|Synonyms||4-Cl-KYN; AV-101; 3-(4-Chloroanthraniloyl)-DL-alanine|
|Bioavailability||39–84% (rodents); ≥ 31% (humans)|
|Elimination half-life||2–3 hours|
|Chemical and physical data|
|Molar mass||242.659 g/mol|
|3D model (JSmol)|
L-4-Chlorokynurenine (4-Cl-KYN; developmental code name AV-101) is an orally active small molecule prodrug of 7-chlorokynurenic acid, a NMDA receptor antagonist. It appears to be a rapid-acting antidepressant.
AV-101 was discovered at Marion Merrell Dow and its biological activity was explored at University of Maryland. It underwent initial development at Artemis Neuroscience which was acquired by VistaGen in 2003. As of 2016 it was in a Phase II clinical trial for major depressive disorder.
4-Chlorokynurenine penetrates the blood–brain barrier via the large neutral amino acid transporter 1. In the central nervous system it is converted to 7-chlorokynurenic acid by kynurenine aminotransferase in astrocytes.
Artemis Neuroscience was formed to develop work done by University of Maryland professor Robert Schwartz in collaboration with scientists at Marion Merrell Dow (which became part of Sanofi by way of Aventis); this work included AV-101.
VistaGen acquired AV-101 when it acquired Artemis in 2003.
AV-101 showed efficacy in animal model of Huntington's disease and showed rapid-acting antidepressant effects similar to ketamine in the forced-swim test and two other behavioral models of depression in rodents.
By 2013 AV-101 had successfully gone through two Phase I clinical trials.
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