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Systematic (IUPAC) name
Clinical data
Legal status
CAS number  YesY
ATC code ?
ChemSpider  N
Chemical data
Formula C13H14ClN3O4 
Mol. mass 311.720

PNU-120596 is a drug that acts as a potent and selective positive allosteric modulator for the α7 subtype of neural nicotinic acetylcholine receptors.[1][2] It is used in scientific research into cholinergic regulation of dopamine and glutamate release in the brain.[3][4][5]


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  2. ^ Young, G.; Zwart, R.; Walker, A.; Sher, E.; Millar, N. (2008). "Potentiation of alpha7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptors via an allosteric transmembrane site". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 105 (38): 14686–14691.  
  3. ^ Livingstone, P.; Srinivasan, J.; Kew, J.; Dawson, L.; Gotti, C.; Moretti, M.; Shoaib, M.; Wonnacott, S. (2009). "Alpha7 and non-alpha7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptors modulate dopamine release in vitro and in vivo in the rat prefrontal cortex". The European Journal of Neuroscience 29 (3): 539–550.  
  4. ^ Barron, S.; Mclaughlin, J.; See, J.; Richards, V.; Rosenberg, R. (2009). "An allosteric modulator of alpha7 nicotinic receptors, N-(5-Chloro-2,4-dimethoxyphenyl)-N'-(5-methyl-3-isoxazolyl)-urea (PNU-120596), causes conformational changes in the extracellular ligand binding domain similar to those caused by acetylcholine". Molecular Pharmacology 76 (2): 253–263.  
  5. ^ Livingstone, P.; Dickinson, J.; Srinivasan, J.; Kew, J.; Wonnacott, S. (2009). "Glutamate-Dopamine Crosstalk in the Rat Prefrontal Cortex is Modulated by Alpha7 Nicotinic Receptors and Potentiated by PNU-120596". Journal of molecular neuroscience : MN 40 (1-2): 172–176.  

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