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Sertraline has been called "3,4-dichloro tametraline". In the case of tametraline the cis diastereomers are totally impotent and are separated from the product because they are an unneeded Wikipedia:contaminant (depressing the crystals melting point, etc).
1R-Methylamino-4S-phenyl-Wikipedia:tetralin is a potent inhibitor of NE uptake in rat brain synaptosomes, reverses Wikipedia:reserpine induced hypothermia in mice, and blocks uptake of [3H] into rat heart.
Tametraline is a Wikipedia:catecholamine reuptake inhibitor that possesses certain properties that are mandatory for a Wikipedia:psychostimulant. The Wikipedia:benzhydryl moiety is an eminent feature and will remind viewers of related molecules such as Wikipedia:desoxypipradrol. Wikipedia:Indatraline is an indanamine analog of tetralin-based tametraline.
"As expected, Wikipedia:Friedel-Crafts Wikipedia:cyclization of the diarylbutyric acid derivatives # to the most reactive ring was observed with little or none of the alternative isomer being detected.
"The KMnO4 Wikipedia:oxidation of the 1-aryl-tetralins # was observed to give 4-hydroxy-4-aryltetralones # instead of the expected tetralone # previously reported. As a result of this finding, direct oxidation of Wikipedia:Grignard reaction product # was attempted and found to be a more efficient route."
CAN radical induced dimerization of styrene
"A facile one-pot synthesis of 1-amino-4-aryl-tetralin derivatives by the CAN-induced (see also: CAN) Wikipedia:cyclodimerization of various Wikipedia:styrenes in Wikipedia:acetonitrile and Wikipedia:acrylonitrile is described."   Template:DOI
Certain aromatic substitutients have a potentiating effect (e.g. p-Br), whereas others negate the compounds intrinsic activity.
Enantiopurified Trans and Cis Aminotetraline Derivatives
Interestingly, (±)-sertraline is not entirely SERT selective until it has been resolved into the SS enantiomer.
C.f. "book" values:
In terms of the trans isomers there is relatively marked separation in the activity between the RS and SR enantiomers. This stands in contrast to what has been observed in the homologous indamine class where both of the trans enantiomers possessed significant TRI activity at all three of the MA transporters.
Racemic Cis and Trans Aminotetraline Derivatives
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Figures in brackets are for the N-dimethyl congeners. The primary amines are claimed to completely lack any affinity for the transporters.
c.f. "This property can be perceived as a potential advantage in that enhanced synaptosomal DA levels may be equated with undesirable stimulant properties of certain compounds in the trans series."
Sepracor has tried to patent the trans dichloro analog Template:US patent
During his 40 years at Pfizer, Koe authored more than 100 articles and papers. ... Koe learned to review previous studies and to build on findings that had failed to lead to successful products. In his early work with serotonin, for example, he studied the chemical tametraline, which proved ineffective as an anti-depressant.
Tests showed the chemical functioned more as a stimulant, a use Pfizer was not interested in pursuing. Although his research had failed to yield the desired result, Koe was convinced that the development of a viable anti-depressant was within reach.