ring or a derivative thereof.
16. The prodrug compound of claim 14, wherein said hexosyl sugar radical comprises a straight carbon chain, a furanosyl ring, a pyranosyl ring or a derivative thereof.
17. The prodrug compound of claim 14, wherein said hexosyl radical is further selected from the group consisting of allose, altrose, glucose, mannose, gulose, idose, galactose, talose, fructose, ribohexulose, arabinohexulose, lyxohexulose and derivatives thereof.
18. The prodrug compound of claim 14, wherein said pentosyl radical is further selected from the group consisting of ribose, arabinose, xylose, lyxose, ribulose, xylulose and derivatives thereof.
19. The prodrug compound of claim 14, wherein said heptosyl residue comprises sedoheptulose and derivatives thereof.
20. The prodrug compound of claim 14, wherein said nonosyl residue comprises Nacetylneuraminic acid, Nglycolylneuraminic acid, diacetylneuranminic acid, and derivatives thereof.
21. The prodrug compound of claim 17, further comprising glucose, galactose, fructose or derivatives thereof.
22. The prodrug compound of claim 12, wherein said disaccharide, trisaccharide and oligosaccharide comprise a sugar homopolymer or a sugar heteropolymer.
23. The prodrug compound of claim 22, wherein said sugar homopolymer comprises a glycoside selected from the group consisting of erythran, threan, riban, arabinan, xylan, lyxan, allan, altran, glucan, mannan, gulan, idan, glalactan, talan, fructan and derivatives thereof.
24. The prodrug compound of claim 22, wherein said sugar heteropolymer further comprises a glycoside selected from the group consisting of erythroside, threoside, riboside, arabinoside, xyloside, lyxoside, alloside, altroside, glucoside, mannose, guloside, idoside, galactoside, taloside, fructose and derivatives thereof.
25. The prodrug compound of claim 23, wherein said glycoside further comprises a riban, an arabinan, a glucan, a galactan, a mannan and derivatives thereof.
26. The prodrug compound of claim 24, wherein said glycoside further comprises a riboside, an arabinoside, a glucoside, a galactoside, a mannoside, a fructoside and derivatives thereof.
27. The prodrug compound of claim 25, wherein said glucan comprises maltose, amylose, glycogen, cellobiose, amylopectin, heparin and derivatives thereof.
28. The prodrug compound of claim 26, wherein said glucoside comprises sucrose and derivatives thereof.
29. The prodrug compound of claim 26, wherein said fructose comprises fucosidolactose and derivatives thereof.
30. The prodrug compound of claim 26, wherein said galactoside comprises lactose, hyaluronic acid, pectin and derivatives thereof.
31. The prodrug compound of claim 17, further comprising a sugar according to FORMULAS VIa, VIb, VIc and VId, Formula VIa Formula VIb Formula Vie Formula VId wherein, R8, R9, Rio, Ril and R12 are selected from the group consisting of hydroxyl, hydrogen, methyl, halogen, lower alkyl, halolower alkyl, alkoxyl, ketone, carboxyl, amine, amido, Nacetyl, Nmethyl, Nlinked lower allcyl, aminocarbonyl, allcylaminocarbonyl, diallcylaminocarbonyl, phosphate, sulfate and thiol.
32. The prodrug compound of claim 1, further comprising a compound that binds to dopamine receptor in a mammalian cell.
33. The prodrug compound of claim 1, further comprising a compound that bind to and is transportable by a dopamine transporter in a neural cell.
34. The prodrug compound of claim 1, further comprising a compound that binds to and is transportable by a saccharide transporter.
35. The prodrug compound of claim 1, further comprising a compound transportable at the blood brain barrier by an endothelial cell.
36. A dopaminergic pharmaceutical composition comprising : one or more of an additive, a stabilizer, a carrier, a binder, a buffer, an excipient, a filler, an emollient, a disintegrant, a lubricating agent, and antimicrobial agent ; and, a hydrophilic transportable dopaminergic prodrug compound according to FORMULA V, Formula V wherein, Ring 1 comprises a cyclic or heterocyclic ring, or aryl or heteroaryl ring, all of said rings comprising 4 to 8 carbon atoms, among which atoms are counted"X"and"Y"; Ro, Ri, R2, R3 and R4 comprise substituents of Ring 1 ; either of X or Y is optional ; each of X and Y, when present comprise a carbon atom, a halogen atom or a lower alkyl ; Z, R5 and Rus are optional ; when Z is present it comprises a lower alkyl having substituents R5, Rs' ; R6 and R6 comprise substituents on a carbon atom linking Z with N through a single bond, or when Z is absent, linking N with Ring 1 ; N comprises a nitrogen atom of an amine or an amide linked with E through a single bond and having R7 as a substituent ; and E comprises a saccharide ; with the proviso that when E is a monosaccharide it is not a C6 glucuronic acid and when E is an oligosaccharide it is not a cyclodextrin.
37. The dopaminergic pharmaceutical composition of claim 36, further comprising a form suitable for dermal administration, oral administration, buccal administration, trouch administration, perenteral administration, injection, intrarectal administration, intrathecal administration, intranasal administration, intrabronchial administration and intraocular administration.
38. The dopaminergic phramaceutical composition of claim 37, wherein said form is selected from the group consisting of a syrup, an elixir, a tablet, a lozenger, a capsule, a perenteral solution, an injection solution, an nasal solution, an eye drops solution, a powder, a granule, a timedrelease capsule, an emollient cream, a salve, an ointment, an impregnated bandage, a timedrelease lipid soluble patch, a trouch and a suppository.
39. A method for preparing a pharmaceutical composition comprising the step of adding one or more of additives, a stabilizers, carriers, binders, buffers, excipients, fillers, emollients, disintegrants, lubricating agents, or antimicrobial agents to a hydrophilic transportable dopaminergic prodrug compound according to FORMULA V, Formula V wherein, Ring 1 comprises a cyclic or heterocyclic ring, or aryl or heteroaryl ring, all of said rings comprising 4 to 8 carbon atoms, among which atoms are counted"X"and"Y" ; Ro, Ri, R2, R3 and R4 comprise substituents of Ring 1 ; either of X or Y is optional ; each of X and Y, when present comprise a carbon atom, a halogen atom or a lower allcyl ; Z, Rs and Rus are optional ; when Z is present it comprises a lower alkyl having substituents R5, R5 ; R6 and R6 comprise substituents on a carbon atom linlcing Z with N through a single bond, or when Z is absent, linking N with Ring 1 ; N comprises a nitrogen atom of an amine or an amide linked with E through a single bond and having R7 as a substituent ; and E comprises a saccharide ; with the proviso that when E is a monosaccharide it is not a C6 glucuronic acid and when E is an oligosaccharide it is not a cyclodextrin.
40. A hydrophilic prodrug dopaminergic pharmaceutical composition for metabolic replacement therapy in a subject with Parkinson's disease or a Parkinson's related disease comprising a compound according to FORMULA I, ABDE Formula I wherein, A, comprises a cyclic, heterocyclic, aryl or heteroaryl ring capable of binding to both a dopamine receptor and a dopamine transporter in a neural cell ; B, comprises a bridging lower alkyl moiety linked through single bonds with each of A and D ; D, comprises an amide or an amine linked through single bonds with each of B and E ; E, comprises a saccharide moiety ; said compound according to FORMULA I is transportable intact by an intestinal glucose transporter, transportable intact in blood, transportable intact across blood brain barrier, transportable by a dopamine transporter and capable of binding to a dopamine receptor in a neural cell ; and, said pharaceutical composition does not comprise a decarboxylase inhibitor or a monoamine oxidase inhibitor, with the proviso that when E is a monosaccharide it is not a C6 glucuronic acid and when E is an oligosaccharide it is not a cyclodextrin.
41. A pharmaceutical dopaminergic agonist composition, comprising a dopamine derivative compound that is transported intact and not metabolized or glucuronidated by an intestinal transport mechanism.
42. A pharmaceutical dopaminergic agonist composition, comprising a dopamine derivative prodrug compound lacking a carboxylic acid, wherein said pharmaceutical composition does not comprise either of a decarboxylase inhibitor or a monoamine oxidase inhibitor and said prodrug compound comprises a compound transportable intact across the blood brain barrier.
43. A pharmaceutical dopaminergic agonist composition, comprising a dopamine derivative prodrug compound, capable of both upregulating a transport rate of an intestinal saccharide transporter in a gastrointestinal cell upregulating dopaminergic receptor binding activity in a neural cell.
44. A pharmaceutical dopaminergic agonist composition, comprising a stable transcutaneous delivery system for a dopamine derivative compound.
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PHARMACEUTICAL DOPAMINE GLYCOCONJUGATE COMPOSITIONS AND METHODS OF THEIR PREPARATION Field of the Invention The invention relates generally to dopaminergic compositions and methods of their preparation and use for treating neurological diseases including Parkinson's and related diseases.

Background of the Invention Parkinson's disease reportedly affects one person in fifty over fifty years of age and one is twenty over seventy. A degenerative disease of the nervous system described in 1817 and characterized by progressive loss of nigrostriatal neurons, a shaking palsy with tremor at rest, muscular rigidity and slowness of movement, the possible etiology, the cell biology, biochemistry and pathophysiology are still areas of intense speculation and ongoing research. Diseases related by clinical symptomology, and progressive clinical symptomology in Parkinson's patients, include post-encephalitic syndromes, Wilson's disease, Parkinsonism secondary to cerebrovascular trauma and stroke, dementia, Alzheimer's disease, Lou Gehrig's disease, psychomotor retardation, certain schizophreniform behavior, anxiety and depression. The primary biochemical defect in Parkinson's disease is loss of nigrostriatal dopamine synthesis.

Catecholamines including dopamine, norepinephrine and epinephrine are produced by chromaffin cells in the adrenal medulla responding as a specialized ganglion to sympathetic enervation from preganglionic fibers of the splanchic nerve.

However, catecholamines do not cross the blood-brain barrier, hence, the need for synthesis within the CNS. L-Dopa, the precursor of dopamine, readily crosses the blood-brain barrier but is unstable and rapidly inactivated in blood. Levodopa (a precursor of dopamine) and its derivatives are used for treatments of Parkinson's disease. Dopamine administered intravenously, while not crossing the blood brain barrier, binds D I-like and D2-like dopamine receptors in the periphery and is reportedly useful in certain treatments for peripheral defects such as congestive heart failure and hypertension (e. g., Kuchel, 1999).

Pharmaceutical compositions for treatments of Parkinsonism include : Levodopa (e. g., U. S. 3, 253, 023, US 3, 405, 159), Carbidopa (e. g., U. S. 3, 462, 536), aminoindans (e. g., U. S. 5, 891, 923), benzhydrylamines (e. g., Diphenhydramine, U. S. 2, 427, 878) ; benzenemethanamines (e. g., U. S. 2, 599, 000 ; U. S. 5, 190, 965), piperidines (e. g., Budipine, U. S. 4, 016, 280 ; Biperiden, U. S. 2, 789, 110 ; Trihexylphenidyl, US 2, 682, 543), pyrrolidines (e. g., Procyclidine, U. S. 2, 891, 890), tropines (e. g., Benztropine, U. S. 2, 595, 405 ; Hyoscyamine, Fodor et al. 1961), criptines (e. g., Bromocriptine, U. S. 3, 752, 814) and ergolines (e. g. Pergolide, U. S. 4, 166, 182).

Metabolic replacement therapy compounds that are endogenously converted to dopamine, e. g., Levodopa, results in stimulation of both Dl-like and D2-like dopaminergic families of receptors. While agonists are theoretically superior to Levodopa (i. e., because they should not be dependent on enzymatic conversion), in clinical use they have been shown to lack the therapeutic potency of Levodopa.

Direct acting D2 agonists (e. g., bromocriptine, lisuride and pergolide) have shown limited efficacy in monotherapy and are primarily used as add-on therapy to L-Dopa.

Recent identification of novel structural classes of D I-selective isochroman dopamine agonists has led to renewed interest in possible use of D I selective agonists in treatments for Parkinson's and other neurological diseases.

L-dopa, Levodopa, Cardiodopa (an inhibitor of dopa decarboxylase), Deprenyl (inhibiting dopamine degrading monoamine oxidase), Sinemet (a controlled release form of Levodopa) and their combinations and derivatives suffer from many major disadvantages. Commonly these agents have poor aqueous solubility and relatively short half-lives. Observed side effects accompanying chronic use include motor fluctuation, dysfunctions, peak-dose dyskinesia, requirements for frequent dosing, involuntary movements, psychosis, confusion, visual hallucinations, bradylcinesia, rigidity, tremors, gastrointestinal and gentiourinary dyantonomia, hypotension and cognitive decline (Hurtig, 1997). Often after 3-5 years of treatment patients develop complex dose-related unpredictable response fluctuations usually leading to a progressive decrease in therapeutic efficacy and also possible onset of serious side effects such as abnormal involuntary movements, end-of-dose deterioration and abrupt near instantaneous on-off changes in patient disability.

