We report here the total synthesis of B-973 (five steps), a recently identified α7 nAChR ago-PAM, its enantiomeric resolution, and its electrophysiological characterization in Xenopus oocytes to identify (−)-B-973B as the bioactive enantiomer. The asymmetric synthesis of B-973B was accomplished in 99% ee, and X-ray crystallography studies revealed its absolute "S" stereochemistry. B-973B was effective in attenuating pain behavior and decreasing paw edema (formalin test), and its analgesic effects were mediated through α7 nAChR.
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