A selective TSH receptor antagonist inhibits stimulation of thyroid function in female mice.

Therapeutic Approaches


Because the TSH receptor (TSHR) plays an important role in the pathogenesis of thyroid disease, a TSHR antagonist could be a novel treatment. We attempted to develop a small molecule, drug-like antagonist of TSHR signaling that is selective and active in vivo. We synthesized NCGC00242364 (ANTAG3) by chemical modification of a previously reported TSHR antagonist. We tested its potency, efficacy, and selectivity in a model cell system in vitro by measuring its activity to inhibit stimulation of cAMP production stimulated by TSH, LH, or FSH. We tested the in vivo activity of ANTAG3 by measuring its effects to lower serum free T4 and thyroid gene expression in female BALB/c mice continuously treated with ANTAG3 for 3 days and given low doses of TRH continuously or stimulated by a single administration of a monoclonal thyroid-stimulating antibody M22. ANTAG3 was selective for TSHR inhibition; half-maximal inhibitory doses were 2.1 μM for TSHR and greater than 30 μM for LH and FSH receptors. In mice treated with TRH, ANTAG3 lowered serum free T4 by 44% and lowered mRNAs for sodium-iodide cotransporter and thyroperoxidase by 75% and 83%, respectively. In mice given M22, ANTAG3 lowered serum free T4 by 38% and lowered mRNAs for sodium-iodide cotransporter and thyroperoxidase by 73% and 40%, respectively. In conclusion, we developed a selective TSHR antagonist that is effective in vivo in mice. This is the first report of a small-molecule TSHR antagonist active in vivo and may lead to a drug to treat Graves' disease.


Neumann, Susanne; Nir, Eshel A; Eliseeva, Elena; Huang, Wenwei; Marugan, Juan; Xiao, Jingbo; Dulcey, Andrés E; Gershengorn, Marvin C;


  • Animals
  • Cattle
  • Cells, Cultured
  • Drug Design
  • Drug Evaluation, Preclinical
  • Female
  • Graves Disease/ drug therapy
  • Heterocyclic Compounds with 4 or More Rings/ chemical synthesis
  • Heterocyclic Compounds with 4 or More Rings/ chemistry
  • Humans
  • Inhibitory Concentration 50
  • Ligands
  • Mice
  • Mice, Inbred BALB C
  • Receptors, Thyrotropin/ antagonists & inhibitors
  • Receptors, Thyrotropin/ chemistry
  • Thyroid Gland/ drug effects
  • Thyroid Gland/ metabolism
  • Thyrotropin/ chemistry

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