"Adaptation"by neural tissues to chronic administration is complex, and may include down-regulation of dopamine receptor expression as well as metabolic changes in post-striatal neurons. In certain patients dyskinesia and response fluctuations would desirably be controlled by continuous intravenous infusion of drug at a constant level, however, because of the low aqueous solubility of Levodopa this is not a feasible solution. In addition to these neurologic disadvantages, metabolism of oral dopa compounds to dopamine in the stomach and gastrointestinal tract (even in the presence of decarboxylase inhibitors) can often lead to unwanted side effects including severe nausea and hypotension. Levodopa methyl and ethyl esters given orally suffer many of these same problems. Thus, all current therapies suffer from serious side effects, bioavailability problems, or both, and there has been a long-felt need for improved pharmaceutically active agents for metabolic replacement therapy in Parkinson's and related diseases (Hurtig, 1997). There has also been a long- standing need for improved dopaminergic catechol agonists with improved bioavailability and penetrability of myelinated nerves, i. e., for peripheral use in treatments of e. g. hypertension and congenital heart diseases.

Molecular cloning studies have identified several genes encoding dopamine receptors. D1-like receptors, (recognized pharmacologically by the SCH23390

agonist), activate adenylate cyclase resulting in increased intracellular cAMP. Two gene products have been identified, i. e., DIA and D1B. D1B may have been previously identified pharmacologically as D5 and may be responsible for SCH23390 specific agonist activity. D2-like dopamine receptors, (recognized pharmacologically by spiperone and sulpride agonists), appear to be encoded by three genes with multiple possible splice variants expressed in different brain regions, i. e., D2S, D2L, D3 and D4. D2-like receptors do not appear adenylate cyclase-linlced and may decrease intercellular cAMP levels, perhaps a result of kinase-mediated phosphorylation. D2-lilce receptors have been identified as a potential target for development of anti-psychotic agents and treatments for schizoprenia, i. e., based on antipsychotic effects of chlorpromazine occurring with resultant drug-induced Parkinson's symptoms and increased risk of tardive dyskinesia. Schizoprenia is (at present) believed to result from hyperactive dopaminergic transmission in the mesolimbic region of the brain. While antipsychotic drugs with fewer side-effects have been developed (e. g., haloperidol, fluphenazine, clozapine, olanzapine, risperidone), to date, no consensus antipsychotic dopaminergic antagonist pharmacologic or receptor profile has emerged and approaches under active consideration include : (i) combination approaches for blockade of D2-like and Dt- lilce receptors as well as 5-HT2 and ccZ adrenergic receptors ; (ii) selective approaches for blocking D2 subtypes, e. g., D3 and/or D4 or D2L/S and D4 ; and (iii) attempts to develop partial agonists to compete with dopamine binding.

In pharmacologic studies conducted over the past 20 years, the results seem to suggest relatively stringent structural requirements for activation of the D I receptors, particularly in regard to any nitrogen atoms present in the compound (e. g., see Seiler et al., 1991 ; Berger et al., 1989 ; Brewster et al., 1990 ; Kaiser et al., 1982 ; Dandridge et al., 1984 ; Brewster et al. 1990 ; Weinstock et al., 1985 ; Riggs et al. ; Seiler et al., 1982 ; Shah et al., 1996 ; Knoerzer et al., 1994). In addition, the nature of the terminal group (i. e., amino), or presence or length of an n-alkyl chain (Iorio et. al., 1986) may reportedly influence binding interactions at D1 sites. Based on experience with different pharmacophores, several receptor models have been proposed (Seiler and Markstein, 1989 ; Petersson et. al., 1990 ; Brewster et. al., 1990 ; Knoerzer et. al.,

1994 ; Snyder et. al., 1995 ; Minor et. al., 1994). By comparison, pharmacologic studies of D2-lilce receptors suggest somewhat less rigid overall structural requirements, but also restrictions around any nitrogen atoms (e. g., see McDermed et al. 1979 ; Freeman and McDermed, 1982. ; Liljefors et al., 1986 ; van de Waterbeemd et al., 1987).

The Na+/CI-dependent dopamine transporter, DATI, granule system mediates calcium-dependent outward dopamine release into the synaptic cleft and inward energy-dependent dopamine vesicular re-uptake into the cytoplasm of presynaptic neurons. Loading of biosynthetic dopamine into granules is effected by the vesicular monoamine transporter (VMAT2 ; reviewed in Miller et. al., 1999). DAT may also control movements of other monoamines in brain tissues. Cocaine, amphetamines, phencyclidine and certain anti-depressants and uptake inhibitors interfere with dopamine transport by DAT (e. g., see Jones et al., 1999 ; Giros et. al., 1992). DAT function may be regulated by steroid hormones, has second order dependence on Na+ (Earles et. al., 1999) and may be coupled (or uncoupled) to modulatory second messenger systems, (e. g., down-regulation of DAT accompanying activation of protein kinase C by phorbol esters), and ionic currents (Melileian et al., 1999 ; reviewed in Figlewicz, 1999). Radiotracer imaging methods have been used to localize DAT (e. g., within the nucleus accumbens and mid-brain regions) and DI and D2 receptors (e. g., in nigrostrial pathways) in the brains of normal subjects, as well as in patients with Parkinson's disease and neuropsychiatric diseases such as schizophrenia (reviewed in Verhoeff, 1999). Structure activity studies of antagonists have suggested that : (i) the DAT transporter may be sensitive to N-substitution (Choi et al., 2000) ; (ii) N-phenyl-substituted analogues may inhibit transport (Prakash et al., 1999 ; Husbands, et al., 1999) ; (iii) certain energetically unfavored boat conformations of rings may have high affinity for DAT (Prakash et al., 1999) ; (iv) structural rearrangement of the DAT protein may occur and be required for inward transport (Chen et al., 2000 ;) ; (v) the DAT protein contains an endogenous Zn2+ binding site (Loland et al., 1999) ; (vi) DAT transporter function is sensitive to aromatic substitutions (Husbands, et al., 1999) ; and, (vii) apparent ordered kinetics for DAT transporter function is Na+ binding first, then dopamine and then Cl-.

Several tissue enzyme systems exist for altering catecholamines, including dopamine. Monoamine oxidases, MAO-A in neural tissues and MAO-B in other tissues including stomach and intestine, are oxioreductases that deaminate dopamine and other catecholamines with preferential activity manifest for 2-phenylethylamine and benzylamine. Catechol-O-methyltransferase is a cytosolic enzyme that catalyzes addition of a methyl group, usually at the 3 position of a benzyl ring. O- methoxylated derivatives may be further modified by conjugation with glucuronic acid. Non-neuronal dopamine transporter uptake mechanisms may also exist, e. g., in kidney (Sugamori et. al., 1999).

Oral delivery of drugs constitutes special chemical challenges, i. e., general simultaneous requirements for intestinal penetration, blood borne delivery, blood- brain-barrier penetrability and maintenance of functional (receptor binding and/or metabolic) utility. CNS active drugs constitute yet additional special and challenging problems, i. e., low pH stability (or protection) and intestinal transport. Intestinal intracellular transport mechanisms for amino acids, vitamins and sugars are varied.

Glucose transport has recently been reviewed (Takata et. al., 1997). Transport mechanisms for glucose include intestinal transport vesicles and Na+/glucose co- transporters (SGLTs), i. e., driving active transport of glucose and galactose across the intestinal brush border by harnessing Na+ gradients across the cell membrane. Net rates of vesicle transport and exocytosis have been estimated to be in the range of 10 thousand to 1 million per second (Wright et. al., 1997). Missense mutations in SGLT1 reportedly result in potentially lethal inability to transport glucose and galactose (Martin et. al., 1996). Certain sugar specificity's, structural requirements and capabilities of Na+-dependent glucose transport carriers have been investigated with impure receptor membrane preparations, and/or mixtures of receptors, with the findings that the glucosyl transporter in human erythrocytes (i. e., GLUTI) : (i) seems to require that the ring oxygen atoms at positions C1, C3, C4, and possibly C6, be capable of forming hydrogen bonds with the transporter protein, and (ii) a hydrophobic group at C5 may increase affinity for the transporter (Barnett et al., 1973). Intestinal glucose transporter mechanisms reportedly prefer : (i) p-anomers to a-anomers ; (ii) (3-D-glucose to (3-D-galactose ; and, (iii) (3-glucoside > a-glucoside >

(3-galactoside > a-galactoside. The a-anomers of glucose and galactose were reportedly hydrolyzed to their aglycone constituents during a non-Na+-dependent desglucosylation transport (Mizuma et. al., 1992, 1993, 1994). Apparently unrelated studies of antiviral glycosides have reportedly found that : (i) C1 phenyl-substituted gfycosides and para-substituted butyl-phenyl derivatives may inhibit glucose transporters (Arita et. al, 1980) ; (ii) Cl O-acyl glycoside derivatives with alkyl chains or carbonyl groups (as an aglycone substituent) may act as non-penetrating inhibitors of glucose transport (Ramaswamy et. al., 1976) ; and (iii) 1-5-anhydroglucitol and 6- deoxyglucose may be transportable (Alvarado et. al., 1960). Thus, like dopaminergic receptor binding, the art suggests that special chemical structural requirements may exist for intestinal transport.

Unlike intestinal transport, neural glucose transport at the blood brain barrier appears to be mediated : (i) by endothelial cells and a sodium-independent facilitative transporter known as GLUTI (Kumagai et. al., 1999) ; and (ii) at neuronal cells by GLUT3 (Vannucci, S. J. et. al., 1998). GLUTI also a predominant glucose transporter expressed in human erythrocytes. Neural tissue is almost entirely dependent on glucose transport for normal metabolic activity because tissue stores of glucose are low (relative to demand). Thus, current understanding suggest that GLUTI/3 competitive agents might have undesirable side effects. Specificity of neural GLUTI/3 is an area of active current investigation.

In mammals, glucuronidation of drug metabolites is common, e. g., involving the hepatic glucuronosyltransferase system and enzyme systems in kidney and intestine. Catecholamine glucuronidation is reportedly an important metabolic pathway in the rat and dopamine glucuronides were reportedly identified in rat cerebrospinal fluid (Wang et. al., 1983). Many drugs investigated for dopaminergic agonists and antagonist properties are reportedly metabolized and/or excreted as glucuronides, e. g., SCH23390 (a Schering prototype D1 receptor antagonist ; Barnett, et. al., 1992), CGS15873 (a Ciba-Geigy dopamine agonist ; Leal et. al., 1992), Carmoxirole (a Merck dopamine agonist ; Meyer et. al., 1992), Olanzapine (a Lilly dopaminergic compound ; Mattiuz et. al. 1997) and CP-93, 393 (a Pfizer anxiolytic drug candidate ; Prakash et. al., 1998). Within this general class of cyclic Parkinson's

drugs, several investigators have suggested glucuronidation as one common mechanism for targeting removal of phenolic drugs by urinary and biliary excretion, e. g., Mico et al., 1986 (indolone agonists) ; Gerding et. al., 1990 (N-0437, a tetralin agonist) ; Wang et. al., 1983 (catecholamines) ; Green et. al., 1996 (hydroxylated and carboxylated phenolic compounds) ; Pocchiari et. al., 1986 (Ibopamine) ; Claustre et. al., 1990 and Alexander et. al., 1984 (dopamine). Shindo et. al., 1973 reportedly studied absorption of L-and D-dopa in vitro in ligated rat intestinal loops and found active transport and metabolism to dopamine glucuronides.

The blood brain barrier effectively limits neuraxial delivery of many pharmaceutically active compounds, including dopamine. Approaches disclosed for delivering drugs to the brain include lipophilic additions and modifications of hydrophilic drugs, (e. g., N-methylpyridinium-2-carbaldoxime chloride ; 2-PA ; U. S.

Patent Serial Nos. 3, 929, 813 and 3, 962, 447 ; Bodor et. al, 1976, 1978 and 1981) ; linkage of prodrugs to biologically active compounds, (e. g., phenylethylamine coupled to nicotinic acid and modified to form N-methylnicotinic acid esters and amides ; Bodor et. al., 1981 and 1983 ; PCT/US83/00725 ; U. S. Patent Serial No.

4, 540, 564) ; derivatization to centrally acting amines (e. g., dihydropyridinium quaternary amine derivatives ; PCT/US85/00236) ; and enclosing compounds in cyclodextrin complexes (e. g., Yaksh et. al., U. S. Patent Serial No. US 5, 180, 716).

Neuraxial delivery of many cyclic and heterocyclic compounds is problematic. Objects of the invention provide new classes of CNS-active compounds which circumvent problems of low aqueous solubility of dopaminergic compounds and the varied transport, receptor binding and stability problems encountered with dopaminergic drugs, including their relatively poor blood-brain barrier penetrability.

Summary of the Invention Hydrophilic transportable N-linked glycosyl dopaminergic prodrug compounds, their methods of preparation and uses are disclosed. The compounds are described by the general structure of FORMULA I, "A-B-D-E" Formula I wherein : each of"-"constitutes a single bond ; the"A"-moiety constitutes a dopaminergic cyclic radical ; the"B"-moiety constitutes a"bridging"alkyl moiety ; the "D"-moiety constitutes a nitrogen"linker" ; and, the"E"-moiety constitutes a saccharide as set forth further below, e. g., a mono-, di-, tri-or oligosaccharide.

