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Systematic (IUPAC) name
Phenyl 3-(4-chlorophenyl)-8-methyl-8-azabicyclo[3.2.1]octane-2-carboxylate
Clinical data
Legal status
CAS number  N
ATC code ?
Chemical data
Formula C21H22ClNO2 
Mol. mass 355.85 g/mol

RTI-113 (2β-carbophenoxy-3β-(4-chlorophenyl)tropane) is a stimulant drug which acts as a potent and fully selective dopamine reuptake inhibitor (DRI). It has been suggested as a possible substitute drug for the treatment of cocaine addiction. "RTI-113 has properties that make it an ideal medication for cocaine abusers, such as an equivalent efficacy, a higher potency, and a longer duration of action as compared to cocaine."[1] Replacing the methyl ester in RTI-31 with a phenyl ester makes the resultant RTI-113 fully DAT specific. RTI-113 is a particularly relevant phenyltropane cocaine analog that has been tested on squirrel monkeys.[2] RTI-113 has also been tested against cocaine in self-administration studies for DAT occupancy by PET on awake rhesus monkeys.[3] The efficacy of cocaine analogs to elicit self-administration is closely related to the rate at which they are administered.[4] Slower onset of action analogs are less likely to function as positive reinforcers than analogues that have a faster rate of onset.[4][5]

In order for a DRI such as cocaine to induce euphoria PET scans on primates reveal that the DAT occupancy needs to be >60%.[6] Limited reinforcement may be desirable because it can help with patient compliance. DAT occupancy was between 65-76% and 94-99% for doses of cocaine and RTI-113 that maintained maximum response rates, respectively.[3] Whereas cocaine is a fast acting rapidly metabolized DRI, RTI-113 has a longer duration span.[7]

Self-administration graphs are inverted U-shaped. More doses of cocaine need to be administered per session than for RTI-113 because cocaine doesn't last as long as RTI-113 does. It is easy to form the rash judgement that the NRI and SRI properties of cocaine are somehow having an additive effect on provoking self-administration of cocaine.[8]

Although NRIs are known to inhibit DA reuptake in the prefrontal cortex where DATs are low in number, the fact that desipramine is not reliably self-administered makes it unlikely that NRIs are contributing to the addictive character of cocaine.[9]

The 5-HT receptors are very complex to understand and can either mediate or inhibit DA release.

However, on the whole, it is understood that synaptic 5-HT counterbalances catecholamine release.

Thus, it can said with relative certainty that the DAT is responsible for the bulk of the reinforcing effects of cocaine and related stimulants.[10]

With regard to amphetamine, a recent paper disputes this claim, and makes the point that the role of NE is completely underrated.[11]

Another paper was also recently published, seeking to address the relevance of NE in cocaine pharmacology.[12]

Transporter Selectivity

MAT IC50 (and Ki) for simple phenyltropanes with 1R,2S,3S stereochemistry.[13]
Compound [3H]CFT [3H]DA [3H]Nisoxetine [3H]NE [3H]Paroxetine [3H]5-HT
Cocaine[14] 89.1 275 cf. 241 3300 (1990) 119 cf. 161 1050 (45) 177 cf. 112
WIN 35,065-2 23 49.8 920 (550) 37.2 1960 (178) 173
WIN 35,428 13.9 23.0 835 (503) 38.6 692 (63) 101
RTI-31 1.1 3.68 37 (22) 5.86 44.5 (4.0) 5.00
RTI-113[15] 1.98 5.25 2,926 242 2,340 391
RTI-51 1.7 ? 37.4 (23) ? 10.6 (0.96) ?
RTI-55 1.3 1.96 36 (22) 7.51 4.21 (0.38) 1.74
RTI-32 1.7 7.02 60 (36) 8.42 240 (23) 19.4

Note: Cocaine has a very strong Ki value for the 5-HT3 receptor.

Threo-methylphenidate (TMP) is a weaker dopaminergic than troparil, even though it is a more potent noradrenergic.

Interestingly, troparil is the only tropane in the above table having a [3H]NE figure that is smaller than the [3H]DA number.


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