1. Membrane Transporter/Ion Channel
    Neuronal Signaling
  2. nAChR
  3. Encenicline

Encenicline (Synonyms: EVP-6124)

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Encenicline (EVP-6124) is a novel partial agonist of α7 neuronal nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs).

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Encenicline Chemical Structure

Encenicline Chemical Structure

CAS No. : 550999-75-2

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    Encenicline purchased from MCE. Usage Cited in: Eur J Pharmacol. 2017 Sep 15;811:110-116.

    Effects of EVP-6124 on the novel object recognition test in rats. EVP-6124 (0.3-1 mg/kg) is orally administered 1 h before the acquisition trial.
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    Encenicline (EVP-6124) is a novel partial agonist of α7 neuronal nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs).

    IC50 & Target

    α7 nAChR[1]

    In Vitro

    Encenicline (EVP-6124) displaces [3H]-MLA (Methyllycaconitine) (Ki=9.98 nM, pIC50=7.65±0.06, n=3) and [125I]-α-bungarotoxin (Ki=4.33 nM, pIC50=8.07±0.04, n=3). Encenicline (EVP-6124) is approximately 300 fold more potent than the natural agonist ACh (Ki=3 μM), measured in binding assays using [3H]-MLA. Encenicline inhibits the 5-HT3 receptor by 51% at 10 nM, the lowest concentration tested. Evaluation of the human 5-HT2B receptor expressed in CHO cells demonstrates displacement of [3H]-mesulergine (Ki=14 nM) and only antagonist activity in the rat gastric fundus assay at an IC50 of 16 μM. In binding and functional experiments, Encenicline shows selectivity for α7 nAChRs and does not activate or inhibit heteromeric α4β2 nAChRs[1].

    In Vivo

    Encenicline (EVP-6124) has good brain penetration and an adequate exposure time. Encenicline (EVP-6124) (0.3 mg/kg, p.o.) significantly restores memory function in scopolamine-treated rats (0.1 mg/kg, i.p.) in an object recognition task (ORT). Although donepezil at 0.1 mg/kg, p.o. or Encenicline at 0.03 mg/kg, p.o. did not improve memory in this task, co-administration of these sub-efficacious doses fully restored memory. In a natural forgetting test, an ORT with a 24 h retention time, Encenicline improved memory at 0.3 mg/kg, p.o. This improvement is blocked by the selective α7 nAChR antagonist methyllycaconitine (0.3 mg/kg, i.p. or 10 μg, i.c.v.). Encenicline (EVP-6124) is found to bind moderately to rat plasma proteins with a mean fu of 0.11±0.01 (mean±SD) or 11%. Over a range of 0.1-30 mg/kg, p.o., Encenicline (EVP-6124) demonstrates proportional dose escalation. Tmax is at 4 h in plasma and 2 h brain, although the brain concentrations remained similar between 2 and 8 h. The B:P ratios are 1.7-5.1 between 1 and 8 h[1]. Pharmacokinetic studies have shown that Encenicline (EVP-6124) (0.4 mg/kg, i.p.) reaches peak brain concentration 2 hr after administration and remains at effective concentrations for at least 4 hr. Encenicline (EVP-6124) is administered to WT mice at ZT0 (0.4 mg/kg i.p single dose) and significantly increases the saturation index of NMDARs in slices obtained 4 hr later without causing prolonged wakefulness or enhanced locomotor activity [2].

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    Kinase Assay

    Binding or activity of EVP-6124 is measured at 10 μM in a selectivity panel according to standard validated protocols under conditions defined by the contractor. For the 5-HT2A receptor binding assay, membranes are prepared from HEK293 cellsexpressing the human recombinant 5-HT2A receptor. For 5-HT2B and 5-HT2C receptor binding assays, membranes are prepared from CHO cells expressing the human recombinant 5-HT2B or 5-HT2C receptor. Affinity is determined by incubating different concentrations of EVP-6124 in binding buffer for 1 h. For 5-HT2A binding, the incubation is at 22°C in the presence of 0.5 nM [3H]-ketanserin; for 5-HT2B, at 22°C in the presence of 2 nM [3H]-mesulergine; and for 5-HT2C, at 37°C in the presence of 1 nM [3H]-mesulergine. Nonspecific binding is determined in the presence of 1 μM ketanserin, 10 μM mesulergine, or 10 μM RS-102221 for 5-HT2A, 5-HT2B, or 5-HT2C, respectively. All measurements are performed in triplicate. EVP-6124 is also tested in the 5-HT2B rat gastric fundus tissue response assay. Briefly, inhibition of α-methyl serotonin-induced contraction is isometrically measured. All measurements are performed in duplicate[1].

    MCE has not independently confirmed the accuracy of these methods. They are for reference only.

    Animal Administration

    Twenty-four 2.5-month-old male Wistar rats (average body weight: 329 g) are used. Before testing Encenicline, the effects of scopolamine alone at 0.03, 0.1, or 0.3 mg/kg, i.p. in the ORT are determined (n=8 per treatment). Scopolamine (0.1 mg/kg, i.p.) injected 30 min before T1 resulted in a robust deficit at T2 when a 1 h interval is used. The d2 index is not significantly different from the chance level of performance; and there are no changes in exploratory behavior for 0.1 mg/kg, i.p. of scopolamine compared with saline. Subsequently, the ability of Encenicline to reverse the memory impairment induced by 0.1 mg/kg of scopolamine is tested. First, scopolamine and then Encenicline (0.03, 0.1, 0.3, and 1.0 mg/kg, p.o.) are administered 30 min before T1. For the control treatments, animals received either deionized water (p.o.) plus saline (i.p.) or deionized water (p.o.) plus 0.1 mg/kg scopolamine (i.p.).
    Adult male mice (3-6 months old) are used throughout this study. Encenicline is injected i.p. (0.4 mg/kg) at Zeitgeber time (ZT0) in awake mice (9 mice total for this experiment), in the animal facility. Mice are then immediately returned to their home cage with their siblings and left undisturbed for 4 hr (ZT4). During this time, they are closely monitored to check for possible behavioral effects of Encenicline injection. All of the 9 injected mice nested and are immobile in the hour following the injection.

    MCE has not independently confirmed the accuracy of these methods. They are for reference only.

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