Preferred compounds thus configured are : (i) ligands for a dopaminergic receptor ; (ii) transportable in an intact form by an intestinal saccharide transporter system ; (iii) transportable in an intact form by an endothelial blood brain barrier saccharide transporter system ; (iv) transportable by neural dopamine transporters ; and (v) metabolizable to provide a metabolic replacement therapy.

Detailed Description of the Preferred Embodiment Objects of the invention provide improved novel chemical entities (NCEs) for metabolic replacement therapy in Parkinson's and related disease. Objects of the invention also provide dopaminergic NCEs with simultaneously enhanced hydrophilicity, i. e., facilitating blood-borne transport ; improved intestinal transport ; improved blood-brain-barrier endothelial transport ; and improved neuronal transport.

In other objects, the invention provides NCEs that are N-substituted dopaminergic compounds that, unexpectedly, fulfill the structural binding requirements of dopaminergic receptors despite their N-substitution. In yet other objects, the invention provides a NCEs comprising dopaminergic (dihydroxy-phenyl-) glycol- compounds which, unexpectedly, do not inhibit intestinal glucose transporters, but instead, are transportable by these proteins. In other objects, the invention provides

N-substituted compounds unexpectedly transportable by dopamine transporters (DAT) in the brain. In still other objects, the invention provides N-phenyl- derivatives that do not inhibit DAT. In other objects, the invention provides N- phenyl derivative compounds that bind DAT and do not inhibit normal loading of Na and Cl-by DAT, or inhibit normal structural conformational changes in the DAT protein required for inward transport of dopamine. In other objects the invention provides domaminergic agonist and partial agonist compounds that do not down- regulate transporter function, e. g., by activating a cellular protein kinase. In other objects, the invention provides compounds that are not modified by monoamine oxidases, catechol-O-methyltransferase or glucuronidation mechanisms operative in the intestine and stomach. In still other objects, the invention provides dopaminergic prodrug NCEs which, unexpectedly, are not metabolized or glucuronidated by intestinal transport mechanisms, and instead, are transported intact. In still other objects, the invention provides a class of dopaminergic NCEs that, unexpectedly, do not alter intestinal or brain glucose or dopamine transport in an adverse manner. In other objects, the invention provides dopamine NCEs having a high degree of innate aqueous solubility, e. g., up to 500mg/ml. Thus, in other objects the invention provides hydrophilic therapeutic NCE prodrug pharmaceutical compositions which, when administered orally are sequentially transportable in an intact form across the intestine ; are also transportable in blood ; are also transportable across the blood brain barrier ; are transportable by DAT transporters ; and are capable of binding to dopamine receptors. In other objects, the invention provides pharmaceutical compositions for metabolic replacement therapy in subjects with Parkinsonism and related diseases. In yet other objects, because the special aqueous solubility of the instant NCE prodrug compounds, the invention provides novel pharmaceutical compositions containing relatively high concentrations of active ingredients allowing administration of a therapeutically effective unit dose in a relatively small volume, i. e., a particular advantage for multi-dose, timed-release, subcutaneous and intradermal, intranasal, buccal, and trouch pharmaceutical compositions, as well as for pharmaceutical compositions designed to achieve steady-state plasma concentrations. In still other objects, the invention provides bioavailable

dopaminergic NCE prodrugs lacking in a reactive carboxylic acid, making co-administration of a decarboxylase or a monoamine oxidase inhibitor unnecessary in a treatment for Parkinson's disease. In other objects, the invention provides dopaminergic NCE prodrug compounds that may be activatable by a brain amidase, e. g., glucosaminidase, galactosaminidase and the lilce. In other objects, the invention provides dopaminergic NCE prodrug compounds that may be capable of promoting their own transport by upregulating expression and transport rates of intestinal saccharide transporters in gastrointestinal cells. In other objects, the invention provides dopaminergic prodrug NCE compounds comprising a saccharide- transporter-enhancing functionality, (i. e., a dopaminergic moiety), that may compensate for Parkinson's malabsorption, erratic gastrointestinal absorption, irregular gastric contractions, and the like. In still other objects, the invention provides dopaminergic NCE prodrug compounds comprising a dopamine-receptor- enhancing functionality (i. e., a sugar or oligosaccharide moiety) capable of upregulating dopaminergic receptor function, i. e., particularly useful in advanced Parkinsonism where a limited number of functional nigrostriatal neurons may be available and possible glutamate-induced dyskinesia is evident. In other objects, the invention provides stable dopaminergic pharmaceutical compositions suitable for transcutaneous delivery, i. e., not possible with many prior dopa compounds because of their chemical instability.

Applicants do not believe it has been appreciated, until now, that a single chemical entity can affect glucose transporters and dopamine receptors to promote its own transport and receptor binding. Fischer et al., 1995 reported that tryptamine, 5- OH-tryptamine and dopamine may elicit about a 3-5 fold increase in glucose transport with about 1. 8- and 1. 5-fold increases in the amount of cell surface GLUT I and GLUT4 transporters, respectively. Whitfield et al., 1974 suggested that catecholamines, including dopamine, might stimulate carrier-mediated transport of 3- O-methylglucose and galactose in avian erythrocytes. Coffey et al., 1994 suggested that binding of a radiolabeled tropane to a rat striatal membrane dopamine receptors might be increased in the presence of sucrose, fructose and mannose, but not dextrose or N-methyl-D-glucosamine (Coffey, et al. 1994). These respective reports utilized

separate dopaminergic and sugar chemical entities, not a single chemical entity, to achieve their measured results.

Embodiments of the invention provide dopaminergic compounds having improved hydrophilicity, bioavailability and blood brain barrier penetration. In other embodiments, the invention provides novel compounds capable of binding to a dopaminergic receptor, a dopamine transporter and a glucose transporter protein. In other embodiments, the invention provides dopaminergic pro-drug compounds that are transportable by all of the following : namely, intestinal transporters, blood transporters and blood-brain-barrier transporters. In yet other embodiments, the invention provides dopaminergic prodrug compounds comprising glycosyl-pro-dlLlg compounds that are : (i) ligands for a dopaminergic receptor ; (ii) transportable in an intact form by an intestinal saccharide transporter system ; (iii) transportable in an intact form by an endothelial blood brain barrier saccharide transporter system ; (iv) transportable by neural dopamine transporters ; and (v) metabolizable to provide metabolic replacement therapy. In yet other embodiments, the invention provides novel dopaminergic agonist and partial agonist compounds finding a variety of different potential therapeutic uses in treating peripheral diseases including e. g., congestive heart disease and hypertension.

For purposes of organizing the following disclosure, as well as, improved understanding of the scope and breadth of the instant compounds and their constituent structure, embodiments of the invention are described by the general structure of FORMULA I, "A-B-D-E" Formula I wherein : each of"-"constitutes a single bond ; the"A"-moiety constitutes a dopaminergic cyclic radical ; the"B"-moiety constitutes a"bridging"allcyl moiety ; the "D"-moiety constitutes a nitrogen"linker" ; and, the"E"-moiety constitutes a saccharide as set forth further below, e. g., a mono-, di-, tri-or oligosaccharide. While certain preferred instant compounds according to FORMULA I are set forth below as

representative examples, i. e., FORMULAS VII and VIII, below, whereby certain of the preferred constituents are disclosed, before addressing the specifics, the meanings of general terms relating to FORMULA I are provided as follows : namely, "Dopaminergic cyclic radical", as used in reference to the"A-moiety", FORMULA I (supra), is intended to mean a group according to FORMULA 11, below, (as depicted linked through a single bond to the B-moiety, supra) : Formula II wherein, Ring I comprises am optionally substituted cyclic or heterocyclic ring, or an optionally substituted aromatic ring, composed of about 4 to about 8 carbon atoms, among which are counted"X"and"Y" ; preferably, Ring 1 comprises an optionally substituted aryl or heteroaryl ring ; and most preferably, a substituted aryl ring ; wherein, Ri, R2, R3 and Ri comprise the subject optional ring substituents ; each of X and Y are optional and when present comprise a carbon atom, a halogen atom or a lower allcyl, preferably, a carbon atom or a lower alkyl chain having 2 carbon atoms, most preferably a single carbon atom ; Ro comprises hydrogen ; Ri, R3 or R4 comprise a group selected from among hydrogen, hydroxyl, halogen, halo-lower alkyl, alkoxy, alkoxy-lower allcyl, halo-alkoxy, thioamido, amidosulfonyl, alkoxycarbonyl, carboxamide, amino-carbonyl, and allcylamine- carbonyl ; R2 comprises hydroxyl ; and, preferably, both R2 and R3 comprise hydroxyl and R, and R4 comprise hydrogen.

"Bridge", when used in reference to the B-moiety, of FORMULA I (supra), is intended to mean a group according to FORMULA III, below, (as depicted linked through single bonds to each of the A-moiety and the D-moiety, supra) :

Formula III wherein, Z is optional and when present comprises a lower allcyl optionally substituted with R5 and R5 ; preferably, Z is absent or a lower allcyl comprising 1 or 2 carbon atoms ; most preferably, Z is absent or a one carbon atom ; and, R5 and R5 (when present) and R6 and R6 (when present) are groups selected from among hydrogen, hydroxyl, alkoxyl, carboxyl, alkoxylcarbonyl, aminocarbonyl, alkylamino-carbonyl and diallcylamino-carbonyl.

"Linker", when used in reference to the D-moiety, FORMULA I (supra), is intended to mean an optionally R7-substituted amide or amine finking the B-moiety with the E-moiety, i. e., through each of two single bonds, according to FORMULA IV, below (depicted linking the B-and E-moieties of FORMULA 1) : namely, Formula IV wherein, N comprises a nitrogen atom of a primary or secondary amine or an amide, preferably R7 is a hydrogen or methyl, most preferably, R7 is hydrogen.

Thus, according to the foregoing disclosure, the assemblage of constituents A-B-D-E (FORMULA I) comprises compounds having the general structure according to FORMULA V : namely,

Formula V wherein, the constituents of Formula V are as set forth above ; the relationship of"Z"with R5, Rs, R6 and R6 may be cis or trans ; and, the relationship of"N"with R (,, Rh', Ry,"Z", and"E"may be either cis or trans.

"Saccharide"is intended to mean a mono-, di-, tri-or oligosaccharide made up of n sugar subunits linked to each other by glycosidic bonds, which subunits, when n is greater than 1, may be the same or different in respect to : (i) the type of constituent sugar residues (e. g., homo-or heteropolymeric) ; and, (ii) the localization of axial and equatorial ring substituents, i. e., R8-11 (supra) ; (iii) the number of carbon atoms (i. e., Cl supra) ; and (iv) the ring carbon locations and orientations of hydroxyl groups.

"Sugar", used interchangeably with monosaccharide, when used in reference to constituents groups of the"E-moiety" (supra), is intended to mean a substituted or unsubstituted sugar residue having 3 carbon atoms (triose), 4 carbons (tetraose), 5 carbons (pentose), 6 carbons (hexose), 7 carbons (heptose), 8 carbons (octose) or 9 carbon atoms (nonose). FORMULA VIa, VIb, VIc and VId illustrate the interrelated straight chain, hemiacetal and acetal forms of a hexose sugar, i. e., depicted in FORMULA VIa and VIb using a modified Fischer projection formula, and depicted in FORMULAS Vie and VId using modified Haworth projection formulas :

Formula VIa Formula VIb Formula VIc Formula VId wherein, The bi-directional arrows between FORMULAS VIa, VIb, Vlc and VId are intended to mean that the subject sugar residues are interconvertible between straight chain, aldosyl, furanosyl and pyranosyl forms at some equilibrium constant ; and, while for purposes of illustration the Fischer and Hayworth formulas are set forth in FORMULAS Va, Vb, Vc and Vd depicting the configuration of a glucosyl residue, the scope of the invention is not intended to be so limited, as set forth further in the accompanying disclosure, below ; The numbers"1","2","3","4","5","6"and the like appearing in FORMULA VIa and VIb, are intended, to refer to particular numbered carbon atoms in the respective different sugar residues, e. g., Cl, C2, C3, C4, C5 and C6, (i. e., CH2OH). In certain optional embodiments, carbon atoms depicted in FORMULAS VIa, VIb, Vie and VId may be optional, e. g., in trioses C2, C3 and C4 are absent. In aldoses, according to convention, positional numbering of carbon atoms is initiated from the chain terminal aldehyde and in ketoses, from the chain terminal carbon atom nearest the ketone. In alternative embodiments, C2, C3 and C4 (FORMULAS VIa, VIb, VIc and VId) are optional ; preferably, C3 is present ; most preferably, all of C2, C3 and C4 are present ;

The optional dotted line connecting the C5 oxygen atom to the Cl carbon atom (FORMULA VIb) is intended to mean an optional ester bond, in the absence of which bond FORMULA VIb is acyclic as depicted in FORMULA VIa ; In certain embodiments, the linkage of the E-moiety to the D-moiety amine or amide (supra) occurs through a single bond formed between the subject amine or amide nitrogen and either of the Cl, C2, C3, C4, C5 or C6 carbon atoms of the subject sugar (FORMULAS VIa-VId). Preferably, with hexosyl residues the linkage is between the D-moiety amine or amide and the Ci, C2, C4 or C5 carbon, most preferably, the linkage is between the D-moiety amine or amide and the C, or C2 carbon. Preferably, with pentosyl residues (i. e., the C2 residue depicted in FORMULAS VIa-VId is absent), linkage is between the D-moiety amine or amide and the C4 or C5 carbon atom (i. e., as depicted in FORMULAS VIa-VId). Preferably, with tetraosyl residues (i. e., when both C2 and C4 of FORMULAS VIa-V ! d are absent), linkage is between the D-moiety amine or amide and the C5 or C6 carbon atom (i. e., as depicted in FORMULAS VIa-VId). Preferably, with triosyl residues (i. e., when C2, C3 and C4 of FORMULAS VIa-VId are absent), linkage is between the D-moiety amine or amide and the Cs or C6 carbon (i. e., as depicted in FORMULAS VIa-VId). Most preferably, the E-moiety is hexosyl and linkage is between the D-moiety amine or amide and the Cl, C2 or C4 carbon atoms.

