Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor

Dr. Lucjan Strekowski - Committee Chair

Second Advisor

Dr. Binghe Wang - Committee Member

Third Advisor

Dr. Markus Germann - Committee Member


The development of novel selective 5-HT6 and 5-HT7 receptor antagonists is an ever-growing area of interest among medicinal chemists. The potential of developing a therapeutic agent useful as an antipsychotic or antidepressant, as well as the possibility to develop a drug for Alzheimer’s disease and obesity has led to an increase in synthesis of possible lead compounds. The synthesis of unfused biheteroaryl derivatives is described within. The derivatives have been evaluated for binding affinity at 5-HT2A, 5-HT6 and 5-HT7 receptors. The most potent 5-HT6 receptor antagonists include a benzene ring, a hydrophobic group and a protonated nitrogen atom. The most potent and selective compound synthesized is 1-[3-butyl-5-(thienyl)phenyl]-4-methylpiperazine. The binding site of the 5-HT7 receptor is similar to that of the 5-HT6 receptor and the most selective and potent 5-HT7 receptor antagonist also contains a potonated nitrogen atom and a hydrophobic group. The difference in selectivity between the 5-HT6 and 5-HT7 receptor antagonists is the aromatic ring. The most potent 5-HT7 receptor antagonist synthesized contains a pyridine ring instead of benzene, as in the 5-HT6 receptor antagonist. The most potent and selective 5-HT7 receptor antagonist is 1-[4-(3-furyl)-6-methylpyridin-2-yl]-4-methylpiperazine. The need to increase selectivity for both 5-HT6 and 5-HT7 receptors has led to the synthesis of flexible-chain linked derivatives and the results are described within.