Salvinorin B methoxymethyl ether
Salvinorin B methoxymethyl ether Structure.svg
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  • methyl (2S,4aR,6aR,7R,9S,10aS,10bR)-2-(furan-3-yl)-9-(methoxymethoxy)-6a,10b-dimethyl-4,10-dioxo-2,4a,5,6,7,8,9,10a-octahydro-1H-benzo[f]isochromene-7-carboxylate
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Molar mass434.485 g·mol−1
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  • InChI=1S/C23H30O8/c1-22-7-5-14-21(26)31-17(13-6-8-29-11-13)10-23(14,2)19(22)18(24)16(30-12-27-3)9-15(22)20(25)28-4/h6,8,11,14-17,19H,5,7,9-10,12H2,1-4H3/t14-,15-,16-,17-,19-,22-,23-/m0/s1 checkY

Salvinorin B methoxymethyl ether (2-O-methoxymethylsalvinorin B) is a semi-synthetic analogue of the natural product salvinorin A used in scientific research.[1][2] It has a longer duration of action of around 2–3 hours, compared to less than 30 minutes for salvinorin A,[3] and has increased affinity and potency at the κ-opioid receptor. It is made from salvinorin B, which is most conveniently made from salvinorin A by deacetylation.[4] The crystal structure reveals that the methoxy group overlaps with the acetyl group of salvinorin A, but with a different orientation.[5]

Salvinorin B methoxymethyl ether has a Ki of 0.60 nM at the κ opioid receptor,[6] and is around five times more potent than salvinorin A in animal studies, although it is still only half as potent as its stronger homolog salvinorin B ethoxymethyl ether (symmetry).[7]

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