The E-moiety optional substitutions according to FORMULAS Vla, VIb, Vlc and V ! d comprise R8, Rs, Rlo, Rll and R12 ; ; preferably, when the D-moiety forms a carbon to nitrogen bond with Cl, then Rs is hydrogen ; preferably, when the D-moiety forms a carbon to nitrogen bond with C2, then R9 is hydrogen ; when the D-moiety forms a carbon-to-nitrogen bond with C3, then Rio is hydrogen ; when the D-moiety forms a carbon-to-nitrogen bond with C4 then R, l is hydrogen ; most preferably, the D-moiety forms a carbon-to-nitrogen bond with either of C1 or C2.

Substituents R8, R9, Rlo, Rll and Rl2 (according to FORMULAS Vla-Vld) are selected from hydroxyl, hydrogen, methyl, halogen, lower allcyl, halo-lower allcyl, alkoxyl, ketone, carboxyl, amine, amido, N-acetyl, N-methyl, N-linked lower alkyl, aminocarbonyl, alkylaminocarbonyl, dialkylaminocarbonyl, phosphate, sulfate, and

thiol. In certain alternative embodiments, RIZ may be a monosaccharide or disaccharide, with the proviso that Rl2 when present as a substituent in a monosaccharide glucosyl sugar R ; 2 is not carboxyl, i. e., the instant sugar is not a C6- glucuronic acid ; Preferably, two of either R8, R9, RIO, RI, and R12 are hydroxyl ; most preferably, Rio and R) 2 are hydroxyl.

Representative examples of E-moiety sugar residues include the following : namely, polyhydroxy Cl aldehydes (e. g. aldoses and ketoaldoses) ; polyols resulting from e. g., reduction of the Cl aldehyde carbonyl to a hydroxyl (e. g., alditols and ketoses) ; polyhdyroxy acids resulting e. g., from oxidation of the Cl aldehyde and/or the chain terminal hydroxyl (e. g., aldonic, ketoaldonic, aldaric and Icetoaldaric) ; amino-sugars resulting from replacement of any hydroxyl in the chain with an amino (e. g., aldosamines and Icetosamines) ; aldehyde-acids resulting e. g. from oxidation of only the chain terminal hydroxyl in an aldehydo-sugar (e. g., uronic acids and Iceto- uronic acids) ; and their various lactones, i. e., cyclic esters of hydroxy carboxylic acids containing one l-oxacycloalkan-2-one structure. The subject sugars may be straight chains and/or cyclic. 3-, 4-, 5-, 6-, 7-, 8-and 9-membered sugar residues (e. g., hemiacetals and acetals) optionally substituted and linked with the D-moiety as set forth, supra. Representative triosyl residues include the aldoses D-and L- glyceraldehyde and derivatives thereof e. g., glyceraldehyde and glyceric acid phosphates ; the keto-sugars D-and L-dihydroxyacetone and derivatives thereof.

Representative tetraosyl residues include the aldoses D-and L-erythrose, threose, streptose and apiose ; the keto-sugars D-and L-erythrulose ; and derivatives thereof.

Representative pentosyl residues include the D-and L-aldoses ribose, arabinose, xylose and lyxose ; the D-and L-ketoses ribulose and xylulose ; and, derivatives thereof. Representative hexosyl residues include aldosyl, furanosyl and pyranosyl sugars, e. g., cyclic and acyclic D-and L-aldoses such as allose, altrose, glucose, mannose, gulose, idose, galactose, talose, fructose, glucono-1, 4-lactone, glucaro- 1, 4 : 6, 3-dilactone, gluconofuranono-6, 3-lactone ; the ketoses ribo-hexulose, arabino- hexulolose, xylo-hexulose and lyxo-hexulose ; and derivatives thereof.

Representative 7-membered residues (i. e., heptosyl residues) include e. g., sedoheptulose and derivatives thereof ; and, representative 9-membered residues (i. e., nonosyl residues) include N-acetylneuraminic acid and derivatives thereof. Also representative are, 2-deoxy-ribose, 6-deoxyglucose and 2-deoxyglucose, xyloascorbyllactone, digitoxose (2-deoxyaltromethylose), fucose (6-deoxy-galactose), gluconolactone, galaconolactone, rhamnose (6-deoxy-mannose), fructose (2-keto- arabohexose), aldaric acids, alditols, aldonic acids, ketoaldonic acids, and amino sugars ; with the proviso that the E-moiety is not a cyclodextrin. Representative alditols include e. g., erythritol, threitol, ribitol, arabinitol, xylitol, lyxitol, glucitol, allositol, altrositol, mannositol, gulositol, idositol, galactositol, talositol and their derivatives. Representative aldonic acids include erythronic acid, threonic acid, ribonic acid, arabinonic acid, xylonic acid, lyxonic acid, gluconic acid, allonic acid, altronic acid, mannonic acid, gulonic acid, idonic acid, galactonic acid, tolonic acid and their derivatives. Representative ketoaldonic acids include erythro-tetraulosonic acid, threo-tetraulosonic acid, ribo-pentulosonic acid, arabino-pentulosonic acid, xylo-pentulosonic acid, lyxo-pentulosonic acid, gluco-hexulosonic acid, allo- hexulosonic acid, altro-hexulosonic acid, manno-hexulosonic acid, gulo-hexulosonic acid, ido-hexulosonic acid, galacto-hexulosonic acid, talo-hexulosonic acid and their derivatives. Representative aldaric acids include erythraric acid, threaric acid, ribaric acid, arabinaric acid, xylaric acid, iyxaric acid, allaric acid, altraric acid, glucaric acid, mannaric acid, gularic acid, idaric acid, galactaric acid, talaric acid and their derivatives. Representative of amino sugar include erhtyrosamine, threosamine, ribosamine, arabinosamine, xylosamine, fyxosamine, allosamine, altrosamine, <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> glucosamine, N-acetylglucosamine, N-methlglucosamine mannosamine, gulosamine, idosamine, galactosamine, talosamine and their derivatives. Representative uronic acids include erythrosuronic acid, threosuronic acid, ribosuronic acid, arabinosuronic acid, xylosuronic acid, lyxosuronic acid, allosuronic acid, altrosuronic acid, glucuronic acid, mannosuronic acid, gulosuronic acid, idosuronic acid, galactosuronic acid, talosuronic acid and their derivatives. Representative keto-uronic acids include keto-erythrosuronic acid, keto-threosuronic acid, keto-ribosuronic acid, keto- arabinosuronic acid, keto-xylosuronic acid, keto-lyxosuronic acid, keto-allosuronic

acid, keto-altrosuronic acid, keto-glucuronic acid, keto-mannosuronic acid, keto- gulosuronic acid, keto-idosuronic acid, keto-galactosuronic acid, keto-talosuronic acid and their derivatives. Representative lactones include erythrolactone, threolactone, ribolactone, arabinolactone, xyloslactone, lyxoslactone, allolactone, altrolacone, glucolactone, mannolactone, gulolactone, idolactone, galactolactone, talolactone and their derivatives.

Preferably, the subject E-moiety comprises an aldose or ketose pentose or hexose sugar selected from the group consisting of D-and L-enantiomers of ribose, glucose, galactose, mannose, arabinose, allose, altrose, gulose, idose, talose and their substituted derivatives. Most preferably, the subject E-moiety comprises an aldose pentosyl or hexosyl sugar selected from ribose, glucose, galactose, glucosamine, galactosamine, N-acetylglucosamine, N-acetylgalactosamine, N-acetyl ribosamine, xylose, mannose and arabinose.

"Di-saccharide", when used in regard to the subject E-moiety, is intended to mean a polymeric assemblage of 2 sugar residues. Representative examples of disaccharides include homo-polymeric (e. g., maltose and cellobiose) and hetero- polymeric (e. g., lactose and sucrose) assemblages of sugars as set forth supra.

"Tri-saccharide", when used in regard to the subject E-moiety, is intended to mean a polymeric assemblage of 3 sugar residues, e. g., as set forth supra.

"Oligosaccharide", when used in relation to the subject E-moiety, is intended to mean a polymeric assemblage of about 4 to about 10 constituent homo- monosaccharide sugars (i. e., all the same constituent) or hetero-monosaccharide (i. e., different constituent) sugars. Each of the subject constituent sugars is linked one-to- another in a serial array through a series of glycosyl bonds formed between the C, and Ca carbon atoms ; or alternatively, between the Cl and C3 carbon atoms ; or alternatively, between the C, and C6 carbon atoms ; with the proviso that when the E- moiety is according to FORMULA VIa, VIb, Vie or VId and comprises glycosidic linkage at Cl-C4, then R8 and Ru are hydrogen, when linkage is at Cl-C3, then Rs and Rio are hydrogen, and when linkage is at Cl-C6, then R8 and Ru are hydrogen.

Preferably, the subject di-, tri-and oligosaccharide E-moieties are metabolizable and/or acid hydrolyzable to mono-, di-and tri-saccharides and transportable by saccharide transporters in mammals ; most preferably, when present as an oligosaccharide the subject E-moiety comprises a residue selected from the group of metabolizable di-and tri-saccharides consisting of (i) homopolymers such as an erythran, a threan, a riban, an arabinan, a xylan, a texan, an allan, an altran, a glucan (e. g. maltose, isomaltose, cellobiose), a mannan, a gulan, an idan, a galactan, a talan and their substituted derivatives ; (ii) heteropolymers such as erythrosides, threosides, ribosides, arabinosides, xylosides, iyxosides, allosides, altrosides, glucosides (e. g., sucrose ; (G) c-pl, 4-Frc), galactosides (e. g., lactose ; Gal-ßl, 4-Glc), mannosides, gulosides, idosides, talosides and their substituted derivatives. Other representative oligosaccharides include the following : namely,, sucrose glycogen, fucosidolactose, lactose, lactobionic acid, amylose, fructose, fructofuranose, scillabiose, panose, raffinose, amylopectin, hyaluronic acid, chondroitin sulfate, heparin, laminarin, lichenin and inulin. Preferably, the subject E-moiety, when present as an oligosaccharide, is selected from the group consisting of glucosyl and galactosyl homo-and heteropolymers, e. g., glucans, galactans, glucosides and galactosides. The subject E-moiety is not a cyclodextrin or derivative thereof.

Thus according to the foregoing disclosure, embodiments of the invention provide a variety of compounds which are within the spirit and bounds of the instant invention. For example, FORMULA VIIa and VIIb, below, depict an illustrative E-moiety aldose hexosyl sugar (FORMULA VIIa) linked at C2 with A-B-D and interconvertible with its pyranose form (FORMULA VIIb).

Formula VIIa Formula VIIb wherein the X, Y, Z and Rs-R12 are as set forth in regard to FORMULA I, supra.

Those of skill in the art will recognize varied synthetic routes for assembling test compounds from the constituents set forth in the foregoing disclosure. The slcill for determining the functionality of a test compound according to the invention is also known in the art. For instance, assays for measuring ligand binding to dopaminergic receptors are known as are assays for determining that a test compound is transportable by a saccharide transporter. (Further disclosure of illustrative testing methods being provided in the accompanying disclosure below.) In other presently preferred embodiments, the invention provides N-linked transportable and metabolizable dopaminergic compounds according to FORMULAS VIIIA and VIIIB, which follow on the next page.

