Article révisé par les pairs
Résumé : A series of himbacine (1)-related analogues has been prepared featuring three different isomeric configurations with respect to the B-ring (a, b and natural c) and three different interconnecting two-carbon unsaturated units [natural (E)-ene, (Z)-ene, and yne]. The study of the binding affinities of the nine resulting compounds, including synthetic (+)-himbacine (3c), towards the M(1)-M(4) muscarine receptor subtypes revealed that analogues 3a and 5c display a promising 10-fold selectivity for the M(2) receptor as compared to the M(1) receptor.