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E-Journal of Chemistry
Volume 8 (2011), Issue 3, Pages 1044-1051

Synthesis, Computational Studies and Preliminary Pharmacological Evaluation of New Arylpiperazines

Sushil Kumar,1 A. K. Wahi,1 and Ranjit Singh2

1Drug Design & Medicinal Chemistry Research Laboratory, College of Pharmacy, IFTM, Moradabad-244001, India
2School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Shobhit University, Meerut, India

Received 12 September 2010; Revised 30 November 2010; Accepted 15 December 2010

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A series of novel arylpiperazines were synthesized and the target compounds evaluated for atypical antipsychotic activity in apomorphine induced climbing behavior (D2 antagonism), 5-HTP induced head twitches (5-HT2A antagonism) and catalepsy studies in albino mice. The physicochemical similarity of the target compounds with respect to standard drugs clozapine, ketanserine and risperidone was assessed by calculating from a set of physiochemical properties using software programs. The test compounds (3a-j) demonstrated good similarity values with respect to the standard drugs. Among them, compound 3d has emerged as an important lead compound showing potential atypical antipsychotic like profile.