FORMULA VIIIA

FORMULA VIIIB wherein : Ring 1 is the A-moiety (described supra) ; substituents Rl-R4, R8 ; Rlo, Rll and R) 2 are as described (supra) and Ring 2 is the E-moiety, also as described (supra) ; T comprises an optional amine, amide, halogen, thioamido, oxyamido, ureido, thioureido, thiamido, dithiamido, acetyl, carboxylic acid amide, carboxamide, amino- carbonyl, allcylaminocarbonyl, dialkylaminocarbonyl, preferably amine or amide, most preferably amine ; n is an integer selected from within the range of 1 to 4 ; and, m is an integer selected from within the range of 0 to 4, with the proviso that value of (m+n) is an integer selected from within the range of 1 to 4 ; R2 and R3 are hydroxyl ; Ro, Ri and R4 are hydrogen ; Rs, Rg, R10 or R are selected the group consisting of hydrogen, hydroxyl, halogen, hydroxyl substituted lower alkyl, halogen substituted lower alkyl or lower alkyl ;

R, 2 is selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, lower allcyl, substituted lower alkyl, hydroxyl, alkoxyl, or halogen, preferably hydrogen, lower allcyl, halogen- or hydroxyl-substituted lower alkyl, haloalkoxy, hydroxyl, alkoxyl, alkoxycarbonyl, thioalkoxy or halogen, or a monosaccharide, disaccharide, trisaccharide or oligosaccharide. Most preferably, RIZ is hydrogen, hydroxyl or substituted lower alkyl.

In alternative embodiments, compounds according to FORMULA VICIA or VIIIB are provided in which Ri and R4 comprise a group selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, hydroxyl, halogen, hydroxyl substituted lower alkyl, halogen substituted lower alkyl and carboxyl ; preferably, Ri and R4 comprise hydrogen, hydroxyl or halogen.

As used herein, the following additional terms are intended to have meanings as follows : namely, "Halogen"is intended to mean a fluorine, chlorine, bromine, or sulfur atom or ion or group. Preferred halo groups are chlorine, bromine, thiol and sulfonyl and most preferred, chlorine.

"Lower alkyl"is intended to mean a hydrocarbon chain containing fewer than six carbon atoms, preferably fewer than four and most preferably two or 3 carbon atoms. Representative lower allcyl groups include methyl, ethyl, n-propyl, i-propyl, n-butyl, t-butyl and i-butyl. Presently preferred alkyls are methyl, ethyl or i-propyl, and most preferably, ethyl.

"Substituted lower alkyl"is intended to mean a lower allcyl in which one or more of the hydrogen atoms are replaced by a substituent group. Representative substituent groups include hydroxy, alkoxy, halogen, amino, amido, carboxyl, thiol, sulfonyl, methoxy and the like.

"Halo-lower allcyl"is intended to mean a lower alkyl in which one or more of the hydrogen atoms on the hydrocarbon chain has been replaced by a halogen atom.

"Cycloalkyl"is intended to mean a closed saturated monocyclic hydrocarbon ring made up of about 4 to about 9 carbon atoms, preferably about 5 to about 7 carbon atoms and most preferably 6 carbon atoms. Representative examples of

cycloalkyl compounds include phenyl, piperidyl, piperazinyl, diazinyl, morpholinyl, isooxazoanyl and the like.

"Heterocyclic"is intended to mean a close saturated monocyclic ring made up of about 4 to about 8 carbon atoms and about 1 to about 2 non-carbon atoms ; preferably, about 5 to about 6 carbon atoms and 1 non-carbon halogen or oxygen atom ; and, most preferably 5 carbon atoms and 1 non-carbon halogen or oxygen atom.

"Aromatic", and"aryl", are used interchangeably to mean a closed unsaturated monocyclic hydrocarbon ring system made up of about 3 to about 9 carbon atoms having a delocalized 7r-electron system. Preferably, the subject aryl ring is made up of about 5 to about 7 carbon atoms and most preferably, 6 carbon atoms.

Representative aromatic rings include benzyl, pyranyl, pyridyl, pyrimidinyl, thiadiazinyl and pyridazinyl, with benzyl preferred.

"Amine"is intended to mean an--NHR substituent group.

"Amide"is intended to mean an--C (O) N- (R') R" or-HNC (O) substituent group, where R'and R"are hydrogen or a substituent such as hydroxy, lower alkyl, amino, or the like. Preferred amino groups are those wherein R'or R"is hydrogen.

"Alkoxy"is intended to mean an--OR substituent group.

"Halo-lower alkyl"is intended to mean a halogen substituted lower allcyl ; preferably, a halogen substituted lower alkyl having 2 to 6 carbon atoms ; most, preferably, a chlorine or fluorine substituted lower alkyl having 2 to 4 carbon atoms.

"Alkoxy-lower alkyl"is intended to mean an alkoxy compound, supra, wherein R comprises a lower alkyl ; preferably a 2 to 6 carbon lower allcyl ; and most preferably, a 2 to 4 carbon lower alkyl.

"Thioalkoxy"is intended to mean an--SOR substituent group.

"Aminocarbonyl"is intended to mean a-C (O) NH2 substituent group.

"Allcylaminocarbonyl"is intended to mean a-C (O) NHR substituent group wherein R is a lower alkyl.

"Alkoxycarbonyl"is intended to mean a-C (O) OR substituent group.

"Carboxamide"is intended to mean a--NR'COR substituent group.

"Dialkylaminocarbonyl"is intended to mean a-C (O) NR'R substituent group, wherein R'and R constitute lower alkyl groups.

"Haloalkoxy"is intended to mean a-OR substituent group where R is a haloallcyl.

"Oxyamido"is intended to mean a-OC (O) NH- or-HNC (0) 0-substituent.

"Thioamido"is intended to mean a-SC (O) NH- or-HNC (S)- substituent.

"Amidosulfonyl"is intended to mean a-NHSO2-substituent.

"Aldose"is intended to mean a polyhydroxyaldehyde of the sugar of the general form H [CH (OH)] nC (=O) H, wherein n is an integer greater than one ; preferably, the subject aldose is in equilibrium with furanosyl and pyranosyl forms.

"Ketose", also known as ketoaldose, is intended to mean a sugar containing both an aldehydic group and a ketonic carbonyl group ; preferably, the subject lactose is in equilibrium with intramolecular hemiacetal forms.

"Aldaric acid", used interchangeably with glycaric acid, is intended to mean a polyhydroxy dicarboxylic acid of a sugar having the general formula HOC (=O) [CH (OH)] nC (=O) OH, wherein n is greater than 1 and such as may be derived from an aldose by oxidation of both terminal carbon atoms to carboxyl groups.

"Alditol"is intended to mean an acyclic polyol having the general formula HOCH2 [CH (OH)]"CH2OH, wherein n is greater than one.

"Aldonic acid", used interchangeably with glyconic acid, is intended to mean a polyhydroxy acid having the general formula HOCH2 [CH (OH)],, C (=O) OH, wherein n is greater than one and such as may be derived from an aldose by oxidation of the aldehyde function.

"Amino sugar"is intended to mean a sugar (defined supra) having one alcoholic OH group replaced by an amino group.

"Glycosyl"is intended to mean a hexose sugar substituent group ; preferably, a glucosyl or galactosyl substituent.

"Glycosylamine", also known as N-glycosides, is intended to mean glycosyl group attached to an amino-NR2 group ; preferably, an N-linked glucosyl or galactosyl substituent.

"Furanose"is intended to mean a cyclic hemiacetal form of a sugar in which the ring is five membered.

"Pyranose"is intended to mean a cyclic hemiacetal form of a hexose sugar in which the ring is six membered.

"Saccharide transporter"is intended to mean a cellular membrane protein capable of binding a saccharide and transporting that saccharide from one location to another on the cell. Representative examples of saccharide transporters include a glucose transporters (e. g., GLUT 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5), galactose transporters, a mannose transporters, fructose transporters, arabinose transporters and the like. Those skilled in the art are cognizant of methods by which test compounds according to the invention may be shown capable of binding to a saccharide transporter, i. e., as a ligand binding in a specific and saturable manner, i. e., examples of which are provided below. In one illustrative assay a labeled ligand (e. g., 3H radiolabeled at a concentration selected from within O. InM to IOmM) is incubated at room temperature, 37°C, and 4°C with an aliquot of cells (or a membrane preparation) having a saccharide transporter. After the incubation the cells (or membranes) are washed (e. g., by centrifugation through an isobutylpthalate or sucrose cushion) and the amount of labeled ligand associated with the cell (or membrane) pellet is determined (e. g., by quantifying radioactivity). The data obtained in this manner may be used to conduct a Scatchard binding analysis of the data from which association constant and the relative binding affinity of the transporter for the test compound.

Embodiments of the invention provide a variety of dopaminergic glycoconjugates in which the primary amine of Dopa or dopamine (3- hydroxytryramine) may be viewed as covalently bonded with a sugar, or alternatively, the compounds may be viewed as having a"Dopa-like"substituent covalently bonded with an amino sugar, e. g., glucosamine, galactosamine and the like. Depending upon

the view with is taken, a variety of different synthesis routes is available to those of skill in the art, and with different possible reagent starting materials.

Preparation of Dopa and dopamine (and their derivatives) are known in the art and variety of compounds are commercially available for use as starting materials in chemical syntheses, some examples of which are disclosed further below. Similarly, methods are known for detection and quantitation of dopamine and N-acyldopamine and dopamine glucosides, e. g., by HPLC in 0. 1M potassium dihydrogen phosphate- phosphoric acid buffer pH 2. 0 and 0. 1M potassium dihydrogen phosphate-phosphoric acid buffer, pH3. 0 acetonitrile (93 : 7, v/v), respectively (Kawasaki et al., 1983).

General separation and detection methods for distinguishing catechols from dopamine derivatives in complex mixtures are also known, e. g., by C18 column chromatography using two mobile phases (i. e., acetonitrile and methanol/sodium octyl sulfate) with electrodetection (Morgan, et al., 1987). More recently, positive ion electrospray mass spectrometry (ESMS) and tandem mass spectrometry (ESMS- MS) have been used to identify glucosamine, N-acetyldopamine and catecholamine adducts of glucosamine in complex solutions (Kerwin et al., 1999 ; Kerwin et al.

1996 ; Kerwin et al., 1997).

Assays for determining the substitution ratios of E-moieties covalently bound with A-B-D (FORMULA I, supra), are also known. For example, benzothiazolone hydrazone assays for bound amino sugars are known in the art. In addition, procedures for determination of hexosamines or N-acetylhexosamines based on the procedures of Elson and Morgan (e. g., Horton, 1969) are known. Formation of a chromophore in this case requires the free sugar, e. g., released by hydrolysis.

However, quantitative liberation of amino sugars may be difficult because of their extreme stability to strong acid conditions, in this case one alternative method involves reacting with 3-methyl-2-benzthiazolinone hydrazone hydrochloride (MBTH) under mild acidic conditions e. g., 0. 5N HCI, to obtain de-N-acetylation with colorimetric determination and quantitation of the resultant benzothiazolones (e. g., Manzi et al., 1993 ; Schauer, 1978).

Preparative methods for aldoses, ketoses, pyranosyl-and furanosyl- compounds, and their derivatives, suitable for use as starting materials in synthesis of the compounds of FORMULA I are also known. For example, synthesis routes for amino sugars through aldonic acids by hydrogen cyanide in Strecker-and Fischer- Leuchs-type reactions (Horton, 1969 at pp. 18-62) ; Kuhn-type amino nitrile condensation reactions of aldoses with ammonia, benzylamidine or arylamine ; intramolecular Amadori rearrangements converting aldosylamines into aminoketoses ; direct amidation reactions of sugar epoxides ; amination displacement of sulfonic esters and sulfones ; synthesis by phenylhydrazone or urononitrile reduction ; reduction of sugar oximes and aziridine derivatives ; ring closure reactions with dialdehydes ; and various inter-conversions of axial and equatorial hydroxyl groups.

Similarly, routes for obtaining 2-amino-2-deoxy-D-glucose (GIcN) derivatives from natural sources, e. g., chitin, are known (Horton, 1969 at pg. 62). Methods are also described for N-acetylation and selective N-acylation of glucosamine (Horton, 1969 at pp. 63-68) and certain methods for N-alkylation and synthesis of N-aryl compounds have also been described (Horton, 1969 at pp. 71-73), but generally yield may be low and in acid-alcohol mixtures the (3-D-glycosides of N-acetylated amino sugars may mutarotate (Horton, 1969 at pp. 71-73 and pg. 91) giving a-D-forms, i. e., a situation where the reverse reaction does not apparently occur.

Aims in common syntheses are retention of the carbon chain of the sugar, but also using reactions which allow simple reagents and uncomplicated non- chromatographic workups with use simple protective groups, aiming for stable, crystalline and readily purifiable products, and reasonably high overall yields (e. g., 75% per step). Comparatively few reaction channels capable of achieving these aims with oligosaccharide E-moieties. For example, in an initial stage the starting sugar material may be frozen in one of its tautomeric forms to provide acyclic furanoid or pyranoid derivatives onto which ensuing chemistry can be unequivocally imposed, i. e., using fixation reactions uncovered before the turn of the century (e. g., mercaptalization of acyclic dithioacetals, isopropylidenation of furanoid. systems or generation of pyranoid glycosides, glycals or hydroxyglycal esters). Next, a desired protective group substituent functionality may be introduced, e. g., benzoylation for

D-glucose or D-maltose (i. e., forming-OBz protecting groups), or conversion to pyranoid enediolones (dihyropyranones with 2 chiral centers at one side of the ring) may be accomplished in a 4-step procedure with about 60% overall yield by acetonation, oxidation, acid removal of isopropylidene groups and benzoylation under slightly basic conditions (e. g., NaHCO3 as described by Lichtenthaler) to elicit -elimination of benzoic acid. Protected tetrabenzoyl-glucosyl residues are relatively acid-sensitive but alkali-stable.

