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Molar mass 182.223 g·mol−1
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AR-R17779 is a drug that acts as a potent and selective full agonist for the α7 subtype of neural nicotinic acetylcholine receptors.[1][2] It has nootropic effects in animal studies,[3][4] but its effects do not substitute for those of nicotine.[5] It has also recently been studied as a potential novel treatment for arthritis.[6]


  1. ^ Mullen, G.; Napier, A.; Balestra, M.; Decory, T.; Hale, G.; Macor, J.; Mack, R.; Loch, J.; Wu, E.; Kover, A.; Verhoest, P.; Sampognaro, A.; Phillips, E.; Zhu, Y.; Murray, R.; Griffith, R.; Blosser, J.; Gurley, D.; Machulskis, A.; Zongrone, J.; Rosen, A.; Gordon, J. (2000). "(-)-Spiro1-azabicyclo2.2.2octane-3,5'-oxazolidin-2'-one, a conformationally restricted analogue of acetylcholine, is a highly selective full agonist at the alpha 7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptor". Journal of Medicinal Chemistry. 43 (22): 4045–4050. doi:10.1021/jm000249r. PMID 11063601.
  2. ^ Macor, J. .; Mullen, G. .; Verhoest, P. .; Sampognaro, A. .; Shepardson, B. .; Mack, R. . (2004). "A chiral synthesis of (-)-spiro1-azabicyclo2.2.2octane-3,5'- oxazolidin-2'-one: a conformationally restricted analogue of acetylcholine that is a potent and selective alpha7 nicotinic receptor agonist". The Journal of Organic Chemistry. 69 (19): 6493–6495. doi:10.1021/jo049404q. PMID 15357617.
  3. ^ Levin, E. D.; Bettegowda, C.; Blosser, J.; Gordon, J. (1999). "AR-R17779, and alpha7 nicotinic agonist, improves learning and memory in rats". Behavioural Pharmacology. 10 (6–7): 675–680. doi:10.1097/00008877-199911000-00014. PMID 10780509.
  4. ^ Van Kampen, M.; Selbach, K.; Schneider, R.; Schiegel, E.; Boess, F.; Schreiber, R. (2004). "AR-R 17779 improves social recognition in rats by activation of nicotinic alpha7 receptors". Psychopharmacology. 172 (4): 375–383. doi:10.1007/s00213-003-1668-7. PMID 14727003.
  5. ^ Grottick, A. J.; Trube, G.; Corrigall, W. A.; Huwyler, J.; Malherbe, P.; Wyler, R.; Higgins, G. A. (2000). "Evidence that nicotinic alpha(7) receptors are not involved in the hyperlocomotor and rewarding effects of nicotine". The Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics. 294 (3): 1112–1119. PMID 10945867.
  6. ^ Van Maanen, M.; Lebre, M.; Van Der Poll, T.; Larosa, G.; Elbaum, D.; Vervoordeldonk, M.; Tak, P. (2009). "Stimulation of nicotinic acetylcholine receptors attenuates collagen-induced arthritis in mice". Arthritis and Rheumatism. 60 (1): 114–122. doi:10.1002/art.24177. PMID 19116908.