Clinical data
Other namesGV-150,526A
ATC code
  • none
  • 3-[(E)-3-anilino-3-oxoprop-1-enyl]-4,6-dichloro-1H-indole-2-carboxylic acid
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Molar mass375.21 g·mol−1
3D model (JSmol)
  • OC(C1=C(/C=C/C(NC2=CC=CC=C2)=O)C3=C(Cl)C=C(Cl)C=C3N1)=O
  • InChI=1S/C18H12Cl2N2O3/c19-10-8-13(20)16-12(17(18(24)25)22-14(16)9-10)6-7-15(23)21-11-4-2-1-3-5-11/h1-9,22H,(H,21,23)(H,24,25)/b7-6+ ☒N
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Gavestinel (GV-150,526) was an investigational drug developed by GlaxoSmithKline for acute intracerebral hemorrhage, which in 2001 failed to show an effect in what was at the time, the largest clinical trial in stroke that had been conducted.[1][2]

Gavestinel is an NMDA antagonist, binding selectively to the glycine site on the NMDA receptor complex, rather than the glutamate site many NMDA antagonists bind to.[3][4][5]

Pharmacology and toxicology

N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptors are amino acid receptors, overstimulation to which lead to increased intracellular Ca2+ level, and become deleterious to neural cell. In ischaemic or hypoxic conditions such as stroke, the concentration of glutamate in synaptic clefts is increased, and continuously stimulates NMDA receptors. Gavestinel was synthesized by substituting indole-2-carboxylate at the C-3 position with an unsaturated lateral side chain. It binds to NMDA receptor on the glycine site with high affinity, selectivity and a broad time window efficacy, thus gains interests in testing its efficacy in treating stroke. In pre-clinical studies, gavestinel showed no significant side effects on memory, learning, and cardiovascular system, side effects that are very common in NMDA antagonists.[6]

Clinical studies

In phase ΙΙ clinical studies to investigate safety, tolerability of gavestinel, no findings showed that it had significant side effects. The dose determined in phase ΙΙ trials was selected for further phase III trials.[7] Later, however, in two large phase III trials, gavestinel showed no efficacy in treating ischemic stroke.[8]


  1. ^ Hauschildt E (3 April 2001). "No Benefit From Early Gavestinel Therapy For Acute Stroke Patients A DGReview of :"Glycine Antagonist in Neuroprotection for Patients With Acute Stroke GAIN Americas: A Randomized Controlled Trial" Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)". PSL. Archived from the original on 15 December 2014. Retrieved 9 December 2014.
  2. ^ Jeffrey S (4 April 2001). "GAIN Americas trial again shows no benefit from neuroprotectant agent in stroke". Medscape News.
  3. ^ Chopra B, Chazot PL, Stephenson FA (May 2000). "Characterization of the binding of two novel glycine site antagonists to cloned NMDA receptors: evidence for two pharmacological classes of antagonists". British Journal of Pharmacology. 130 (1): 65–72. doi:10.1038/sj.bjp.0703298. PMC 1572047. PMID 10780999.
  4. ^ Ikonomidou C, Turski L (October 2002). "Why did NMDA receptor antagonists fail clinical trials for stroke and traumatic brain injury?". The Lancet. Neurology. 1 (6): 383–6. doi:10.1016/s1474-4422(02)00164-3. PMID 12849400. S2CID 31477519.
  5. ^ Hoyte L, Barber PA, Buchan AM, Hill MD (March 2004). "The rise and fall of NMDA antagonists for ischemic stroke". Current Molecular Medicine. 4 (2): 131–6. doi:10.2174/1566524043479248. PMID 15032709.
  6. ^ Bordi F, Mugnaini M, Terron A, Barnaby R, Reggiani A (June 2000). "GV150526: a neuroprotective agent". CNS Drug Reviews. 6 (2): 135–52. doi:10.1111/j.1527-3458.2000.tb00142.x.
  7. ^ Dyker AG, Lees KR (May 1999). "Safety and tolerability of GV150526 (a glycine site antagonist at the N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor) in patients with acute stroke". Stroke. 30 (5): 986–92. doi:10.1161/01.str.30.5.986. PMID 10229732.
  8. ^ Haley EC, Thompson JL, Levin B, Davis S, Lees KR, Pittman JG, DeRosa JT, Ordronneau P, Brown DL, Sacco RL (May 2005). "Gavestinel does not improve outcome after acute intracerebral hemorrhage: an analysis from the GAIN International and GAIN Americas studies". Stroke. 36 (5): 1006–10. doi:10.1161/01.STR.0000163053.77982.8d. PMID 15831831.