For preparation of lactones, e. g., starting from glycal or hydroxyglycal esters enantiopure dihydropyranones may be prepared yielding products suitable for use as intermediates in further syntheses. BF3-induced removal of the allylic acyloxy function may be used to form the allylcarboxonion ion, susceptible to attach at C-1 by m-chloroperbenzoic acid (MCPBA) resulting in formation of a perester intermediate which undergoes fragmentation to yield lactones. Lactones may also be prepared using N-acetylglucosaminolactone as a starting material. Preparation of amino sugar lactones is known (e. g., Findlay et. al., 1958).

For assembly of heptones, octones and nonone sugars, 5 carbon acyclic pentenal building blocks can be prepared from 6 membered cyclic glycal esters (e. g., triacetyl-glycal or triacetyl-galactal), or from hexoses via enolactone conversion and mercuric ion-catalyzed acid opening of the ring to form e. g., 4, 5, 6-trihydroxy- hexanal. A reactive Cl carbonyl may be produced at relatively high yield by reacting the intermediate pentenal compound with NH2OH, then MeCHO and NaOAc in Me2CO. The carbonyl produced in such reactions may be suitable for addition of carbon atoms, e. g., attack by a lithium-based 3-carbon synthon such as the lithium enolate of acetone. Enantiomer-specific introduction of a reactive halide leaving group at C5 is also known. Production of reactive 2, 6-dihydropyrones is also known, which are, in turn useful for hydride addition, and a variety of C-branching with Grignard or cuprate reagents and Diels-Alder types of cyclo-additions. For synthesis of oligosaccharides, anomeric effects at Cl carbons allow entantiomer specific addition of halide leaving groups to 2, 6-dihydropyrones, e. g., Br, yielding compounds which are useful in-turn in alcoholysis reactions with simple acid scavengers (e. g., MeOH in NaHCOs) yielding Cl methyl esters at high yields and also providing (3-

glycosides at relatively high yields. Synthetic methods for lengthening the carbon chain of aldoses is also known, e. g., Kiliani-Fischer synthesis with conversion to glyconic acids of the next higher carbon number by addition of HCN and hydrolysis (under acidic conditions) of the resulting cyanohydrins to glyconolactones followed by reduction to aldoses. Methods for reducing carbon chain length are also known, e. g., Ruff degradation involving conversion to a glyconic acid, formation of a calcium salt and oxidation of the salt by hydrogen peroxide/Fe3+ or oxidation (e. g., in nitric acid) of an aldose to a keto acid with cleavage at the resultant carbonyl to form lower carbon number aldaric dicarboxylic acids. Methods for separation of epimers (diastereomers) are also known, e. g., by crystallization of lactone salts with differing physical properties followed by reduction to a single pure aldose or ketose epimer.

Methods for converting between epimers are also known, e. g., oxidation to a glyconic acid followed by treatment with pyridine to establish an equilibrium between the epimers, separation of the epimers as lactone salts, followed by reduction to the epimeric pure aldose. Methods for separation of anomeric (i. e., Cl) diastereomers are also known. Methods for conversion of aldoses to ketoses, e. g., through enediols under alkaline conditions, are also appreciated in the art as are methods for converting aldoses to glyconic monocarboxylic acids, e. g., by reduction to glycitols and oxidation to glyconic acids.

According to the instant methods, lactones of sugars and their acids are preferred starting materials for synthesis of compounds according to FORMULA 1, e. g., aldonic and keto-aldonic acids (supra). Preferably, the starting materials are lactones or aldoses, lcetoses, aldonic and keto-aldonic monocarboxylic acids, i. e., aldehydo lactones and lactone acids and their salts. According to instruction provided herein, glucuronic C6 acid lactones are not preferred starting material according to the instant methods, i. e., drug glucuronides being rapidly metabolized and removed from circulation.

Also envisaged as within the scope of the present invention are acid-and alkali-hydrolyzable controlled-release multimers of the compounds of FORMULA 1, wherein a first A-B-D-E molecule is linked through a hydrolyzable cross-linker"R" to a second A-B-D-E molecule, e. g., E-D-B-A-R-A-B-D-E. Linkage between the

first and the second molecules may be effected at any of the A, B, D or E moieties, e. g., using methods known in the art.

Methods for determining that a test compound synthesized according to the methods of the invention is dopaminergic, i. e., capable of binding a dopamine receptor, may be determined according to methods known in the art. For example, dopamine receptors and receptor ligand binding assays are known in the art including at least assays for Dl-like (D1A, D1B/D5), and D2-like (D2S, D2L, D3, D4) receptors using e. g., brain slices, brain region membrane preparations, isolated neuronal cells, cell lines, synaptosomal membrane preparations and cells stably transfected with dopamine receptors, e. g., C-6 glioma cells stably transfected with rat cDNA encoding D2L or D3 ; CHO cells stably transfected with cDNA encoding rat D2S, D2L, D3 or D4 ; and the like. The binding interactions between a test compound and a dopamine receptor binding may be assessed e. g., using radiolabeled test compounds as ligands. Specificity of binding may be assessed by competition with known dopamine receptor ligands, e. g., the D1 antagonist SCH23390 [ (R)- (+)- 7-chloro-8-hydroxy-3-methyl-1-phenyl-2, 3, 4, 5-tetrahydro-IH-3-benzazepine] and the D2 antagonist haloperidol. Functionality of a test compound according to the invention as a dopaminergic agonist may, for example, be determined using rat striatal membrane preparations and modulation of second messengers such cAMP, calcium flux or 5'-O- (gamma- [35S] thio) triphosphate ([35S}-GTP gamma S) binding, e. g., according to methods such as those described in Geurts, et al., 1999 and others.

In vivo tests for assessing binding of test compounds to dopamine receptors include assays measuring tyrosine hydroxylase activity in mouse and rat brain where dopaminergic agonist-induced increases in enzyme activity which may be measured using conventional methodology (e. g., Kikuchi et al. 1995 ; Yasuda et al., 1988).

Antagonist activity of a test compound may also be evaluated using assay methods to measure reserpine and gamma-butyrolactone (GBL)-induced increases in tyrosine hydroxylase activity, i. e., the increase in activity is antagonized by D2 receptor antagonists such as haloperidol. Post-synaptic D2 receptor antagonist activity may be confirmed by increased locomotor activity in reserpine-treated mice, or by evaluating rotation in rats with unilateral 6-OH-dopamine lesions (Kikuchi et al., 1995).

Assays for determining that a test compound according to FORMULA I is capable of passaging the blood-brain barrier are also known. For example, a test compound according to the invention may be injected intravenously into test mice and passage of the blood-brain-barrier may be evaluated by measuring a brain penetration index (BPI), wherein the amount of test compound measured per gram of brain tissue is divided by the amount of test compound measured per gram of liver tissue. For comparison, the BPI value for gamma amino butyric acid (GABA) is about 1. 0%. Ex-Vivo assays for determining blood brain barrier transport are also known, including e. g., an assay described recently by Duport et al., (1998) using ion vitro organ culture to measure the likelihood that a test compound will passage the blood brain barrier. Briefly, in the latter assay slices of selected brain regions are overlaid onto an endothelial cell monolayer in vitro and allowed to form tight junctions over the course of about 10 days of culture. Test compounds are then perfused into the endothelial side of culture and blood brain barrier penetration is detected by measuring the levels of the test compound which enter into the organ slice.

Methods for assessing intestinal transport of a test compound (i. e., according to FORMULA I) are also known. For example, that a compound according to the instant invention is transportable by an intestinal saccharide transporter may be determined e. g., using the ex situ perfused everted rat small intestine (jejunum) model in a Ussing-type chamber, or alternatively, using everted intestinal sacs and rings. In the latter assays, transport of a test compound according to the invention is determined by applying the test compound to the everted luminal epithelium and measuring the amount of compound that reaches the opposite serosal side (e. g., see Mizuma et al., 1994 ; Diez-Sampedro et al., 1999). For ease of measurement, the subject test compound may be radiolabeled e. g., with C14. That a sodium-dependent glucose co-transporter (SGLT1) is specifically involved in transport of a test compound according to the invention may be determined by removing sodium ions from the intestinal perfusate solution, (i. e., the subject saccharide transporter is Na+ dependent and the rate or amount transported in the absence of Na+ ions should decrease), or by adding phlorizin (i. e., an inhibitor of transport).

Methods for testing compounds to determine that they binding to and are transported by glucose co-transporters in vitro are also known, e. g., using isolated primary cultures of rat villus tip intestinal enterocytes and enterocyte-like cultures of HT-29 colon carcinoma cells. That a test compound according to the invention is transportable may be determined by adding the compound to the extracellular medium, washing the cells to remove non-specifically associated test compound cells (e. g., by centrifugation through isobutyl pthylate or Ficoll), and then measuring the amount of test compound which has entered the cells. Specificity of transport may be established, as above, by removing Na+ ions or adding phlorizin.

Saccharide transporter, as set forth above, is intended to mean a cellular membrane protein capable of binding a saccharide and transporting that saccharide from one location to another on/in the cell. Representative examples of saccharide transporters include glucose transporters (e. g., GLUT 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5), galactose transporters, mannose transporters, fructose transporters, arabinose transporters and the like. Those skilled in the art are cognizant of methods by which test compounds may be shown capable of binding to a saccharide transporter, examples of which are provided below.

"Brain penetration index", abbreviated BPI, is intended to mean the mathematical ratio calculated as the amount of one or more of the instant compounds in brain tissue per gram of brain tissue, divided by the amount of the compound (or compounds) in liver tissue per gram liver tissue. The liver being chosen as a reference organ because of its intimate contact with blood and relative lack of barriers. Measurements of BPI may be made for instance at 5-60 minutes after administration of a test compound, e. g., by oral, subcutaneous or intravenous routes.

The subject mathematical ratio is commonly expressed as a percentage, i. e., by multiplying the ratio by 100%. This procedure has the advantage that even for a sparingly soluble lipophilic drugs, (which tend to remain largely at an injection site with slow diffusion into the circulation), the amounts of drug in the liver will reflect the actual amount which is systemically available and not the initial dose injected.

Certain of the preferred compounds according to the instant invention have BPIs in

the range of about 2% to about 500%, most preferred compounds have a BPI of about 10% to about 200%.

Methods for determining that a test compound according to FORMULA 1, i. e., with a drug selected from TABLE A or TABLE B, is suitable for use in one or more of the instant methods, (i. e., for treating neurologic dysfunction or for use as a CNS-acting drug), are known to those skilled in the art of neuropsychopharmacology.

For instance, the test compound may be evaluated in behavioral tests in experimental animals ; e. g., to determine whether it exhibits one or more of the following : namely, a Pergolide-like dopaminergic activity, stimulation induced release of dopamine, locomotor activity in a murine test model, anticonvulsant activity, analgesic activity, cognition/memory, DAT transportability, activity in an MPTP-induced model of locomotor impairment, i. e., illustrative methodology being disclosed in Applicant's copending U. S. Patent Application Serial No., incorporated herein by reference in its entirety.

"N-linked glycosyl prodrug", when used herein in regard to a pharmaceutical agent, is intended to mean an"A"-moiety CNS acting prodrug compound according to FORMULA 1, linked through an amine or amide according to FORMULA I to a saccharide.

"Pharmaceutical composition", is intended to mean a composition containing one or more N-linked glycosyl CNS-acting prodrug compounds according to FORMULA I and a formular effective to provide a dosage form suitable for administration to man or domestic animals. Representative examples of formularies and dosage forms so suitable are provided below.

"Formulary"is intended to mean an agent added to a pharmaceutical composition comprising said hydrophilic N-linked CNS acting prodrug compound.

Representative examples of formular agents include additives, stabilizers, carriers, binders, buffers, excipients, emollient water-in-oil and oil-in-water emulsions, disintegrants, lubricating agents, antimicrobial agents, preservative and the like ; as disclosed further below.

"Dosage form"is intended to mean a form of a pharmaceutical composition suitable for administration to a subject in need thereof. Representative dosage forms

include solids and liquids, e. g., perenteral and injection solutions, powders and granules, emollient creams, syrups and elixirs, nasal and ophthalmic drops, intrabronchial inhalants, timed-release capsules, lozenges, troches, suppositories, dermal patches, impregnated bandages and the like.

Embodiments of the invention provide pharmaceutical compositions, supra, containing one or more of the instant N-linked prodrug compounds in a form suitable for administration to man or domestic animals. Representative examples of forms so suitable include compositions in which the instant compound is in solid and liquid mixtures with optional additives, stabilizers, carriers, binders, buffers, excipients, emollients, disintegrants, lubricating agents, antimicrobial agents and the like. The instant pharmaceutical compositions are distinct, in that the instant compound comprising the active ingredient in the subject compositions has all of the following properties : namely, (i) it is transportable in an intact form by a saccharide transporter, e. g., as that receptor is expressed in nature in an intestinal cell or in a red blood cell ; (ii) it is transportable in an intact form across the blood brain barrier by a saccharide transporter, i. e., as that transporter is expressed in nature in an endothelial cell ; (iii) it is transportable by DAT ; and, (iv) it is capable of binding to a dopaminergic receptor in a neural cell, i. e., as that receptor is expressed in nature in a neural cell.

"Intestinal cell"is intended to mean a columnar epithelial cell, e. g., a microvitlus luminal cell, lining the small or large intestine, or lining the colon.

"Endothelial cell"is intended to mean a cell lining a blood vessel, e. g., a capillary cell or a cell of an artery or a vein.

"Neural cell"is intended to mean cells of the nervous system, including neurons, glial cells, Schwann cells and the like.

"Transportable in an intact form"is intended to mean that the subject instant compound is not an inhibitor of GLUT transporters, and is not substantially chemically altered during transport, e. g., it is not metabolized or converted to a glucuronide during transport, such that when the instant compound is transported from one side of a cell to the another side it remains substantially unchanged.

"Substantially unchanged"means that only conservative modifications of certain RI, R4, R5, R6, R7, R8, R9, Rso or Riz group substituents (supra) may occur during

transport, e. g., removal of a halogen atom and replacement with a hydrogen, conversion of a hydroxyl to a methoxy (e. g., an-OCH3 in an acetal or a hemiacetal) and the like.

In other embodiments, the invention provides pharmaceutical compositions containing one or more of the instant compounds in combination with optional stabilizers, carriers, binders, buffers, excipients, emollients, disintegrants, lubricating agents, antimicrobial agents and the like. For oral administration, the instant pharmaceutical compositions may be liquid, solid or encapsulated. For perenteral administration, the instant pharmaceutical compositions may be sterile liquids or solids may be provided in a form suitable for reconstitution, e. g., powdered or granulated.

The instant compounds may be administered alone or in combination with pharmaceutically acceptable carriers, in either single or multiple doses. Suitable pharmaceutical carriers may include inert solid diluents or fillers, sterile aqueous solutions, and various nontoxic organic solvents. The pharmaceutical compositions formed by combining the instant compound with the pharmaceutically acceptable carrier may then be readily administered in a variety of dosage forms such as tablets, lozenges, syrups, injectable solutions, and the like. These pharmaceutical carriers can, if desired, contain additional ingredients such as flavorings, binders, excipients, and the like. Thus, for purposes of oral administration, tablets containing various excipients such as sodium citrate, calcium carbonate, and calcium phosphate may be employed along with various disintegrants such as starch, and preferably potato or tapioca starch, alginic acid, and certain complex silicates, together with binding agents such as polyvinylpyrolidone, sucrose, gelatin, and acacia. Additionally, lubricating agents, such as magnesium stearate, sodium lauryl sulfate, and talc are often useful for tableting purposes. Solid compositions of a similar type may also be employed as fillers in salt and hard-filled gelatin capsules. Preferred materials for this purpose include lactose or milk sugar and high molecular weight polyethylene glycols. When aqueous suspensions of elixirs are desired for oral administration, the instant compound therein may be combined with various sweetening or flavoring

agents, colored matter or dyes, and if desired, emulsifying or suspending agents, together with diluents such as water, ethanol, propylene glycol, glycerin, and combinations thereof. For parenteral administration, solutions of the instant compound in sesame or peanut oil or in aqueous polypropylene glycol may be employed, as well as sterile aqueous saline solutions of the corresponding water- soluble pharmaceutically acceptable metal salts previously described. Such an aqueous solution should be suitably buffered if necessary and the liquid diluent first rendered isotonic with sufficient saline or glucose. These particular aqueous solutions are especially suitable for intravenous, intramuscular, subcutaneous, and intraperitoneal injection. The sterile aqueous media employed are all readily obtainable by standard techniques well known to those skilled in the art.

It may prove desirable to stabilize the instant compounds e. g. to increase their shelf life and/or pharmacokinetic half-life. Shelf-life stability may be improved by adding excipients such as : a) hydrophobic agents (e. g., glycerol) ; b) non-linked sugars (e. g., sucrose, mannose, sorbitol, rhamnose, xylose) ; c) non-linked complex carbohydrates (e. g., lactose) ; and/or d) bacteriostatic agents. Pharmacokinetic half- life of the instant compounds varies depending upon the pyranosyl or furanosyl moiety selected, whether the saccharide units therein are multimeric, whether the multimer constitutes an oligosaccharide, and whether the multimers or oligosaccharide are derivatized, i. e., chemically modified by methylation, sulfation, nitration and the like. Pharmacokinetic half-life and pharmacodynamics may also be modified by : a) encapsulation (e. g., in liposomes) ; b) controlling the degree of hydration (e. g., by controlling the extent and type of saccharide units) ; and, c) controlling the electrostatic charge and hydrophobicity of the saccharide units.

Pharmaceutically acceptable salts can be readily prepared from the instant compounds by conventional methods. Thus, such salts may be, for example, prepared by treating the instant compound with an aqueous solution of the desired pharmaceutically acceptable metallic hydroxide or other metallic base and evaporating the resulting solution to dryness, preferably under reduced pressure in a nitrogen atmosphere. Alternatively, a solution of the instant compound may be mixed with an alkoxide to the desired metal, and the solution subsequently

evaporated to dryness. The pharmaceutically acceptable hydroxides, bases, and alkoxide include those with cations for this purpose, including (but not limited to), potassium, sodium, ammonium, calcium, and magnesium. Other representative pharmaceutically acceptable salts include hydrochloride, hydrobromide, sulfate, bisulfate, acetate, oxalate, valarate, oleate, laurate, borate, benzoate, lactate, phosphate, tosulate, citrate, maleate, furmarate, succinate, tartrate, and the like.

Freely-soluble salts of the instant compounds may also be converted to salts of low solubility in body fluids by modification with a slightly water-soluble pharmaceutically acceptable salt, e. g., tannic or palmoic acid, or by inclusion in a time-release formulation such as covalently coupled to a larger carrier, or in timed- release capsules and the like. In general, the acid addition salts of instant compounds with pharmaceutically acceptable acids will be biologically equivalent to the compounds themselves. Pharmaceutically acceptable salts can be readily prepared from the instant compounds by conventional methods. Thus, such salts are, for example, prepared by treating with an aqueous solution of the desired pharmaceutically acceptable metallic hydroxide or other metallic base and evaporating the resulting solution to dryness, preferably under reduced pressure in a nitrogen atmosphere. Alternatively, a solution of a compound is mixed with an alkoxide to the desired metal, and the solution subsequently evaporated to dryness.

The pharmaceutically acceptable hydroxides, bases, and alkoxides include those with cations for this purpose, including (but not limited to), potassium, sodium, ammonium, calcium, and magnesium. Other representative pharmaceutically acceptable salts include hydrochloride, hydrobromide, sulfate, bisulfate, acetate, oxalate, valarate, oleate, laurate, borate, benzoate, lactate, phosphate, tosylate, citrate, maleate, furmarate, succinate, tartrate, and the like.

The preferred pharmaceutical compositions for inocula and dosage will vary with the clinical indication. The inocula may typically be prepared from a dried compound by suspending the compound in a physiologically acceptable diluent such as water, saline, or phosphate-buffered saline. Some variation in dosage will necessarily occur depending upon the condition of the patient being treated, and the physician will, in any event, determine the appropriate dose for the individual patient.

The effective amount of the instant compound per unit dose depends, among other things, on the body weight, physiology, and chosen inoculation regimen. A unit does of the instant compound refers to the weight of compound (according to FORMULA I) without the weight of carrier (when carrier is used). Generally, the amount of active ingredient administered to a subject in need thereof according to the practice of the invention will be in the range of about 1 mg/day to about 2. 5 gm/day.

Single unit dosage forms and multi-use dosage forms are considered within the scope of the invention, as disclosed further below.

The instant pharmaceutically acceptable carriers may be formed, filled and sealed for ease of use. Representative forming, filling and sealing methods are known in the pharmaceutical arts. For instant, the instant compositions may be formulated with pharmaceutically acceptable carriers into pharmaceutical preparations suitable for inclusion in timed-release capsules, tablets, lozenges, syrups and the like.

Pharmaceutically acceptable salts may be prepared from the instant compounds by conventional methods. For example, such salts may be prepared by treating one or more of the instant compounds with an aqueous solution of the desired pharmaceutically acceptable metallic hydroxide or other metallic base and evaporating the resulting solution to dryness, preferably under reduced pressure in a nitrogen atmosphere. Alternatively, a solution of the instant compound may be mixed with an alkoxide to the desired metal, and the solution subsequently evaporated to dryness. The pharmaceutically acceptable hydroxides, bases, and alkoxide include those with cations for this purpose, including (but not limited to), potassium, sodium, ammonium, calcium, and magnesium. Other representative pharmaceutically acceptable salts include hydrochloride, hydrobromide, sulfate, bisulfate, acetate, oxalate, valarate, oleate, laurate, borate, benzoate, lactate, phosphate, tosulate, citrate, maleate, furmarate, succinate, tartrate, and the like.

The route of delivery of the instant compounds is determined by the disease and the site where treatment is required. For topical, intrathecal, intramuscular or intra-rectal application it may be desirable to apply the instant compounds as a salve, ointment or emollient pharmaceutical composition at the local site, or to place an

impregnated bandage or a dermal timed-release lipid-soluble patch. For intra-rectal application, it may be desirable to apply the instant compounds as a pharmaceutical composition in a suppository. In other situations, it may prove desirable to administer the compositions by intranasal or intrabronchial instillation (e. g., as a pharmaceutical composition suitable for use in a nebulizer), or gastrointestinal delivery (e. g., with a capsule, tablet, trouch or suppository). In one preferred embodiment, the instant pharmaceutical compositions are administered via suppository taking advantage of saccharide transporters in the colon for transport of the instant compound into the blood stream in a timed-release type manner for metabolic replacement therapy in patients with Parkinson's and related diseases.

The instant compounds find use in treatment of a variety of pathological central and peripheral nervous system dysfunctions, neuromotor conditions and cardiovascular diseases in subjects in need of treatment. For example, the subject conditions include, but are not limited to, i) toxic dystrophy, (e. g., chemical or drug- induced secondary dystrophy in the nervous system), ii) vascular impairment e. g. resulting in damage to nervous tissues, iii) central nervous system degeneration or peripheral nerve degeneration, iv) nervous system lesions induced by physical trauma, v) nervous system complications of illnesses and infections (e. g., viral or bacterial) ; and vi) hereditary nervous system impairment. Representative illness, diseases, and conditions having neurologic dysfunction have been classified and codified ("International Classification of Diseases, Washington DC, 1989).

Representative examples of subjects in need of treatment may include humans and domestic animals having e. g., a condition of hyper-or hypo-dopaminergic activity, such as may be evident in a patient with schizoprenia, Parkinson's disease, epilepsy, locomotor deficiency, hyperprolactinemia, Tourette's syndrome, Huntington's disease, psychosis, chronic psychiatric illness with amotivation, apathy, asociality, psychomotor adverse effects of drugs of abuse (e. g., cocaine, amphetamine, neuroleptics), subolivopontocerebellar atrophy (sOPCA), multiple system atrophy (MSA), bipolar disorder, chronic alcoholism, cocaine abuse, mood disorders, attention deficit disorder, physiologic stress, pesticide exposure (e. g., organochlorine insecticides), juvenile neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis (JNCL), detached personality

syndromes (as e. g. determined using the Karolinska Scales of Personality questionnaire) and the like. Representative examples of conditions exhibiting hyper- dopaminergic activity include schizophrenia, chronic psychiatric illness with hallucinations and delusions. Also representative are, patients with coronary hypertension, angina, ischemic myocardium and the like. In addition, prophylactic methods are envisaged for lowering aortic and pulmonary artery pressure during and after coronary bypass surgery and liver, kidney and heart transplant surgery.

Vasodilation mediated by the instant compounds is without impairment of oxygen delivery or impairment of intrinsic neural or hormonal control systems.

"Parkinson's related disease", as used herein, is intended to mean a disease characterized by one or more symptoms which are also evidenced clinically in a patient with Parkinson's disease. Representative examples of symptoms evidenced in patients with Parkinsonism include seizure, loss of neuromotor control of muscle movements, tardive dyskinesia, Alzheimer's disease, Wilson's disease, post- encephalitic syndromes, Parkinsonism secondary to trauma and stroke, dementia, Lou Gehrig's disease, psychomoter retardation, schizophreniform behavior, anxiety and depression. Clinical features of Parkinson's related diseases are disclosed in Hurtig, 1997, incorporated herein by reference in its entirety.

"Metabolic replacement therapy", as used herein, is intended to mean that the instant compound, when administered in the instant pharmaceutical composition, is effective, following transport into a neural cell, to satisfy one or metabolic requirements of catecholamine synthesis in the neural cell of a subject having a nigrostriatal dopamine insufficiency. Representative examples of compounds so capable include derivatives of L-Dopa, e. g., Levodopa.

The routes and methods for delivery of the instant preparations are determined by the particular disease. Disclosure of therapeutic methods of treating disease appear in Applicant's co-pending U. S. Patent Application Serial No. incorporated herein by reference in its entirety.

In yet other embodiments, the special aqueous solubility of the instant prodrug compounds provides novel pharmaceutical compositions containing relatively high concentrations of active ingredients (e. g., up to 500 mg/ml) included

in relatively small volumes (e. g., up to about 500 mg/ml), allowing administration of relatively small volumes of therapeutically effective unit doses. The latter attribute of the instant compounds is a particular advantage in the instant pharmaceutical compositions, i. e., especially in multi-dose, time-release, subcutaneous and intradermal, buccal, trouch, and suppository preparations. The subject attributes may also be especially useful for achieving steady state plasma levels in a subject in need thereof. Where conventional methods of administration are ineffective in certain patients, the subject high solubility attributes of the instant compounds make it feasible to administer metabolic replacement therapy via an implantable mini-pump such as those used for delivery of insulin in patients with Type I insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus.

Non-limiting illustrative preparations and formulations are disclosed in the EXAMPLES, section which follows.

EXAMPLE 1 Preparation of Dopamine Gluconamide

Scheme 1 Gluconolactone (1. 9 gm, 10. 5 mmol) and triethylamine (TEA ; 1. 1 gm, 10. 5 mmol) were added to methanol (25 mL) in a 10 mL round bottom flask with stirring. The gluconolactone was allowed to dissolve. When the solid was dissolved, the solution was stirred for an additional 10 minutes and then 3-hydroxytyramine (2. 0 gm, 10. 5 mmol) was added slowly, i. e., allowing it to dissolve. The reaction mixture was stirred in the dark for about 2 hrs. during which time a white solid precipitant appeared. The white solid precipitant was collected by filtration, washed with methanol (5 mL) and dried in vacuo for 6 hrs. to give dopamine gluconamide (1. 69 gm, 5. 10 mmol, 48. 6% yield). Melting point of the synthesis product was 154- 155°C. Predicted : C, ¢HZ, N, (331. 32) : C-50. 75%, H-6. 39%, N-4. 23% ; analysis results of synthetic product : C, 50. 65 ; H, 6. 63 ; N, 4. 44.

EXAMPLE 2 Protection of Aromatic Dopamine Hydroxyl Residues Scheme 2

Dopamine gluconamide (EXAMPLE 1, supra ; 0. 75 gm, 2. 26 mmol) was added to acetone (40 mL) in a 100 mL round bottom flask with stirring. Then, the reaction mixture was refluxed for 2 hrs., after which time it was allowed to cool to room temperature (about 22-25 C). The resultant white solid was removed by filtration and dried in vacua for 7 hrs. yielding the isopropylidine protected dopamine gluconamide (0. 68 gm, 1. 83 mmol, 81. 0% yield). Melting point of the synthesis product was 1 70°C.

EXAMPLE 3 Reduction of Isopropylidine Protected Dopamine Gluconamide H H I I N O N N I-oH OH 0fl ? ***' OH (1) Borane/THF-oH OU 0-OH (2) MeOH/HCI OH-OH CH 3 1 CHZOH CHZOH Scheme 3 Isopropylidene protected dopamine gluconamide (EXAMPLE 2, supra ; 0. 68 gm, 1. 83 mmol) was slowly added to a 1 M Borane solution in THF (25 ml) in a 100 mL round bottom flask, with stirring. The reaction mixture was refluxed tor 2 hrs. and then allowed to cool to room temperature. Excess solvent was removed by rotary evaporation. Methanolic HCl was added to the resultant residue and the solution refluxed for 2 hrs., after which time solvent was removed by evaporation and the solid recrystalized using a mixture of acetonitrile and ethanol. The recrystalized reduced dopamine gluconamide product was dried in vacuo for 6 hrs giving the dopamine gluconamine-HCI salt (0. 22 gm, 0. 62 mmol, 33. 8% recovery). Melting point for the synthesis product was 151-152°C. Predicted Cl4H24Nx (353. 80) ; C, 47. 53 ; H, 6. 84 ; N, 3. 96 ; Analysis result of synthesis product : C, 47. 48 ; H, 6. 93 ; N, 3. 88.

EXAMPLE 4 Preparation of Dopamine Ribonamide D- (+)-Ribonic acid gamma-lactone (2. 0 gm, 13. 5 mmol) was added to methanol (25 mL) in a 100 mL round bottom flask with stirring until dissolved, and then an additional 5 min. 3-Hydroxytyramine (2. 6 gm, 13. 5 mmol) was added slowly, allowing it to dissolve, with stirring, over the course of about 10 minutes.

Triethylamine (1. 4gm, 13. 5 mmol) was then added and the reaction mixture refluxed for 4 hr. in the dark, during which time the solution acquired a slight yellow color.

Solvents were removed by rotary evaporation using anhydrous ethanol as an azeotrope to remove any residual water. The resultant dried product constituted a thick syrup which solidified upon standing (1 hr.) to give a white solid. The white solid product was stirred (I hr.) with acetone (40 mL), again resulting in a white solid as a product. The resultant solid was collected by filtration and dried in vacuo for 6 hrs. yielding dopamine ribonamide (3. 83 gm, 12. 7 mmol, 94. 1% yields and 13C-NMR results and CHN analyses were consistent with structure. Melting point was 90-91°C. Predicted Cw3HlsNl : (301. 30) : C, 51. 82 ; H, 6. 36 ; N, 4. 65 ; Analysis results of synthesis product : C, 51. 67 ; H, 6. 40 ; N, 4. 69.

EXAMPLE 5 Preparation of Dopamine Isopropylidine Ribonamide Aromatic hydroxyl groups in dopamine ribonamide were protected by synthesizing the isopropylidine compound. Dopamine ribonamide (EXAMPLE 4 ; 1. 0 gm, 3. 32 mmol) was added to acetone (30 mL) in a 100 mL round bottom flask with stirring. The reaction mixture was refluxed for 5 hrs. and then allowed to cool to room temperature. The resultant white solid was collected by filtration and dried in vactio for 7 hrs. to yield the isopropylidine protected dopamine ribonamide (0. 99 g, 2. 90 mmol, 87. 6% yield).'H and 13C-NMR results were consistent with structure.

Melting point was found to 142-143°C.

EXAMPLE 6 Reduction of Isopropylidine Protected Dopamide Ribonamide Yielding Dopamine Ribonamine Isopropylidine-protected dopamide ribonamide (EXAMPLE 5 ; 0. 70 gm ; 2. 05 mmol) was added slowly to 1 M Borane in THF (25 mL) in a 100 mL round bottom flask with stirring. The reaction mixture was refluxed for 2hr. and allowed to coo to room temperature. Excess solvent was removed by rotary evaporation and methanolic HC1 was added to the resulting residue. The resuspended residue was retluxed for 2 hr. and solvent was then evaporated yielding a thick hygroscopic syrup (complicating melting point analysis). The syrup was dried in vacllo for 6 hrs. to give the dopamine ribonamine-HCI salt as product (0. 20 gm., 0. 62 mmol, 30. 3% yield.) 'H and 13C-NMR results were consistent with structure.

EXAMPLE 7 Ready Solution For Administration as a Measured Dose An illustrative ready solution for administration as a measure dose was prepared according to the formulation of TABLE A, below.

TABLE A Component : Amount : Compound #1 or #2* 2. 5 gm Methyl-p-aminobenzoic acid 0. 014 gm Propyl-p-aminobenzoic acid 0. 020 gm Saccharin sodium 0. 050 gm Flavoring agent 0. 001 gm Citric acid 0. 200 gm Sodium citrate 0. 320 gm Distilled water USP q. s. to100ml * Compound #1, Dopamine gluconamide (EXAMPLE #1, supra) ; Compound #2, Dopamine gluconamine.

EXAMPLE 8 Powder Composition for Reconstitution Prior to Use An illustrative powder composition for reconstitution prior to use was prepared according to the formulation of TABLE B, below.

TABLE B Component : Amount : Compound #1 or #2* 2. 5 mg Sodium citrate 20. 0 mg Sorbitol 2. 0 mg Flavoring agent 0. 1 mg Distilled water USP for reconstitution : 10. 0 mi * Compound #1, Dopamine gluconamide (EXAMPLE #1, supra) ; Compound #2, Dopamine gluconamine.

EXAMPLE 9 Tablets for Oral Administration An illustrative tablet for oral administration was prepared according to the formulation of TABLE C, below.

TABLE C Component: Amount: Compound # 1 or #2* 250 mg Starch 17 mg Sodium glycolat (starch) 40 mg Polyvinal pyrrolidene 7. 0 mg Microciystalline cellulose 45 m Magnesium sterate 2. 0 mg * Compound #1, Dopamine gluconamide (EXAMPLE #1, supra) ; Compound &num 2, Dopamine gluconamine.

EXAMPLE 10 Tablet for Sublingual Administration An illustrative tablet for sublingual administration was prepared according to the formulation of TABLE D, below.

TABLE D Component : Amount : Compound #1 or #2 250 mg Gum arabic 10 mg Lactose 90 mg Ammonium 1 c rrhiznate 20 m Sodium saccharin 2 mg Flavor 10 m Magnesium sterate 7 mg * Compound &num 1, Dopamine gluconamide (EXAMPLE #1, supra) ; Compound #2, Dopamine gluconamine.

EXAMPLE 11 Dopamine Receptor Binding To illustrate biological activity, i. e., dopaminergic activity, and putative pharmaceutical utility, dopamine receptor binding activity of Compounds #1 (EXAMPLE 2, product) and Compound #2 (EXAMPLE 3, product) was tested in vitro using COS-7 cells transiently transfected with pCD-PS expression vectors containing human D1, human D5 and human D2 (long) inserts, i. e., according to Materials and Methods disclosed further below. Binding to dopaminergic receptors was tested as ability to compete binding of specific receptor ligands (i. e., [3H]-SCH- 23390 for Dl ; [3H]-emonapride for D2), as well as, the ability to trigger intra-cellular second messengers, i. e., cAMP.

Competition binding assays were initiated in duplicate with 0. 5ml aliquots of membrane preparations from cell cultures transfected with cDNA encoding human D1- or D2-receptors. Test compounds (Compounds &num 1 or #2, supra) were added as competitors to achieve a final concentration in the assay in the range of 10'M to 10- 11M. As binding ligand, [3H]-SCH-23390 (a DI-selective agonist) or [3H]- Emonapride (a D2-selective agonist) was added to each assay. After 90 minutes incubation at room temperature the assay was terminated by rapid filtration and membrane bound [3H] was determined by scintillation spectrometry.

Test Compounds &num 1 and #2 successfully competed [3H]-SCH-23390 binding to dopamine receptors in cells transiently expressing receptors, i. e., in a dose- response and uniphasic type manner. Under these particular conditions of assay, the illustrative test Compounds &num 1 and #2 showed selectivity for D5-over D1-receptors, i. e., a property held in common with natural dopamine agonist.

Agonist functional activity assays were conducted by evaluating ability of test compound to trigger production of second messengers in dopamine receptor transfected COS-7 cells, i. e., cAMP. Incubation with test compound (or dopamine as a positive control) were conducted at 37°C (5% CO2) for 15 min. and cAMP accumulation was determined by radioimmunoassay. For comparison, dopamine as a positive control stimulated accumulation of cAMP by about 5-fold in D I-transfected cells and about 3-fold in D5-transfectants. In dopamine receptor transfectants, Compound #2 stimulated cAMP accumulation in a dose-response manner to levels near those achieved in dopamine control cultures. Co-incubation of dopamine with Compound #2 did not reduce the levels of cAMP accumulation recorded, suggesting strongly that the compounds produced according to the instant methods act as agonists, not antagonists.

EXAMPLE 12 Dopamine Transporter Binding Activity To further illustrate biological activity, i. e., transportability within the brain, Compounds #1 and #2 (supra) dopamine transporter (DAT) binding activity of Compounds #1 and #2 was evaluated by measuring their ability to compete uptake of 3H-labeled dopamine by human DAT-transfected cells over the course of a 5 hour incubation period. To obtain differing levels of DAT expression, cells were transiently transfected) with plasmids containing a DAT cDNA insert (hDAT), or alternatively, control irrelevant cDNA insert (Negative Control, NC). After 48-72 hrs. culture, dopamine transport was measured in the transiently transfected hDAT- cells by incubation for 5 hrs. in the presence of 3H-labeled dopamine (Positive Control, PC). Competition of 3H-dopamine uptake was observed with both Compound #1 and Compound #2.

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While the preferred embodiment of the invention has been illustrated and described, it will be appreciated that various changes can be made therein without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention.