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  1. Radiolabeled bombesin derivatives for preclinical oncological imaging

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    de Aguiar Ferreira, Carolina; Fuscaldi, Leonardo Lima; Townsend, Danyelle M.; Rubello, Domenico; de Barros, André Luís Branco

    2017-01-01

    Despite efforts, cancer is still one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide, with approximately 14 million new cases and 8.2 million cancer-related deaths each year, according to the World Health Organization. Among the strategies to reduce cancer progression and improving its management, implementing early detection technologies is crucial. Based on the fact that several types of cancer cells overexpress surface receptors, small molecule ligands, such as peptides, have been developed to allow tumor identification at earlier stages. Allied with imaging techniques such as PET and SPECT, radiolabeled peptides play a pivotal role in nuclear medicine. Bombesin, a peptide of 14 amino acids, is an amphibian homolog to the mammalian gastrin-releasing peptide (GRP), that has been extensively studied as a targeting ligand for diagnosis and therapy of GRP positive tumors, such as breast, pancreas, lungs and prostate cancers. In this context, herein we provide a review of reported bombesin derivatives radiolabeled with a multitude of radioactive isotopes for diagnostic purposes in the preclinical setting. Moreover, since animal models are highly relevant for assessing the potential of clinical translation of this radiopeptides, a brief report of the currently used GRP-positive tumor-bearing animal models is described. PMID:28040598

  2. Brain RVD-haemopressin, a haemoglobin-derived peptide, inhibits bombesin-induced central activation of adrenomedullary outflow in the rat.

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    Tanaka, Kenjiro; Shimizu, Takahiro; Yanagita, Toshihiko; Nemoto, Takayuki; Nakamura, Kumiko; Taniuchi, Keisuke; Dimitriadis, Fotios; Yokotani, Kunihiko; Saito, Motoaki

    2014-01-01

    Haemopressin and RVD-haemopressin, derived from the haemoglobin α-chain, are bioactive peptides found in brain and are ligands for cannabinoid CB1 receptors. Activation of brain CB1 receptors inhibited the secretion of adrenal catecholamines (noradrenaline and adrenaline) induced by i.c.v. bombesin in the rat. Here, we investigated the effects of two haemoglobin-derived peptides on this bombesin-induced response Anaesthetised male Wistar rats were pretreated with either haemoglobin-derived peptide, given i.c.v., 30 min before i.c.v. bombesin and plasma catecholamines were subsequently measured electrochemically after HPLC. Direct effects of bombesin on secretion of adrenal catecholamines were examined using bovine adrenal chromaffin cells. Furthermore, activation of haemoglobin α-positive spinally projecting neurons in the rat hypothalamic paraventricular nucleus (PVN, a regulatory centre of central adrenomedullary outflow) after i.c.v. bombesin was assessed by immunohistochemical techniques. Bombesin given i.c.v. dose-dependently elevated plasma catecholamines whereas incubation with bombesin had no effect on spontaneous and nicotine-induced secretion of catecholamines from chromaffin cells. The bombesin-induced increase in catecholamines was inhibited by pretreatment with i.c.v. RVD-haemopressin (CB1 receptor agonist) but not after pretreatment with haemopressin (CB1 receptor inverse agonist). Bombesin activated haemoglobin α-positive spinally projecting neurons in the PVN. The haemoglobin-derived peptide RVD-haemopressin in the brain plays an inhibitory role in bombesin-induced activation of central adrenomedullary outflow via brain CB1 receptors in the rat. These findings provide basic information for the therapeutic use of haemoglobin-derived peptides in the modulation of central adrenomedullary outflow. © 2013 The British Pharmacological Society.

  3. Brain RVD-haemopressin, a haemoglobin-derived peptide, inhibits bombesin-induced central activation of adrenomedullary outflow in the rat

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    Tanaka, Kenjiro; Shimizu, Takahiro; Yanagita, Toshihiko; Nemoto, Takayuki; Nakamura, Kumiko; Taniuchi, Keisuke; Dimitriadis, Fotios; Yokotani, Kunihiko; Saito, Motoaki

    2014-01-01

    BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Haemopressin and RVD-haemopressin, derived from the haemoglobin α-chain, are bioactive peptides found in brain and are ligands for cannabinoid CB1 receptors. Activation of brain CB1 receptors inhibited the secretion of adrenal catecholamines (noradrenaline and adrenaline) induced by i.c.v. bombesin in the rat. Here, we investigated the effects of two haemoglobin-derived peptides on this bombesin-induced response EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH Anaesthetised male Wistar rats were pretreated with either haemoglobin-derived peptide, given i.c.v., 30 min before i.c.v. bombesin and plasma catecholamines were subsequently measured electrochemically after HPLC. Direct effects of bombesin on secretion of adrenal catecholamines were examined using bovine adrenal chromaffin cells. Furthermore, activation of haemoglobin α-positive spinally projecting neurons in the rat hypothalamic paraventricular nucleus (PVN, a regulatory centre of central adrenomedullary outflow) after i.c.v. bombesin was assessed by immunohistochemical techniques. KEY RESULTS Bombesin given i.c.v. dose-dependently elevated plasma catecholamines whereas incubation with bombesin had no effect on spontaneous and nicotine-induced secretion of catecholamines from chromaffin cells. The bombesin-induced increase in catecholamines was inhibited by pretreatment with i.c.v. RVD-haemopressin (CB1 receptor agonist) but not after pretreatment with haemopressin (CB1 receptor inverse agonist). Bombesin activated haemoglobin α-positive spinally projecting neurons in the PVN. CONCLUSIONS AND IMPLICATIONS The haemoglobin-derived peptide RVD-haemopressin in the brain plays an inhibitory role in bombesin-induced activation of central adrenomedullary outflow via brain CB1 receptors in the rat. These findings provide basic information for the therapeutic use of haemoglobin-derived peptides in the modulation of central adrenomedullary outflow. PMID:24138638

  4. Comparative in vivo evaluation of two novel 99mTc labelled bombesin derivatives

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    Gourni, Eleni; Bouziotis, Penelope; Zikos, Christos; Loudos, George; Xanthopoulos, Stavros; Fani, Melpomeni; Archimandritis, Spyridon C.; Varvarigou, Alexandra D.

    2006-12-01

    Bombesin (BN), a 14 amino acid peptide, is an analogue of human gastrin-releasing-peptide (GRP) that binds to GRP receptors (GRP-R) with high affinity and specificity. In addition to this physiological role, GRP, through its interaction with GRP-R, promotes tumour growth in a number of human cancer cell lines. The GRP receptors are over-expressed on a variety of human cancer cells. Aim of the present work is the study of two novels BN-like peptides, by investigating the radiochemical and radiopharmacological behaviour of their complexes with metals. The derivatives under study are: Gly-Gly-Cys-Aca-BN [2-14] where Aca: 6-amino-hexanoic acid. Pyroglutamic acid in the bombesin molecule has been replaced by the chemical group Gly-Gly-Cys-Aca, which bears an amino-acid combination capable of complexing a variety of radiometals. The other derivative under study is: Gly-Gly-Cys-Aca-BN [7-14]. This moiety of the peptide has been chosen because it has been proven to be a potent GRP agonist. The peptide derivatives were synthesized by SPPS, according to the Fmoc strategy and were identified by reverse phase high performance liquid chromatography (RP-HPLC). Radiolabelling with 99mTc was performed via the precursor 99mTc-gluconate. The stability of the radiolabelled species was examined with time. In vivo studies of the two 99mTc-labelled derivatives were performed, comparatively, in normal mice, attention being focused on GRP receptor-bearing organs, and in experimentally induced prostate cancer models. Experimental tumours were imaged in a small field-of-view animal gamma camera.

  5. Synthesis and evaluation of bombesin derivatives on the basis of pan-bombesin peptides labeled with indium-111, lutetium-177, and yttrium-90 for targeting bombesin receptor-expressing tumors.

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    Zhang, Hanwen; Chen, Jianhua; Waldherr, Christian; Hinni, Karin; Waser, Beatrice; Reubi, Jean Claude; Maecke, Helmut R

    2004-09-15

    Bombesin receptors are overexpressed on a variety of human tumors like prostate, breast, and lung cancer. The aim of this study was to develop radiolabeled (Indium-111, Lutetium-177, and Yttrium-90) bombesin analogues with affinity to the three bombesin receptor subtypes for targeted radiotherapy. The following structures were synthesized: diethylenetriaminepentaacetic acid-gamma-aminobutyric acid-[D-Tyr6, beta-Ala11, Thi13, Nle14] bombesin (6-14) (BZH1) and 1,4,7,10-tetraazacyclododecane-N,N',N",N"' -tetraacetic acid-gamma-aminobutyric acid-[D-Tyr6, beta-Ala11, Thi13, Nle14] bombesin (6-14) (BZH2). [111In]-BZH1 and in particular [90Y]-BZH2 were shown to have high affinity to all three human bombesin receptor subtypes with binding affinities in the nanomolar range. In human serum metabolic cleavage was found between beta-Ala11 and His12 with an approximate half-life of 2 hours. The metabolic breakdown was inhibited by EDTA and beta-Ala11-His12 (carnosine) indicating that carnosinase is the active enzyme. Both 111In-labeled peptides were shown to internalize into gastrin-releasing peptide-receptor-positive AR4-2J and PC-3 cells with similar high rates, which were independent of the radiometal. The biodistribution studies of [111In]-BZH1 and [111In]-BZH2 ([177Lu]-BZH2) in AR4-2J tumor-bearing rats showed specific and high uptake in gastrin-releasing peptide-receptor-positive organs and in the AR4-2J tumor. A fast clearance from blood and all of the nontarget organs except the kidneys was found. These radiopeptides were composed of the first pan-bombesin radioligands, which show great promise for the early diagnosis of tumors bearing not only gastrin-releasing peptide-receptors but also the other two bombesin receptor subtypes and may be of use in targeted radiotherapy of these tumors.

  6. Ca/sup 2 +/-mobilizing actions of platelet-derived growth factor differ from those of bombesin and vasopressin in Swiss 3T3 mouse cells

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    Lopez-Rivas, A.; Mendoza, S.A.; Nanberg, E.; Sinnett-Smith, J.; Rozengurt, E.

    1987-08-01

    Addition of the mitogenic peptides bombesin and vasopressin to quiescent Swiss 3T3 mouse cells increased the cytosolic Ca/sup 2 +/ concentration without any measurable delay. In contrast, there was a significant lag period (16 +/- 1.2 s) before platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF) increased cytosolic Ca/sup 2 +/ concentration. This lag was not diminished at high concentrations of either porcine or human PDGF. Similar results were obtained in 3T3 cells loaded with quin-2 or fura-2. The differences in the effects of bombesin, vasopressin, and PDGF on Ca/sup 2 +/ movements were also substantiated by measurements of /sup 45/Ca/sup 2 +/ efflux and of cellular /sup 45/Ca/sup 2 +/ content. Activation of protein kinase C by phorbol esters inhibited Ca/sup 2 +/ mobilization induced by either bombesin or vasopressin. In contrast, phorbol esters had no effect on PDGF-induced cytosolic Ca/sup 2 +/ concentration increase or acceleration of /sup 45/Ca/sup 2 +/ efflux. Finally, bombesin and vasopressin caused a rapid increase in the production of inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate and inositol 1,3,4-trisphosphate, whereas PDGF, even at a saturating concentration, exerted only a small effect. These results indicate that the signal transduction pathway activated by PDGF that lead to Ca/sup 2 +/ mobilization can be distinguished form those utilized by bombesin and vasopressin.

  7. Novel series of (177)Lu-labeled bombesin derivatives with amino acidic spacers for selective targeting of human PC-3 prostate tumor cells.

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    Pujatti, P B; Santos, J S; Couto, R M; Melero, L T U H; Suzuki, M F; Soares, C R J; Grallert, S R M; Mengatti, J; De Araújo, E B

    2011-06-01

    Bombesin (BBN) has demonstrated the ability to bind with high affinity and specificity to GRP receptor, overexpressed on human prostate cancer. A large number of BBN derivatives have been synthesized for this purpose but most of them exhibit high abdominal accumulation, which may represent a problem in their clinical use due to serious side effects to patients. In this study we describe the results of radiolabeling with lutetium-177, stability and in vivo studies of novel phenyl-glycine-extended bombesin derivatives. The spacers were inserted to improve bombesin in vivo properties and to reduce its target to non-tumor sites. Preliminary studies were done to establish the ideal conditions for labeling bombesin derivatives. Chromatography systems were applied to determine free lutetium and the stability of the preparations was evaluated either after storing at 2-8 ºC or incubation in human serum at 37 ºC. In vivo experiments included biodistribution, pharmacokinetics and SPECT images and were performed in Balb-c and Nude mice bearing PC-3 xenografts. The derivatives were labeled with high yield and kept stable at 2-8 ºC and are metabolized by human serum enzymes. In vivo studies showed fast blood clearance of labeled peptides and rapid excretion, performed mainly by renal pathway. In addition, biodistribution and imaging studies showed low abdominal accumulation and significant and specific tumor uptake of (177)Lu-labeled derivatives. The derivative with longer spacer holds a higher potential as radiopharmaceutical for prostate tumor diagnosis and the derivatives with shorter spacers are potential radiopharmaceuticals for prostate tumor treatment.

  8. A Bombesin-Shepherdin Radioconjugate Designed for Combined Extra- and Intracellular Targeting

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    Fischer, Christiane A.; Vomstein, Sandra; Mindt, Thomas L.

    2014-01-01

    Radiolabeled peptides which target tumor-specific membrane structures of cancer cells represent a promising class of targeted radiopharmaceuticals for the diagnosis and therapy of cancer. A potential drawback of a number of reported radiopeptides is the rapid washout of a substantial fraction of the initially delivered radioactivity from cancer cells and tumors. This renders the initial targeting effort in part futile and results in a lower imaging quality and efficacy of the radiotracer than achievable. We are investigating the combination of internalizing radiopeptides with molecular entities specific for an intracellular target. By enabling intracellular interactions of the radioconjugate, we aim at reducing/decelerating the externalization of radioactivity from cancer cells. Using the “click-to-chelate” approach, the 99mTc-tricarbonyl core as a reporter probe for single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) was combined with the binding sequence of bombesin for extracellular targeting of the gastrin-releasing peptide receptor (GRP-r) and peptidic inhibitors of the cytosolic heat shock 90 protein (Hsp90) for intracellular targeting. Receptor-specific uptake of the multifunctional radioconjugate could be confirmed, however, the cellular washout of radioactivity was not improved. We assume that either endosomal trapping or lysosomal degradation of the radioconjugate is accountable for these observations. PMID:24871806

  9. Nicotine, acetylcholine and bombesin are trophic growth factors in neuroendocrine cell lines derived from experimental hamster lung tumors

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    Schueller, H.M.; Nylen, E.; Park, P.; Becker, K.L. George Washington Univ., Washington, DC )

    1990-01-01

    Neuroendocrine hamster lung tumors, induced by exposure to 60% hyperoxia and subcutaneous administration of the tobacco-specific nitrosamine 4-(methylnitrosamino)-1-(3-pyridyl)-1-butanone (NNK) for 12 weeks, were placed in cell culture. By subsequent selective transfer of epithelial cells and maintenance in an atmosphere of 8% CO{sub 2}, cell lines with characteristics of neuroendocrine cells were established. The neuroendocrine markers expressed by these cell lines included electron dense neuroendocrine secretion granules as well as secretion of calcitonin and mammalian bombesin. In keeping with data previously reported for a human neuroendocrine lung tumor cell line, nicotine, acetylcholien, and mammalian bombesin (MB) acted as strongrowth factors in these neuroendocrine hamster tumor lines. The mitogenic effect of nicotine an acetylcholine was abolished by nicotinic receptor inhibition while the effects of mammalian bombesin were inhibited by an antagonist of MB receptors. Our data suggest that a receptor-mediated mitogenic effect of nicotine on neuroendocrine lung cells may be instrumental in the induction of smoking-associated small cell lung cancer.

  10. Early phosphorylation events following the treatment of Swiss 3T3 cells with bombesin and the mammalian bombesin-related peptide, gastrin-releasing peptide.

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    Isacke, C M; Meisenhelder, J; Brown, K D; Gould, K L; Gould, S J; Hunter, T

    1986-01-01

    Bombesin and the related mammalian peptides, such as gastrin-releasing peptide (GRP), are potent mitogens for some fibroblast cell lines. Here we have examined the bombesin- and GRP-mediated changes in the phosphorylation of proteins in Swiss 3T3 cells and compared these to the events observed after platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF), epidermal growth factor (EGF) and tumor promoter treatment. In agreement with previous reports, bombesin, GRP and PDGF, but not EGF, increased the activity of protein kinase C. This was assayed by an inhibition of [125I]EGF binding, stimulation in phosphorylation of pp60c-src on serine 12 and stimulation in phosphorylation of a group of 80 kd proteins. The different phosphorylated forms of the 80 kd proteins were examined by tryptic peptide mapping and shown to contain multiple phosphorylation sites. An investigation of the tyrosine phosphorylation events following mitogen treatment revealed a significant difference between PDGF and the bombesin peptides. PDGF treatment caused a marked increase in total cellular phosphotyrosine levels, and tyrosine phosphorylation both of known substrates and its own receptor. In contrast, bombesin and GRP treatments resulted in only a weak or undetectable increase in tyrosine phosphorylation of total cellular protein or known substrates. In this respect bombesin and GRP were more similar to EGF. The fact that the bombesin peptides do not induce a phosphorylation response identical with either PDGF or EGF suggests that there is not a single common signal pathway which is activated by all these mitogens. Images Fig. 1. Fig. 2. Fig. 3. Fig. 4. Fig. 5. Fig. 6. PMID:2431903

  11. The effects of the phyllolitorin analogue [desTrp3,Leu8]phyllolitorin on scratching induced by bombesin and related peptides in rats

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    Johnson, Mark D.; Ko, Mei-Chuan; Choo, Kevin S.; Traynor, John R.; Mosberg, Henry I.; Naughton, Norah N.; Woods, James H.

    2010-01-01

    Bombesin along with several closely related neuropeptides elicit scratching behavior when administered centrally. The first part of the study was designed to determine the antagonistic effects of a novel phyllolitorin analogue wdesTrp3,Leu8]phyllolitorin (DTP) on scratching induced by three peptides (bombesin, neuromedin-C, and [Leu8]phyllolitorin). In addition, the binding affinity of each peptide for the bombesin receptor site was determined. DTP (30 μg) inhibited scratching induced by these peptides, but unlike the peptides, DTP had no affinity for the bombesin site, thereby suggesting that DTP is displaying physiological antagonism through an unknown mechanism. PMID:10482814

  12. Evolution of bombesin conjugates for targeted PET imaging of tumors.

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    Zhang, Hanwen; Abiraj, Keelara; Thorek, Daniel L J; Waser, Beatrice; Smith-Jones, Peter M; Honer, Michael; Reubi, Jean Claude; Maecke, Helmut R

    2012-01-01

    Bombesin receptors are under intense investigation as molecular targets since they are overexpressed in several prevalent solid tumors. We rationally designed and synthesized a series of modified bombesin (BN) peptide analogs to study the influence of charge and spacers at the N-terminus, as well as amino acid substitutions, on both receptor binding affinity and pharmacokinetics. This enabled development of a novel (64/67)Cu-labeled BN peptide for PET imaging and targeted radiotherapy of BN receptor-positive tumors. Our results show that N-terminally positively charged peptide ligands had significantly higher affinity to human gastrin releasing peptide receptor (GRPr) than negatively charged or uncharged ligands (IC(50): 3.2±0.5 vs 26.3±3.5 vs 41.5±2.5 nM). The replacement of Nle(14) by Met, and deletion of D-Tyr(6), further resulted in 8-fold higher affinity. Contrary to significant changes to human GRPr binding, modifications at the N-terminal and at the 6(th), 11(th), and 14(th) position of BN induced only slight influences on affinity to mouse GRPr. [Cu(II)]-CPTA-[βAla(11)] BN(7-14) ([Cu(II)]-BZH7) showed the highest internalization rate into PC-3 cells with relatively slow efflux because of its subnanomolar affinity to GRPr. Interestingly, [(64/67)Cu]-BZH7 also displayed similar affinities to the other 2 human BN receptor subtypes. In vivo studies showed that [(64/67)Cu]-BZH7 had a high accumulation in PC-3 xenografts and allowed for clear-cut visualization of the tumor in PET imaging. In addition, a CPTA-glycine derivative, forming a hippurane-type spacer, enhanced kidney clearance of the radiotracer. These data indicate that the species variation of BN receptor plays an important role in screening radiolabeled BN. As well, the positive charge from the metallated complex at the N-terminal significantly increases affinity to human GRPr. Application of these observations enabled the novel ligand [(64/67)Cu]-BZH7 to clearly visualize PC-3 tumors in vivo

  13. Human lung small-cell carcinoma contains bombesin.

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    Erisman, M D; Linnoila, R I; Hernandez, O; DiAugustine, R P; Lazarus, L H

    1982-01-01

    The presence of immunoreactive bombesin in a human lung small-cell carcinoma grown in nude mice was established by several criteria: (i) Radioimmunoassay of tissue extracts for bombesin revealed approximately 6.5 pmol/g of tissue; (ii) bombesin was found in 12-14% of the tumor cells by immunohistochemical localization; (iii) gel filtration of small-cell carcinoma extract on Sephadex G-75 and Bio-Gel P-4 gave only a single peak of immunoreactivity, which occurred at the elution volume of bombesin; and (iv) reverse-phase HPLC of acid-solubilized extracts separated the immunoreactive material into three discrete peaks, one of which eluted with a retention time identical to that of synthetic bombesin. The presence of bombesin may represent the ectopic expression of this peptide in small-cell carcinoma, because immunoreactive bombesin was found in human fetal and neonatal lung but apparently not in adult lung tissue [Wharton, J., Polak, J. M., Bloom, S. R., Ghatei, M. A., Solcia, E., Brown, M. R. & Pearse, A. G. E. (1978) Nature (London) 273, 769-770]. The immunoreactive bombesin previously found in mammalian tissues is considerably larger than amphibian bombesin; these data substantiate the presence of a mammalian form of bombesin in a human tumor that may have a structure similar to that of the amphibian peptide. Images PMID:6285381

  14. Receptor for bombesin with associated tyrosine kinase activity.

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    Cirillo, D M; Gaudino, G; Naldini, L; Comoglio, P M

    1986-01-01

    The neuropeptide bombesin is known for its potent mitogenic activity on murine 3T3 fibroblasts and other cells. Recently it has been implicated in the pathogenesis of small cell lung carcinoma, in which it acts through an autocrine loop of growth stimulation. Phosphotyrosine (P-Tyr) antibodies have been successfully used to recognize the autophosphorylated receptors for known growth factors. In Swiss 3T3 fibroblasts, phosphotyrosine antibodies identified a 115,000-Mr cell surface protein (p115) that became phosphorylated on tyrosine as a specific response to bombesin stimulation of quiescent cells. The extent of phosphorylation was dose dependent and correlated with the mitogenic effect induced by bombesin, measured by [3H]thymidine incorporation. Tyrosine phosphorylation of p115 was detectable minutes after the addition of bombesin, and its time course paralleled that described for the binding of bombesin to its receptor. Immunocomplexes of phosphorylated p115 and phosphotyrosine antibodies bound 125I-labeled [Tyr4]bombesin in a specific and saturable manner and displayed an associated tyrosine kinase activity enhanced by bombesin. Furthermore, the 125I-labeled bombesin analog gastrin-releasing peptide, bound to intact live cells, was coprecipitated with p115. These data strongly suggest that p115 participates in the structure and function of the surface receptor for bombesin, a new member of the family of growth factor receptors with associated tyrosine kinase activity. Images PMID:2432404

  15. Role of spinal bombesin-responsive neurons in nonhistaminergic itch

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    Akiyama, Tasuku; Tominaga, Mitsutoshi; Takamori, Kenji; Carstens, E.

    2014-01-01

    Intrathecal administration of the neurotoxin bombesin-saporin reduces or abolishes pruritogen-evoked scratching behavior. We investigated whether spinal neurons that respond to intradermal (ID) injection of pruritogens also respond to spinal superfusion of bombesin and vice versa. Single-unit recordings were made from superficial lumbar spinal dorsal horn neurons in anesthetized mice. We identified neurons with three search strategies: 1) ID injection of the nonhistaminergic itch mediator chloroquine, 2) spinal superfusion of bombesin, and 3) noxious pinch. All units were tested with an array of itch mediators (chloroquine, histamine, SLIGRL, BAM8-22), algogens [capsaicin, allyl isothiocyanate (AITC)], and physical stimuli (brush, pinch, noxious heat, cooling) applied to the hindlimb receptive field. The vast majority of chloroquine-responsive units also responded to bombesin. Of 26 chloroquine-sensitive units tested, most responded to SLIGRL, half responded to histamine and/or BAM8-22, and most responded to capsaicin and/or AITC as well as noxious thermal and mechanical stimuli. Of 29 bombesin-responsive units, a large majority also responded to other itch mediators as well as AITC, capsaicin, and noxious thermal and mechanical stimuli. Responses to successive applications of bombesin exhibited tachyphylaxis. In contrast, of 36 units responsive to noxious pinch, the majority (67%) did not respond to ID chloroquine or spinal bombesin. It is suggested that chloroquine- and bombesin-sensitive spinal neurons signal itch from the skin. PMID:25122701

  16. Direct subphthalocyanine conjugation to bombesin vs. indirect conjugation to its lipidic nanocarrier.

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    Bernhard, Yann; Gigot, Elodie; Goncalves, Victor; Moreau, Mathieu; Sok, Nicolas; Richard, Philippe; Decréau, Richard A

    2016-05-11

    Bombesin (BBN) was covalently bound to graftable subphthalocyanine (SubPc) or to a cholesterol derivative, a component of a liposome that encapsulates non-graftable SubPc. The latter bioconjugation approach was suitable to address the stability of SubPc and was achieved by copper-free click-chemistry on the outer-face of the liposome. Liposomes were purified (FPLC) and then analyzed in size (outer diameter about 60 nm measured by DLS). In vitro binding studies allowed to determine the IC50 13.9 nM for one component of the liposome, cholesterol, conjugated to BBN. Hence, azido- (or alkynyl-) liposomes give fluorophores with no reactive functional group available on their backbone a second chance to be (indirectly) bioconjugated (with bombesin).

  17. Biological activity of oxidized and reduced iodinated bombesins

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    Vigna, S.R.; Giraud, A.S.; Reeve, J.R. Jr.; Walsh, J.H.

    1988-07-01

    A method is reported for preparing oxidized and reduced iodinated Tyr4-bombesin. Iodogen was used to iodinate Tyr4-bombesin and the reaction products were separated by reverse-phase HPLC. The peak of oxidized label was then reduced by incubation with 725 mM dithiothreitol at 80 degrees C (pH 8.0) for one hour and the reaction products separated by HPLC as before. The reduced but not oxidized peaks of /sup 125/I-Tyr4-bombesin stimulated amylase release from rat pancreatic acini in vitro. We conclude that oxidation of bombesin producing C-terminal methionine sulfoxide destroys the biological activity of the peptide and that this form of oxidation can be reversed.

  18. Lutetium-177 Labeled Bombesin Peptides for Radionuclide Therapy.

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    Reynolds, Tamila Stott; Bandari, Rajendra P; Jiang, Zongrun; Smith, Charles J

    2016-01-01

    The rare-earth radionuclides that decay by beta particle (β-) emission are considered to be ideal in the context of targeted radiotherapy. The rare-earth isotopes exist primarily in the 3+ oxidation state and are considered to be hard metal centers, requiring multidentate, hard donor ligands such as the poly(aminocarboxylates) for in vivo kinetic inertness. 177Lu is a rare-earth radionuclide that is produced in moderate specific activity (740 GBq/mg) by direct neutron capture of enriched 176Lu via the 176Lu(n,γ)177Lu nuclear reaction. 177Lu has a half-life of 6.71 d, decays by beta emission (Ebmax = 0.497 MeV), and emits two imagable photons (113keV, 3% and 208kev, 11%). High specific activity, no-carrier-added 177Lu can also be prepared by an indirect neutron capture nuclear reaction on a 176Yb target. Herein, we report upon bombesin (BBN) peptides radiolabeled with 177Lu. The impetus driving many of the research studies that we have described in this review is that the high-affinity gastrin releasing peptide receptor (GRPR, BBN receptor subtype 2, BB2) has been identified in tissue biopsy samples and immortalized cell lines of many human cancers and is an ideal biomarker for targeting early-stage disease. Early on, the ability of GRPR agonists to be rapidly internalized coupled with a high incidence of GRPR expression on various neoplasias was a driving force for the design and development of new diagnostic and therapeutic agents targeting GRP receptor-positive tumors. Recent reports, however, show compelling evidence that radiopharmaceutical design and development based upon antagonist-type ligand frameworks clearly bears reexamination. Last of all, the ability to target multiple biomarkers simultaneously via a heterodimeric targeting ligand has also provided a new avenue to investigate the dual targeting capacity of bivalent radioligands for improved in vivo molecular imaging and treatment of specific human cancers. In this report, we describe recent advances

  19. Stimulatory effect of bombesin on phosphoinositide metabolism in the rat pineal gland.

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    Novotná, R; Novotný, I

    1997-10-03

    The pineal gland is under complex peptidergic nervous control originating from hypothalamic nuclei. The daily rhythm of bombesin-like peptide in the hypothalamus suggests that this neuropeptide, similarly as other neuropeptides, might be involved in modulation of the physiological activity of the pineal gland. In our experiments we studied the mechanism of signal transduction of bombesin in the isolated pineal glands of rats. The phosphoinositide signalling system was examined by measuring 32P-labelling of phosphatidylinositol (PI), phosphatidylinositol phosphate (PIP) and phosphatidylinositol bisphosphate (PIP2), which reflects phosphoinositide cycle activation. Bombesin induced a significant increase in 32P-labelling of PI, PIP and PIP2. The antagonist of this neuropeptide, (D-Phe12-Leu14)-bombesin, suppressed the increase in 32P-labelling of all phosphoinositides. Bombesin was without effect on cAMP dependent protein phosphorylation. The data indicate that bombesin activates the PI signalling system via specific receptors.

  20. Early events elicited by Bombesin and structurally related peptides in quiescent Swiss 3T3 cells. I. Activation of protein kinase C and inhibition of epidermal growth factor binding

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    Zachary, I.; Sinnett-Smith, J.W.; Rozengurt, E.

    1986-01-01

    Addition of bombesin to quiescent cultures of Swiss 3T3 cells caused a rapid increase in the phosphorylation of an M/sub r/ 80,000 cellular protein (designated 80k). The effect was both concentration and time dependent. The 80k phosphoproteins generated in response to bombesin and to phorbol 12,13-dibutyrate were identical as judged by one- and two-dimensional PAGE and by peptide mapping after partial proteolysis with Staphylococcus aureus V8 protease. In addition, prolonged pretreatment of 3T3 cells with phorbol 12,13-dibutyrate, which leads to the disappearance of protein kinase C activity, blocked the ability of bombesin to stimulate 80k. Bombesin also caused a rapid (1 min) inhibition of /sup 125/I-labeled epidermal growth factor (/sup 125/I-EGF) binding to Swiss 3T3 cells. The inhibition was both concentration and temperature dependent and resulted from a marked decrease in the affinity of the EGF receptor for its ligand. These results strongly suggest that these responses are mediated by specific high-affinity receptors that recognize the peptides of the bombesin family in Swiss 3T3 cells. While an increase in cytosolic Ca/sup 2 +/ concentration does not mediate the bombesin inhibition of /sup 125/I-EGF binding, the activation of protein kinase C in intact Swiss 3T3 cells by peptides of the bombesin family may lead to rapid inhibition of the binding of /sup 125/I-EGF to its cellular receptor.

  1. The Effect of Central Injection of Ghrelin and Bombesin on Mean Plasma Thyroid Hormones Concentration

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    Mahmoudi, Fariba; Mohsennezhad, Fatemeh; Khazali, Homayoun; Ehtesham, Haleh

    2011-01-01

    Ghrelin increases food intakes and body weight. Bombesin decreases food intakes and inhibits the stimulatory effect of Ghrelin on food intakes. Thyroid hormones have a crucial role in the regulation of body weight and yet the effect of bombesin on thyroid axis activity is not fully clear. Therefore, the goal of this study was to determine the effect of different doses of Ghrelin or bombesin on mean plasma thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH), Triiodothyronine (T3) and Thyroxin (T4) concentration and also, the effect of interaction between Ghrelin and bombesin on thyroid axis activity. Forty-nine rats in seven groups received saline or different doses of Ghrelin (4, 10 or 15 nmol) and bombesin ( 2.5, 5 or 10 nmol) and forty-two rats in six groups received simultaneous injection of Ghrelin (10 or 15 nmol) and different doses of bombesin (2.5, 5 or 10 nmol) via lateral cerebral ventricle. Blood samples were collected via decapitation 20 min after the injection and plasma was assayed for plasma TSH, T3 and T4 concentration by Radioimmunoassay (RIA). Ghrelin significantly decreased the concentration of mean plasma thyroid hormones compared to saline. Bombesin did not significantly increase thyroid hormones concentration compared to saline but bombesin blocked the inhibitory effect of Ghrelin on thyroid axis activity. Bombesin may be the antagonist of Ghrelin action. PMID:24250396

  2. Effects of caffeine and Bombesin on ethanol and food intake

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    Dietze, M.A.; Kulkosky, P.J. )

    1991-01-01

    The methylxanthine caffeine and ethyl alcohol are widely used and powerful psychotropic drugs, but their interactions are not well understood. Bombesin is a brain-gut neuropeptide which is thought to function as a neurochemical factor in the inhibitory control of voluntary alcohol ingestion. We assessed the effects of combinations of intraperitoneal doses of caffeine and bombesin on 5% w/v ethanol solution and food intake in deprived rats. Deprived male and female Wistar rats received access to 5% ethanol or Purina chow for 30 minutes after i.p. injections. In single doses, CAF and BBS significantly decreased both ethanol and food consumption, at 50 mg/kg and 10 {mu}g/kg, respectively. CAF and BBS combinations produced infra-additive, or less-than-expected inhibitory effects on ethanol intake, but simple additive inhibitory effects on food intake. This experimental evidence suggests a reciprocal blocking of effects of CAF and BBS on ethanol intake but not food intake. Caffeine, when interacting and bombesin, increases alcohol consumption beyond expected values. Caffeine could affect the operation of endogenous satisfy signals for alcohol consumption.

  3. Evaluation of a technetium-99m labeled bombesin homodimer for GRPR imaging in prostate cancer.

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    Yu, Zilin; Carlucci, Giuseppe; Ananias, Hildo J K; Dierckx, Rudi A J O; Liu, Shuang; Helfrich, Wijnand; Wang, Fan; de Jong, Igle J; Elsinga, Philip H

    2013-02-01

    Multimerization of peptides can improve the binding characteristics of the tracer by increasing local ligand concentration and decreasing dissociation kinetics. In this study, a new bombesin homodimer was developed based on an ε-aminocaproic acid-bombesin(7-14) (Aca-bombesin(7-14)) fragment, which has been studied for targeting the gastrin-releasing peptide receptor (GRPR) in prostate cancer. The bombesin homodimer was conjugated to 6-hydrazinopyridine-3-carboxylic acid (HYNIC) and labeled with (99m)Tc for SPECT imaging. The in vitro binding affinity to GRPR, cell uptake, internalization and efflux kinetics of the radiolabeled bombesin dimer were investigated in the GRPR-expressing human prostate cancer cell line PC-3. Biodistribution and the GRPR-targeting potential were evaluated in PC-3 tumor-bearing athymic nude mice. When compared with the bombesin monomer, the binding affinity of the bombesin dimer is about ten times lower. However, the (99m)Tc labeled bombesin dimer showed a three times higher cellular uptake at 4 h after incubation, but similar internalization and efflux characters in vitro. Tumor uptake and in vivo pharmacokinetics in PC-3 tumor-bearing mice were comparable. The tumor was visible on the dynamic images in the first hour and could be clearly distinguished from non-targeted tissues on the static images after 4 h. The GRPR-targeting ability of the (99m)Tc labeled bombesin dimer was proven in vitro and in vivo. This bombesin homodimer provides a good starting point for further studies on enhancing the tumor targeting activity of bombesin multimers.

  4. Metabolically Stabilized (68)Ga-NOTA-Bombesin for PET Imaging of Prostate Cancer and Influence of Protease Inhibitor Phosphoramidon.

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    Richter, Susan; Wuest, Melinda; Bergman, Cody N; Krieger, Stephanie; Rogers, Buck E; Wuest, Frank

    2016-04-04

    Peptide receptor-based targeted molecular imaging and therapy of cancer is on the current forefront of nuclear medicine preclinical research and clinical practice. The frequent overexpression of gastrin-releasing peptide (GRP) receptors in prostate cancer stimulated the development of radiolabeled bombesin derivatives as high affinity peptide ligands for selective targeting of the GRP receptor. In this study, we have evaluated a novel (68)Ga-labeled bombesin derivative for PET imaging of prostate cancer in vivo. In addition, we were interested in testing the recently proposed "serve-and-protect" strategy to improve metabolic stability of radiolabeled peptides in vivo and to enhance tumor uptake. GRP receptor targeting peptides NOTA-BBN2 and (nat)Ga-NOTA-BBN2 demonstrated a characteristic antagonistic profile and high binding affinity toward the GRP receptor in PC3 cells (IC50 4.6-8.2 nM). Radiolabeled peptide (68)Ga-NOTA-BBN2 was obtained from NOTA-BBN2 in radiochemical yields greater than 62% (decay-corrected). Total synthesis time was 35 min, including purification using solid-phase extraction. (68)Ga-NOTA-BBN2 exhibited favorable resistance against metabolic degradation by peptidases in vivo within the investigated time frame of 60 min. Interestingly, metabolic stability was not further enhanced in the presence of protease inhibitor phosphoramidon. Dynamic PET studies showed high tumor uptake in both PC3- and LNCaP-bearing BALB/c nude mice (SUV5min > 0.6; SUV60min > 0.5). Radiotracer (68)Ga-NOTA-BBN2 represents a novel radiometal-based bombesin derivative suitable for GRP receptor targeting in PC3 and LNCaP mouse xenografts. Further increase of metabolic stability in vivo and enhanced tumor uptake were not observed upon administration of protease inhibitor phosphoramidon. This led to the conclusion that the recently proposed "serve-and-protect" strategy may not be valid for peptides exhibiting favorable intrinsic metabolic stability in vivo.

  5. Neurotensin and bombesin, a relationship between their effects on body temperature and locomotor activity?

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    van Wimersma Greidanus, T B; Schijff, J A; Noteboom, J L; Spit, M C; Bruins, L; van Zummeren, B M; Rinkel, G J

    1984-08-01

    Neurotensin and bombesin have been tested for their effects on body temperature and locomotor activity in an open field. Both peptides induce hypothermia and suppress ambulation and rearing. The time curves of the hypothermic effects of both peptides appear to be rather similar, although bombesin is a more potent hypothermic agent than neurotensin. The time curves of the effects on locomotor activity appear to be quite different. The suppressive effect of neurotensin on locomotor activity is relatively short lasting and reaches its maximum at approximately 32 minutes. The effect of bombesin follows a different time curve and shows two peaks, suggesting that two different mechanisms are involved in the suppressive action of bombesin on locomotor activity. Calculation of the correlation coefficients between the effects of neurotensin and of bombesin on body temperature and on locomotor activity (ambulation) suggest that a causal relationship between these two effects is not likely, in particular for neurotensin.

  6. Brain histamine mediates the bombesin-induced central activation of sympatho-adrenomedullary outflow.

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    Okuma, Y; Yokotani, K; Murakami, Y; Osumi, Y

    1997-01-01

    Intracerebroventricular (i.c.v.) administration of bombesin (0.3 nmol) increased plasma levels of both adrenaline and noradrenaline in urethane anesthetized rats. These bombesin-induced increases were inhibited by i.c.v. pretreatment with pyrilamine, an H1-receptor antagonist. Ranitidine, an H2-receptor antagonist also inhibited the increase of adrenaline, however, its effective dose was much larger than that of pyrilamine. Furthermore, the bombesin-induced increase of noradrenaline was not effectively inhibited by ranitidine. In the next series, turnover of histamine was assessed by measuring accumulation of tele-methylhistamine (t-MH), a major metabolite of brain histamine. I.c.v. administration of bombesin (0.3-3 nmol) increased turnover of hypothalamic histamine, while its intravenous administration was without effect. The present results suggest that the bombesin-induced central activation of sympatho-adrenomedullary outflow is probably, at least in part, mediated through brain histaminergic neurons.

  7. Interaction of bombesin and litorin with specific membrane receptors on pancreatic acinar cells

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    Jensen, R. T.; Moody, T.; Pert, C.; Rivier, J. E.; Gardner, J. D.

    1978-01-01

    We have prepared 125I-labeled [Tyr4]bombesin and have examined the kinetics, stoichiometry, and chemical specificity with which the labeled peptide binds to dispersed acini from guinea pig pancreas. Binding of 125I-labeled [Tyr4]-bombesin was saturable, temperature-dependent, and reversible and reflected interaction of the labeled peptide with a single class of binding sites on the plasma membrane of pancreatic acinar cells. Each acinar cell possessed approximately 5000 binding sites, and binding of the tracer to these sites could be inhibited by [Tyr4]bombesin [concentration for half-maximal effect (Kd), 2 nM], bombesin (Kd, 4 nM), or litorin (Kd, 40 nM) but not by eledoisin, physalemin, somatostatin, carbachol, atropine, secretin, vasocative intestinal peptide, neurotensin, or bovine pancreatic polypeptide. At high concentrations (>0.1 μM), cholecystokinin and caerulein each caused a small (15-20%) reduction in binding of lableled [Tyr4]bombesin. With bombesin, litorin, and [Tyr4]bombesin, there was a close correlation between the relative potency for inhibition of binding of labeled [Tyr4]bombesin and that for stimulation of amylase secretion. For a given peptide, however, a 10-fold higher concentration was required for half-maximal inhibition of binding than for half-maximal stimulation of amylase secretion, calcium outflux, or cyclic GMP accumulation. These results indicate that dispersed acini from guinea pig pancreas possess a single class of receptors that interact with [Tyr4]bombesin, bombesin, and litorin and that occupation of 25% of these receptors will cause a maximal biological response. PMID:216015

  8. Wound repair and proliferation of bronchial epithelial cells enhanced by bombesin receptor subtype 3 activation.

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    Tan, Yu-Rong; Qi, Ming-Ming; Qin, Xiao-Qun; Xiang, Yang; Li, Xiang; Wang, Yue; Qu, Fei; Liu, Hui-Jun; Zhang, Jian-Song

    2006-07-01

    The present study was designed to investigate the role of bombesin receptor subtype 3 (BRS-3) in airway wound repair. The results showed that: (1) There was few expression of BRS-3 mRNA in the control group. In contrast, the expression of BRS-3 mRNA was gradually increased in the early 2 days, and peaked on the fourth day, and then decreased in the ozone-stressed AHR animal. BRS-3 mRNA was distributed in the ciliated columnar epithelium, monolayer columnar epithelium cells, scattered mesenchymal cells and Type II alveolar cells; (2) The wound repair and proliferation of bronchial epithelial cells (BECs) were accelerated in a concentration-dependent manner by BRS-3 activation with P3513, which could be inhibited by PKA inhibitor H89. The study demostrated that activation of BRS-3 may play an important role in wound repair of AHR.

  9. The action of bombesin on the systemic arterial blood pressure of some experimental animals.

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    Erspamer, V; Melchiorri, P; Sopranzi, N

    1972-07-01

    1. The changes in blood pressure in response to parenteral administration of bombesin, the active tetradecapeptide of the skin of the European discoglossid frogs Bombina bombina and Bombina variegata variegata have been investigated in some experimental animals.2. In most species, the polypeptide elicited hypertension which was usually gradual in onset and slow to disappear. Blood pressure increases rarely exceeded 40-50 mmHg. At the beginning of an experiment some dose-response relationship could often be observed, but later tachyphylaxis developed. During an intravenous infusion of bombesin the rise in blood pressure could sometimes be maintained at a steady level as long as the infusion was continued, but at other times, the rise of pressure slowly subsided with continued administration of the polypeptide. In the rat and the chicken hypertension elicited by high doses of bombesin was often followed by secondary hypotension.3. Bombesin-induced hypertension was apparently not affected by pretreatment with either alpha- or beta-adrenergic blocking agents. Similarly secondary hypotension was not abolished by atropine. Thus, the effect of bombesin on vascular smooth muscle seems to be predominantly a direct one.4. Angiotensin was usually more potent than bombesin, and its effect on blood pressure was more rapid and of shorter duration. Tachyphylaxis to angiotensin was lacking or moderate.5. In sharp contrast to the other species, the monkey responded to bombesin with frank hypotension, which was usually proportional to the dose. In the monkey the hypotensive effect of bombesin was equal to, or greater than that of eledoisin or physalaemin and bombesin-induced hypotension was of longer duration than that of the other polypeptides. Tachyphylaxis was moderate for low and adequately spaced doses of the polypeptide, but prompt and intense for high doses. Long-lasting hypotension was obtained by intravenous infusion of bombesin, but repeated infusions caused tachyphylaxis

  10. Insights into Bombesin receptors and ligands: highlighting recent advances

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    Ramos-Álvarez, Irene; Moreno, Paola; Mantey, Samuel A.; Nakamura, Taichi; Nuche-Berenguer, Bernardo; Moody, Terry W.; Coy, David H.; Jensen, Robert T.

    2015-01-01

    This following article is written for Prof. Abba Kastin’s Festschrift, to add to the tribute to his important role in the advancement of the role of peptides in physiological, as well as pathophysiological processes. There have been many advances during the 35 years of his prominent role in the Peptide field, not only as editor of the journal Peptides, but also as a scientific investigator and editor of two volumes of the Handbook of Biological Active Peptides [146,147]. Similar to the advances with many different peptides, during this 35 year period, there have been much progress made in the understanding of the pharmacology, cell biology and the role of (Bombesin) Bn receptors and their ligands in various disease states, since the original isolation of bombesin from skin of the European frog Bombina bombina in 1970 [76]. This paper will briefly review some of these advances over the time period of Prof Kastin 35 years in the peptide field concentrating on the advances since 2007 when many of the results from earlier studies were summarized [128,129]. It is appropriate to do this because there have been 280 articles published in Peptides during this time on Bombesin-related peptides and it accounts for almost 5% of all publications. Furthermore, 22 Bn publications we have been involved in have been published in either Peptides [14,39,55,58,81,92,93,119,152,216,225,226,231,280,302,309,355,361,362] or in the Prof Kastin’s Handbook of Biological Active Peptides [137,138,331]. PMID:25976083

  11. Characterization of ligand binding and processing by bombesin receptors in an insulin-secreting cell line.

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    Swope, S L; Schonbrunn, A

    1987-01-01

    Bombesin is a tetradecapeptide which stimulates insulin secretion in vivo by isolated islets and by HIT-T15 cells, a clonal line of hamster pancreatic-islet cells. In the present study we have used [125I-Tyr4]bombesin to characterize bombesin receptors in HIT-T15 cells. [125I-Tyr4]Bombesin binding was time- and temperature-dependent: maximum binding occurred after 45 min, 90 min and 10 h at 37, 22 and 4 degrees C respectively. Thereafter, cell-associated radioactivity declined at 37 degrees C and 22 degrees C but not at 4 degrees C. Scatchard analysis of [125I-Tyr4]bombesin binding measured at 4 degrees C showed that HIT-T15 cells contain a single class of binding sites (approximately equal to 85000/cell) with an apparent Kd of 0.9 +/- 0.11 nM. Structurally unrelated neuropeptides did not compete for [125I-Tyr4]bombesin binding. However, the relative potencies of bombesin and four bombesin analogues in inhibiting the binding of [125I-Tyr4]bombesin correlated with their ability to stimulate insulin release. Receptor-mediated processing of [125I-Tyr4]bombesin was examined by using an acid wash (0.2 M-acetic acid/0.5 M-NaCl, pH 2.5) to dissociate surface-bound peptide from the cells. Following [125I-Tyr4]bombesin binding at 4 degrees C, more than 85% of the cell-associated radioactivity could be released by acid. When the temperature was then increased to 37 degrees C, the bound radioactivity was rapidly (t1/2 less than 3 min) converted into an acid-resistant state. These results indicate that receptor-bound [125I-Tyr4]bombesin is internalized in a temperature-dependent manner. In fact, the entire ligand-receptor complex appeared to be internalized, since pretreatment of cells with 100 nM-bombesin for 90 min at 37 degrees C decreased the subsequent binding of [125I-Tyr4]bombesin by 90%. The chemical nature of the cell-associated radioactivity was determined by reverse-phase chromatography of the material extracted from cells after a 30 min binding incubation at 37

  12. Evaluation of 99mTc-HYNIC-βAla-Bombesin(7-14) as an agent for pancreas tumor detection in mice

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    Carlesso, F.N.; Fuscaldi, L.L.; Araújo, R.S.; Teixeira, C.S.; Oliveira, M.C.; Fernandes, S.O.A.; Cassali, G.D.; Reis, D.C.; Barros, A.L.B.; Cardoso, V.N.

    2015-01-01

    Pancreatic adenocarcinoma is important in oncology because of its high mortality rate. Deaths may be avoided if an early diagnosis could be achieved. Several types of tumors overexpress gastrin-releasing peptide receptors (GRPr), including pancreatic cancer cells. Thus, a radiolabeled peptide derivative of gastrin-releasing peptide (GRP) may be useful as a specific imaging probe. The purpose of the present study was to evaluate the feasibility of using99mTc-HYNIC-βAla-Bombesin(7-14)as an imaging probe for Capan-1 pancreatic adenocarcinoma. Xenographic pancreatic tumor was developed in nude mice and characterized by histopathological analysis. Biodistribution studies and scintigraphic images were carried out in tumor-bearing nude mice. The two methods showed higher uptake by pancreatic tumor when compared to muscle (used as control), and the tumor-to-muscle ratio indicated that99mTc-HYNIC-βAla-Bombesin(7-14)uptake was four-fold higher in tumor cells than in other tissues. Scintigraphic images also showed a clear signal at the tumor site. The present data indicate that99mTc-HYNIC-βAla-Bombesin(7-14)may be useful for the detection of pancreatic adenocarcinoma. PMID:26445336

  13. A Stress-Related Peptide Bombesin Centrally Induces Frequent Urination through Brain Bombesin Receptor Types 1 and 2 in the Rat

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    Shimizu, Shogo; Higashi, Youichirou; Nakamura, Kumiko; Yoshimura, Naoki; Saito, Motoaki

    2016-01-01

    Stress exacerbates symptoms of bladder dysfunction including overactive bladder and bladder pain syndrome, but the underlying mechanisms are unknown. Bombesin-like peptides and bombesin receptor types 1 and 2 (BB1 and BB2, respectively) in the brain have been implicated in the mediation/integration of stress responses. In this study, we examined effects of centrally administered bombesin on micturition, focusing on their dependence on 1) the sympathoadrenomedullary system (a representative mechanism activated by stress exposure) and 2) brain BB receptors in urethane-anesthetized (1.0–1.2 g/kg, i.p.) male rats. Intracerebroventricularly administered bombesin significantly shortened intercontraction intervals (ICI) at both doses (0.1 and 1 nmol/animal) without affecting maximal voiding pressure. Bombesin at 1 nmol induced significant increments of plasma noradrenaline and adrenaline levels, which were both abolished by acute bilateral adrenalectomy. On the other hand, adrenalectomy showed no effects on the bombesin-induced shortening of ICI. Much lower doses of bombesin (0.01 and 0.03 nmol/animal, i.c.v.) dose-dependently shortened ICI. Pretreatment with either a BB1 receptor antagonist (BIM-23127; d-Nal-cyclo[Cys-Tyr-d-Trp-Orn-Val-Cys]-Nal-NH2; 3 nmol/animal, i.c.v.) or a BB2 receptor antagonist (BEA; H-d-Phe-Gln-Trp-Ala-Val-Gly-His-Leu-NHEt; 3 nmol/animal, i.c.v.), respectively, suppressed the BB (0.03 nmol/animal, i.c.v.)–induced shortening of ICI, whereas each antagonist by itself (1 and 3 nmol/animal, i.c.v.) had no significant effects on ICI. Bombesin (0.03 nmol/animal, i.c.v.) significantly reduced voided volume per micturition and bladder capacity without affecting postvoid residual volume or voiding efficiency. These results suggest that brain bombesin and BB receptors are involved in facilitation of the rat micturition reflex to induce bladder overactivity, which is independent of the sympathoadrenomedullary outflow modulation. PMID:26729307

  14. GLP1- and GIP-producing cells rarely overlap and differ by bombesin receptor-2 expression and responsiveness.

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    Svendsen, Berit; Pais, Ramona; Engelstoft, Maja S; Milev, Nikolay B; Richards, Paul; Christiansen, Charlotte B; Egerod, Kristoffer L; Jensen, Signe M; Habib, Abdella M; Gribble, Fiona M; Schwartz, Thue W; Reimann, Frank; Holst, Jens J

    2016-01-01

    The incretin hormones glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP1) and glucose-dependent insulinotropic polypeptide (GIP) are secreted from intestinal endocrine cells, the so-called L- and K-cells. The cells are derived from a common precursor and are highly related, and co-expression of the two hormones in so-called L/K-cells has been reported. To investigate the relationship between the GLP1- and GIP-producing cells more closely, we generated a transgenic mouse model expressing a fluorescent marker in GIP-positive cells. In combination with a mouse strain with fluorescent GLP1 cells, we were able to estimate the overlap between the two cell types. Furthermore, we used primary cultured intestinal cells and isolated perfused mouse intestine to measure the secretion of GIP and GLP1 in response to different stimuli. Overlapping GLP1 and GIP cells were rare (∼5%). KCl, glucose and forskolin+IBMX increased the secretion of both GLP1 and GIP, whereas bombesin/neuromedin C only stimulated GLP1 secretion. Expression analysis showed high expression of the bombesin 2 receptor in GLP1 positive cells, but no expression in GIP-positive cells. These data indicate both expressional and functional differences between the GLP1-producing 'L-cell' and the GIP-producing 'K-cell'.

  15. Receptors for GRP/bombesin-like peptides in the rat forebrain

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    Wolf, S.S.; Moody, T.W.

    1985-01-01

    Binding sites in the rat forebrain were characterized using ( SVI-Tyr4)bombesin as a receptor probe. Pharmacology experiments indicate that gastrin releasing peptide (GRP) and the GRP fragments GRP as well as Ac-GRP inhibited radiolabeled (Tyr4)bombesin binding with high affinity. Biochemistry experiments indicated that heat, N-ethyl maleimide or trypsin greatly reduced radiolabeled (Tyr4)bombesin binding. Also, autoradiographic studies indicated that highest grain densities were present in the stria terminalis, periventricular and suprachiasmatic nucleus of the hypothalamus, dorsomedial and rhomboid thalamus, dentate gyrus, hippocampus and medial amygdaloid nucleus. The data suggest that CNS protein receptors, which are discretely distributed in the rat forebrain, may mediate the action of endogenous GRP/bombesin-like peptides.

  16. Autoradiographic localization of (/sup 125/I-Tyr4)bombesin-binding sites in rat brain

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    Zarbin, M.A.; Kuhar, M.J.; O'Donohue, T.L.; Wolf, S.S.; Moody, T.W.

    1985-02-01

    The binding of (/sup 125/I-Tyr/sub 4/)bombesin to rat brain slices was investigated. Radiolabeled (Tyr/sub 4/)bombesin bound with high affinity (K/sub d/ . 4 nM) to a single class of sites (B/sub max/ . 130 fmol/mg of protein); the ratio of specific to nonspecific binding was 6/1. Also, pharmacology studies indicated that the C-terminal of bombesin was important for the high affinity binding activity. Autoradiographic studies indicated that the (/sup 125/I-Tyr4)bombesin-binding sites were discretely distributed in certain gray but not white matter regions of rat brain. Highest grain densities were present in the olfactory bulb and tubercle, nucleus accumbens, suprachiasmatic and periventricular nuclei of the hypothalamus, central medial thalamic nucleus, medial amygdaloid nucleus, hippocampus, dentate gyrus, subiculum, nucleus of the solitary tract, and substantia gelatinosa. Moderate grain densities were present in the parietal cortex, deep layers of the neocortex, rhinal cortex, caudate putamen, stria terminalis, locus ceruleus, parabrachial nucleus, and facial nucleus. Low grain densities were present in the globus pallidus, lateral thalamus, and midbrain. Negligible grain densities were present in the cerebellum, corpus callosum, and all regions treated with 1 microM unlabeled bombesin. The discrete regional distribution of binding suggests that endogenous bombesin-like peptides may function as important regulatory agents in certain brain loci.

  17. Precise multipass Herriott cell design: Derivation of controlling design equations

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    Engel, Gregory S.; Moyer, Elisabeth J.

    2007-03-01

    Multipass Herriott cells are often designed using the thin lens approximation, which results in approximate dimensions or imperfect patterns due to both spherical aberration and the finite width of the optic. We derive the design equations for exact solutions to the Herriott cell problem. We also show that Herriott cells using spherical mirrors cannot be designed such that multiple concentric beam patterns all meet their reentrant condition. We derive a solution for elliptical mirrors that allows this condition to be met simultaneously for many beams.

  18. Bombesin-like peptide receptors in human bronchial epithelial cells.

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    Kane, M A; Toi-Scott, M; Johnson, G L; Kelley, K K; Boose, D; Escobedo-Morse, A

    1996-01-01

    Northern blot and RNAse protection assays previously failed to detect bombesin-like peptide (BLP) receptors in normal human lung tissue, but by RT/PCR cultured human bronchial epithelial (HBE) cells expressed all three BLP receptor subtypes, predominantly neuromedin B (NMB) receptor. By RT/PCR, we found expression of all three BLP receptor subtypes by human lung tissue and confirmed NMB receptor expression in six out of six HBE samples. However, transformed HBE BEAS B2B cells expressed only gastrin-releasing peptide (GRP) receptors; saturable, high-affinity (Kd = 3.5 nM) specific [125I]GRP binding confirmed functional GRP receptor, with M(r) = 75 kDa and immunologic cross-reactivity with GRP receptor from human small-cell lung carcinoma (SCLC) NCI-H345 cells. Altered regulation of BLP receptors may accompany transformation of normal lung cells to cancer.

  19. A high-affinity near-infrared fluorescent probe to target bombesin receptors.

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    Shrivastava, Ajay; Ding, Haiming; Kothandaraman, Shankaran; Wang, Shu-Huei; Gong, Li; Williams, Michelle; Milum, Keisha; Zhang, Song; Tweedle, Michael F

    2014-10-01

    This study aimed to create new optical surgical navigation NIRF probes for prostate and breast cancers. IR800-linker-QWAVGHLM-NH2 with linker = GSG, GGG, and G-Abz4 were synthesized and characterized. IC50 for bombesin receptors (BBN-R) in PC-3 prostate and T47D breast cancer cells, fluorescence microscopy in PC-3 cells, and NIRF imaging in mice PC-3 tumor xenografts were studied. GGG, GSG, and G-Abz4 derivatives had IC50 (nM) for BBN-R+ PC-3 cells = 187 ± 31, 56 ± 5, and 2.6 ± 0.2 and T47D cells = 383 ± 1, 57.4 ± 1.2, and 3.1 ± 1.1, respectively. By microscopy the Abz4 derivative showed the highest uptake, was competed with by BBN, and had little to no binding to BBN-R- cells. In NIRF imaging the G-Abz4 probe was brighter than GGG probe in BBN-R+ tissues in vivo and tissues, tumors, and tumor slices ex vivo. Uptake could be partially blocked in BBN-R+ pancreas but not visibly in tumor. Linker choice can dominate peptidic BBN-R binding. The G-Abz4 linker yields a higher affinity and specific BBN-R binder in this series of molecules.

  20. PEG spacers of different length influence the biological profile of bombesin-based radiolabeled antagonists.

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    Jamous, Mazen; Tamma, Maria L; Gourni, Eleni; Waser, Beatrice; Reubi, Jean C; Maecke, Helmut R; Mansi, Rosalba

    2014-07-01

    The gastrin-releasing peptide receptor (GRPR) was shown to be expressed with high density on several types of cancers. Radiolabeled peptides for imaging and targeted radionuclide therapy have been developed. In this study, we evaluated the potential of statine-based bombesin antagonists, conjugated to 1,4,7,10-tetraazacyclododecane-1,4,7,10-tetraacetic acid (DOTA) through oligoethyleneglycol spacers, labeled with (177)Lu and we determined the effect of polyethyleneglycol (PEG) spacer length on in vitro and in vivo properties. The bombesin antagonists were synthesized on solid phase using Fmoc chemistry; the spacers Fmoc-dPEGx-OH (x=2, 4, 6 and 12) and the DOTA(tBu)3 were coupled using a standard procedure. The peptides were labeled with (177)Lu and evaluated in vitro (lipophilicity, serum stability, internalization and binding affinity assays). Biodistribution studies were performed in PC-3 tumor-bearing nude mice. The solid-phase synthesis was straightforward with an overall yield ranging from 30% to 35% based on the first Fmoc cleavage. The hydrophilicity increased with spacer length (logD: -1.95 vs -2.22 of PEG2 and PEG12 analogs, respectively). There is a tendency of increased serum stability by increasing the spacer length (T1/2=246±4 and 584±20 for PEG2 and PEG6 analogs, respectively) which seems to reverse with the PEG12 analog. The IC50 values are similar with the only significant difference of the PEG12 analog. The (177)Lu-labeled PEG4 and PEG6 conjugates showed similar pharmacokinetic with high tumor uptake and excellent tumor-to-kidney ratios (7.8 and 9.7 at 4h for the PEG4 and PEG6 derivatives, respectively). The pancreas uptake was relatively high at 1h but it shows fast washout (0.46%±0.02% IA/g and 0.29%±0.08% IA/g already at 4h). Among all the studied analogs the PEG4 and PEG6 showed significantly better properties. The very high tumor-to-non-target organ ratios, in particular tumor-to-kidney ratios, already at early time point will be important

  1. Activation of the protein-tyrosine kinase associated with the bombesin receptor complex in small cell lung carcinomas.

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    Gaudino, G; Cirillo, D; Naldini, L; Rossino, P; Comoglio, P M

    1988-01-01

    It has been hypothesized that bombesin-like peptides produced by small cell lung carcinomas may sustain deregulated proliferation through an autocrine mechanism. We have shown that the neuropeptide bombesin leads to the activation of a protein-tyrosine kinase that phosphorylates a 115-kDa protein (p115) associated with the bombesin receptor complex in mouse Swiss 3T3 fibroblasts. We now report that phosphotyrosine antibodies recognize a 115-kDa protein, phosphorylated on tyrosine, in four human small cell lung carcinoma cell lines producing bombesin but not in a nonproducer "variant" line. p115 from detergent-treated small cell lung carcinoma cells binds to bombesin-Sepharose and can be phosphorylated on tyrosine in the presence of radiolabeled ATP and Mn2+. As for the p115 immunoprecipitated from mouse fibroblast, the small cell lung carcinoma p115 can be phosphorylated in an immunocomplex kinase assay. However, the latter does not require the presence of exogenous bombesin for activity. Binding data, obtained by using radiolabeled ligand, suggest receptor occupancy in the cell lines producing bombesin. These observations are consistent with the hypothesis that proliferation in some human small cell lung carcinoma lines is under autocrine control, regulated through activation of bombesin receptors. Images PMID:2451242

  2. JMV641: a potent bombesin receptor antagonist that inhibits Swiss 3T3 cell proliferation.

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    Azay, J; Gagne, D; Devin, C; Llinares, M; Fehrentz, J A; Martinez, J

    1996-08-27

    The peptides of the bombesin family are involved in stimulation of mitogenesis in various cell lines, including cancerous cell lines. Bombesin receptor antagonists are of great interest to inhibit this proliferation. We have synthesized a potent bombesin receptor antagonist, e.g., compound JMV641 [H-DPhe-Gln-Trp-Ala-Val-Gly-His-NH-*CH[CH2-CH(CH3)2]-**CHOH- (CH2)3-CH3 [*(S); **92% of (S) isomer], in which a pseudopeptide bond mimicking the transition state analogue replaced the peptide bond between the two C-terminal residues. This compound was highly potent to dose-dependently inhibit binding of 125I-GRP to Swiss 3T3 cells (IC50 = 0.85 +/- 0.15 nM) and bombesin-stimulated Swiss 3T3 proliferation (pA2 = 8.78). However, compound JMV641 can inhibit bombesin-induced AP-1 regulated genes that are nuclear messengers mediating the actions of signal transduction pathways stimulated by growth factors.

  3. Requirement of cortical actin organization for bombesin, endothelin, and EGF receptor internalization.

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    Lunn, J A; Wong, H; Rozengurt, E; Walsh, J H

    2000-12-01

    The role of actin organization in occupancy-induced receptor internalization remains poorly defined. Here we report that treatment of mouse Swiss 3T3 cells with latrunculin A, a potent inhibitor of actin polymerization (including cortical actin), inhibited the internalization of the endogenous bombesin/gastrin-releasing peptide (GRP) receptor, as judged by uptake of (125)I-labeled GRP or fluorescent Cy3-labeled bombesin. In contrast, cells pretreated with cytochalasin D showed minimal inhibition of bombesin/GRP receptor internalization. Similarly, pretreatment of Swiss 3T3 cells with the potent Rho-kinase inhibitor HA-1077, at concentrations (10-20 microM) that abrogated bombesin-mediated stress fiber formation, did not significantly alter receptor-mediated internalization of (125)I-GRP. These results indicate that bombesin/GRP receptor internalization depends on latrunculin A-sensitive cortical actin rather than on rapidly turning over actin stress fibers that are disrupted by either cytochalasin D or HA-1077. The rates and total levels of internalization of the endogenously expressed endothelin A receptor and epidermal growth factor receptor were also markedly reduced by latrunculin A in Swiss 3T3 cells. The potency of latrunculin A for inhibiting G protein-coupled receptor endocytosis was comparable to that for reducing internalization of the epidermal growth factor tyrosine kinase receptor. We conclude that cortical actin structures, disrupted by latrunculin A, are necessary for occupancy-induced receptor internalization in animal cells.

  4. Rhodium-105 Bombesin Analogs for Prostate Cancer Radiotherapy

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    Silvia S. Jurisson, PhD

    2005-12-31

    Over the period of this grant (11/01/2001 to 12/31/2005), the consistent and reproducible production of Rh-105, synthesis and evaluation of three new chelate systems based on hydroxymethyl phosphines, development of a new non-hydroxymethyl phosphine N{sub 2}P{sub 2} chelate system, conjugation of two of the chelates to the bombesin peptide analog BBN[7-14]NH{sub 2}, evaluation of the bombesin conjugates and their Rh-105 complexes for stability, cell binding affinity, and in vivo biodistribution in normal mice has been developed. The BBN analogs bind to GRP receptors that are overexpressed on PC-3 prostate tumor cells. A dedicated glove box is used for the separation and isolation of {sup 105}Rh from the target ({sup 104}Ru). All tubing/connections/valves from the point of the Cl{sub 2} tank are made of Teflon to minimize/eliminate the introduction of any metal into the process (e.g., iron from stainless steel corrosion). The separation of {sup 105}Rh produced from the enriched {sup 104}Ru target involves oxidation of the enriched {sup 104}Ru metal target to ruthenium tetroxide with chlorine gas and sodium hydroxide solution to generate hypochlorite in situ. The RuO4 is removed by distillation and the {sup 105}Rh remaining in the reaction vial is converted into {sup 105}Rh-chloride by acidification with hydrochloric acid and heating. The {sup 105}Rh production process has become reproducible over the past year to consistently make 10-30 mCi of {sup 105}Rh from 1-3 mg of an enriched (99.21%) {sup 104}Ru target. The process itself involves irradiation of the enriched {sup 104}Ru target in the core of the reactor (University of Missouri Research Reactor (MURR)) for one week to yield 16-40 mCi of {sup 105}Rh. The irradiated target is processed to separate the Rh-105 in high specific activity from the {sup 104}Ru target. The irradiated target is dissolved in NaOH (2M, 3 mL) by bubbling Cl{sub 2} gas through the solution (generating NaOCl in situ) to generate RuO{sub 4

  5. Comparison of [(11)C]Choline ([(11)C]CHO) and [(18)F]Bombesin (BAY 86-4367) as Imaging Probes for Prostate Cancer in a PC-3 Prostate Cancer Xenograft Model.

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    Schwarzenböck, Sarah Marie; Schmeja, Philipp; Kurth, Jens; Souvatzoglou, Michael; Nawroth, Roman; Treiber, Uwe; Kundt, Guenther; Berndt, Sandra; Graham, Keith; Senekowitsch-Schmidtke, Reingard; Schwaiger, Markus; Ziegler, Sibylle I; Dinkelborg, Ludger; Wester, Hans-Jürgen; Krause, Bernd Joachim

    2016-06-01

    Carbon-11- and fluorine-18-labeled choline derivatives are commonly used in prostate cancer imaging in the clinical setting for staging and re-staging of prostate cancer. Due to a limited detection rate of established positron emission tomography (PET) tracers, there is a clinical need for innovative tumor-specific PET compounds addressing new imaging targets. The aim of this study was to compare the properties of [(18)F]Bombesin (BAY 86-4367) as an innovative biomarker for prostate cancer imaging targeting the gastrin-releasing peptide receptor and [(11)C]Choline ([(11)C]CHO) in a human prostate tumor mouse xenograft model by small animal PET/X-ray computed tomography (CT). We carried out a dual-tracer small animal PET/CT study comparing [(18)F]Bombesin and [(11)C]CHO. The androgen-independent human prostate tumor cell line PC-3 was implanted subcutaneously in the flanks of nu/nu NMRI mice (n = 10) (PET/CT measurements of two [(11)C]Choline mice could not be analyzed due to technical reasons). [(18)F]Bombesin and [(11)C]CHO PET/CT imaging was performed about 3-4 weeks after the implantation of PC-3 cells on two separate days. After the intravenous tail vein injection of 14 MBq [(18)F]Bombesin and 37 MBq [(11)C]CHO, respectively, a dynamic study over 60 min was acquired in list mode using an Inveon animal PET/CT scanner (Siemens Medical Solutions). The sequence of [(18)F]Bombesin and [(11)C]CHO was randomized. Image analysis was performed using summed images as well as dynamic data. To calculate static and dynamic tumor-to-muscle (T/M), tumor-to-blood (T/B), liver-to-blood (L/B), and kidney-to-blood (K/B) ratios, 4 × 4 × 4 mm(3) volumes of interest (VOIs) of tumor, muscle (thigh), liver, kidney, and blood derived from transversal slices were used. The mean T/M ratio of [(18)F]Bombesin and [(11)C]CHO was 6.54 ± 2.49 and 1.35 ± 0.30, respectively. The mean T/B ratio was 1.83 ± 0.79 for [(18)F]Bombesin and 0.55 ± 0.10 for [(11)C

  6. Bombesin stimulates insulin secretion by a pancreatic islet cell line.

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    Swope, S L; Schonbrunn, A

    1984-01-01

    The amphibian tetradecapeptide, bombesin (BBS) has been shown to stimulate insulin secretion both in vivo and by pancreatic islet cells in vitro. To determine whether BBS can act directly on pancreatic beta cells, we examined its effects on insulin secretion by HIT-T15 cells (HIT cells), a clonal islet cell line. Addition of 100 nM BBS to HIT cells stimulated insulin release 25-fold within 30 sec. The rapid stimulatory effect of BBS on insulin release was short-lived: the secretory rate returned to basal levels after 90 min of BBS treatment. The decrease in the rate of insulin release in the continued presence of BBS was due not to depletion of intracellular insulin stores but to specific desensitization to this peptide. Stimulation of insulin secretion by BBS was dose dependent with an ED50 value (0.51 +/- 0.15 nM) similar to the concentration of BBS-like immunoreactive material in rat plasma. Five BBS analogs, including porcine gastrin-releasing peptide, were as powerful as BBS in stimulating insulin release. The relative potencies of the analogs tested indicated that the COOH-terminal octapeptide sequence in BBS was sufficient for stimulation of release. In contrast, 14 peptides structurally unrelated to BBS did not alter insulin secretion. BBS action was synergistic with that of glucagon; insulin secretion in the presence of maximal concentrations of both peptides was greater than the additive effects of the two peptides added individually. Somatostatin inhibited BBS-stimulated release by 69 +/- 1% with an ID50 value of 3.2 +/- 0.3 nM. These results show that BBS stimulation of insulin secretion by a clonal pancreatic cell line closely parallels its effects in vivo and support the hypothesis that BBS stimulates insulin secretion by a direct effect on the pancreatic beta cell. The clonal HIT cell line provides a homogeneous cell preparation amenable for studies on the biochemical mechanisms of BBS action in the endocrine pancreas. PMID:6143320

  7. Development of a new bombesin analog radiolabeled with lutetium-177: in vivo evaluation of the biological properties in Balb-C mice.

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    Pujatti, P B; Santos, J S; Massicano, A V F; Mengatti, J; De Araújo, E B

    2010-05-10

    In this work we describe the first results of radiolabeling with lutetium-177 ((177)Lu) and in vivo biodistribution and pharmacokinetics studies in normal Balb-c mice of a new bombesin analog (BEFG2)--DOTA-Phe-X-BBN(6-14), where X is a spacer of two aminoacids. Bombesin (BBN) is an amphibian analog of human gastrin releasing peptide (GRP). Development of radiolabeled BBN derivatives as agents for diagnostic imaging and systemic radiotherapy has increased considerable because of the observation that GRP receptors (GRPr) are over-expressed in a variety of human tumor cells, such as prostate tumor cells. (177)Lu-labeled peptides are attractive due to the excellent radiophysical properties and commercial availability of the radiometal. BEFG2 was successfully labeled with high yield and kept stable for more than 96 hours at 2-8 degrees C and 1 hour in human plasma. Data analysis obtained from the in vivo studies showed that the amount of BEFG2 present in plasma decreased rapidly and became almost undetectable at 60 min p.i., indicating rapid peptide excretion, which is performed mainly by renal pathway. In addition, biodistribution and single photon emission tomography showed low abdominal accumulation of (177)Lu-DOTA- Phe-X-BBN(6-14), indicating that this analog is a potential candidate for tumors target therapy.

  8. Central bombesin activates adrenal adrenaline- and noradrenaline-containing cells via brain thromboxane A2 in rats.

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    Usui, Daisuke; Yamaguchi-Shima, Naoko; Okada, Shoshiro; Shimizu, Takahiro; Wakiguchi, Hiroshi; Yokotani, Kunihiko

    2009-05-11

    The sympathetic nervous system regulates peripheral organs via the adrenal chromaffin cells containing adrenaline (A-cells) or noradrenaline (NA-cells) and the sympathetic ganglia. We examined the effect of intracerebroventricularly administered bombesin on neuronal activities of adrenal A-cells and NA-cells and several kinds of sympathetic ganglia (superior cervical, stellate and celiac ganglia) using c-Fos (a marker for neuronal activation), with regard to brain prostanoid, in anesthetized rats. Bombesin induced c-Fos in both adrenal A-cells and NA-cells, but not in any of the sympathetic ganglia. Central pretreatment with either indomethacin (a cyclooxygenase inhibitor) or furegrelate (a thromboxane A(2) synthase inhibitor) abolished all bombesin-induced responses. These results suggest that bombesin centrally activates adrenal A-cells and NA-cells by brain thromboxane A(2)-mediated mechanisms in rats.

  9. Loss of bombesin-induced feeding suppression in gastrin-releasing peptide receptor-deficient mice

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    Hampton, Lori L.; Ladenheim, Ellen E.; Akeson, Mark; Way, James M.; Weber, H. Christian; Sutliff, Vince E.; Jensen, Robert T.; Wine, Lara J.; Arnheiter, Heinz; Battey, James F.

    1998-01-01

    The gastrin-releasing peptide receptor (GRP-R) is one of three members of the mammalian bombesin subfamily of seven-transmembrane G protein-coupled receptors that mediate diverse biological responses including secretion, neuromodulation, chemotaxis, and growth. The X chromosome-linked GRP-R gene is expressed widely during embryonic development and predominantly in gastrointestinal, neuronal, and neuroendocrine systems in the adult. Surprisingly, gene-targeted mice lacking a functional GRP-R gene develop and reproduce normally and show no gross phenotypic abnormalities. However, peripheral administration of bombesin at dosages up to 32 nmol/kg to such mice had no effect on the suppression of glucose intake, whereas normal mice showed a dose-dependent suppression of glucose intake. These data suggest that selective agonists for the GRP-R may be useful in inducing satiety. PMID:9501238

  10. Synthesis of bombesin-functionalized iron oxide nanoparticles and their specific uptake in prostate cancer cells

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    Martin, Amanda L.; Hickey, Jennifer L.; Ablack, Amber L.; Lewis, John D.; Luyt, Leonard G.; Gillies, Elizabeth R.

    2010-06-01

    The imaging of molecular markers associated with disease offers the possibility for earlier detection and improved treatment monitoring. Receptors for gastrin-releasing peptide are overexpressed on prostate cancer cells offering a promising imaging target, and analogs of bombesin, an amphibian tetradecapeptide have been previously demonstrated to target these receptors. Therefore, the pan-bombesin analog [β-Ala11, Phe13, Nle14]bombesin-(7-14) was conjugated through a linker to dye-functionalized superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles for the development of a new potential magnetic resonance imaging probe. The peptide was conjugated via click chemistry, demonstrating a complementary alternative methodology to conventional peptide-nanoparticle conjugation strategies. The peptide-functionalized nanoparticles were then demonstrated to be selectively taken up by PC-3 prostate cancer cells relative to unfunctionalized nanoparticles and this uptake was inhibited by the presence of free peptide, confirming the specificity of the interaction. This study suggests that these nanoparticles have the potential to serve as magnetic resonance imaging probes for the detection of prostate cancer.

  11. Conformational structure of bombesin as studied by vibrational and circular dichroism spectroscopy.

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    Carmona, P; Lasagabaster, A; Molina, M

    1995-01-19

    Raman and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopies and circular dichroism (CD) have been applied to investigate the secondary structure of bombesin in the solid state and in phosphate buffer solution (pH 3.8). At concentrations around 10(-5) M, circular dichroism reveals that bombesin exists as an irregular or disordered conformation. However, the secondary structure of the peptide appears to be a mixture of disordered structure and intermolecular beta-sheets in 0.01 M sodium phosphate buffer when the peptide concentrations are higher than around 6.5 mM. The tendency of bombesin to form aggregated beta-sheet species seems to be originated mainly in the sequence of the residues 7-14, as supported by the Raman spectra and beta-sheet propensities (P beta) of the amino-acid residues. It is the hydrophobic force of this amino-acid sequence, and not a salt bridge effect, that is the factor responsible for the formation of peptide aggregates.

  12. Effect of the cholecystokinin-receptor antagonist lorglumide on pancreatic enzyme secretion stimulated by bombesin, food, and caerulein, giving similar plasma cholecystokinin concentrations in the dog.

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    de Jong, A J; Singer, M V; Jansen, J B; Niebel, W; Rovati, L C; Lamers, C B

    1991-02-01

    This study was undertaken to determine the role of cholecystokinin in pancreatic enzyme secretion stimulated by bombesin and a meal by (a) comparing the pancreatic enzyme output during bombesin infusion and after a meal to output during caerulein infusion and (b) comparing the inhibitory effect of the cholecystokinin-receptor antagonist lorglumide (CR-1409) on enzyme output in response to bombesin and food with the response to caerulein. Bombesin (90 pmol/kg per h) and caerulein (30 pmol/kg per h) were infused into seven dogs in doses giving similar plasma cholecystokinin peak increments as a meal (mean (SEM) 6.8 (0.8), 6.3 (1.2), and 5.7 (0.8) pM, respectively), together with either saline or 2 mg/kg per h of lorglumide. A background infusion of synthetic secretin 20.5 pmol/kg per h was given in each experiment. In addition, gastric acid secretion was determined in the experiments with bombesin and caerulein infusion. Pancreatic protein responses to bombesin (1231 (247) mg/h) and food (1430 (220) mg/h) were similar to the responses to caerulein (1249 (201) mg/h). Lorglumide inhibited pancreatic protein output during stimulation with bombesin by 60%, after the meal by 45%, and during caerulein infusion by 68%. Pancreatic bicarbonate output by bombesin, caerulein, and food was inhibited by lorglumide by 28%, 40%, and 38%, respectively. In contrast, lorglumide significantly increased gastric acid secretion from 1.12 to 7.98 mmol/h during bombesin infusion and from 0.52 to 7.62 mmol/h during caerulein infusion. In conclusion, cholecystokinin plays an important part in the stimulation of pancreatic enzyme secretion by bombesin and a meal in conscious dogs and it is involved in the regulation of gastric acid during stimulation by infusions of caerulein and bombesin.

  13. Comparative study of in vitro and in vivo activities of bombesin pseudopeptide analogs modified on the C-terminal dipeptide fragment.

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    Azay, J; Nagain, C; Llinares, M; Devin, C; Fehrentz, J A; Bernad, N; Roze, C; Martinez, J

    1998-01-01

    Analogs of bombesin in which the peptide bond between the two last amino acid residues were replaced by a pseudopeptide bond mimicking the transition state analog were evaluated. These compounds were able to recognize the bombesin receptor on isolated rat pancreatic acini with high potency (Ki from 0.60 +/- 0.27 nM to 4.3 +/- 2.3 nM). Although they were devoid of agonist activity, they were able to antagonize bombesin-induced amylase secretion in this model, with potencies in accordance with their affinities (IC50 from 1.6 +/- 0.3 nM to 10.0 +/- 1.7 nM). When tested in vivo in the anesthetized rat, these bombesin receptor antagonists exhibited high potency in inhibiting bombesin-induced pancreatic secretion (H-DPhe-Gln-Trp-Ala-Val-Gly-His-NH-CH[CH2-CH(CH3)2]-CHOH-(CH 2)3-CH3, JMV845, was among the most potent compounds with ED50 of 7.82 +/- 2.89 nM in inhibiting bombesin-induced protein secretion). The results of this study showed that replacing the peptide bond between the two last amino acid residues in bombesin by mimicking the transition state analog resulted in in vitro and in vivo potent bombesin receptor antagonists.

  14. In Vitro and In Vivo Evaluation of 64Cu-Labeled SarAr-Bombesin Analogs in Gastrin-Releasing Peptide Receptor–Expressing Prostate Cancer

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    Lears, Kimberly A.; Ferdani, Riccardo; Liang, Kexian; Zheleznyak, Alexander; Andrews, Rebecca; Sherman, Christopher D.; Achilefu, Samuel; Anderson, Carolyn J.; Rogers, Buck E.

    2011-01-01

    Bombesin is a 14–amino-acid amphibian peptide that binds with high affinity to the gastrin-releasing peptide receptor (GRPR), which is overexpressed on a variety of solid tumors. It has been demonstrated that bombesin analogs can be radiolabeled with a variety of radiometals for potential diagnosis and treatment of GRPR-positive tumors. In this regard, several studies have used different chelators conjugated to the 8 C-terminal amino acids of bombesin(7–14) for radiolabeling with 64Cu. These analogs have demonstrated GRPR-specific small-animal PET of tumors but have various advantages and disadvantages. The objective of this study was to conjugate the previously described (1-N-(4-aminobenzyl)-3,6,10,13,16,19-hexaazabicyclo[6.6.6]-eicosane-1,8-diamine) (SarAr) chelator to bombesin (7–14), radiolabel the conjugate with 64Cu, and evaluate in vitro and in vivo. Methods SarAr was synthesized as previously published and conjugated to bombesin(7–14) by solid-phase peptide synthesis using standard Fmoc chemistry. Succinic acid (SA), 8-aminooctanoic acid (Aoc), and Gly-Ser-Gly (GSG) were used as linkers between SarAr and bombesin(7–14) to yield the resulting SarAr-SA-Aoc-bombesin(7–14) and SarAr-SA-Aoc-GSG-bombesin(7–14) peptides. The unlabeled peptides were evaluated in a competitive binding assay using PC-3 prostate cancer cells and 125I-Tyr4-bombesin to determine the inhibitory concentration of 50%. The peptides were radiolabeled with 64Cu and evaluated for internalization into PC-3 cells in vitro and for in vivo tumor uptake in mice bearing PC-3 xenografts using biodistribution and small-animal PET/CT studies. Results The competitive binding assay demonstrated that both SarAr-SA-Aoc-bombesin(7–14) and SarAr-SA-Aoc-GSG-bombesin(7–14) bound with high affinity to GRPR with an inhibitory concentration of 50% of 3.5 and 4.5 nM, respectively. Both peptides were radiolabeled with 64Cu at room temperature without further purification and demonstrated similar

  15. Intradermal endothelin-1 excites bombesin-responsive superficial dorsal horn neurons in the mouse.

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    Akiyama, T; Nagamine, M; Davoodi, A; Iodi Carstens, M; Cevikbas, F; Steinhoff, M; Carstens, E

    2015-10-01

    Endothelin-1 (ET-1) has been implicated in nonhistaminergic itch. Here we used electrophysiological methods to investigate whether mouse superficial dorsal horn neurons respond to intradermal (id) injection of ET-1 and whether ET-1-sensitive neurons additionally respond to other pruritic and algesic stimuli or spinal superfusion of bombesin, a homolog of gastrin-releasing peptide (GRP) that excites spinal itch-signaling neurons. Single-unit recordings were made from lumbar dorsal horn neurons in pentobarbital-anesthetized C57BL/6 mice. We searched for units that exhibited elevated firing after id injection of ET-1 (1 μg/μl). Responsive units were further tested with mechanical stimuli, bombesin (spinal superfusion, 200 μg·ml(-1)·min(-1)), heating, cooling, and additional chemicals [histamine, chloroquine, allyl isothiocyanate (AITC), capsaicin]. Of 40 ET-1-responsive units, 48% responded to brush and pinch [wide dynamic range (WDR)] and 52% to pinch only [high threshold (HT)]. Ninety-three percent responded to noxious heat, 50% to cooling, and >70% to histamine, chloroquine, AITC, and capsaicin. Fifty-seven percent responded to bombesin, suggesting that they participate in spinal itch transmission. That most ET-1-sensitive spinal neurons also responded to pruritic and algesic stimuli is consistent with previous studies of pruritogen-responsive dorsal horn neurons. We previously hypothesized that pruritogen-sensitive neurons signal itch. The observation that ET-1 activates nociceptive neurons suggests that both itch and pain signals may be generated by ET-1 to result in simultaneous sensations of itch and pain, consistent with observations that ET-1 elicits both itch- and pain-related behaviors in animals and burning itch sensations in humans.

  16. Intradermal endothelin-1 excites bombesin-responsive superficial dorsal horn neurons in the mouse

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    Akiyama, T.; Nagamine, M.; Davoodi, A.; Iodi Carstens, M.; Cevikbas, F.; Steinhoff, M.

    2015-01-01

    Endothelin-1 (ET-1) has been implicated in nonhistaminergic itch. Here we used electrophysiological methods to investigate whether mouse superficial dorsal horn neurons respond to intradermal (id) injection of ET-1 and whether ET-1-sensitive neurons additionally respond to other pruritic and algesic stimuli or spinal superfusion of bombesin, a homolog of gastrin-releasing peptide (GRP) that excites spinal itch-signaling neurons. Single-unit recordings were made from lumbar dorsal horn neurons in pentobarbital-anesthetized C57BL/6 mice. We searched for units that exhibited elevated firing after id injection of ET-1 (1 μg/μl). Responsive units were further tested with mechanical stimuli, bombesin (spinal superfusion, 200 μg·ml−1·min−1), heating, cooling, and additional chemicals [histamine, chloroquine, allyl isothiocyanate (AITC), capsaicin]. Of 40 ET-1-responsive units, 48% responded to brush and pinch [wide dynamic range (WDR)] and 52% to pinch only [high threshold (HT)]. Ninety-three percent responded to noxious heat, 50% to cooling, and >70% to histamine, chloroquine, AITC, and capsaicin. Fifty-seven percent responded to bombesin, suggesting that they participate in spinal itch transmission. That most ET-1-sensitive spinal neurons also responded to pruritic and algesic stimuli is consistent with previous studies of pruritogen-responsive dorsal horn neurons. We previously hypothesized that pruritogen-sensitive neurons signal itch. The observation that ET-1 activates nociceptive neurons suggests that both itch and pain signals may be generated by ET-1 to result in simultaneous sensations of itch and pain, consistent with observations that ET-1 elicits both itch- and pain-related behaviors in animals and burning itch sensations in humans. PMID:26311187

  17. Evolution of Geometric Sensitivity Derivatives from Computer Aided Design Models

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    Jones, William T.; Lazzara, David; Haimes, Robert

    2010-01-01

    The generation of design parameter sensitivity derivatives is required for gradient-based optimization. Such sensitivity derivatives are elusive at best when working with geometry defined within the solid modeling context of Computer-Aided Design (CAD) systems. Solid modeling CAD systems are often proprietary and always complex, thereby necessitating ad hoc procedures to infer parameter sensitivity. A new perspective is presented that makes direct use of the hierarchical associativity of CAD features to trace their evolution and thereby track design parameter sensitivity. In contrast to ad hoc methods, this method provides a more concise procedure following the model design intent and determining the sensitivity of CAD geometry directly to its respective defining parameters.

  18. Breast cancer cell-associated endopeptidase EC 24.11 modulates proliferative response to bombesin

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    Burns, D M; Walker, B; Gray, J; Nelson, J

    1999-01-01

    We have investigated the production, growth and inactivation of gastrin-releasing peptide (GRP)-like peptides in human breast cancer cell lines. Radioimmunoassay detected GRP-like immunoreactivity (GRP-LI) in T47D breast cancer cells but not in the conditioned medium, indicating rapid clearance. No GRP-LI was found in the ZR-75-1 or MDA-MB-436 cells or their conditioned medium. High-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) analysis of the GRP-LI in the T47D cells revealed a major peak, which co-eluted with GRP18–27, and a minor more hydrophilic peak. In vitro stimulation of T47D cell growth by bombesin (BN) was enhanced to 138% of control levels (bombesin alone) by the addition of the selective endopeptidase EC 3.4.24.11 inhibitor phosphoramidon (0.1 ng ml−;1). Fluorogenic analysis using whole cells confirmed low levels of this phosphoramidon-sensitive enzyme on the T47D cells. This enzyme, previously unreported in human breast cancer cells, significantly modulates both T47D growth and its response to BN-induced growth. © 1999 Cancer Research Campaign PMID:9888460

  19. Modulation of phagocytic function in murine peritoneal macrophages by bombesin, gastrin-releasing peptide and neuromedin C.

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    De la Fuente, M; Del Rio, M; Ferrandez, M D; Hernanz, A

    1991-01-01

    Bombesin, as well as the two mammalian bombesin-like peptides gastrin-releasing peptide and neuromedin C, have been shown in this study to stimulate in vitro all steps of the phagocytic process in murine peritoneal macrophages: adherence to substrate, chemotaxis, ingestion of cells (Candida albicans) and inert particles (latex beads), and production of superoxide anion as measured by nitroblue tetrazolium reduction. A dose-response relationship was observed, with maximal stimulation of phagocytic process between 10(-12)M and 10(-9)M. Gastrin-releasing peptide (GRP) and neuromedin C caused a higher activation of adherence, chemotaxis and ingestion of C. albicans than bombesin. The three neuropeptides induced in murine macrophages a significant, but transient, increase of inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate (IP3) levels at 60 seconds. On the contrary, these neuropeptides produced a rapid, transient and significant decrease of cAMP at 30 seconds. These results suggest that there are close relations between IP3 and cAMP messenger systems and the phagocytic process in murine peritoneal macrophages when these cells are incubated in the presence of bombesin, GRP or neuromedin C. PMID:1649124

  20. USER-derived cloning methods and their primer design.

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    Salomonsen, Bo; Mortensen, Uffe H; Halkier, Barbara A

    2014-01-01

    Uracil excision-based cloning through USER™ (Uracil-Specific Excision Reagent) is an efficient ligase-free cloning technique that comprises USER cloning, USER fusion, and USER cassette-free (UCF) USER fusion. These USER-derived cloning techniques enable seamless assembly of multiple DNA fragments in one construct. Though governed by a few simple rules primer design for USER-based fusion of PCR fragments can prove time-consuming for inexperienced users. The Primer Help for USER (PHUSER) software is an easy-to-use primer design tool for USER-based methods. In this chapter, we present a PHUSER software protocol for designing primers for USER-derived cloning techniques.

  1. "Perfect" designer chromosome V and behavior of a ring derivative.

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    Xie, Ze-Xiong; Li, Bing-Zhi; Mitchell, Leslie A; Wu, Yi; Qi, Xin; Jin, Zhu; Jia, Bin; Wang, Xia; Zeng, Bo-Xuan; Liu, Hui-Min; Wu, Xiao-Le; Feng, Qi; Zhang, Wen-Zheng; Liu, Wei; Ding, Ming-Zhu; Li, Xia; Zhao, Guang-Rong; Qiao, Jian-Jun; Cheng, Jing-Sheng; Zhao, Meng; Kuang, Zheng; Wang, Xuya; Martin, J Andrew; Stracquadanio, Giovanni; Yang, Kun; Bai, Xue; Zhao, Juan; Hu, Meng-Long; Lin, Qiu-Hui; Zhang, Wen-Qian; Shen, Ming-Hua; Chen, Si; Su, Wan; Wang, En-Xu; Guo, Rui; Zhai, Fang; Guo, Xue-Jiao; Du, Hao-Xing; Zhu, Jia-Qing; Song, Tian-Qing; Dai, Jun-Jun; Li, Fei-Fei; Jiang, Guo-Zhen; Han, Shi-Lei; Liu, Shi-Yang; Yu, Zhi-Chao; Yang, Xiao-Na; Chen, Ken; Hu, Cheng; Li, Da-Shuai; Jia, Nan; Liu, Yue; Wang, Lin-Ting; Wang, Su; Wei, Xiao-Tong; Fu, Mei-Qing; Qu, Lan-Meng; Xin, Si-Yu; Liu, Ting; Tian, Kai-Ren; Li, Xue-Nan; Zhang, Jin-Hua; Song, Li-Xiang; Liu, Jin-Gui; Lv, Jia-Fei; Xu, Hang; Tao, Ran; Wang, Yan; Zhang, Ting-Ting; Deng, Ye-Xuan; Wang, Yi-Ran; Li, Ting; Ye, Guang-Xin; Xu, Xiao-Ran; Xia, Zheng-Bao; Zhang, Wei; Yang, Shi-Lan; Liu, Yi-Lin; Ding, Wen-Qi; Liu, Zhen-Ning; Zhu, Jun-Qi; Liu, Ning-Zhi; Walker, Roy; Luo, Yisha; Wang, Yun; Shen, Yue; Yang, Huanming; Cai, Yizhi; Ma, Ping-Sheng; Zhang, Chun-Ting; Bader, Joel S; Boeke, Jef D; Yuan, Ying-Jin

    2017-03-10

    Perfect matching of an assembled physical sequence to a specified designed sequence is crucial to verify design principles in genome synthesis. We designed and de novo synthesized 536,024-base pair chromosome synV in the "Build-A-Genome China" course. We corrected an initial isolate of synV to perfectly match the designed sequence using integrative cotransformation and clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)/CRISPR-associated protein 9 (Cas9)-mediated editing in 22 steps; synV strains exhibit high fitness under a variety of culture conditions, compared with that of wild-type V strains. A ring synV derivative was constructed, which is fully functional in Saccharomyces cerevisiae under all conditions tested and exhibits lower spore viability during meiosis. Ring synV chromosome can extends Sc2.0 design principles and provides a model with which to study genomic rearrangement, ring chromosome evolution, and human ring chromosome disorders.

  2. Design, synthesis and insecticidal activity of novel phenylurea derivatives.

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    Sun, Jialong; Zhou, Yuanming

    2015-03-19

    A series of novel phenylurea derivatives were designed and synthesized according to the method of active groups linkage and the principle of aromatic groups bioisosterism in this study. The structures of the novel phenylurea derivatives were confirmed based on ESI-MS, IR and 1H-NMR spectral data. All of the compounds were evaluated for the insecticidal activity against the third instars larvae of Spodoptera exigua Hiibner, Plutella xyllostella Linnaeus, Helicoverpa armigera Hubner and Pieris rapae Linne respectively, at the concentration of 10 mg/L. The results showed that all of the derivatives displayed strong insecticidal activity. Most of the compounds presented higher insecticidal activity against S. exigua than the reference compounds tebufenozide, chlorbenzuron and metaflumizone. Among the synthesized compounds, 3b, 3d, 3f, 4b and 4g displayed broad spectrum insecticidal activity.

  3. Capsaicin treatment differentially affects feeding suppression by bombesin-like peptides.

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    Ladenheim, Ellen E; Knipp, Susan

    2007-05-16

    Peripheral administration of bombesin (BN) and the related mammalian peptides, gastrin-releasing peptide (GRP) and neuromedin B (NMB), suppress food intake in rats. To examine whether all BN-like peptides utilize the same neural pathways to reduce feeding, rats were treated on postnatal day 2 with the injection vehicle or capsaicin, a neurotoxin that damages a subset of visceral afferent fibers. When rats reached adulthood, we compared the ability of a dose range of systemically administered BN, GRP18-27 and NMB to reduce intake of a 0.5 kcal/ml glucose solution in a short-term feeding test. Our results demonstrate that capsaicin treatment abolished or attenuated the suppression of glucose intake produced by BN and NMB but had no effect on the ability of GRP to reduce feeding. These results suggest that different neural substrates underlie the anorexic effects of peripherally administered BN-like peptides.

  4. Bombesin receptor-mediated imaging and cytotoxicity: review and current status

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    Sancho, Veronica; Di Florio, Alessia; Moody, Terry W.; Jensen, Robert T.

    2010-01-01

    The three mammalian bombesin (Bn) receptors (gastrin-releasing peptide [GRP] receptor, neuromedin B [NMB] receptor, BRS-3) are one of the classes of G protein-coupled receptors that are most frequently over-express/ectopically expressed by common, important malignancies. Because of the clinical success of somatostatin receptor-mediated imaging and cytotoxicity with neuroendocrine tumors, there is now increasing interest in pursuing a similar approach with Bn receptors. In the last few years then have been more than 200 studies in this area. In the present paper, the in vitro and in vivo results, as well as results of human studies from many of these studies are reviewed and the current state of Bn receptor-mediated imaging or cytotoxicity is discussed. Both Bn receptor-mediated imaging studies as well as Bn receptor-mediated tumoral cytotoxic studies using radioactive and non-radioactive Bn-based ligands are covered. PMID:21034419

  5. A new near-infrared absorption and fluorescent probe based on bombesin for molecular imaging

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    Kujala, Naresh; Zhai, Huifang; Smith, Charles; Prasanphanich, Adam; Sieckman, Gary; Hoffman, Timothy; Volkert, Wynn; Ma, Lixin; Yu, Ping

    2009-02-01

    We have developed a series of new dye bombesin conjugates for site-specific absorption and fluorescence imaging of human prostate and breast cancers. Bombesin (BBN), an amphibian analog to the endogenous ligand, binds to the gastrin releasing peptide (GRP) receptors with high specificity and affinity. Previously, we developed an Alexa Fluor 680-GGG-BBN peptide conjugate which demonstrated high binding affinity and specificity for breast cancer cells in the in vitro and in vivo tests (Ref: Ma et al., Molecular Imaging, vol. 6, no. 3, 2007: 171-180). This probe can not be used as an absorption probe in near-infrared imaging because its absorption peak is in the visible wavelength range. In addition, site specific longer wavelength fluorescent probe is desired for in vivo molecular imaging because long wavelength photons penetrate deeper into tissue. The new absorption and fluorescent probe we developed is based on the last eight-residues of BBN, -Q-W-A-V-G-H-L-M-(NH2), and labeled with AlexaFluor750 through a chemical linker, beta-alanine. The new probe, Alexa Fluor 750-BetaAla-BBN(7-14)NH2, exhibits optimal pharmacokinetics for specific targeting and optical imaging of the GRP receptor over-expressing cancer cells. Absorption spectrum has been measured and showed absorption peaks at 690nm, 720nm and 735nm. Fluorescent band is located at 755nm. In vitro and in vivo investigations have demonstrated the effectiveness of the new conjugates to specifically target human cancer cells overexpressing GRP receptors and tumor xenografts in severely compromised immunodeficient mouse model.

  6. Design, Synthesis, and Antibacterial Activities of Novel Heterocyclic Arylsulphonamide Derivatives.

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    Singh, Anuradha; Srivastava, Ritika; Singh, Ramendra K

    2017-02-13

    Design, synthesis, and antibacterial activities of a series of arylsulphonamide derivatives as probable peptide deformylase (PDF) inhibitors have been discussed. Compounds have been designed following Lipinski's rule and after docking into the active site of PDF protein (PDB code: 1G2A) synthesized later on. Furthermore, to assess their antibacterial activity, screening of the compound was done in vitro conditions against Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacterial strains. In silico, studies revealed these compounds as potential antibacterial agents and this fact was also supported by their prominent scoring functions. Antibacterial results indicated that these molecules possessed a significant activity against Staphylococcus aureus, Bacillus cereus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Escherichia coli with MIC values ranging from 0.06 to 0.29 μM. TOPKAT results showed that high LD50 values and the compounds were assumed non-carcinogenic when various animal models were studied computationally.

  7. Designing the microturbine engine for waste-derived fuels.

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    Seljak, Tine; Katrašnik, Tomaž

    2016-01-01

    Presented paper deals with adaptation procedure of a microturbine (MGT) for exploitation of refuse derived fuels (RDF). RDF often possess significantly different properties than conventional fuels and usually require at least some adaptations of internal combustion systems to obtain full functionality. With the methodology, developed in the paper it is possible to evaluate the extent of required adaptations by performing a thorough analysis of fuel combustion properties in a dedicated experimental rig suitable for testing of wide-variety of waste and biomass derived fuels. In the first part key turbine components are analyzed followed by cause and effect analysis of interaction between different fuel properties and design parameters of the components. The data are then used to build a dedicated test system where two fuels with diametric physical and chemical properties are tested - liquefied biomass waste (LW) and waste tire pyrolysis oil (TPO). The analysis suggests that exploitation of LW requires higher complexity of target MGT system as stable combustion can be achieved only with regenerative thermodynamic cycle, high fuel preheat temperatures and optimized fuel injection nozzle. Contrary, TPO requires less complex MGT design and sufficient operational stability is achieved already with simple cycle MGT and conventional fuel system. The presented approach of testing can significantly reduce the extent and cost of required adaptations of commercial system as pre-selection procedure of suitable MGT is done in developed test system. The obtained data can at the same time serve as an input for fine-tuning the processes for RDF production.

  8. Input design for identification of aircraft stability and control derivatives

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    Gupta, N. K.; Hall, W. E., Jr.

    1975-01-01

    An approach for designing inputs to identify stability and control derivatives from flight test data is presented. This approach is based on finding inputs which provide the maximum possible accuracy of derivative estimates. Two techniques of input specification are implemented for this objective - a time domain technique and a frequency domain technique. The time domain technique gives the control input time history and can be used for any allowable duration of test maneuver, including those where data lengths can only be of short duration. The frequency domain technique specifies the input frequency spectrum, and is best applied for tests where extended data lengths, much longer than the time constants of the modes of interest, are possible. These technqiues are used to design inputs to identify parameters in longitudinal and lateral linear models of conventional aircraft. The constraints of aircraft response limits, such as on structural loads, are realized indirectly through a total energy constraint on the input. Tests with simulated data and theoretical predictions show that the new approaches give input signals which can provide more accurate parameter estimates than can conventional inputs of the same total energy. Results obtained indicate that the approach has been brought to the point where it should be used on flight tests for further evaluation.

  9. Effects of camptothecin on tumor cell proliferation and angiogenesis when coupled to a bombesin analog used as a targeted delivery vector.

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    Sun, Li-Chun; Luo, Jing; Mackey, Vienna L; Fuselier, Joseph A; Coy, David H

    2007-03-01

    The camptothecin-bombesin conjugate termed DC-51-43, as a novel targeted drug delivery system, was examined in over 10 human tumor cell lines and shows a potent antiproliferative activity. This conjugate has also demonstrated its antitumor activity in our previous experiments. In our present study, we evaluate this conjugate for its antiangiogenic activity by in-vitro and in-vivo experiments. The camptothecin-bombesin conjugate and free camptothecin show potent in-vitro inhibitory activities of cell adhesion to various extracellular matrix components and integrins alphaVbeta3 and alphaVbeta5, not beta1/alphabeta1. This conjugate displays inhibitory activity to cell migration and invasion at concentrations of 10 micromol/l or above. This conjugate is also effective against in-vitro capillary-like tube formation of endothelial cells (at 40 micromol/l), and in-vivo angiogenesis as seen by blocking the spread of host mice endothelial cells into matrigel plugs. These experimental results support the fact that the camptothecin-bombesin conjugate has therapeutic activities against angiogenesis. By binding to bombesin receptor-expressing sites, this bombesin analog, consisting of 11 amino acids, is potentially a novel delivery vector for nonspecific cytotoxic agents.

  10. Glycosaminoglycan derivatives: promising candidates for the design of functional biomaterials.

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    Scharnweber, Dieter; Hübner, Linda; Rother, Sandra; Hempel, Ute; Anderegg, Ulf; Samsonov, Sergey A; Pisabarro, M Teresa; Hofbauer, Lorenz; Schnabelrauch, Matthias; Franz, Sandra; Simon, Jan; Hintze, Vera

    2015-09-01

    Numerous biological processes (tissue formation, remodelling and healing) are strongly influenced by the cellular microenvironment. Glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) are important components of the native extracellular matrix (ECM) able to interact with biological mediator proteins. They can be chemically functionalized and thereby modified in their interaction profiles. Thus, they are promising candidates for functional biomaterials to control healing processes in particular in health-compromised patients. Biophysical studies show that the interaction profiles between mediator proteins and GAGs are strongly influenced by (i) sulphation degree, (ii) sulphation pattern, and (iii) composition and structure of the carbohydrate backbone. Hyaluronan derivatives demonstrate a higher binding strength in their interaction with biological mediators than chondroitin sulphate for a comparable sulphation degree. Furthermore sulphated GAG derivatives alter the interaction profile of mediator proteins with their cell receptors or solute native interaction partners. These results are in line with biological effects on cells relevant for wound healing processes. This is valid for solute GAGs as well as those incorporated in collagen-based artificial ECM (aECMs). Prominent effects are (i) anti-inflammatory, immunomodulatory properties towards macrophages/dendritic cells, (ii) enhanced osteogenic differentiation of human mesenchymal stromal cells, (iii) altered differentiation of fibroblasts to myofibroblasts, (iv) reduced osteoclast activity and (v) improved osseointegration of dental implants in minipigs. The findings of our consortium Transregio 67 contribute to an improved understanding of structure-function relationships of GAG derivatives in their interaction with mediator proteins and cells. This will enable the design of bioinspired, functional biomaterials to selectively control and promote bone and skin regeneration.

  11. [Design, synthesis and activities of novel benzothiazole derivatives containing arylpiperazine].

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    Liu, Wen-Hu; Chang, Jin-Xia; Liu, Yi; Luo, Jie-Wei; Zhang, Jian-Wu

    2013-08-01

    Twenty-four novel benzothiazole derivatives containing arylpiperazine were designed and synthesized by bioisosterism principle. Anti-proliferative effect of these synthesized compounds against four cancer cell and two normal cell lines were evaluated in vitro by the standard MTT assay. Pharmacological test showed that most of the compounds exhibited potent antitumor activity. Some of the compounds (II2, II3, II6, II7) showed strong anti-proliferation activities against HepG2 and HeLa229 cell lines with the IC 50 values of 1.6-4.5 micromol x L(-1) and 2.5-5.3 micromol x L(-1), respectively, and compounds having cyan in p-substituted benzene ring (I4, I8, I12, II4, II8 and II12) were found to have better antitumor activities against AsPC-1 cell lines with the IC50 values of 5.2-11.3 micromol x L(-1). The structure-activity relationship of benzothiazole derivatives containing arylpiperazine was also discussed preliminarily.

  12. Molecular design and screening of energetic nitramine derivatives.

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    Devi, Alka; Deswal, Sonal; Dharavath, Srinivas; Ghule, Vikas D

    2015-11-01

    Six nitramines (N1-6) were designed with all possible arrangements of N-NO2 groups on a cyclic skeleton and structural optimization was performed using the density functional theory (DFT). We observed that all nitramines have high positive heats of formation proportionate to the number of N-NO2 groups in their molecular structure. Among the designed nitramines, N5 and N6 have crystal densities of 1.77 and 1.81 g cm(-3), respectively, which lead to reasonable respective detonation velocities (D = 8.70 and 9.07 km s(-1)) and detonation pressures (P = 33.23 and 36.57 GPa) comparable to those of RDX. To understand the relationship between sensitivity and molecular structure, bond dissociation energies, impact sensitivities (h 50), free space in crystal lattice, imbalance between the positive and negative surface potentials and heats of detonation (Q) were investigated. The comparable performance of N5 and N6 with RDX highlights the potential application of these nitramine derivatives as high energy materials and also supports the advantage of N-N bonds in the backbone and substitution of N-NO2 groups. Graphical Abstract Electrostatic potential on the 0.001 electron/bohr(3) molecular surface of N6.

  13. Breast cancer photothermal therapy based on gold nanorods targeted by covalently-coupled bombesin peptide

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    Heidari, Zahra; Salouti, Mojtaba; Sariri, Reyhaneh

    2015-05-01

    Photothermal therapy, a minimally invasive treatment method for killing cancers cells, has generated a great deal of interest. In an effort to improve treatment efficacy and reduce side effects, better targeting of photoabsorbers to tumors has become a new concept in the battle against cancer. In this study, a bombesin (BBN) analog that can bind to all gastrin-releasing peptide (GRP) receptor subtypes was bound covalently with gold nanorods (GNRs) using Nanothinks acid as a link. The BBN analog was also coated with poly(ethylene glycol) to increase its stability and biocompatibility. The interactions were confirmed by ultraviolet-visible and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. A methylthiazol tetrazolium assay showed no cytotoxicity of the PEGylated GNR-BBN conjugate. The cell binding and internalization studies showed high specificity and uptake of the GNR-BBN-PEG conjugate toward breast cancer cells of the T47D cell line. The in vitro study revealed destruction of the T47D cells exposed to the new photothermal agent combined with continuous-wave near-infrared laser irradiation. The biodistribution study showed significant accumulation of the conjugate in the tumor tissue of mice with breast cancer. The in vivo photothermal therapy showed the complete disappearance of xenographted breast tumors in the mouse model.

  14. Interaction of bombesin and its fragments with gold nanoparticles analyzed using surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy

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    Tąta, Agnieszka; Szkudlarek, Aleksandra; Kim, Younkyoo; Proniewicz, Edyta

    2017-02-01

    This work demonstrates the application of commercially available stable surface composed of gold nanograins with diameters ranging from 70 to 226 nm deposited onto silicon wafer for surface-enhanced Raman scattering investigations of biologically active compounds, such as bombesin (BN) and its fragments. BN is an important neurotransmitter involved in a complex signaling pathways and biological responses; for instance, hypertensive action, contractive on uterus, colon or ileum, locomotor activity, stimulation of gastric and insulin secretion as well as growth promotion of various tumor cell lines, including: lung, prostate, stomach, colon, and breast. It has also been shown that 8-14 BN C-terminal fragment partially retains the biological activity of BN. The SERS results for BN and its fragment demonstrated that (1) three amino acids from these peptides sequence; i.e., L-histidine, L-methionine, and L-tryptophan, are involved in the interaction with gold coated silicon wafer and (2) the strength of these interactions depends upon the aforementioned amino acids position in the peptide sequence.

  15. Regulation of body temperature and brown adipose tissue thermogenesis by bombesin receptor subtype-3.

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    Lateef, Dalya M; Abreu-Vieira, Gustavo; Xiao, Cuiying; Reitman, Marc L

    2014-03-01

    Bombesin receptor subtype-3 (BRS-3) regulates energy homeostasis, with Brs3 knockout (Brs3(-/y)) mice being hypometabolic, hypothermic, and hyperphagic and developing obesity. We now report that the reduced body temperature is more readily detected if body temperature is analyzed as a function of physical activity level and light/dark phase. Physical activity level correlated best with body temperature 4 min later. The Brs3(-/y) metabolic phenotype is not due to intrinsically impaired brown adipose tissue function or in the communication of sympathetic signals from the brain to brown adipose tissue, since Brs3(-/y) mice have intact thermogenic responses to stress, acute cold exposure, and β3-adrenergic activation, and Brs3(-/y) mice prefer a cooler environment. Treatment with the BRS-3 agonist MK-5046 increased brown adipose tissue temperature and body temperature in wild-type but not Brs3(-/y) mice. Intrahypothalamic infusion of MK-5046 increased body temperature. These data indicate that the BRS-3 regulation of body temperature is via a central mechanism, upstream of sympathetic efferents. The reduced body temperature in Brs3(-/y) mice is due to altered regulation of energy homeostasis affecting higher center regulation of body temperature, rather than an intrinsic defect in brown adipose tissue.

  16. Pancreatic endocrine responses to nutrients and bombesin after segmental pancreas autotransplantation in dogs.

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    Dupre, J; Grace, D M; McDonald, T J; Inculet, R; Leblanc, B

    1987-01-01

    The capacity of autotransplanted (ATP) distal pancreas segments with systemic venous and peritoneal exocrine drainage to support physiologic control of plasma glucose levels was tested, and compared with the functions of "simulated autotransplants" (SATP) prepared with similar dissection and peritoneal exocrine drainage, but with hepatic portal venous drainage, in dogs. In ATP in the postabsorptive state, plasma levels of glucose, immunoreactive insulin (IRI) and immunoreactive glucagon (IRG1) were normal. Autotransplants resulted in impaired glucose tolerance after meals with impaired early insulin responses, and the normal brisk rise of IRG1 in the plasma was delayed and reduced through the first 30 min of feeding. In ATP, also, the response to bombesin was abnormal; the normal stimulation of release of both IRI and IRG1 was delayed in both cases. In studies of responses to oral and intravenous glucose in ATP and SATP dogs, similar mild degrees of glucose intolerance were found with both routes of administration; however, whereas in ATP dogs increases of IRI were highly exaggerated with both routes of administration of glucose, in SATP dogs plasma IRI rose from subnormal levels in the postabsorptive state through subnormal increments with both routes of administration. Further studies are necessary to determine the relative importance of denervation and reduction of the mass of the pancreas in these effects, and to assess the significance of the differences in blood insulin levels in the two preparations.

  17. Inhibition of serotonin release by bombesin-like peptides in rat hypothalamus in vitro

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    Saporito, M.S.; Warwick, R.O. Jr.

    1989-01-01

    We investigated the activity of bombesin (BN), neuromedin-C (NM-C) and neuromedin-B (NM-B) on serotonin (5-HT) release and reuptake in rat hypothalamus (HYP) in vitro. BN and NM-C but not NM-B decreased K/sup +/ evoked /sup 3/H-5-HT release from superfused HYP slices by 25%. Bacitracin, a nonspecific peptidase inhibitor, reversed the inhibitory effect of BN on K/sup +/ evoked /sup 3/H-5-HT release. Phosphoramidon (PAN, 10 /mu/M) an endopeptidase 24.11 inhibitor, abolished the inhibitory effect of BN, but not NM-C, on K/sup +/ evoked /sup 3/H-5-HT release. The peptidyl dipeptidase A inhibitor enalaprilat (ENP, 10 /mu/M), enhanced both BN and NM-C inhibition of /sup 3/H-5-HT release. Bestatin (BST, 10 /mu/M) had no effect on BN or NM-C inhibitory activity on /sup 3/H-5-HT release. Neither BN, NM-C nor NM-B affected reuptake of /sup 3/H-5-HT into HYP synaptosomes alone or in combination with any of the peptidase inhibitors, nor did these peptides alter the ability of fluoxetine to inhibit /sup 3/H-5-HT uptake.

  18. Mechanisms underlying anorexia after microinjection of bombesin into the lateral cerebroventricle.

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    Tsushima, Hiromi; Mori, Mayumi

    2005-02-01

    Intracerebroventricular (i.c.v.) injections of bombesin (BN) and gastrin-releasing peptide (GRP) dose-dependently decreased food intake in male Wistar rats fasted for 17 h. Neuromedin B (NMB) did not show any effect on food intake. After BN administration, locomotor activity did not significantly change, compared with a vehicle-injected group. The anorexia induced by BN (0.3 microg) was perfectly inhibited by pretreatment with a GRP-receptor antagonist, [D-Tyr(6)]BN(6-13) methyl ester (10 microg), an NO synthase inhibitor, L-nitro-arginine (30 microg), and a PKG inhibitor, H-9 (2 microg). The cGMP concentration in the hypothalamus increased 1 h after administration when compared with the vehicle-injected group. On the other hand, an NMB-receptor antagonist, BIM23127 (10 microg), and the protein kinase (PK) C inhibitors, chelerythrine (2 microg) and Go6983 (2 microg), inhibited only the late phase of the anorexia. A PKC activator, phorbol 12, 13-dibutyrate (3 microg), injected into the ventricle decreased food intake. These findings suggest that BN suppresses food intake mainly mediated through the GRP receptor and NO-cGMP-PKG pathway, and NMB receptor and PKC is partly involved in the late phase of the anorexia.

  19. Design, synthesis and insecticidal evaluation of aryloxy dihalopropene derivatives.

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    Yang, Ji-Chun; Li, Miao; Wu, Qiao; Liu, Chang-Ling; Chang, Xiu-Hui

    2016-02-01

    Plutella xylostella (P. xylostella) is a highly migratory, cosmopolitan species and one of the most important pest of cruciferous crops worldwide. Pyridalyl as a novel class of insecticides has good efficacy against P. xylostella. On the basis of the commercial insecticide pyridalyl, a series of new aryloxy dihalopropene derivatives were designed and synthesized by using Intermediate Derivatization Methods. Their chemical structures were confirmed by (1)H NMR, high-resolution mass spectrum (HRMS), and single-crystal X-ray diffraction analysis. The insecticidal activities of the new compounds against P. xylostella were evaluated. The results of bioassays indicated that most of the compounds showed moderate to high activities at the tested concentration, especially compounds 10e and 10g displayed more than 75% insecticidal activity against P. xylostella at 6.25mg/L, while pyridalyl showed 50% insecticidal activity at the same concentration. The field trials result of the insecticidal activities showed that compound 10e as a 10% emulsifiable concentrate (EC) was effective in the control of P. xylostella at 75-150g a.i./ha, and the mortality of P. xylostella for treatment with compound 10e at 75g a.i./ha was equivalent to pyridalyl at 105g a.i./ha.

  20. Design and synthesis of new RAF kinase-inhibiting antiproliferative quinoline derivatives. Part 2: Diarylurea derivatives.

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    El-Gamal, Mohammed I; Khan, Mohammad Ashrafuddin; Tarazi, Hamadeh; Abdel-Maksoud, Mohammed S; Gamal El-Din, Mahmoud M; Yoo, Kyung Ho; Oh, Chang-Hyun

    2017-02-15

    This article describes the design, synthesis, and biological screening of a new series of diarylurea derivatives possessing quinoline nucleus. Nine target compounds were selected by the National Cancer Institute (NCI, Bethesda, Maryland, USA) for in vitro antiproliferative screening against a panel of 58 cancer cell lines of nine cancer types. Following one-dose initial screening, compounds 1d-g and 2b were selected for 5-dose screening in order to calculate their IC50 and total growth inhibition (TGI) values against the cell lines. Compounds 1e and 1g were the most promising analogues. Both compounds showed strong potency and broad-spectrum antiproliferative activity against the different tested cancer types. Their IC50 and TGI values were less than those of the reference drug, sorafenib, against most of the tested cell lines of the nine different cancer types. Furthermore, the most potent compounds 1d-g were tested against C-RAF kinase as a potential molecular target of this series of compounds. All of them showed high potency, and the most potent derivative was compound 1e (IC50 = 0.10 μM). It was further tested against a panel of another twelve kinases, and it showed selectivity against C-RAF kinase. This could be, at least in part, the possible mechanism of antiproliferative action of this series of compounds at molecular level. The binding modes of compounds 1e and 1g were studied by docking studies, which highlighted the importance of the urea linker compared with the amide linker.

  1. Characterization of a bombesin receptor on Swiss mouse 3T3 cells by affinity cross-linking

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    Sinnett-Smith, J.; Zachary, I.; Rozengurt, E.

    1988-12-01

    We have previously identified by chemical cross-linking a cell surface protein in Swiss 3T3 cells of apparent Mr 75,000-85,000, which may represent a major component of the receptor for peptides of the bombesin family in these cells. Because bombesin-like peptides may interact with other cell surface molecules, it was important to establish the correlation between receptor binding and functions of this complex and further characterize the Mr 75,000-85,000 cross-linked protein. Detailed time courses carried out at different temperatures demonstrated that the Mr 75,000-85,000 affinity-labelled band was the earliest cross-linked complex detected in Swiss 3T3 cells incubated with 125I-labelled gastrin-releasing peptide (125I-GRP). Furthermore, the ability of various nonradioactive bombesin agonists and antagonists to block the formation of the Mr 75,000-85,000 cross-linked complex correlated extremely well (r = 0.994) with the relative capacity of these peptides to inhibit 125I-GRP specific binding. Pretreatment with unlabelled GRP for up to 6 h caused only a slight decrease in both specific 125I-GRP binding and the affinity labelling of the Mr 75,000-85,000 protein. We also show that the cross-linked complex is a glycoprotein. First, solubilized affinity labelled Mr 75,000-85,000 complex applied to wheat germ lectin-sepharose columns was eluted by addition of 0.3 M N-acetyl-D-glucosamine. Second, treatment with endo-beta-N-acetylglucosaminidase F reduced the apparent molecular weight of the affinity-labelled band from 75,000-85,000 to 43,000, indicating the presence of N-linked oligosaccharide groups.

  2. Influence of different chelators on the radiochemical properties of a 68-Gallium labelled bombesin analogue.

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    Asti, Mattia; Iori, Michele; Capponi, Pier C; Atti, Giulia; Rubagotti, Sara; Martin, René; Brennauer, Albert; Müller, Marco; Bergmann, Ralf; Erba, Paola A; Versari, Annibale

    2014-01-01

    The radiolabelled bombesin analogue AMBA shows high potential for diagnosis and treatment of prostate and breast cancer, but the influence of different chelators, which differ in terms of radiochemical reactivity and stability, have not been explored so far. In order to find the best suitable chelator for labelling of AMBA, we synthesized AMBA analogues linked to the most commonly used chelators DOTA, NOTA and NODAGA and compared their reactivity and stability after labelling with 68-Gallium. For the synthesis of DO3A-, NO2A- and NODAGA-AMBA, a solid-phase synthesis approach was used. The influence of concentration, pH and temperature on the radiolabelling was analysed. The in vitro stability of all complexes in saline, human serum, human whole blood and against transchelation and transmetallation was analysed. The peptides were synthesised in high yield and purity. Purity and identity of products and impurities were confirmed using UHPLC coupled to ESI-MS. Radiolabelling of these peptides was optimal at elevated temperature, although room temperature labelling was reported previously for NOTA and NODAGA chelators. The highest reactivity was observed for NODAGA-AMBA. On preparation of NO2A-AMBA, the formation of a by-product was detected with HPLC. More detailed analysis revealed the formation of an isomer with the same mass to charge ratio which led to the conclusion that a coordination isomer was formed. All complexes showed high stability in saline, human serum or when challenged with DTPA, transferrin and varying metals (Fe(3+), Cu(2+), Zn(2+)). Conversely, the stability in human blood was low, and varying metabolites were detected and identified by ESI-MS. All three precursors are available in high yields suitable for routine production. NODAGA-AMBA showed the most favoured features when labelled with 68-gallium, but a further comparison in vivo should be performed in order to confirm the superior features found in vitro. © 2013.

  3. Bombesin-like receptor 3 regulates blood pressure and heart rate via a central sympathetic mechanism.

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    Lateef, Dalya M; Xiao, Cuiying; Brychta, Robert J; Diedrich, André; Schnermann, Jurgen; Reitman, Marc L

    2016-04-01

    Bombesin-like receptor 3 (BRS-3) is an orphan G protein-coupled receptor that regulates energy expenditure, food intake, and body weight. We examined the effects of BRS-3 deletion and activation on blood pressure and heart rate. In free-living, telemetered Brs3 null mice the resting heart rate was 10% lower than wild-type controls, while the resting mean arterial pressure was unchanged. During physical activity, the heart rate and blood pressure increased more in Brs3 null mice, reaching a similar heart rate and higher mean arterial pressure than control mice. When sympathetic input was blocked with propranolol, the heart rate of Brs3 null mice was unchanged, while the heart rate in control mice was reduced to the level of the null mice. The intrinsic heart rate, measured after both sympathetic and parasympathetic blockade, was similar in Brs3 null and control mice. Intravenous infusion of the BRS-3 agonist MK-5046 increased mean arterial pressure and heart rate in wild-type but not in Brs3 null mice, and this increase was blocked by pretreatment with clonidine, a sympatholytic, centrally acting α2-adrenergic agonist. In anesthetized mice, hypothalamic infusion of MK-5046 also increased both mean arterial pressure and heart rate. Taken together, these data demonstrate that BRS-3 contributes to resting cardiac sympathetic tone, but is not required for activity-induced increases in heart rate and blood pressure. The data suggest that BRS-3 activation increases heart rate and blood pressure via a central sympathetic mechanism.

  4. Bombesin-like receptor 3 regulates blood pressure and heart rate via a central sympathetic mechanism

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    Lateef, Dalya M.; Xiao, Cuiying; Brychta, Robert J.; Diedrich, André; Schnermann, Jurgen

    2016-01-01

    Bombesin-like receptor 3 (BRS-3) is an orphan G protein-coupled receptor that regulates energy expenditure, food intake, and body weight. We examined the effects of BRS-3 deletion and activation on blood pressure and heart rate. In free-living, telemetered Brs3 null mice the resting heart rate was 10% lower than wild-type controls, while the resting mean arterial pressure was unchanged. During physical activity, the heart rate and blood pressure increased more in Brs3 null mice, reaching a similar heart rate and higher mean arterial pressure than control mice. When sympathetic input was blocked with propranolol, the heart rate of Brs3 null mice was unchanged, while the heart rate in control mice was reduced to the level of the null mice. The intrinsic heart rate, measured after both sympathetic and parasympathetic blockade, was similar in Brs3 null and control mice. Intravenous infusion of the BRS-3 agonist MK-5046 increased mean arterial pressure and heart rate in wild-type but not in Brs3 null mice, and this increase was blocked by pretreatment with clonidine, a sympatholytic, centrally acting α2-adrenergic agonist. In anesthetized mice, hypothalamic infusion of MK-5046 also increased both mean arterial pressure and heart rate. Taken together, these data demonstrate that BRS-3 contributes to resting cardiac sympathetic tone, but is not required for activity-induced increases in heart rate and blood pressure. The data suggest that BRS-3 activation increases heart rate and blood pressure via a central sympathetic mechanism. PMID:26801314

  5. In Vivo Evaluation of a Bombesin Analogue Labeled with Ga-68 and Co-55/57.

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    Dam, Johan Hygum; Olsen, Birgitte Brinkmann; Baun, Christina; Høilund-Carlsen, Poul-Flemming; Thisgaard, Helge

    2016-06-01

    The purpose of this study was to apply an analogue of bombesin, NOTA-AMBA, labeled with Co-55 or Ga-68, for preclinical imaging of prostate cancer. The peptide NOTA-AMBA was labeled with Ga-68 or Co-55 by microwave irradiation. Biodistribution in xenograft mice (PC3) was performed at 1, 4, and 24 h (only cobalt at 24 h) using a fixed amount of peptide. Four weeks post-inoculation, xenograft mice were positron emission tomography/X-ray computed tomography scanned after tail vein injection of [(68)Ga]NOTA-AMBA or [(55)Co]NOTA-AMBA. Labeling with Ga-68 and Co-55/57 was achieved in yields greater than 90 %. A radiochemical purity (RCP) of 95 and 90 % were obtained for Ga-68 and Co-55, respectively. Both radiopeptides showed high uptake in the intestines, stomach, pancreas, and in the tumor ([(68)Ga]NOTA-AMBA, 10.3 %ID/g at 1 h to 6.4 %ID/g at 4 h; [(57)Co]NOTA-AMBA, 8.2 %ID/g at 1 h to 5.3%ID/g at 24 h). Normal tissue cleared over time improving tumor-to-background ratios. NOTA-AMBA was labeled in high yields and RCP with Ga-68 and Co-55/57. High tumor uptake in a subcutaneous mouse prostate cancer model was observed. At 24 h, [(55/57)Co]NOTA-AMBA showed better tumor-to-organ ratios than [(68)Ga]NOTA-AMBA at both 1 and 4 h post-injection. Hence, for imaging, [(55)Co]NOTA-AMBA was found to be superior compared to [(68)Ga]NOTA-AMBA.

  6. Stress and eating: a dual role for bombesin-like peptides

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    Merali, Z.; Graitson, S.; MacKay, J. C.; Kent, P.

    2013-01-01

    The current obesity “epidemic” in the developed world is a major health concern; over half of adult Canadians are now classified as overweight or obese. Although the reasons for high obesity rates remain unknown, an important factor appears to be the role stressors play in overconsumption of food and weight gain. In this context, increased stressor exposure and/or perceived stress may influence eating behavior and food choices. Stress-induced anorexia is often noted in rats exposed to chronic stress (e.g., repeated restraint) and access to standard Chow diet; associated reduced consumption and weight loss. However, if a similar stressor exposure takes place in the presence of palatable, calorie dense food, rats often consume an increase proportion of palatable food relative to Chow, leading to weight gain and obesity. In humans, a similar desire to eat palatable or “comfort” foods has been noted under stressful situations; it is thought that this response may potentially be attributable to stress-buffering properties and/or through activation of reward pathways. The complex interplay between stress-induced anorexia and stress-induced obesity is discussed in terms of the overlapping circuitry and neurochemicals that mediate feeding, stress and reward pathways. In particular, this paper draws attention to the bombesin family of peptides (BBs) initially shown to regulate food intake and subsequently shown to mediate stress response as well. Evidence is presented to support the hypothesis that BBs may be involved in stress-induced anorexia under certain conditions, but that the same peptides could also be involved in stress-induced obesity. This hypothesis is based on the unique distribution of BBs in key cortico-limbic brain regions involved in food regulation, reward, incentive salience and motivationally driven behavior. PMID:24298233

  7. Characterization of the bombesin receptor on mouse pancreatic acini by chemical cross-linking

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    Huang, S.C.; Yu, D.H.; Wank, S.A.; Gardner, J.D.; Jensen, R.T. )

    1990-11-01

    Bombesin (BN), gastrin-releasing peptide (GRP) and GRP(18-27) (neuromedin C) were equipotent and 30-fold more potent than neuromedin B (NMB) in inhibiting binding of {sup 125}I-GRP to and in stimulating amylase release from mouse pancreatic acini. In the present study we used {sup 125}I-GRP and chemical cross-linking techniques to characterize the mouse pancreatic BN receptor. After binding of {sup 125}I-GRP to membranes, and incubation with various chemical cross-linking agents, cross-linked radioactivity was analyzed by SDS-PAG electrophoresis and autoradiography. With each of 4 different chemical cross-linking agents, there was a single broad polypeptide band of Mr 80,000. Cross-linking did not occur in the absence of the cross-linking agent. Cross-linking was inhibited only by peptides that interact with the BN receptor such as GRP, NMB, GRP(18-27) or BN. Dose-inhibition curves for the ability of BN or NMB to inhibit binding of {sup 125}I-GRP to membranes or cross-linking to the 80,000 polypeptide demonstrated for both that BN was 15-fold more potent than NMB. The apparent molecular weight of the cross-linked polypeptide was unchanged by adding dithiothreitol. N-Glycanase treatment reduced the molecular weight of the cross-linked peptide to 40,000. The present results indicate that the BN receptor on mouse pancreatic acinar cell membranes resembles that recently described on various tumor cells in being a single glycoprotein with a molecular weight of 76,000. Because dithiothreitol had no effect, this glycoprotein is not a subunit of a larger disulfide-linked structure.

  8. Bombesin related peptides/receptors and their promising therapeutic roles in cancer imaging, targeting and treatment

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    Moreno, Paola; Ramos-Álvarez, Irene; Moody, Terry W.; Jensen, Robert T.

    2016-01-01

    Introduction Despite remarkable advances in tumor treatment, many patients still die from common tumors (breast, prostate, lung, CNS, colon, and pancreas), and thus, new approaches are needed. Many of these tumors synthesize bombesin (Bn)-related peptides and over-express their receptors (BnRs), hence functioning as autocrine-growth-factors. Recent studies support the conclusion that Bn-peptides/BnRs are well-positioned for numerous novel antitumor treatments, including interrupting autocrine-growth via the use of over-expressed receptors for imaging and targeting cytotoxic-compounds, either by direct-coupling or combined with nanoparticle-technology. Areas covered The unique ability of common neoplasms to synthesize, secrete, and show a growth/proliferative/differentiating response due to BnR over-expression, is reviewed, both in general and with regard to the most frequently investigated neoplasms (breast, prostate, lung, and CNS). Particular attention is paid to advances in the recent years. Also considered are the possible therapeutic approaches to the growth/differentiation effect of Bn-peptides, as well as the therapeutic implication of the frequent BnR over-expression for tumor-imaging and/or targeted-delivery. Expert opinion Given that Bn-related-peptides/BnRs are so frequently ectopically-expressed by common tumors, which are often malignant and become refractory to conventional treatments, therapeutic interventions using novel approaches to Bn-peptides and receptors are being explored. Of particular interest is the potential of reproducing BnRs in common tumors, such as the recent success of utilizing overexpression of somatostatin-receptors by neuroendocrine-tumors to provide the most sensitive imaging methods and targeted delivery of cytotoxic-compounds. PMID:26981612

  9. Bombesin receptor subtype-3 is expressed by the enteric nervous system and by interstitial cells of Cajal in the rat gastrointestinal tract.

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    Porcher, Christophe; Juhem, Aurélie; Peinnequin, André; Bonaz, Bruno

    2005-04-01

    Bombesin receptor subtype-3 (BRS-3), a G-protein-coupled orphan receptor, shares 47% and 55% homology with other known mammalian bombesin receptors. Despite the molecular characterization of BRS-3, its function remains unclear as a consequence of its low affinity for bombesin and the absence of an identified natural ligand. Although the other mammalian bombesin receptors are widely distributed in the gut and central nervous system, expression of BRS-3 in the gastrointestinal tract has not been previously described. We report the expression of BRS-3 mRNA and protein in the tunica muscularis of the rat gastrointestinal tract. The mRNA expression pattern was studied by reverse transcription followed by quantitative polymerase chain reaction. To identify the cellular sites of expression of BRS-3, we performed immunocytochemistry by using a N-terminus-specific affinity-purified antiserum. BRS-3 was found to be widely expressed in the rat gastrointestinal tract at both the mRNA and protein levels. BRS-3-like immunoreactivity (BRS-3-LI) was localized in neurons of the myenteric and submucosal ganglia, being primarily concentrated near the neuronal plasma membrane, and in fibers distributed in the longitudinal and circular muscle layers. In addition, BRS-3-LI was observed in the cell bodies and processes of c-kit+ interstitial cells of Cajal. These data have functional applications for the effects mediated by the activation of BRS-3 on gut motility through distinct neuronal and non-neuronal pathways.

  10. Synthesis and characterization of a high-affinity NOTA-conjugated bombesin antagonist for GRPR-targeted tumor imaging.

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    Varasteh, Zohreh; Velikyan, Irina; Lindeberg, Gunnar; Sörensen, Jens; Larhed, Mats; Sandström, Mattias; Selvaraju, Ram Kumar; Malmberg, Jennie; Tolmachev, Vladimir; Orlova, Anna

    2013-07-17

    The gastrin-releasing peptide receptor (GRPR/BB2) is a molecular target for the visualization of prostate cancer. This work focused on the development of high-affinity, hydrophilic, antagonistic, bombesin-based imaging agents for PET and SPECT. The bombesin antagonist analog d-Phe-Gln-Trp-Ala-Val-Gly-His-Sta-Leu-NH2 ([d-Phe(6),Sta(13),Leu(14)]bombesin[6-14]) was synthesized and conjugated to 1,4,7-triazacyclononane-N,N',N″-triacetic acid (NOTA) via a diethylene glycol (PEG2) linker. The resulting conjugate, NOTA-PEG2-[d-Phe(6),Sta(13),Leu(14)]bombesin[6-14] (NOTA-P2-RM26), was labeled with (68)Ga (T1/2 = 68 min, positron emitter) and (111)In (T1/2 = 2.8 days, gamma emitter). The labeling stability, specificity, inhibition efficiency (IC50), and dissociation constant (KD) of both labeled compounds as well as their cellular retention and internalization were investigated. The pharmacokinetics of the dual isotope ((111)In/(68)Ga)-labeled peptide in both normal NMRI mice and PC-3 tumor-bearing Balb/c nu/nu mice was also studied. NOTA-P2-RM26 was labeled with (111)In and (68)Ga at a radiochemical yield of >98%. Both conjugates were shown to have high specificity and binding affinity for GRPR. The KD value was determined to be 23 ± 13 pM for the (111)In-labeled compound in a saturation binding experiment. In addition, (nat)In- and (nat)Ga-NOTA-P2-RM26 showed low nanomolar binding inhibition concentrations (IC50 = 1.24 ± 0.29 nM and 0.91 ± 0.19 nM, respectively) in a competitive binding assay. The internalization rate of the radiolabeled conjugates was slow. The radiometal-labeled tracers demonstrated rapid blood clearance via the kidney and GRPR-specific uptake in the pancreas in normal mice. Tumor targeting and biodistribution studies in mice bearing PC-3 xenografts displayed high and specific uptake in tumors (8.1 ± 0.4%ID/g for (68)Ga and 5.7 ± 0.3%ID/g for (111)In) and high tumor-to-background ratios (tumor/blood: 12 ± 1 for (68)Ga and 10 ± 1 for (111)In

  11. Conveyance of partial agonism/antagonism to bombesin/gastrin-releasing peptide analogues on Swiss 3T3 cells by a carboxyl-terminal leucine insertion.

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    Kull, F C; Leban, J J; Landavazo, A; Stewart, K D; Stockstill, B; McDermed, J D

    1992-10-15

    Gastrin-releasing peptide (GRP) is a neuroendocrine hormone that may be involved in the pathophysiology of small cell lung carcinoma. We describe carboxylterminal peptide analogues of GRP and bombesin, a 14-residue amphibian homologue, that were modeled after the antagonist [Leu13-psi(CH2NH)-Leu14]bombesin and retained the psi bond. Three novel peptides contained a Leu insertion amino to the psi bond, i.e. ... Leu13Leu14 psi X (residues numbered after bombesin) where X = LeuNH2 or norleucine-NH2). The Leu-insertion analogues behaved as pure partial agonists/antagonists when examined for the ability to stimulate [3H]thymidine incorporation into quiescent Swiss 3T3 cells (agonist activity) and to diminish the agonist response of GRP (antagonist activity). A time course of [3H]thymidine incorporation into quiescent cells indicated maximal incorporation at 20-h post-peptide addition for bombesin and GRP and a Leu-insertion peptide, but the extent of the incorporation for the Leu-insertion peptide was half that of GRP and bombesin. The agonist dose responses of the Leu-insertion peptides (EC50 values of 1-10 nM) paralleled GRP and bombesin, but the maximal response of the Leu-insertion peptides, even at concentrations as high as 10(-4) M, was half the maximal value of GRP or bombesin. High concentrations of the Leu-insertion peptides antagonized 10 nM GRP (a concentration that produced a near-maximal GRP response) yielding a response that was half the maximal value of GRP and equivalent to the maximal response of the Leu-insertion peptides alone. Analogues of the form ... Leu13 psi X behaved as complete antagonists. The KD values of the Leu-insertion peptides for competitive binding versus 125I-GRP (2-50 nM) were as potent as parent ... Leu14 agonists. Stability studies indicated that peptide potencies for both agonist and antagonist activities diminished upon peptide incubation in medium or on cells. The results suggested that, for the Leu-insertion peptides

  12. Design, synthesis and potent cytotoxic activity of novel podophyllotoxin derivatives.

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    Li, Wen-Qun; Wang, Xu-Li; Qian, Keduo; Liu, Ying-Qian; Wang, Chih-Ya; Yang, Liu; Tian, Jin; Morris-Natschke, Susan L; Zhou, Xing-Wen; Lee, Kuo-Hsiung

    2013-04-15

    Twenty new acyl thiourea derivatives of podophyllotoxin and 4'-demethylepipodophyllotoxin were prepared and screened for their cytotoxicity against four human tumor cell lines, A-549, DU-145, KB, and KBvin. With IC50 values of 0.098-1.13 μM, compounds 13b, 13c, and 13o displayed much better cytotoxic activity than the control etoposide. Most importantly, 13b and 13o exhibited promising cytotoxicity against the drug resistant tumor cell line KBvin with IC50 values of 0.098 and 0.13 μM, respectively, while etoposide lost activity completely. Structure-activity relationship (SAR) correlations of the new derivatives have been established. Compounds 13b and 13o merit further development as a new generation of epipodophyllotoxin-derived antitumor clinical trial candidates.

  13. Effect of bombesin and neurotensin on gut barrier function in partially hepatectomized rats

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    Assimakopoulos, Stelios F; Alexandris, Ilias H; Scopa, Chrisoula D; Mylonas, Panagiotis G; Thomopoulos, Konstantinos C; Georgiou, Christos D; Nikolopoulou, Vassiliki N; Vagianos, Constantine E

    2005-01-01

    AIM: To investigate the effect of regulatory peptides bombesin (BBS) and neurotensin (NT) on intestinal barrier function in partially hepatectomized rats. METHODS: Ninety male Wistar rats were randomly divided into five groups: I (n = 10): controls, II (n = 20): sham operated, III (n = 20): partial hepatectomy 70% (PHx), IV (n = 20): PHx+BBS (30 μg/kg/d), V (n = 20): PHx+NT (300 μg/kg/d). Groups IV and V were treated for 8 days before PHx and 48 h post surgery. At the end of the experiment, on day 10, intestinal barrier function was assessed by measuring endotoxin concentrations in portal and aortic blood. Tissue sections of the terminal ileum were examined histologically and villus density, mucosal thickness, mitotic activity and apoptosis in crypts were assessed. In addition, ileal mucosa was analyzed for DNA and protein content and microbiological analysis was performed in cecal contents. To estimate intestinal oxidative stress, lipid peroxidation was determined on tissue homogenates from terminal ileum. RESULTS: BBS or NT administration significantly reduced portal and systemic endotoxemia observed 48 h after partial hepatectomy. In hepatectomized rats (group III), a trend towards induction of mucosal atrophy was observed, demonstrated by the reduction of villus density, mucosal thickness, protein content and significant reduction of DNA, while these alterations were reversed by regulatory peptides administration. This trophic effect of BBS and NT was accompanied by induction of mitoses above control levels and a significant reduction of apoptosis in intestinal crypts. Intestinal lipid peroxidation was found significantly lower in PHx group and regulatory peptides exerted an antioxidant action, further decreasing this parameter of oxidative stress. The bacterial population of E. coli and aerobic Gram (+) cocci was increased in cecal content of hepatectomized rats, while this parameter was not affected by the administration of BBS or NT. CONCLUSION: Gut

  14. Bombesin and Neurotensin Reduce Endotoxemia, Intestinal Oxidative Stress, and Apoptosis in Experimental Obstructive Jaundice

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    Assimakopoulos, Stelios F.; Scopa, Chrisoula D.; Zervoudakis, George; Mylonas, Panagiotis G.; Georgiou, Christos; Nikolopoulou, Vassiliki; Vagianos, Constantine E.

    2005-01-01

    Objective: To evaluate the effect of bombesin (BBS) and neurotensin (NT) on intestinal histopathology, intestinal oxidative stress, and endotoxemia in experimental obstructive jaundice. Summary Background Data: Obstructive jaundice compromises gut barrier function, resulting in endotoxemia. BBS and NT, exerting various biologic actions on gastrointestinal tissues, preserve gut mucosal integrity in cases of injury or atrophy. Methods: Seventy male Wistar rats were randomly divided into 5 groups: I = controls, II = sham operated, III = bile duct ligation (BDL), IV = BDL + BBS (30 μg/kg/d), V = BDL + NT (300 μg/kg/d). By the end of the experiment, on day 10, endotoxin was measured in portal and aortic blood. Tissue sections of the terminal ileum were examined histologically, and villus density, mucosal thickness, mitotic activity and apoptosis in crypts were assessed. In addition, ileal mucosa was analyzed for DNA and protein content. To estimate intestinal oxidant/antioxidant equilibrium, lipid peroxidation, protein oxidation, and thiol redox state (reduced glutathione [GSH], oxidized glutathione [GSSG], total nonprotein mixed disulfides [NPSSR], protein thiols [PSH], and protein disulfides [PSSP]) were determined on tissue homogenates from the terminal ileum. Results: BBS or NT administration significantly reduced portal and systemic endotoxemia observed in obstructive jaundice. Both factors reversed obstructive jaundice-induced morphologic features of intestinal atrophy, increasing villus density and mucosal thickness. This effect was accompanied by induction of mitoses and reduction of apoptosis in intestinal crypts. Mucosal DNA and protein content were reduced, although not to significant levels, in BDL animals and restored to control levels after BBS or NT treatment. Moreover, BBS or NT administration protected the intestine in jaundiced rats against oxidative stress, as demonstrated by reduction of intestinal lipid peroxidation, increase of the antioxidant

  15. On singular cases in the design derivative of Green's functional

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    Reiss, Robert

    1987-01-01

    The author's prior development of a general abstract representation for the design sensitivities of Green's functional for linear structural systems is extended to the case where the structural stiffness vanishes at an internal location. This situation often occurs in the optimal design of structures. Most optimality criteria require that optimally designed beams be statically determinate. For clamped-pinned beams, for example, this is possible only if the flexural stiffness vanishes at some intermediate location. The Green's function for such structures depends upon the stiffness and the location where it vanishes. A precise representation for Green's function's sensitivity to the location of vanishing stiffness is presented for beams and axisymmetric plates.

  16. Synthesis and in vitro and in vivo evaluation of SiFA-tagged bombesin and RGD peptides as tumor imaging probes for positron emission tomography.

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    Lindner, Simon; Michler, Christina; Leidner, Stephanie; Rensch, Christian; Wängler, Carmen; Schirrmacher, Ralf; Bartenstein, Peter; Wängler, Björn

    2014-04-16

    Gastrin-releasing-peptide (GRP)-receptors and αvβ3-integrins are widely discussed as potential target structures for oncological imaging with positron emission tomography (PET). Favored by the overexpression of receptors on the surface of tumor cells good imaging characteristics can be achieved with highly specific radiolabeled receptor ligands. PEGylated bombesin (PESIN) derivatives as specific GRP receptor ligands and RGD (one-letter codes for arginine-glycine-aspartic acid) peptides as specific αvβ3 binders were synthesized and tagged with a silicon-fluorine-acceptor (SiFA) moiety. The SiFA synthon allows for a fast and highly efficient isotopic exchange reaction at room temperature giving the [(18)F]fluoride labeled peptides in up to 62% radiochemical yields (d.c.) and ≥99% radiochemical purity in a total synthesis time of less than 20 min. Using nanomolar quantities of precursor high specific activities of up to 60 GBq μmol(-1) were obtained. To compensate the high lipophilicity of the SiFA moiety various hydrophilic structure modifications were introduced leading to significantly reduced logD values. Competitive displacement experiments with the PESIN derivatives showed a 32 to 6 nM affinity to the GRP receptor on PC3 cells, and with the RGD peptides a 7 to 3 μM affinity to the αvβ3 integrins on U87MG cells. All derivatives proved to be stable in human plasma over at least 120 min. Small animal PET measurements and biodistribution studies revealed an enhanced and specific accumulation of the RGD peptide (18)F-SiFA-LysMe3-γ-carboxy-d-Glu-RGD (17) in the tumor tissue of U87MG tumor-bearing mice of 5.3% ID/g whereas the PESIN derivatives showed a high liver uptake and only a low accumulation in the tumor tissue of PC3 xenografts. Stability studies with compound 17 provided further information on its metabolism in vivo. These results altogether demonstrate that the reduction of the overall lipophilicity of SiFA tagged RGD peptides is a promising

  17. Design, synthesis and antimicrobial evaluation of novel benzoxazole derivatives.

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    Zhang, Wei; Liu, Jingbao; Macho, Jocelyn M; Jiang, Xizhen; Xie, Dongsheng; Jiang, Faqin; Liu, Wenlu; Fu, Lei

    2017-01-27

    The synthesis of (S)-2-(4-tert-butylphenoxy)-3-(benzoxazol-5-yl) propanoic acid derivatives (2a-k) were described and their in vitro antibacterial activities were determined against Gram-negative and -positive bacteria. These compounds were found to exert a broad spectrum of activity against the screened bacteria, but poor MIC values were found for Candida albicans fungi. Compound 2b bearing a hydrophobic aromatic tie was the most active derivative against all bacteria studied with MIC values ranging from 0.098 to 0.78 μg/mL. The activity of 2b against B. subtilis was 2-fold higher than Penicillin, and 8- to 510-fold higher than other control antibiotics.

  18. Rational design of bacitracin A derivatives by incorporating natural product derived heterocycles.

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    Wagner, Björn; Schumann, Dirk; Linne, Uwe; Koert, Ulrich; Marahiel, Mohamed A

    2006-08-16

    Heterocycles display common structural motifs in nonribosomally produced peptides with an enormous impact on their bioactivity. In the case of the branched cyclic Bacitracin A, the thiazoline moiety is manufactured during NRPS peptide chain elongation. Here we describe a method to selectively alter the heterocyclic metal binding subunit of Bacitracin A by the synthesis of heterocyclic building blocks that were successfully coupled to the linear decapeptide and subsequently cyclized using the excised bacitracin PCP-TE bidomain. Utilization of this cyclase allowed the first generation of branched cyclic bacitracin derivatives containing thiazole and oxazoles. The generated bacitracin derivatives showed bactericidal activity, indicating the possibility of altering the biological important heterocyclic subunit and overcoming existing limitations for the application of bacitracin.

  19. Proficiency-Based Curriculum Design: Principles Derived from Government Experience.

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    Lowe, Pardee, Jr.

    1985-01-01

    Describes principles for designing a proficiency-based course to prepare students for the ACTFL/ETS Advanced Plus/Superior level according to Interagency Language Roundtable guidelines. Proposes ways to combine grammatical and "functional/notional" syllabuses with a proficiency approach. Examines the implications of these principles for…

  20. Bombesin-conjugated nanoparticles improve the cytotoxic efficacy of docetaxel against gastrin-releasing but androgen-independent prostate cancer.

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    Kulhari, Hitesh; Pooja, Deep; Singh, Mayank K; Kuncha, Madhusudana; Adams, David J; Sistla, Ramakrishna

    2015-01-01

    Bombesin (BBN)-conjugated polymeric nanoparticles to target docetaxel (DTX) to prostate cancer cells that overexpress gastrin-releasing peptides receptors. In vitro cytotoxicity, uptake of nanoparticles and inhibition of cell migration were assessed against human prostate cancer cells. Preclinical pharmacokinetic and tissue-distribution studies of nanoparticles were performed in Balb/c mice and results compared with the marketed formulation Taxotere(®). BBN-conjugated DTX-loaded nanoparticles exhibited higher cytotoxicity, inhibition of cell migration and colony formation than non-targeted nanoparticles or DTX alone. More BBN-conjugated nanoparticles were taken up at a faster rate than unconjugated nanoparticles. In vivo, this drug delivery improved pharmacokinetics of DTX by increasing mean residence time and decreasing clearance. This study provides an alternate approach for polysorbate-free delivery of DTX, with improved in vivo performance.

  1. A novel photopolymerizable derivative of hyaluronan for designed hydrogel formation.

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    Bobula, Tomáš; Buffa, Radovan; Hermannová, Martina; Kohutová, Lenka; Procházková, Pavlína; Vágnerová, Hana; Čepa, Martin; Wolfová, Lucie; Židek, Ondřej; Velebný, Vladimír

    2017-04-01

    A new photopolymerizable derivative of hyaluronan (methacrylhydrazide-HA, MAHA) was prepared by carbodiimide chemistry. The reaction conditions were optimized for molecular weight (Mw), reaction time and amount of reagents with a degree of methacrylation (DM) ranging from 2% to 58%. Methacrylhydrazide-HA was hydrolytically stable (PBS, 7days, 37°C) in contrast to commonly used methacrylester analoque (23% hydrolyzed). MAHA readily photopolymerized into densely crosslinked hydrogels under physiological conditions. The varied DM, Mw, irradiation time (texp) and macromer concentration in photocrosslinking afforded hydrogels with different physical (swelling ratio, degradation rate) and mechanical properties (stiffness, toughness). Three-dimensional fabrication and surface patterning of MAHA hydrogels were demonstrated by photolithography and light mediated micromolding. A live-dead assay with skin fibroblasts showed convenient biocompatibility of MAHA (16%, 116kDa) for potential scaffolding applications in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.

  2. Strategies for Vaccine Design Using Phage Display-Derived Peptides.

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    Goulart, Luiz R; Santos, Paula de S

    2016-01-01

    Development of peptide vaccines through the phage display technology is a powerful strategy that relies on short peptides expressed in the phage capsid surface to induce highly targeted immune responses. Phage display-derived immunogenic peptides can be used directly as a phage-fused peptide reagent or as a synthetic peptide with specific modifications, according to target molecule and disease pathogen/parasite. Peptides' selection (mimotopes) can be performed against monoclonal or polyclonal antibodies to disclose determinant regions (epitopes) that can induce a neutralizing response. Validations of mimotopes are performed in vitro and in vivo, based on cell culture and animal models, to demonstrate its immunogenic potential for final vaccine formulations with an appropriate adjuvant. Here we present specific methods for the discovery of novel immunogenic peptides based on phage display.

  3. Constraining continuous rainfall simulations for derived design flood estimation

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    Woldemeskel, F. M.; Sharma, A.; Mehrotra, R.; Westra, S.

    2016-11-01

    Stochastic rainfall generation is important for a range of hydrologic and water resources applications. Stochastic rainfall can be generated using a number of models; however, preserving relevant attributes of the observed rainfall-including rainfall occurrence, variability and the magnitude of extremes-continues to be difficult. This paper develops an approach to constrain stochastically generated rainfall with an aim of preserving the intensity-durationfrequency (IFD) relationships of the observed data. Two main steps are involved. First, the generated annual maximum rainfall is corrected recursively by matching the generated intensity-frequency relationships to the target (observed) relationships. Second, the remaining (non-annual maximum) rainfall is rescaled such that the mass balance of the generated rain before and after scaling is maintained. The recursive correction is performed at selected storm durations to minimise the dependence between annual maximum values of higher and lower durations for the same year. This ensures that the resulting sequences remain true to the observed rainfall as well as represent the design extremes that may have been developed separately and are needed for compliance reasons. The method is tested on simulated 6 min rainfall series across five Australian stations with different climatic characteristics. The results suggest that the annual maximum and the IFD relationships are well reproduced after constraining the simulated rainfall. While our presentation focusses on the representation of design rainfall attributes (IFDs), the proposed approach can also be easily extended to constrain other attributes of the generated rainfall, providing an effective platform for post-processing of stochastic rainfall generators.

  4. [Bombesin-mediated non-cholinergic late slow excitatory postsynaptic potentials in guinea pig inferior mesenteric ganglion in vitro].

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    Kong, De-Hu; Wang, Gang; Wang, Hong-Mei; Ke, Dao-Ping; Hu, Jin-Lan; Zhu, Yan; Huang, Zhen-Xin

    2003-08-25

    The effect of bombesin (BOM) on non-cholinergic excitatory synaptic transmission of the guinea pig inferior mesenteric ganglion (IMG) was investigated by intracellular recording. Repetitive stimulation of the colon nerves (1 ms, 25 Hz, 4 s) elicited a burst of action potentials, which was followed by a long-lasting depolarization in 74.3% (52/70) of the IMG neurons. The depolarization was not blocked by nicotinic (d-tubocurarine, 100 micromol/L) and muscarinic (atropine, 1 micromol/L) antagonists, but was eliminated in a low Ca(2+)/high Mg(2+) Krebs solution, indicating that the depolarization was due to the release of non-cholinergic transmitters. Superfusing the ganglia with BOM (10 micromol/L, 1 min) induced a slow depolarization in 66.5% (109/164) neurons tested. The BOM response was not appreciably changed in low Ca(2+)/high Mg(2+) Krebs solution (n=6, P>0.05), suggesting that BOM depolarized the neurons by acting directly on the postsynaptic membrane rather than via a release of other endogenous depolarizing substances. In a total of 102 cells that exhibited late slow excitatory postsynaptic potential (ls-EPSP), superfusion of the ganglia with BOM produced a membrane depolarization in 82 neurons (80%), while the remaining 20 cells (20%) exhibited no response to BOM. In 18 neurons with ls-EPSP, 4 (22%) neurons were sensitive to both BOM and SP; 6 (33%) and 5 (28%) neurons were only sensitive to BOM and SP, respectively. The remaining 3 (17%) neurons were insensitive to both BOM and SP. Membrane resistance (Rm) had no apparent change in 47.3%, 59.5 % of the neurons tested during the ls-EPSP (n=55) and BOM depolarization (n=84), respectively, but had a marked decrease in 38.2%, 27.4%, and a marked increase in the remaining 14.5%, 13.1% of the neurons. However, when the Rm change accompanying ls-EPSP was compared with that accompanying BOM depolarization (n=20) in the same neuron, the changes in Rm were always parallel. Moreover, ls-EPSP (n=6) and BOM

  5. Impact of functionalized coligands on the pharmacokinetics of 99mTcIII '4+1' mixed-ligand complexes conjugated to bombesin.

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    Kunstler, Jens-Uwe; Bergmann, Ralf; Gniazdowska, Ewa; Koźmiński, Przemyslaw; Walther, Martin; Pietzsch, Hans-Jurgen

    2011-11-01

    Bombesins (BN) containing (99m)Tc '4+1' complexes may be useful to detect tumors expressing the gastrin-releasing peptide receptor (GRPR). Derivatives of the formula [(99m)Tc(NS(3)R)(L2-BN(st))] were synthesized, in which Tc(III) is coordinated by an isocyanide L2-BN(st) bearing the peptide (BN(st)=βAla-βAla-Gln-Trp-Ala-Val-Gly-His-Cha-Nle-NH(2)) and a tetradentate chelator NS(3)R. NS(3)R consists of 2,2',2″-nitrilotriethanethiol (NS(3)) bearing a crown ether (NS(3)crown), an aliphatic amine (NS(3)en) and a tricarboxylic acid (NS(3)(COOH)(3)). Non-radioactive Re compounds were prepared and analysed by electrospray ionization mass spectrometry. The structural similarity to the (99m)Tc conjugates was demonstrated by their identical HPLC elution profiles. The lipophilicity of [(99m)Tc(NS(3)R)(L2-BN(st))] decreased depending on the coligands NS(3)crown (log D(O/W), pH=7.4, 0.98 ± 0.11), NS(3)en (-0.49 ± 0.07) and NS(3)(COOH)(3) (-2.01 ± 0.09). Biodistribution in normal rats was characterized by an increasing kidney uptake and a decreasing uptake into the liver corresponding to the reduced lipophilicity of the conjugates. The pancreatic uptake expressed by the organ/blood ratio of standardized uptake values at 60 min p.i. in rats was 8.6 ± 1.2 for [(99m)Tc(NS(3)en)(L2-BN(st))] and higher compared to the other conjugates. The pancreas/liver ratio of the SUV at 60 min p.i. in rats was highest for [(99m)Tc(NS(3)(COOH)(3))(L2-BN(st))] at 8.4 ± 1.3. [(99m)Tc(NS(3)en)(L2-BN(st))] was further studied in tumor-bearing mice and its pancreas/blood and pancreas/liver ratios were lower, however the pancreas/kidney ratios were higher in mice compared to rats. The activity uptake of [(99m)Tc(NS(3)en)(L2-BN(st))] into the PC-3 tumor xenografts was low (%ID/g: 0.83 ± 0.18 at 60 min; SUV: 0.21 ± 0.05 at 60 min) but specific. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  6. Design study of RL10 derivatives. Volume 2: Engine design characteristics. [application of rocket engine to space tug propulsion

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    Adams, A.

    1973-01-01

    The design characteristics of the RL-10 rocket engine are discussed. The results from critical elements evaluation, baseline engine design, parametric and special study tasks are presented. Critical element evaluation established the feasibility of various engine features such as tank head idle, pumped idle, autogenous tank pressurization, and two-phase pumping. Three baseline engines, derived from the RL-10 were conceptually designed. Parametric life and performance data were generated. Special studies were conducted to establish the impact on the engine design of environment, safety, interchangeability, and maintenance.

  7. Structure-Based Design of Molecules to Reactivate Tumor Derived p53 Mutations

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    2005-06-01

    Tumor suppressor, p53, DNA-Damage, apoptosis, inhibitors, structural 10 biology, x-ray crystallography, structure-based drug design 16. PRICE CODE 77...Compounds that show favorable properties will be structurally characterized for further analysis (Aim 4). The structure-based drug design approach...often called "rational drug design "), which we are using towards the development of small molecule compounds that might restore function to tumor-derived

  8. Bayesian design and analysis of computer experiments: Use of derivatives in surface prediction

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    Morris, M.D.; Mitchell, T.J. ); Ylvisaker, D. . Dept. of Mathematics)

    1991-06-01

    The work of Currin et al. and others in developing fast predictive approximations'' of computer models is extended for the case in which derivatives of the output variable of interest with respect to input variables are available. In addition to describing the calculations required for the Bayesian analysis, the issue of experimental design is also discussed, and an algorithm is described for constructing maximin distance'' designs. An example is given based on a demonstration model of eight inputs and one output, in which predictions based on a maximin design, a Latin hypercube design, and two compromise'' designs are evaluated and compared. 12 refs., 2 figs., 6 tabs.

  9. Design, synthesis, cytotoxicities and DNA cleavage activities of dibenzoxepine and isoquinoline derivatives starting from dehydroabietylamine.

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    Liu, Chao-Xiang; Lin, Zhong-Xiang; Zhou, Ai-Min

    2016-12-01

    A series of novel hexahydrodibenzoxepine and quinazoline derivatives were designed and synthesized starting from dehydroabietylamine. The cytotoxicities of the compounds against L02 and HepG2 cell lines were investigated. Meanwhile, the plasmid DNA (Escherichia coli) cleavage of several heterocyclic derivatives was studied. These compounds exhibit remarkable activities on plasmid DNA pBR322. Our study provides useful information for developing new and more potent antitumor agents.

  10. Glutamic acid and its derivatives: candidates for rational design of anticancer drugs.

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    Ali, Imran; Wani, Waseem A; Haque, Ashanul; Saleem, Kishwar

    2013-05-01

    Throughout the history of human civilizations, cancer has been a major health problem. Its treatment has been interesting but challenging to scientists. Glutamic acid and its derivative glutamine are known to play interesting roles in cancer genesis, hence, it was realized that structurally variant glutamic acid derivatives may be designed and developed and, might be having antagonistic effects on cancer. The present article describes the state-of-art of glutamic acid and its derivatives as anticancer agents. Attempts have been made to explore the effectivity of drug-delivery systems based on glutamic acid for the delivery of anticancer drugs. Moreover, efforts have also been made to discuss the mechanism of action of glutamic acid derivatives as anticancer agents, clinical applications of glutamic acid derivatives, as well as recent developments and future perspectives of glutamic acid drug development have also been discussed.

  11. Drug design based on pentaerythritol tetranitrate reductase: synthesis and antibacterial activity of Pogostone derivatives.

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    Wang, Biao; Huang, Wei; Zhou, Jin; Tang, Xue; Chen, Yang; Peng, Cheng; Han, Bo

    2017-08-09

    Our previous work showed that Pogostone exerts antibacterial effects by targeting pentaerythritol tetranitrate reductase (PETNR). In order to develop derivatives of Pogostone with potent antibacterial activity, we performed molecular docking studies of Pogostone with PETNR and analyzed structure-activity relationships, which guided the structure design and the subsequent facile organocatalytic synthesis of Pogostone derivatives under mild reaction conditions. Several of the synthesized compounds showed antibacterial activity in vitro, including one compound (3h) that was highly effective against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. These results suggest that Pogostone derivatives bearing functional groups on the side chain may be good leads for antibacterial drug development.

  12. The gastrin-releasing peptide analog bombesin preserves exocrine and endocrine pancreas morphology and function during parenteral nutrition.

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    Pierre, Joseph F; Neuman, Joshua C; Brill, Allison L; Brar, Harpreet K; Thompson, Mary F; Cadena, Mark T; Connors, Kelsey M; Busch, Rebecca A; Heneghan, Aaron F; Cham, Candace M; Jones, Elaina K; Kibbe, Carly R; Davis, Dawn B; Groblewski, Guy E; Kudsk, Kenneth A; Kimple, Michelle E

    2015-09-15

    Stimulation of digestive organs by enteric peptides is lost during total parental nutrition (PN). Here we examine the role of the enteric peptide bombesin (BBS) in stimulation of the exocrine and endocrine pancreas during PN. BBS protects against exocrine pancreas atrophy and dysfunction caused by PN. BBS also augments circulating insulin levels, suggesting an endocrine pancreas phenotype. While no significant changes in gross endocrine pancreas morphology were observed, pancreatic islets isolated from BBS-treated PN mice showed a significantly enhanced insulin secretion response to the glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) agonist exendin-4, correlating with enhanced GLP-1 receptor expression. BBS itself had no effect on islet function, as reflected in low expression of BBS receptors in islet samples. Intestinal BBS receptor expression was enhanced in PN with BBS, and circulating active GLP-1 levels were significantly enhanced in BBS-treated PN mice. We hypothesized that BBS preserved islet function indirectly, through the enteroendocrine cell-pancreas axis. We confirmed the ability of BBS to directly stimulate intestinal enteroid cells to express the GLP-1 precursor preproglucagon. In conclusion, BBS preserves the exocrine and endocrine pancreas functions during PN; however, the endocrine stimulation is likely indirect, through the enteroendocrine cell-pancreas axis.

  13. The gastrin-releasing peptide analog bombesin preserves exocrine and endocrine pancreas morphology and function during parenteral nutrition

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    Pierre, Joseph F.; Neuman, Joshua C.; Brill, Allison L.; Brar, Harpreet K.; Thompson, Mary F.; Cadena, Mark T.; Connors, Kelsey M.; Busch, Rebecca A.; Heneghan, Aaron F.; Cham, Candace M.; Jones, Elaina K.; Kibbe, Carly R.; Davis, Dawn B.; Groblewski, Guy E.; Kudsk, Kenneth A.

    2015-01-01

    Stimulation of digestive organs by enteric peptides is lost during total parental nutrition (PN). Here we examine the role of the enteric peptide bombesin (BBS) in stimulation of the exocrine and endocrine pancreas during PN. BBS protects against exocrine pancreas atrophy and dysfunction caused by PN. BBS also augments circulating insulin levels, suggesting an endocrine pancreas phenotype. While no significant changes in gross endocrine pancreas morphology were observed, pancreatic islets isolated from BBS-treated PN mice showed a significantly enhanced insulin secretion response to the glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) agonist exendin-4, correlating with enhanced GLP-1 receptor expression. BBS itself had no effect on islet function, as reflected in low expression of BBS receptors in islet samples. Intestinal BBS receptor expression was enhanced in PN with BBS, and circulating active GLP-1 levels were significantly enhanced in BBS-treated PN mice. We hypothesized that BBS preserved islet function indirectly, through the enteroendocrine cell-pancreas axis. We confirmed the ability of BBS to directly stimulate intestinal enteroid cells to express the GLP-1 precursor preproglucagon. In conclusion, BBS preserves the exocrine and endocrine pancreas functions during PN; however, the endocrine stimulation is likely indirect, through the enteroendocrine cell-pancreas axis. PMID:26185331

  14. Bombesin receptor subtype-3 (BRS-3), a novel candidate as therapeutic molecular target in obesity and diabetes.

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    Ramos-Álvarez, Irene; Martín-Duce, Antonio; Moreno-Villegas, Zaida; Sanz, Raúl; Aparicio, César; Portal-Núñez, Sergio; Mantey, Samuel A; Jensen, Robert T; González, Nieves

    2013-03-10

    BRS-3 KO-mice developed obesity and unbalanced glucose metabolism, suggesting an important role of BRS-3 receptor in glucose homeostasis. We explored BRS-3 expression in skeletal muscle from normal, obese or type-2 diabetic (T2D) patients, and the effect of [D-Phe(6), β-Ala(11),Phe(13),Nle(14)]bombesin(6-14)-BRS-3-agonist-peptide (BRS-3-AP) - on glucose-related effects, before or after BRS-3 gene silencing. In muscle tissue and primary cultured myocytes from altered metabolic states, BRS-3 gene/protein expressions were down-regulated. In normal, obese and T2D cells: A) BRS-3-AP as insulin enhanced BRS-3 and GLUT-4 mRNA/protein levels; improving glucotransporter translocation to plasma membrane, and B) BRS-3-AP caused a concentration-related-stimulation of glucose transport, being obese and T2D myocytes more sensitive to the ligand than normal. Wortmannin and PD98059, but not rapamycin, abolished the stimulatory action of BRS-3-AP on glucose transport. BRS-3 plays an important role in glucose metabolism, and could be use as a molecular target, and/or its ligand, as a therapeutic agent for obesity and diabetes treatments. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  15. Design and optimization of quinazoline derivatives as melanin concentrating hormone receptor 1 (MCHR1) antagonists.

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    Sasmal, Sanjita; Balaji, Gade; Kanna Reddy, Hariprasada R; Balasubrahmanyam, D; Srinivas, Gujjary; Kyasa, Shivakumar; Sasmal, Pradip K; Khanna, Ish; Talwar, Rashmi; Suresh, J; Jadhav, Vikram P; Muzeeb, Syed; Shashikumar, Dhanya; Harinder Reddy, K; Sebastian, V J; Frimurer, Thomas M; Rist, Øystein; Elster, Lisbeth; Högberg, Thomas

    2012-05-01

    Melanin concentrating hormone (MCH) is an important mediator of energy homeostasis and plays a role in metabolic and CNS disorders. The modeling-supported design, synthesis and multi-parameter optimization (biological activity, solubility, metabolic stability, hERG) of novel quinazoline derivatives as MCHR1 antagonists are described. The in vivo proof of principle for weight loss with a lead compound from this series is exemplified. Clusters of refined hMCHR1 homology models derived from the X-ray structure of the β2-adrenergic receptor, including extracellular loops, were developed and used to guide the design.

  16. Design, synthesis, and antibacterial activities of conformationally constrained kanamycin A derivatives.

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    Zhang, Wenxuan; Chen, Ying; Liang, Qingzhao; Li, Hui; Jin, Hongwei; Zhang, Liangren; Meng, Xiangbao; Li, Zhongjun

    2013-01-18

    A series of conformationally constrained kanamycin A derivatives with a 2'-hydroxyl group in ring I and a 5-hydroxyl group in ring II tethered by carbon chains were designed and synthesized. Pivotal 5,2'-hydroxyl groups were exposed, and the kanamycin A intermediate was synthesized from 5, 2', 4″, 6″-di-O-benzylidene-protected tetraazidokanamycin A. Cyclic kanamycin A derivatives with intramolecular 8-, 9-, 10-, and 11-membered ethers were then prepared by cesium carbonate mediated Williamson ether synthesis or a ring-closing metathesis reaction. The kanamycin A derivatives were assayed against both susceptible and resistant bacterial strains. Although no derivative showed better antibacterial activities than kanamycin A, the antibacterial activities of these cyclic kanamycin A derivatives indeed varied with the length of the bridge. Moreover, different variations of activities were observed between the susceptible and resistant bacterial strains. More tightly constrained derivative 2 with a one-carbon bridge showed better activity than the others against susceptible strains, but it was much less effective for resistant bacterial strains than derivative 3 with a two-carbon bridge and derivative 6 with an unsaturated four-carbon bridge.

  17. Design of incomplete derivative fuzzy PID control system for fast-steering mirror

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    Ai, Zhiwei; Tan, Yi; Wu, Qiongyan; Ren, Ge; Tan, Yufen; Zhu, Nengbing; Zhu, Fuyin

    2016-10-01

    The structure parameters of fast-steering mirror (FSM) might change with time goes by. In order to reduce the impact of this change on the output performance of FSM system, an incomplete derivative fuzzy PID control system is proposed. This control system can effectively improve the time domain quality of FSM system by optimizing the PID control parameters online. First, the dynamic model of FSM is established. Second, the initial parameters of the incomplete derivative PID control system are designed according to the frequency domain quality of the closed-loop system. Then, the rules and related factors of the fuzzy controller are designed on the basis of the initial parameters. Finally, simulation experiments are carried out. The results show that the incomplete derivative PID control system has shorter adjustment time, less overshoot and lower dependence on the parameters of FSM when compared with the fixed parameters PID control system.

  18. Design, synthesis, and antibacterial activity of novel pleuromutilin derivatives bearing an amino thiazolyl ring.

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    Ling, Yong; Wang, Xinyang; Wang, Hui; Yu, Jianghe; Tang, Junming; Wang, Donggeng; Chen, Guangtong; Huang, Jinhua; Li, Yuqin; Zheng, Heng

    2012-08-01

    A series of novel pleuromutilin derivatives containing the amino thiazolyl ring were designed, synthesized, and evaluated for their antibacterial activities in vitro against Gram-positive clinical bacteria. All the target compounds showed better aqueous solubility compared with the lead compound (10). Most compounds displayed strong antibacterial activities against both susceptible and resistant bacteria, particularly for the compound (12f) which showed extraordinary antibacterial properties superior to amoxicillin and tiamulin. Molecular docking studies revealed that the amino thiazolyl ring, the side chains of the pleuromutilin derivatives, can be adopted in the binding pocket of the 50S ribosomal subunit near the mutilin core. Therefore, our novel findings may provide new insights into the design of novel pleuromutilin derivatives and lay the basis for further studies on these promising antibiotics for human clinical use. Copyright © 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  19. Evaluation Technique and Program Efficiency Measures: Statistical Derivations for the Regression Discontinuity Design.

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    Madhere, Serge

    One of the most appropriate quasiexperimental approaches to compensatory education is the regression-discontinuity design. However, it remains underutilized, in part because of the need to clarify the link between the mathematical model and administrative decision-making. This paper explains the derivation of a program efficiency index congruent…

  20. Design and synthesis of new 7-(N-substituted-methyl)-camptothecin derivatives as potent cytotoxic agents.

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    Zhao, Xiao-Bo; Goto, Masuo; Song, Zi-Long; Morris-Natschke, Susan L; Zhao, Yu; Wu, Dan; Yang, Liu; Li, Shu-Gang; Liu, Ying-Qian; Zhu, Gao-Xiang; Wu, Xiao-Bing; Lee, Kuo-Hsiung

    2014-08-15

    A series of novel 7-(N-substituted-methyl)-camptothecin derivatives was designed, synthesized, and evaluated for in vitro cytotoxicity against four human tumor cell lines, A-549, MDA-MB-231, KB, and KBvin. All of the derivatives showed promising in vitro cytotoxic activity against the tested tumor cell lines, with IC50 values ranging from 0.0023 to 1.11 μM, and were as or more potent than topotecan. Compounds 9d, 9e, and 9r exhibited the highest antiproliferative activity among all prepared derivatives. Furthermore, all of the compounds were more potent than paclitaxel against the multidrug-resistant (MDR) KBvin subline. With a concise efficient synthesis and potent cytotoxic profiles, especially significant activity towards KBvin, compounds 9d, 9e, and 9r merit further development as a new generation of camptothecin-derived anticancer clinical trial candidates.

  1. Design, synthesis and biological activity of pyrazinamide derivatives for anti-Mycobacterium tuberculosis.

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    Zhou, Shiyang; Yang, Shanbin; Huang, Gangliang

    2017-12-01

    A total of 11 pyrazinamide derivatives were designed and synthesised using pyrazinamide as the lead compound, which was optimised by structural modification with alkyl chains, six-membered rings, and bioisosterism, respectively. The target compounds were synthesised using pyrazinecarboxylic acid as the starting material by acylation, amidation, and alkylation, respectively. Their structures were confirmed by (1)H NMR, (13)C NMR, HRESIMS, and elemental analysis, respectively. The bioactivities of derivatives were assayed using bacteriostatic experiment and minimum inhibitory concentration experiment. It was showed that the derivatives had good inhibitory effect on Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The biological activity of derivative 1f was the best among all compounds, its antibacterial activity was 99.6%, and the minimum inhibitory concentration was 8.0 µg/mL.

  2. Analysis of argentinated peptide complexes using matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry: Peptide = oxytocin, arg(8) -vasopressin, bradykinin, bombesin, somatostatin, neurotensin.

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    Gupta, Shyam L; Dhiman, Vikas; Jayasekharan, T; Sahoo, N K

    2016-06-15

    The increased use of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) for various biological applications, and over-expression of various peptide receptors in different tumors/cancer cells, necessitate the need for dedicated investigations on the intrinsic binding ability of Ag with various biologically important peptides for better understanding of AgNPs-peptide interactions and for the future development of contrasting agents as well as drugs for imaging/biomedical applications. The [M+(Ag)n ](+) complexes are prepared and characterized using matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOFMS). Silver complexes of the peptides [M+(Ag)n ](+) , where M = oxytocin, arg(8) -vasopressin, bradykinin, bombesin, somatostatin, and neurotensin, have been investigated for their intrinsic Ag(+) -binding ability. Unusual binding of up to seven Ag(+) with these small peptides is observed. The mass spectra show n = 1-5 for bombesin and somatostatin, n = 1-6 for bradykinin and arg(8) -vasopressin, and n = 1-7 for oxytocin and neurotensin. In addition, oxytocin and arg(8) -vasopressin show the formation of dimers and their complexes [M2 +(Ag)n ](+) with n = 1-8 and n = 1-5, respectively. The possible amino acid residues responsible for Ag(+) binding in each peptide have been identified on the basis of density functional theory (DFT)-calculated binding energy values of Ag(+) towards individual amino acids. Mass spectrometric evidence indicates that the peptides, viz., oxytocin, arg(8) -vasopressin, bradykinin, bombesin, somatostatin, and neurotensin, show greater affinity for Ag(+) . Hence, they may be used as carriers for AgNPs in targeted drug delivery as well as an alternative for iodinated contrasting agents in dual energy X-ray imaging techniques. Radio-labeled Ag with these peptides can also be used in radio-pharmaceuticals for diagnostic and therapeutic applications. Copyright © 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Copyright © 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  3. Sigmoid function based integral-derivative observer and application to autopilot design

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    Shao, Xingling; Wang, Honglun; Liu, Jun; Tang, Jun; Li, Jie; Zhang, Xiaoming; Shen, Chong

    2017-02-01

    To handle problems of accurate signal reconstruction and controller implementation with integral and derivative components in the presence of noisy measurement, motivated by the design principle of sigmoid function based tracking differentiator and nonlinear continuous integral-derivative observer, a novel integral-derivative observer (SIDO) using sigmoid function is developed. The key merit of the proposed SIDO is that it can simultaneously provide continuous integral and differential estimates with almost no drift phenomena and chattering effect, as well as acceptable noise-tolerance performance from output measurement, and the stability is established based on exponential stability and singular perturbation theory. In addition, the effectiveness of SIDO in suppressing drift phenomena and high frequency noises is firstly revealed using describing function and confirmed through simulation comparisons. Finally, the theoretical results on SIDO are demonstrated with application to autopilot design: 1) the integral and tracking estimates are extracted from the sensed pitch angular rate contaminated by nonwhite noises in feedback loop, 2) the PID(proportional-integral-derivative) based attitude controller is realized by adopting the error estimates offered by SIDO instead of using the ideal integral and derivative operator to achieve satisfactory tracking performance under control constraint.

  4. The scheme machine: A case study in progress in design derivation at system levels

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    Johnson, Steven D.

    1995-01-01

    The Scheme Machine is one of several design projects of the Digital Design Derivation group at Indiana University. It differs from the other projects in its focus on issues of system design and its connection to surrounding research in programming language semantics, compiler construction, and programming methodology underway at Indiana and elsewhere. The genesis of the project dates to the early 1980's, when digital design derivation research branched from the surrounding research effort in programming languages. Both branches have continued to develop in parallel, with this particular project serving as a bridge. However, by 1990 there remained little real interaction between the branches and recently we have undertaken to reintegrate them. On the software side, researchers have refined a mathematically rigorous (but not mechanized) treatment starting with the fully abstract semantic definition of Scheme and resulting in an efficient implementation consisting of a compiler and virtual machine model, the latter typically realized with a general purpose microprocessor. The derivation includes a number of sophisticated factorizations and representations and is also deep example of the underlying engineering methodology. The hardware research has created a mechanized algebra supporting the tedious and massive transformations often seen at lower levels of design. This work has progressed to the point that large scale devices, such as processors, can be derived from first-order finite state machine specifications. This is roughly where the language oriented research stops; thus, together, the two efforts establish a thread from the highest levels of abstract specification to detailed digital implementation. The Scheme Machine project challenges hardware derivation research in several ways, although the individual components of the system are of a similar scale to those we have worked with before. The machine has a custom dual-ported memory to support garbage collection

  5. Advancements in rationally designed PGM-free fuel cell catalysts derived from metal–organic frameworks

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    Barkholtz, Heather M.; Liu, Di -Jia

    2016-11-14

    Over the past several years, metal-organic framework (MOF)-derived platinum group metal free (PGM-free) electrocatalysts have gained considerable attention due to their high efficiency and low cost as potential replacement for platinum in catalyzing oxygen reduction reaction (ORR). In this review, we summarize the recent advancements in design, synthesis and characterization of MOF-derived ORR catalysts and their performances in acidic and alkaline media. As a result, we also discuss the key challenges such as durability and activity enhancement critical in moving forward this emerging electrocatalyst science.

  6. Design and one-pot synthesis of new 7-acyl camptothecin derivatives as potent cytotoxic agents.

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    Liu, Ying-Qian; Dai, Wei; Wang, Chih-Ya; Morris-Natschke, Susan L; Zhou, Xing-Wen; Yang, Liu; Yang, Xiao-Ming; Li, Wen-Qun; Lee, Kuo-Hsiung

    2012-12-15

    New 7-acyl camptothecin derivatives were designed and synthesized from camptothecin in a one-pot reaction through a Minisci type-reaction and were evaluated for cytotoxicity against four tumor cell lines, A-549, DU-145, KB, and KB-vin. All of the new compounds showed significant inhibition of human tumor cell growth, with IC(50) values ranging from 0.01538 to 13.342 μM. Most of the derivatives were more cytotoxic than irinotecan, and the (7a) and 7-propionyl (7b) analogs exhibited the highest cytotoxic activity against the tumor cell lines tested. This compound class merits further development as anticancer clinical trial candidates.

  7. Gut regulatory peptides bombesin and neurotensin reduce hepatic oxidative stress and histological alterations in bile duct ligated rats.

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    Assimakopoulos, Stelios F; Vagianos, Constantine E; Zervoudakis, George; Filos, Kriton S; Georgiou, Christos; Nikolopoulou, Vassiliki; Scopa, Chrisoula D

    2004-08-15

    Gut regulatory peptides bombesin (BBS) and neurotensin (NT) exert a wide spectrum of biological actions on gastrointestinal tissues and we have previously shown that they improve intestinal barrier function and oxidative stress in experimentally jaundiced rats. In the present study, we explored their potential action on liver histology and oxidative status in bile duct ligated rats. Seventy male Wistar rats were randomly divided into five groups: controls, sham operated, bile duct ligated (BDL), BDL + BBS (10 microg/kg, s.c. x3), BDL + NT (300 microg/kg, i.p.). At the end of the experiment, on day 10, serum total bilirubin and alanine aminotransferase (ALT) levels were determined and endotoxin was measured in portal and aortic blood. Liver tissue samples were examined histologically for evaluation of the ratio of portal tracts presenting changes of obstructive cholangiopathy and neutrophils' number in portal tracts. In addition, hepatic oxidative status was estimated on liver homogenates by measurements of lipid peroxidation (malondialdehyde), protein oxidation (protein carbonyl groups) and thiol redox state [reduced glutathione (GSH), oxidized glutathione (GSSG), total non-protein mixed disulfides (NPSSR) and protein thiols (PSH)]. Administration of BBS or NT significantly reduced portal and aortic endotoxaemia observed in obstructive jaundice. Both agents significantly ameliorated liver injury, as demonstrated by improvement of obstructive cholangiopathy and reduction of ALT. This effect was accompanied by prevention of lipid peroxidation, protein oxidation and decrease of the oxidized forms GSSG and NPSSR. Moreover, neutrophil accumulation in portal tracts was significantly decreased. In conclusion, this study shows that gut regulatory peptides BBS and NT reduce cholestatic liver injury, exerting protective effects on portal tract architecture, neutrophil infiltration and hepatic oxidative stress in bile duct ligated rats.

  8. Structures and bonding on a colloidal silver surface of the various length carboxyl terminal fragments of bombesin.

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    Podstawka, Edyta; Ozaki, Yukihiro; Proniewicz, Leonard M

    2008-10-07

    Raman (RS) and surface-enhanced Raman scattering spectra (SERS) were measured for various length carboxyl terminal fragments (X-14 of amino acid sequence) of bombesin ( BN): BN13-14, BN12-14, BN11-14, BN10-14, BN9-14, and BN8-14 in silver colloidal solutions. Density functional theory (DFT) calculations of Raman wavenumbers and intensities with extended basis sets (B3LYP/6-31++G**) were performed with the aim of providing the definitive band allocations to the normal coordinates. The proposed band assignment is consistent with the assignment for similar compounds reported in the literature. The nonadsorbed and adsorbed molecular structures were deducted by detailed spectral analysis of the RS and SERS spectra, respectively. This analysis also allowed us to propose the particular surface geometry and orientation of these peptides on silver surface, and their specific interaction with the surface. For example, a SERS spectrum of BN8-14 indicates that the interaction of a thioether atom and Trp8 with the silver surface is favorable and may dictate the orientation and conformation of adsorbed peptide. One of the most prominent and common features in all of the fragments' SERS spectra is a approximately 692 cm (-1) band due to nu(C-S) accompanied by two or three bands of different C-S conformers for all, except BN8-14, which suggests that all of the above-mentioned compounds adsorb on the silver surface through the thioether atom and that the attachment of Trp8 produces limitation in a number of possible C-S conformers adopted on this surface. Our results also show clearly that His12 and CO do not interact with the colloid surface, which supports our earlier results.

  9. Body temperature as a mouse pharmacodynamic response to bombesin receptor subtype-3 agonists and other potential obesity treatments.

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    Metzger, Joseph M; Gagen, Karen; Raustad, Kate A; Yang, Liming; White, Amanda; Wang, Sheng-Ping; Craw, Stephanie; Liu, Ping; Lanza, Thomas; Lin, Linus S; Nargund, Ravi P; Guan, Xiao-Ming; Strack, Alison M; Reitman, Marc L

    2010-11-01

    Treatment of rodents with a bombesin receptor subtype-3 (BRS-3) agonist reduces food intake and increases fasting metabolic rate, causing weight loss with continued treatment. In small mammals, core body temperature (T(b)) is regulated in part by nutritional status, with a reduced T(b) during fasting. We report that fed Brs3 knockout mice have a lower T(b), which is discordant with their nutritional status. Treatment of wild-type mice with a BRS-3 agonist increased T(b), more so when the baseline T(b) was reduced such as by fasting or during the inactive phase of the light cycle. With repeated BRS-3 agonist dosing, the T(b) increase attenuated despite continued weight loss efficacy. The increase in T(b) was not prevented by inhibitors of prostaglandin E (PGE) production but was partially reduced by a β-adrenergic blocker. These results demonstrate that BRS-3 has a role in body temperature regulation, presumably secondary to its effect on energy metabolism, including effects on sympathetic tone. By making use of this phenomenon, the reversal of the fasting T(b) reduction was developed into a sensitive single-dose pharmacodynamic assay for BRS-3 agonism and other antiobesity compounds acting by various mechanisms, including sibutramine, cannabinoid-1, and melanin-concentrating hormone-1 receptor blockers, and melanocortin, β₃-adrenergic, and cholecystokinin-1 receptor agonists. These drugs increased both the fasted T(b) and the fasted, resting metabolic rates. The T(b) assay is a robust, information-rich assay that is simpler and has a greater throughput than measuring metabolic rate and is a practical, effective tool for drug discovery.

  10. Surface-enhanced Raman difference between bombesin and its modified analogues on the colloidal and electrochemically roughen silver surfaces.

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    Podstawka, Edyta; Ozaki, Yukihiro

    2008-10-01

    In this article, surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) spectra of bombesin (BN) and its six modified analogues ([D-Phe(12)]BN, [Tyr(4)]BN, [Tyr(4),D-Phe(12)]BN, [D-Phe(12),Leu(14)]BN, [Leu(13)-(R)-Leu(14)]BN, and [Lys(3)]BN) on a colloidal silver surface are reported and compared with SERS spectra of these species immobilized onto an ellectrochemically roughen silver electrode. Changes in enhancement and wavenumber of proper bands upon adsorption on different silver surfaces are consistent with BN and its analogues adsorption primarily through Trp(8). Slightly different adsorption states of these molecules are observed depending upon natural amino acids substitution. For example, the indole ring in all the peptides interacts with silver nanoparticles in a edge-on orientation. It is additionally coordinated to the silver through the N(1)--H bond for all the peptides, except [Phe(12)]BN. This is in contrary to the results obtained for the silver roughen electrode that show direct but not strong N(1)--H/Ag interaction for all peptides except [D-Phe(12),Leu(14)]BN and [Leu(13)-(R)-Leu(14)]BN. For BN only C==O is not involved in the chemical coordination with the colloidal surface. [Lys(3)]BN and BN also adsorb with the C--N bond of NH(2) group normal and horizontal, respectively, to the colloidal surface, whereas C--NH(2) in other peptides is tilted to this surface. Also, the Trp(8) --CH(2)-- moiety of only [Tyr(4)]BN, [Lys(3)]BN, and [Tyr(4),D-Phe(12)]BN coordinates to Ag, whereas the Phe(12) ring of [Phe(12)]BN, [Tyr(4),D-Phe(12)]BN, and [D-Phe(12),Leu(14)]BN assists in the peptides binding only on the colloidal silver.

  11. Novel Amino-Pyridine Functionalized Chitosan Quaternary Ammonium Derivatives: Design, Synthesis, and Antioxidant Activity.

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    Li, Qing; Zhang, Caili; Tan, Wenqiang; Gu, Guodong; Guo, Zhanyong

    2017-01-18

    Chemical modification of chitosan is increasingly studied for its potential of providing new applications of chitosan. Here, a group of novel chitosan quaternary ammonium derivatives containing pyridine or amino-pyridine were designed and successfully synthesized through chemical modification of chitosan. Pyridine and amino-pyridine were used as functional groups to improve the antifungal activity of chitosan derivatives. The chitosan derivatives' antioxidant activity against hydroxyl-radical and 1,1-Diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH)-radical was tested in vitro. The results showed that chitosan derivatives had better water solubility and stronger antioxidant activity compared with chitosan in all assays. Especially, compounds 3C and 3E (with 3-amino pyridine and 2,3-diamino pyridine as substitute respectively) exhibited stronger hydroxyl-radical and DPPH-radical scavenging ability than other synthesized compounds. These data demonstrated that the synergistic effect of the amino group and pyridine would improve the antioxidant activity of chitosan derivatives, and the position of the amino group on pyridine could influence the antioxidant property of chitosan derivatives.

  12. Application of derivative matrices of skew rays to design of compound dispersion prisms.

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    Lin, Psang Dain

    2016-09-01

    Numerous optimization methods have been developed in recent decades for optical system design. However, these methods rely heavily on ray tracing and finite difference techniques to estimate the derivative matrices of the rays. Consequently, the accuracy of the results obtained from these methods is critically dependent on the incremental step size used in the tuning stage. To overcome this limitation, the present study proposes a comprehensive methodology for the design of compound dispersion prisms based on the first- and second-order derivative matrices of skew rays. The proposed method facilitates the analysis and design of prisms with respect to arbitrary system variables and provides an ideal basis for automatic prism design applications. Four illustrative examples are given. It is shown that the optical quantities required to evaluate the prism performance can be extracted directly from the proposed derivative matrices. In addition, it is shown in this study that the single-element 3D prism can have the same deviation angle and spectral dispersion as the 2D compound prism.

  13. Parallel Calculation of Sensitivity Derivatives for Aircraft Design using Automatic Differentiation

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    Bischof, c. H.; Green, L. L.; Haigler, K. J.; Knauff, T. L., Jr.

    1994-01-01

    Sensitivity derivative (SD) calculation via automatic differentiation (AD) typical of that required for the aerodynamic design of a transport-type aircraft is considered. Two ways of computing SD via code generated by the ADIFOR automatic differentiation tool are compared for efficiency and applicability to problems involving large numbers of design variables. A vector implementation on a Cray Y-MP computer is compared with a coarse-grained parallel implementation on an IBM SP1 computer, employing a Fortran M wrapper. The SD are computed for a swept transport wing in turbulent, transonic flow; the number of geometric design variables varies from 1 to 60 with coupling between a wing grid generation program and a state-of-the-art, 3-D computational fluid dynamics program, both augmented for derivative computation via AD. For a small number of design variables, the Cray Y-MP implementation is much faster. As the number of design variables grows, however, the IBM SP1 becomes an attractive alternative in terms of compute speed, job turnaround time, and total memory available for solutions with large numbers of design variables. The coarse-grained parallel implementation also can be moved easily to a network of workstations.

  14. Molecular Design, Structural Analysis and Antifungal Activity of Derivatives of Peptide CGA-N46.

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    Li, Rui-Fang; Lu, Zhi-Fang; Sun, Ya-Nan; Chen, Shi-Hua; Yi, Yan-Jie; Zhang, Hui-Ru; Yang, Shuo-Ye; Yu, Guang-Hai; Huang, Liang; Li, Chao-Nan

    2016-09-01

    Chromogranin A (CGA)-N46, a derived peptide of human chromogranin A, has antifungal activity. To further research the active domain of CGA-N46, a series of derivatives were designed by successively deleting amino acid from both terminus of CGA-N46, and the amino acid sequence of each derivative was analyzed by bioinformatic software. Based on the predicted physicochemical properties of the peptides, including half-life time in mammalian reticulocytes (in vitro), yeast (in vivo) and E. coli (in vivo), instability index, aliphatic index and grand average of hydropathicity (GRAVY), the secondary structure, net charge, the distribution of hydrophobic residues and hydrophilic residues, the final derivatives CGA-N15, CGA-N16, CGA-N12 and CGA-N8 were synthesized by solid-phase peptide synthesis. The results of bioinformatic analysis showed that CGA-N46 and its derivatives were α-helix, neutral or weak positive charge, hydrophilic, and CGA-N12 and CGA-N8 were more stable than the other derivatives. The results of circular dichroism confirmed that CGA-N46 and its derived peptides displayed α-helical structure in an aqueous solution and 30 mM sodium dodecylsulfate, but α-helical contents decreased in hydrophobic lipid vesicles. CGA-N15, CGA-N16, CGA-N12 and CGA-N8 had higher antifungal activities than their mother peptide CGA-N46. Among of the derived peptides, CGA-N12 showed the least hemolytic activity. In conclusion, we have successfully identified the active domain of CGA-N46 with strong antifungal activity and weak hemolytic activity, which provides the possibility to develop a new class of antibiotics.

  15. Design, synthesis, and insecticidal activity of some novel diacylhydrazine and acylhydrazone derivatives.

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    Sun, Jialong; Zhou, Yuanming

    2015-03-30

    In this study a series of diacylhydrazine and acylhydrazone derivatives were designed and synthesized according to the method of active group combination and the principles of aromatic group bioisosterism. The structures of the novel derivatives were determined on the basis on 1H-NMR, IR and ESI-MS spectral data. All of the compounds were evaluated for their in vivo insecticidal activity against the third instar larvae of Spodoptera exigua Hiibner, Helicoverpa armigera Hubner, Plutella xyllostella Linnaeus and Pieris rapae Linne, respectively, at a concentration of 10 mg/L. The results showed that all of the derivatives displayed high insecticidal activity. Most of the compounds presented higher insecticidal activity against S. exigua than the reference compounds tebufenozide, metaflumizone and tolfenpyrad, and approximately identical insecticidal activity against H. armigera, P. xyllostella and P. rapae as the references metaflumizone and tolfenpyrad.

  16. Design, synthesis and evaluation of 4-dimethylamine flavonoid derivatives as potential multifunctional anti-Alzheimer agents.

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    Luo, Wen; Wang, Ting; Hong, Chen; Yang, Ya-Chen; Chen, Ying; Cen, Juan; Xie, Song-Qiang; Wang, Chao-Jie

    2016-10-21

    A new series of 4-dimethylamine flavonoid derivatives were designed and synthesized as potential multifunctional anti-Alzheimer agents. The inhibition of cholinesterase activity, self-induced β-amyloid (Aβ) aggregation, and antioxidant activity by these derivatives was investigated. Most of the compounds exhibited potent acetylcholinesterase (AChE) and butyrylcholinesterase (BChE) inhibitory activity. A Lineweaver-Burk plot and molecular modeling study showed that these compounds targeted both the catalytic active site (CAS) and peripheral anionic site (PAS) of AChE. The derivatives showed potent self-induced Aβ aggregation inhibition and peroxyl radical absorbance activity. Moreover, compound 6d significantly protected PC12 neurons against H2O2-induced cell death at low concentrations. Thus, these compounds could become multifunctional agents for further development for the treatment of AD.

  17. Design, synthesis and 3D-QSAR study of cytotoxic flavonoid derivatives.

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    Ou, Lili; Han, Shuang; Ding, Wenbo; Chen, Zhe; Ye, Ziqi; Yang, Hongyu; Zhang, Goulin; Lou, Yijia; Chen, Jian-Zhong; Yu, Yongping

    2011-08-01

    Three series of flavonoid derivatives were designed and synthesized. All synthesized compounds were evaluated for cytotoxic activities against five human cancer cell lines, including K562, PC-3, MCF-7, A549, and HO8910. Among the compounds tested, compound 9 d exhibited the most potent cytotoxic activity with IC(50) values of 2.76-6.98 μM. Further comparative molecular field analysis was performed to conduct a 3D quantitative structure-activity relationship study. The generated 3D-QSAR model could be used for further rational design of novel flavonoid analogs as highly potent cytotoxic agents.

  18. Design and Synthesis of Pyrazole-3-one Derivatives as Hypoglycaemic Agents

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    Datar, Prasanna A.; Jadhav, Sonali R.

    2015-01-01

    Pyrazole-3-one compounds were designed on the basis of docking studies of previously reported antidiabetic pyrazole compounds. The amino acid residues found during docking studies were used as guidelines for the modification of aromatic substitutions on pyrazole-3-one structure. Depending on the docking score, the designed compounds were selectively prioritized for synthesis. The synthesized compounds were subjected to in vivo hypoglycemic activity using alloxan induced diabetic rats and metformin as a standard. Compound 4 having sulphonamide derivative was found to be the most potent compound among the series. PMID:25734015

  19. Derivation of Design Loads and Random Vibration specifications for Spacecraft Instruments and Sub-Units

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    Fransen, S.; Yamawaki, T.; Akagi, H.; Eggens, M.; van Baren, C.

    2014-06-01

    After a first estimation based on statistics, the design loads for instruments are generally estimated by coupled spacecraft/instrument sine analysis once an FE-model of the spacecraft is available. When the design loads for the instrument have been derived, the next step in the process is to estimate the random vibration environment at the instrument base and to compute the RMS load at the centre of gravity of the instrument by means of vibro-acoustic analysis. Finally the design loads of the light-weight sub-units of the instrument can be estimated through random vibration analysis at instrument level, taking into account the notches required to protect the instrument interfaces in the hard- mounted random vibration test. This paper presents the aforementioned steps of instrument and sub-units loads derivation in the preliminary design phase of the spacecraft and identifies the problems that may be encountered in terms of design load consistency between low-frequency and high-frequency environments. The SpicA FAR-infrared Instrument (SAFARI) which is currently developed for the Space Infrared Telescope for Cosmology and Astrophysics (SPICA) will be used as a guiding example.

  20. Novel leucine ureido derivatives as aminopeptidase N inhibitors. Design, synthesis and activity evaluation.

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    Ma, Chunhua; Cao, Jiangying; Liang, Xuewu; Huang, Yongxue; Wu, Ping; Li, Yingxia; Xu, Wenfang; Zhang, Yingjie

    2016-01-27

    Aminopeptidase N (APN/CD13) over-expressed on tumor cells and tumor microenvironment, plays critical roles in tumor invasion, metastasis and angiogenesis. Here we described the design, synthesis and preliminary activity studies of novel leucine ureido derivatives as aminopeptidase N (APN/CD13) inhibitors. The results showed that compound 7a had the most potent inhibitory activity against APN with the IC50 value of 20 nM, which could be used for further anticancer agent research.

  1. Accuracy of the domain method for the material derivative approach to shape design sensitivities

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    Yang, R. J.; Botkin, M. E.

    1987-01-01

    Numerical accuracy for the boundary and domain methods of the material derivative approach to shape design sensitivities is investigated through the use of mesh refinement. The results show that the domain method is generally more accurate than the boundary method, using the finite element technique. It is also shown that the domain method is equivalent, under certain assumptions, to the implicit differentiation approach not only theoretically but also numerically.

  2. Regulation of glucose transport by insulin, bombesin, and bradykinin in Swiss 3T3 fibroblasts: Involvement of protein kinase C-dependent and -independent mechanisms

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    Dettori, C.; Meldolesi, J. )

    1989-05-01

    Glucose transport stimulation by insulin, bombesin, and bradykinin in Swiss 3T3 fibroblasts was compared with the phosphoinositide hydrolysis effects of the same stimulants in a variety of experimental paradigms known to affect generation and/or functioning of intracellular second messengers: short- and long-term treatments with phorbol dibutyrate, that cause activation and down-regulation of protein kinase C, respectively; cell loading with high (quin2), that causes clamping of (Ca{sup 2+}){sub i} near the resting level; poisoning with pertussis toxin, that affects the GTP binding proteins of the Go/Gi class; treatment with Ca{sup 2+} ionophores. ({sup 14}C) glucose transport stimulation by maximal (insulin) was affected by neither pertussis toxin nor protein kinase C down-regulation. This result correlates with the lack of effect of insulin on phosphoinositide hydrolysis. In contrast, part of the glucose transport responses induced by bombesin and bradykinin appeared to be mediated by protein kinase C in proportion with the stimulation induced by these peptides on the phosphoinositide hydrolysis. The protein kinase C-independent portion of the response to bradykinin was found to be inhibitable by pertussis toxin. This latter result might suggest an interaction between the bradykinin receptor and a glucose transporter, mediated by a protein of the Go/Gi class.

  3. A coupling of homology modeling with multiple molecular dynamics simulation for identifying representative conformation of GPCR structures: a case study on human bombesin receptor subtype-3.

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    Nowroozi, Amin; Shahlaei, Mohsen

    2017-02-01

    In this study, a computational pipeline was therefore devised to overcome homology modeling (HM) bottlenecks. The coupling of HM with molecular dynamics (MD) simulation is useful in that it tackles the sampling deficiency of dynamics simulations by providing good-quality initial guesses for the native structure. Indeed, HM also relaxes the severe requirement of force fields to explore the huge conformational space of protein structures. In this study, the interaction between the human bombesin receptor subtype-3 and MK-5046 was investigated integrating HM, molecular docking, and MD simulations. To improve conformational sampling in typical MD simulations of GPCRs, as in other biomolecules, multiple trajectories with different initial conditions can be employed rather than a single long trajectory. Multiple MD simulations of human bombesin receptor subtype-3 with different initial atomic velocities are applied to sample conformations in the vicinity of the structure generated by HM. The backbone atom conformational space distribution of replicates is analyzed employing principal components analysis. As a result, the averages of structural and dynamic properties over the twenty-one trajectories differ significantly from those obtained from individual trajectories.

  4. Three amino acid derivatives of valproic acid: design, synthesis, theoretical and experimental evaluation as anticancer agents.

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    Luna-Palencia, Gabriela R; Martinez-Ramos, Federico; Vasquez-Moctezuma, Ismael; Fragoso-Vazquez, Manuel Jonathan; Mendieta-Wejebe, Jessica Elena; Padilla-Martínez, Itzia I; Sixto-Lopez, Yudibeth; Mendez-Luna, David; Trujillo-Ferrara, Jose; Meraz-Rios, Marco A; Fonseca-Sabater, Yadira; Correa-Basurto, Jose

    2014-01-01

    Valproic acid (VPA) is extensively used as an anticonvulsive agent and as a treatment for other neurological disorders. It has been shown that VPA exerts an anti-proliferative effect on several types of cancer cells by inhibiting the activity of histone deacetylases (HDACs), which are involved in replication and differentiation processes. However, VPA has some disadvantages, among which are poor water solubility and hepatotoxicity. Therefore, the aim of the present study was to design and synthesize three derivatives of VPA to improve its physicochemical properties and anti-proliferative effects. For this purpose, the amino acids aspartic acid, glutamic acid and proline were added to the molecular structure of VPA. Docking and molecular dynamics simulations were used to determine the mode of recognition of these three derivatives by different conformations of HDAC8. This receptor was used as the specific target because of its high affinity for this type of substrate. The results demonstrate that, compared to VPA, the test compounds bind to different sites on the enzyme and that hydrogen bonds and hydrophobic interactions play key roles in this difference. The IC50 values of the VPA derivatives, experimentally determined using HeLa cells, were in the mM range. This result indicates that the derivatives have greater antiproliferative effects than the parent compound. Hence, these results suggest that these amino acid derivatives may represent a good alternative for anticancer treatment.

  5. [Benzimidazole and its derivatives--from fungicides to designer drugs. A new occupational and environmental hazards].

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    Lutz, Piotr

    2012-01-01

    Benzimidazole and benzimidazole derivatives play an important role in controlling various fungal pathogens. The benzimidazoles are also used to treat nematode and trematode infections in humans and animals. It acts by binding to the microtubules and stopping hyphal growth. It also binds to the spindle microtubules and blocks nuclear division. The most popular fungicide is carbendazim. The fungicide is used to control plant diseases in cereals and fruits. Laboratory studies have shown that carbendazim cause infertility and destroy the testicles of laboratory animals. Other benzimidazole derivatives are used as a preservative in paint, textile, papermaking, leather industry, and warehousing practices, as well as a preservative of fruits. Occupational exposure to benzimidazole may occur through inhalation and dermal contact with those compounds at workplaces where benzimidazole is used or produced. Some of the benzimidazoles are common environmental pollutants. They are often found in food and fruit products. Some of the benzimidazoles, like a astemizole or esomeprazole have found applications in diverse therapeutical areas. Despite of the clear advantages afforded by the use of benzimidazole derivatives, they share a danger potential. The most hazardous, however, are new illegally synthesed psychoactive drugs known as designer drugs. Some of them, like nitazene, etonitazene or clonitazene belong to benzimidazole derivatives. Laboratory animal studies revealed that etonitazene produced very similar effects in central nervous system as those observed after morphine administration. Considering etonitazene's properties, it seems reasonable to expected that long-term exposure to other benzimidazole derivatives may result in drug abuse and development of drug dependence.

  6. Derivation and application of the energy dissipation factor in the design of fishways

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    Towler, Brett; Mulligan, Kevin; Haro, Alexander J.

    2015-01-01

    Reducing turbulence and associated air entrainment is generally considered advantageous in the engineering design of fish passage facilities. The well-known energy dissipation factor, or EDF, correlates with observations of the phenomena. However, inconsistencies in EDF forms exist and the bases for volumetric energy dissipation rate criteria are often misunderstood. A comprehensive survey of EDF criteria is presented. Clarity in the application of the EDF and resolutions to these inconsistencies are provided through formal derivations; it is demonstrated that kinetic energy represents only 1/3 of the total energy input for the special case of a broad-crested weir. Specific errors in published design manuals are identified and resolved. New, fundamentally sound, design equations for culvert outlet pools and standard Denil Fishway resting pools are developed. The findings underscore the utility of EDF equations, demonstrate the transferability of volumetric energy dissipation rates, and provide a foundation for future refinement of component-, species-, and life-stage-specific EDF criteria.

  7. Design, synthesis, antimicrobial activity and molecular modeling studies of novel benzofuroxan derivatives against Staphylococcus aureus.

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    Jorge, Salomão Dória; Masunari, Andrea; Rangel-Yagui, Carlota Oliveira; Pasqualoto, Kerly Fernanda Mesquita; Tavares, Leoberto Costa

    2009-04-15

    Molecular modification is a quite promising strategy in the design and development of drug analogs with better bioavailability, higher intrinsic activity and less toxicity. In the search of new leads with potential antimicrobial activity, a new series of 14 4-substituted [N'-(benzofuroxan-5-yl)methylene]benzohydrazides, nifuroxazide derivatives, were synthesized and tested against standard and multidrug-resistant Staphylococcus aureus strains. The selection of the substituent groups was based on physicochemical properties, such as hydrophobicity and electronic effect. These properties were also evaluated through the lipophilic and electrostatic potential maps, respectively, considering the compounds with better biological profile. Twelve compounds exhibited similar bacteriostatic activity against standard and multidrug-resistant strains. The most active compound was the 4-CF(3) substituted derivative, which presented a minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) value of 14.6-13.1 microg/mL, and a ClogP value of 1.87. The results highlight the benzofuroxan derivatives as potential leads for designing new future antimicrobial drug candidates.

  8. Design and application of cationic amphiphilic β-cyclodextrin derivatives as gene delivery vectors.

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    Wan, Ning; Huan, Meng-Lei; Ma, Xi-Xi; Jing, Zi-Wei; Zhang, Ya-Xuan; Li, Chen; Zhou, Si-Yuan; Zhang, Bang-Le

    2017-09-14

    The nano self-assembly profiles of amphiphilic gene delivery vectors could improve the density of local cationic head groups to promote the DNA condensation capability and enhance the interaction between cell membrane and hydrophobic tails, thus increasing the cellular uptake and gene transfection. In this paper, two series of cationic amphiphilic β-cyclodextrin (β-CD) derivatives were designed and synthesized by using 6-mono-OTs-β-CD (1) as the precursor to construct amphiphilic gene vectors with different building blocks in a selective and controlled manner. The effect of different type and degree of cationic head groups on transfection and the endocytic mechanism of β-CD derivatives/DNA nanocomplexes were also investigated. The results demonstrated that the designed β-cyclodextrin derivatives were able to compact DNA to form stable nanocomplexes and exhibited low cytotoxicity. Among them, PEI-1 with PEI head group showed enhanced transfection activity, significantly higher than commercially available agent PEI25000 especially in the presence of serum, showing potential application prospects in clinical trials. Moreover, the endocytic uptake mechanism involved in the gene transfection of PEI-1 was mainly through caveolae-mediated endocytosis, which could avoid the lysosomal degradation of loaded gene, and had great importance for improving gene transfection activity. © 2017 IOP Publishing Ltd.

  9. Design of novel quinazolinone derivatives as inhibitors for 5HT7 receptor.

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    Chitta, Aparna; Jatavath, Mohan Babu; Fatima, Sabiha; Manga, Vijjulatha

    2012-02-01

    To study the pharmacophore properties of quinazolinone derivatives as 5HT(7) inhibitors, 3D QSAR methodologies, namely Comparative Molecular Field Analysis (CoMFA) and Comparative Molecular Similarity Indices Analysis (CoMSIA) were applied, partial least square (PLS) analysis was performed and QSAR models were generated. The derived model showed good statistical reliability in terms of predicting the 5HT(7) inhibitory activity of the quinazolione derivative, based on molecular property fields like steric, electrostatic, hydrophobic, hydrogen bond donor and hydrogen bond acceptor fields. This is evident from statistical parameters like q(2) (cross validated correlation coefficient) of 0.642, 0.602 and r(2) (conventional correlation coefficient) of 0.937, 0.908 for CoMFA and CoMSIA respectively. The predictive ability of the models to determine 5HT(7) antagonistic activity is validated using a test set of 26 molecules that were not included in the training set and the predictive r(2) obtained for the test set was 0.512 & 0.541. Further, the results of the derived model are illustrated by means of contour maps, which give an insight into the interaction of the drug with the receptor. The molecular fields so obtained served as the basis for the design of twenty new ligands. In addition, ADME (Adsorption, Distribution, Metabolism and Elimination) have been calculated in order to predict the relevant pharmaceutical properties, and the results are in conformity with required drug like properties.

  10. Design, synthesis and biological evaluation of heterocyclic azoles derivatives containing pyrazine moiety as potential telomerase inhibitors.

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    Zhang, Yan-Bin; Wang, Xiao-Liang; Liu, Wen; Yang, Yu-Shun; Tang, Jian-Feng; Zhu, Hai-Liang

    2012-11-01

    Three series of novel heterocyclic azoles derivatives containing pyrazine (5a-5k, 8a-8k and 11a-11k) have been designed, synthesized, structurally determined, and their biological activities were evaluated as potential telomerase inhibitors. Among the oxadiazole derivatives, compound 5c showed the most potent biological activity against SW1116 cancer cell line (IC(50)=2.46 μM against SW1116 and IC(50)=3.55 μM for telomerase). Compound 8h performed the best in the thiadiazole derivatives (IC(50)=0.78 μM against HEPG2 and IC(50)=1.24 μM for telomerase), which was comparable to the positive control. While compound 11f showed the most potent biological activity (IC(50)=4.12 μM against SW1116 and IC(50)=15.03 μM for telomerase) among the triazole derivatives. Docking simulation by positioning compounds 5c, 8h and 11f into the telomerase structure active site was performed to explore the possible binding model. The results of apoptosis demonstrated that compound 8h possessed good antitumor activity against HEPG2 cancer cell line. Therefore, compound 8h with potent inhibitory activity in tumor growth inhibition may be a potential antitumor agent against HEPG2 cancer cell. Therefore, the introduction of oxadiazole, thiadiazole and triazole structures reinforced the combination of our compounds and the receptor, resulting in progress of bioactivity. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  11. Structure-based design of novel naproxen derivatives targeting monomeric nucleoprotein of Influenza A virus

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    Tarus, Bogdan; Bertrand, Hélène; Zedda, Gloria; Di Primo, Carmelo; Quideau, Stéphane; Slama-Schwok, Anny

    2015-01-01

    The nucleoprotein (NP) binds the viral RNA genome as oligomers assembled with the polymerase in a ribonucleoprotein complex required for transcription and replication of influenza A virus. Novel antiviral candidates targeting the nucleoprotein either induced higher order oligomers or reduced NP oligomerization by targeting the oligomerization loop and blocking its insertion into adjacent nucleoprotein subunit. In this study, we used a different structure-based approach to stabilize monomers of the nucleoprotein by drugs binding in its RNA-binding groove. We recently identified naproxen as a drug competing with RNA binding to NP with antiinflammatory and antiviral effects against influenza A virus. Here, we designed novel derivatives of naproxen by fragment extension for improved binding to NP. Molecular dynamics simulations suggested that among these derivatives, naproxen A and C0 were most promising. Their chemical synthesis is described. Both derivatives markedly stabilized NP monomer against thermal denaturation. Naproxen C0 bound tighter to NP than naproxen at a binding site predicted by MD simulations and shown by competition experiments using wt NP or single-point mutants as determined by surface plasmon resonance. MD simulations suggested that impeded oligomerization and stabilization of monomeric NP is likely to be achieved by drugs binding in the RNA grove and inducing close to their binding site conformational changes of key residues hosting the oligomerization loop as observed for the naproxen derivatives. Naproxen C0 is a potential antiviral candidate blocking influenza nucleoprotein function. PMID:25333630

  12. Structure-based design of novel naproxen derivatives targeting monomeric nucleoprotein of Influenza A virus.

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    Tarus, Bogdan; Bertrand, Hélène; Zedda, Gloria; Di Primo, Carmelo; Quideau, Stéphane; Slama-Schwok, Anny

    2015-09-01

    The nucleoprotein (NP) binds the viral RNA genome as oligomers assembled with the polymerase in a ribonucleoprotein complex required for transcription and replication of influenza A virus. Novel antiviral candidates targeting the nucleoprotein either induced higher order oligomers or reduced NP oligomerization by targeting the oligomerization loop and blocking its insertion into adjacent nucleoprotein subunit. In this study, we used a different structure-based approach to stabilize monomers of the nucleoprotein by drugs binding in its RNA-binding groove. We recently identified naproxen as a drug competing with RNA binding to NP with antiinflammatory and antiviral effects against influenza A virus. Here, we designed novel derivatives of naproxen by fragment extension for improved binding to NP. Molecular dynamics simulations suggested that among these derivatives, naproxen A and C0 were most promising. Their chemical synthesis is described. Both derivatives markedly stabilized NP monomer against thermal denaturation. Naproxen C0 bound tighter to NP than naproxen at a binding site predicted by MD simulations and shown by competition experiments using wt NP or single-point mutants as determined by surface plasmon resonance. MD simulations suggested that impeded oligomerization and stabilization of monomeric NP is likely to be achieved by drugs binding in the RNA grove and inducing close to their binding site conformational changes of key residues hosting the oligomerization loop as observed for the naproxen derivatives. Naproxen C0 is a potential antiviral candidate blocking influenza nucleoprotein function.

  13. Design, synthesis, and antiviral activity of novel rutin derivatives containing 1, 4-pentadien-3-one moiety.

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    Han, Yu; Ding, Yan; Xie, Dandan; Hu, Deyu; Li, Pei; Li, Xiangyang; Xue, Wei; Jin, Linhong; Song, Baoan

    2015-03-06

    Rutin (compound 5) and some compounds (compounds 1-4 and 6) were isolated from Artemisia princeps Pamp (A. princeps Pamp.) and a series of novel rutin derivatives containing 1,4-pentadien-3-one moiety were designed and synthesized. The target compounds were characterized by proton nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy ((1)H NMR), carbon nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy ((13)C NMR), and ESI-MS. Bioassay results indicated that some of the compounds showed good to excellent antiviral activities against tobacco mosaic virus (TMV) and cucumber mosaic virus (CMV) at 500 μg/mL in vivo. The 50% effective concentrations (EC50) of the compound 7r against CMV was 394.78 μg/mL, which was better than that of Ningnanmycin (432.22 μg/mL). These results indicated that novel rutin derivatives containing 1,4-pentadien-3-one moiety can effectively control CMV.

  14. Design and synthesis of chroman derivatives with dual anti-breast cancer and antiepileptic activities

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    Rawat, Pinki; Verma, Saurabh Manaswita

    2016-01-01

    A series of chroman derivatives was designed, prepared, and examined for their anti-breast cancer and antiepileptic activities. All synthesized compounds yielded results that were in good agreement with spectral data. The bioassay showed that some of the resultant compounds exerted remarkable inhibitory effects on growth of human breast cancer cell line MCF-7. In particular, compound 6i (the concentration required for 50% inhibition of cell growth [GI50] =34.7 µM) exerted promising anticancer activity toward MCF-7 cell line. Additionally, compounds 6b, 6c, 6d, 6e, 6g, 6i, and 6l showed advanced antiepileptic activity than reference drugs. None of the compounds showed neurotoxicity, as determined by the rotarod test. The obtained results proved that these distinctive compounds could be relevant as models for future discovery and research, as well as for the production of more number of active derivatives. PMID:27621598

  15. Novel hydrazone derivatives containing pyridine amide moiety: Design, synthesis, and insecticidal activity.

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    Yang, Zai-Bo; Hu, De-Yu; Zeng, Song; Song, Bao-An

    2016-02-15

    A series of novel hydrazone derivatives containing pyridine amide moiety were designed, synthesized, and evaluated for their insecticidal activity. Bioassays indicated that some of the target compounds exhibited good insecticidal activities against Nilaparvata lugens (N. lugens), Plutella xylostella (P. xylostella), Mythimna separata (M. separata), Helicoverpa armigera (H. armigera), Pyrausta nubilalis (P. nubilalis), and Culex pipiens pallens (C. pipiens pallens). In particular, compound 5j revealed excellent insecticidal activity against C. pipiens pallens, with the 50% lethal concentration (LC50) and the 95% lethal concentration (LC95) values of 2.44 and 5.76 mg/L, respectively, which were similar to those of chlorpyrifos (3.26 and 6.98 mg/L, respectively), tebufenozide (1.22 and 2.49 mg/L, respectively), and RH-5849 (2.61 and 6.37 mg/L, respectively). These results indicated that hydrazone derivatives containing pyridine amide moiety could be developed as novel and promising insecticides.

  16. Design, synthesis, and biological evaluation of oxindole derivatives as antidepressive agents.

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    Suthar, Sharad Kumar; Bansal, Sumit; Alam, Md Maqusood; Jaiswal, Varun; Tiwari, Amit; Chaudhary, Anil; Alex, Angel Treasa; Joseph, Alex

    2015-11-15

    The 3-substituted oxindole derivatives were designed, synthesized, and evaluated for antidepressant activity by employing forced swimming test, tail suspension test, and MAO-A inhibition assay. Results of biological studies revealed that the majority of compounds exhibited potent to moderately potent activity and among them, 12 displayed potency comparable to that of the imipramine with %DID of 37.95 and 44.84 in the FST and TST, respectively. At the same time, imipramine showed %DID of 43.62 and 50.64 in the FST and TST, correspondingly. In the MAO-A inhibition assay, 12 showed an IC50 of 18.27 μmol, whereas the reference drug moclobemide displayed an IC50 of 13.1 μmol. The SAR study disclosed that the presence of bromo atom at the phenyl/furanyl or thienyl moiety in the oxindole derivatives was critical for the antidepressant activity. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  17. Design and evaluation of 4-aminophenol and salicylate derivatives as free-radical scavenger.

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    Borges, Rosivaldo S; Pereira, Glaécia A N; Vale, Joyce K L; França, Luiz C S; Monteiro, Marta C; Alves, Cláudio N; da Silva, Albérico B F

    2013-03-01

    This theoretical and experimental study describes the design and evaluation of the free-radical scavenging effect for the molecular association of 4-aminophenol and salicylate derivatives. For this purpose, we employed theoretical methods for the selection of antioxidant drugs and the rapid methods of evaluation: the 1,1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl radical and the thiobarbituric acid reactive substances in the lipid peroxidation initiated by Fe(2+) and ascorbic acid in human erythrocytes. The associate derivatives exhibited a more potent inhibition than the salicylic acid, while the benzoyl compound exhibited a more potent inhibition than paracetamol. The molecular parameters related to the electron distribution and structure (ionization potential and energy of the highest occupied molecular orbital) correlated very well with the antioxidant action of the compounds studied here in different tests.

  18. Rational design of biaryl pharmacophore inserted noscapine derivatives as potent tubulin binding anticancer agents

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    Santoshi, Seneha; Manchukonda, Naresh Kumar; Suri, Charu; Sharma, Manya; Sridhar, Balasubramanian; Joseph, Silja; Lopus, Manu; Kantevari, Srinivas; Baitharu, Iswar; Naik, Pradeep Kumar

    2015-03-01

    We have strategically designed a series of noscapine derivatives by inserting biaryl pharmacophore (a major structural constituent of many of the microtubule-targeting natural anticancer compounds) onto the scaffold structure of noscapine. Molecular interaction of these derivatives with α,β-tubulin heterodimer was investigated by molecular docking, molecular dynamics simulation, and binding free energy calculation. The predictive binding affinity indicates that the newly designed noscapinoids bind to tubulin with a greater affinity. The predictive binding free energy (ΔGbind, pred) of these derivatives (ranging from -5.568 to -5.970 kcal/mol) based on linear interaction energy (LIE) method with a surface generalized Born (SGB) continuum solvation model showed improved binding affinity with tubulin compared to the lead compound, natural α-noscapine (-5.505 kcal/mol). Guided by the computational findings, these new biaryl type α-noscapine congeners were synthesized from 9-bromo-α-noscapine using optimized Suzuki reaction conditions for further experimental evaluation. The derivatives showed improved inhibition of the proliferation of human breast cancer cells (MCF-7), human cervical cancer cells (HeLa) and human lung adenocarcinoma cells (A549), compared to natural noscapine. The cell cycle analysis in MCF-7 further revealed that these compounds alter the cell cycle profile and cause mitotic arrest at G2/M phase more strongly than noscapine. Tubulin binding assay revealed higher binding affinity to tubulin, as suggested by dissociation constant (Kd) of 126 ± 5.0 µM for 5a, 107 ± 5.0 µM for 5c, 70 ± 4.0 µM for 5d, and 68 ± 6.0 µM for 5e compared to noscapine (Kd of 152 ± 1.0 µM). In fact, the experimentally determined value of ΔGbind, expt (calculated from the Kd value) are consistent with the predicted value of ΔGbind, pred calculated based on LIE-SGB. Based on these results, one of the derivative 5e of this series was used for further toxicological

  19. Rational design of biaryl pharmacophore inserted noscapine derivatives as potent tubulin binding anticancer agents.

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    Santoshi, Seneha; Manchukonda, Naresh Kumar; Suri, Charu; Sharma, Manya; Sridhar, Balasubramanian; Joseph, Silja; Lopus, Manu; Kantevari, Srinivas; Baitharu, Iswar; Naik, Pradeep Kumar

    2015-03-01

    We have strategically designed a series of noscapine derivatives by inserting biaryl pharmacophore (a major structural constituent of many of the microtubule-targeting natural anticancer compounds) onto the scaffold structure of noscapine. Molecular interaction of these derivatives with α,β-tubulin heterodimer was investigated by molecular docking, molecular dynamics simulation, and binding free energy calculation. The predictive binding affinity indicates that the newly designed noscapinoids bind to tubulin with a greater affinity. The predictive binding free energy (ΔG(bind, pred)) of these derivatives (ranging from -5.568 to -5.970 kcal/mol) based on linear interaction energy (LIE) method with a surface generalized Born (SGB) continuum solvation model showed improved binding affinity with tubulin compared to the lead compound, natural α-noscapine (-5.505 kcal/mol). Guided by the computational findings, these new biaryl type α-noscapine congeners were synthesized from 9-bromo-α-noscapine using optimized Suzuki reaction conditions for further experimental evaluation. The derivatives showed improved inhibition of the proliferation of human breast cancer cells (MCF-7), human cervical cancer cells (HeLa) and human lung adenocarcinoma cells (A549), compared to natural noscapine. The cell cycle analysis in MCF-7 further revealed that these compounds alter the cell cycle profile and cause mitotic arrest at G2/M phase more strongly than noscapine. Tubulin binding assay revealed higher binding affinity to tubulin, as suggested by dissociation constant (Kd) of 126 ± 5.0 µM for 5a, 107 ± 5.0 µM for 5c, 70 ± 4.0 µM for 5d, and 68 ± 6.0 µM for 5e compared to noscapine (Kd of 152 ± 1.0 µM). In fact, the experimentally determined value of ΔG(bind, expt) (calculated from the Kd value) are consistent with the predicted value of ΔG(bind, pred) calculated based on LIE-SGB. Based on these results, one of the derivative 5e of this series was used for further

  20. Design and study of some novel ibuprofen derivatives with potential nootropic and neuroprotective properties.

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    Siskou, Ioanna C; Rekka, Eleni A; Kourounakis, Angeliki P; Chrysselis, Michael C; Tsiakitzis, Kariofyllis; Kourounakis, Panos N

    2007-01-15

    Six novel ibuprofen derivatives and related structures, incorporating a proline moiety and designed for neurodegenerative disorders, are studied. They possess anti-inflammatory properties and three of them inhibited lipoxygenase. One compound was found to inhibit cyclooxygenase (COX)-2 production in spleenocytes from arthritic rats. The HS-containing compounds are potent antioxidants and one of them protected against glutathione loss after cerebral ischemia/reperfusion. They demonstrated lipid-lowering ability and seem to acquire low gastrointestinal toxicity. Acetylcholinesterase inhibitory activity, found in two of these compounds, may be an asset to their actions.

  1. Design, synthesis, and evaluation of indanone derivatives as acetylcholinesterase inhibitors and metal-chelating agents.

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    Meng, Fan-Chao; Mao, Fei; Shan, Wen-Jun; Qin, Fangfei; Huang, Ling; Li, Xing-Shu

    2012-07-01

    A series of novel indanone derivatives was designed, synthesised and evaluated as potential agents for Alzheimer's disease. Among them, compound 6a, with a piperidine group linked to indone by a two-carbon spacer, exhibited the most potent inhibitor activity, with an IC(50) of 0.0018 μM for AChE; the inhibitory activity of this compound was 14-fold more potent than that of donepezil. Furthermore, these compounds also exhibited good metal-chelating ability. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  2. Design and synthesis of 1,4-dihydropyridine derivatives as anti-cancer agent.

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    Viradiya, Denish; Mirza, Sheefa; Shaikh, Faraz; Kakadiya, Rajesh; Rathod, Anand; Jain, Nayan; Rawal, Rakesh; Shah, Anamik

    2016-12-06

    A series of 1,4-dihydropyridine based compounds bearing benzylpyridinium moiety have been designed and evaluated for in vitro anticancer activity against glioblastoma U87MG, lung cancer A549 and colorectal adenocarcinoma Caco-2 cell lines using the MTT assay. Among these compounds, 7b, 7d, 7e, and 7f exhibited potent anticancer activity against the cell lines tested. The cytotoxicity of the synthesized derivatives was compared to standard drugs (carboplatin, gemcitabine, and daunorubicin). Thus, synthesized 1,4-dihydropyridines can be considered as the encouraging molecules for further drug development as anticancer agents.

  3. Effect of bombesin receptor subtype-3 and its synthetic agonist on signaling, glucose transport and metabolism in myocytes from patients with obesity and type 2 diabetes

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    GONZÁLEZ, NIEVES; MARTÍN-DUCE, ANTONIO; MARTÍNEZ-ARRIETA, FÉLIX; MORENO-VILLEGAS, ZAIDA; PORTAL-NÚÑEZ, SERGIO; SANZ, RAÚL; EGIDO, JESÚS

    2015-01-01

    Bombesin receptor subtype-3 (BRS-3) is an orphan G-protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) member of the bombesin receptor family. Several studies have suggested an association between obesity, alterations in glucose metabolism, diabetes and the BRS-3 receptor. In this study, we focused on patients simultaneously diagnosed with obesity and type 2 diabetes (OB/T2D). The analysis of BRS-3 expression in the skeletal muscle of these patients revealed a marked decrease in the expression of BRS-3 at the mRNA (23.6±1.3-fold downregulation, p<0.0001) and protein level (49±7% decrease, p<0.05) compared to the normal patients (no obesity and diabetes). Moreover, in cultured primary myocytes from patients with OB/T2D, the synthetic BRS-3 agonist, [D-Try6,β-Ala11,Phe13,Nle14]bombesin6–14, significantly increased the phosphorylation levels of mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK), p90RSK1, protein kinase B (PKB) and p70s6K. Specifically, the ligand at 10−11 M induced the maximal phosphorylation of MAPKs (p42, 159±15% of the control; p44, 166±11% of the control; p<0.0001) and p90RSK1 (148±2% of the control, p<0.0001). The basal phosphorylation levels of all kinases were reduced (p<0.05) in the patients with OB/T2D compared to the normal patients. Furthermore, the BRS-3 agonist stimulated glucose transport, which was already detected at 10−12 M (133±9% of the control), reached maximal levels at 10−11 M (160±9%, p<0.0001) and was maintained at up to 10−8 M (overall mean, 153±7%; p<0.007). This effect was less promiment than that attained with 10−8 M insulin (202±9%, p=0.009). The effect of the agonist on glycogen synthase a activity achieved the maximum effect at 10−11 M (165±16% of the control; p<0.0001), which did not differ from that observed with higher concentrations of the agonist. These results suggest that muscle cells isolated from patients with OB/T2D have extremely high sensitivity to the synthetic ligand, and the effects are particularly observed on

  4. Design of two-channel filter bank using nature inspired optimization based fractional derivative constraints.

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    Kuldeep, B; Singh, V K; Kumar, A; Singh, G K

    2015-01-01

    In this article, a novel approach for 2-channel linear phase quadrature mirror filter (QMF) bank design based on a hybrid of gradient based optimization and optimization of fractional derivative constraints is introduced. For the purpose of this work, recently proposed nature inspired optimization techniques such as cuckoo search (CS), modified cuckoo search (MCS) and wind driven optimization (WDO) are explored for the design of QMF bank. 2-Channel QMF is also designed with particle swarm optimization (PSO) and artificial bee colony (ABC) nature inspired optimization techniques. The design problem is formulated in frequency domain as sum of L2 norm of error in passband, stopband and transition band at quadrature frequency. The contribution of this work is the novel hybrid combination of gradient based optimization (Lagrange multiplier method) and nature inspired optimization (CS, MCS, WDO, PSO and ABC) and its usage for optimizing the design problem. Performance of the proposed method is evaluated by passband error (ϕp), stopband error (ϕs), transition band error (ϕt), peak reconstruction error (PRE), stopband attenuation (As) and computational time. The design examples illustrate the ingenuity of the proposed method. Results are also compared with the other existing algorithms, and it was found that the proposed method gives best result in terms of peak reconstruction error and transition band error while it is comparable in terms of passband and stopband error. Results show that the proposed method is successful for both lower and higher order 2-channel QMF bank design. A comparative study of various nature inspired optimization techniques is also presented, and the study singles out CS as a best QMF optimization technique. Copyright © 2014 ISA. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  5. Design, synthesis and α-amylase inhibitory activity of novel chromone derivatives.

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    Valentina, Parthiban; Ilango, Kaliappan; Chander, Subhash; Murugesan, Sankaranarayanan

    2017-10-01

    Quercetin is one of the naturally occurring polyphenol flavonoid predominantly known for antidiabetic activity. In the present study, by considering the structural requirements, twenty two novel chromone derivatives (5-26) as α-amylase inhibitor were designed and subsequently in silico evaluated for drug likeness behavior. Designed compounds were synthesized, characterized by spectral analysis and finally evaluated for the inhibition of α-amylase activity by in vitro assay. Tested compounds exhibited significant to weak activity with IC50 range of 12-125µM. Among the tested compounds, analogues 5, 8, 12, 13, 15, 17 and 22 exhibited significant human α-amylase inhibitory activity with IC50 values <25µM, which can be further explored as anti-hyperglycemic agents. Putative binding mode of the significant and least active α-amylase inhibitors with the target enzyme was also explored by the docking studies. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  6. Design, synthesis and cytotoxic activities of novel 2,5-diketopiperazine derivatives.

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    Liao, Sheng-Rong; Qin, Xiao-Chu; Wang, Zhen; Li, Ding; Xu, Liang; Li, Jin-Sheng; Tu, Zheng-Chao; Liu, Yonghong

    2016-10-04

    A series of novel N-1-monoallylated 2,5-diketopiperazine derivatives were designed, synthesized, and evaluated as cytotoxic agents against eight cancer cell lines by using CCK8 assay. These derivatives were substituted with methoxyphenyl groups at C-6 position, and various long alkyl side chains at C-3-position of the 2,5-diketopiperazine ring. The cytotoxic results showed that 4-methoxyphenyl group was better than 2-methoxyphenyl group as optimal substitutive group, while 3-methoxyphenyl group was not a suitable one. When the number (n value) of the methylene groups for the long alkyl side chain was 3 (compounds 1c and 3c), the derivatives had the strongest cytotoxicities. Compound 3c substituted with 4-methoxyphenyl group and pentylidene side chain exhibited strong activity (IC50 = 0.36-1.9 μM) against all cancer cell lines, and could obviously induce apoptosis of cancer cell line U937 at 1.0 μM after 48 h treatment.

  7. Design, synthesis, and examination of neuron protective properties of alkenylated and amidated dehydro-silybin derivatives.

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    Yang, Lei Xiang; Huang, Ke Xin; Li, Hai Bo; Gong, Jing Xu; Wang, Feng; Feng, Yu Bing; Tao, Qiao Feng; Wu, Yi Hang; Li, Xiao Kun; Wu, Xiu Mei; Zeng, Su; Spencer, Shawn; Zhao, Yu; Qu, Jia

    2009-12-10

    A series of C7-O- and C20-O-amidated 2,3-dehydrosilybin (DHS) derivatives ((+/-)-1a-f and (+/-)-2), as well as a set of alkenylated DHS analogues ((+/-)-4a-f), were designed and de novo synthesized. A diesteric derivative of DHS ((+/-)-3) and two C23 esterified DHS analogues ((+/-)-5a and (+/-)-5b) were also prepared for comparison. The cell viability of PC12 cells, Fe(2+) chelation, lipid peroxidation (LPO), free radical scavenging, and xanthine oxidase inhibition models were utilized to evaluate their antioxidative and neuron protective properties. The study revealed that the diether at C7-OH and C20-OH as well as the monoether at C7-OH, which possess aliphatic substituted acetamides, demonstrated more potent LPO inhibition and Fe(2+) chelation compared to DHS and quercetin. Conversely, the diallyl ether at C7-OH and C20-OH was more potent in protection of PC12 cells against H(2)O(2)-induced injury than DHS and quercetin. Overall, the more lipophilic alkenylated DHS analogues were better performing neuroprotective agents than the acetamidated derivatives. The results in this study would be beneficial for optimizing the therapeutic potential of lignoflavonoids, especially in neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease.

  8. Synthesis and vasodilatory activity of new N-acylhydrazone derivatives, designed as LASSBio-294 analogues.

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    Silva, Alexandre G; Zapata-Sudo, Gisele; Kummerle, Arthur E; Fraga, Carlos A M; Barreiro, Eliezer J; Sudo, Roberto T

    2005-05-16

    Conventional therapy to treat hypertension often involves arterial vasodilation. Decrease of blood pressure by vasodilators is normally associated with adverse effects because of their low vascular selectivity. This is of interest to develop new molecules with potential for clinical use and fewer side effects. Recently, a new bioactive compound of the N-acylhydrazone class, LASSBio-294, was shown to produce a cardioinotropic effect and vasodilation. In this report, new derivatives of LASSBio-294 were designed and tested on the contractile response of vascular smooth muscle from Wistar rats. Phenylephrine-induced contracture in the aorta was inhibited by the derivatives LASSBio-785 and LASSBio-788. The concentrations necessary to cause 50% reduction of the maximal vascular response (IC50) were 10.2 +/- 0.5 and 67.9 +/- 6.5 microM. Vasodilation induced by both derivatives is likely to be mediated by a direct effect on smooth muscle because it was not dependent on the integrity of vascular endothelium. LASSBio-785 was seven times more potent than the reference compound LASSBio-294 (IC50 = 74 microM) in producing an endothelium-independent vasodilator effect.

  9. Design and comparative anticonvulsant activity assessment of CNS-active alkyl-carbamoyl imidazole derivatives.

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    Mawasi, Hafiz; Bibi, David; Bialer, Meir

    2016-09-15

    A novel series of carbamoyl derivatives of alkylimidazole has been designed and their anticonvulsant activity was comparatively evaluated in the mice- and rats-maximal-electroshock (MES), subcutaneous-metrazol (scMet) seizure tests and the mice-6Hz psychomotor (6Hz) models. The ten new designed molecules contain in their chemical structure imidazole, alkyl side-chain and carbamate as three potential active moieties. In spite of the close structural features of the carbamoyl imidazole derivatives only compounds 7, 8, 13 and 16 were active at the MES test with ED50 values ranging from 12 to 20mg/kg coupled with high protective index (PI=TD50/ED50) values of 4.1-7.3 after ip administration to rats. A similar phenomenon was observed in mice where compounds 7, 8, 9, 12 had MES-ED50 values of 14-26mg/kg. Compounds 7 and 13 also demonstrated anticonvulsant activity in the 6Hz model with ED50 values of 32 and 44mg/kg, respectively. As the most active entities, compounds 7, 8 followed by 13 and 16, thus offer an optimal efficacy-safety profile and consequently, might be promising candidates for development as new antiepileptics. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  10. 3D QSAR based design of novel oxindole derivative as 5HT7 inhibitors.

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    Chitta, Aparna; Sivan, Sree Kanth; Manga, Vijjulatha

    2014-06-01

    To understand the structural requirements of 5-hydroxytryptamine (5HT7) receptor inhibitors and to design new ligands against 5HT7 receptor with enhanced inhibitory potency, a three-dimensional quantitative structure-activity relationship study with comparative molecular field analysis (CoMFA) and comparative molecular similarity indices analysis (CoMSIA) for a data set of 56 molecules consisting of oxindole, tetrahydronaphthalene, aryl ketone substituted arylpiperazinealkylamide derivatives was performed. Derived model showed good statistical reliability in terms of predicting 5HT7 inhibitory activity of the molecules, based on molecular property fields like steric, electrostatic, hydrophobic, hydrogen bond donor and hydrogen bond acceptor fields. This is evident from statistical parameters like conventional r2 and a cross validated (q2) values of 0.985, 0.743 for CoMFA and 0.970, 0.608 for CoMSIA, respectively. Predictive ability of the models to determine 5HT7 antagonistic activity is validated using a test set of 16 molecules that were not included in the training set. Predictive r2 obtained for the test set was 0.560 and 0.619 for CoMFA and CoMSIA, respectively. Steric, electrostatic fields majorly contributed toward activity which forms the basis for design of new molecules. Absorption, distribution, metabolism and elimination (ADME) calculation using QikProp 2.5 (Schrodinger 2010, Portland, OR) reveals that the molecules confer to Lipinski's rule of five in majority of the cases.

  11. Rational drug design of indazole-based diarylurea derivatives as anticancer agents.

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    Chu, Yan-Yan; Cheng, He-Juan; Tian, Zhen-Hua; Zhao, Jian-Chun; Li, Gang; Chu, Yang-Yang; Sun, Chang-Jun; Li, Wen-Bao

    2017-10-01

    A series of novel indazole-based diarylurea derivatives targeting c-kit were designed by structure-based drug design. The derivatives were prepared, and their antiproliferative activities were evaluated against human colon cancer HCT-116 cell line and hepatocellular carcinoma PLC/PRF/5 cell line. The antiproliferative activities demonstrated that six of nine compounds exhibited comparable activities with sorafenib against HCT-116. The structure-activity relationship (SAR) analysis indicated that the indazole ring part tolerated different kinds of substituents, and the N position of the central pyridine ring played key roles in antiproliferative activity. The SAR and interaction mechanisms were further explored using molecular docking method. Compound 1i with N-(2-(pyrrolidin-1-yl)ethyl)-carboxamide possessed improved solubility, 596.1 ng/ml and best activities, IC50 at 1.0 μm against HCT-116, and 3.48 μm against PLC/PRF/5. It is a promising anticancer agent for further development. © 2017 John Wiley & Sons A/S.

  12. An integrated molecular modeling approach for in silico design of new tetracyclic derivatives as ALK inhibitors.

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    Peddi, Saikiran Reddy; Sivan, Sree Kanth; Manga, Vijjulatha

    2016-10-01

    Anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK), a promising therapeutic target for treatment of human cancers, is a receptor tyrosine kinase that instigates the activation of several signal transduction pathways. In the present study, in silico methods have been employed in order to explore the structural features and functionalities of a series of tetracyclic derivatives displaying potent inhibitory activity toward ALK. Initially docking was performed using GLIDE 5.6 to probe the bioactive conformation of all the compounds and to understand the binding modes of inhibitors. The docking results revealed that ligand interaction with Met 1199 plays a crucial role in binding of inhibitors to ALK. Further to establish a robust 3D-QSAR model using CoMFA and CoMSIA methods, the whole dataset was divided into three splits. Model obtained from Split 3 showed high accuracy ([Formula: see text] of 0.700 and 0.682, [Formula: see text] of 0.971 and 0.974, [Formula: see text] of 0.673 and 0.811, respectively for CoMFA and CoMSIA). The key structural requirements for enhancing the inhibitory activity were derived from CoMFA and CoMSIA contours in combination with site map analysis. Substituting small electronegative groups at Position 8 by replacing either morpholine or piperidine rings and maintaining hydrophobic character at Position 9 in tetracyclic derivatives can enhance the inhibitory potential. Finally, we performed molecular dynamics simulations in order to investigate the stability of protein ligand interactions and MM/GBSA calculations to compare binding free energies of co-crystal ligand and newly designed molecule N1. Based on the coherence of outcome of various molecular modeling studies, a set of 11 new molecules having potential predicted inhibitory activity were designed.

  13. Design, synthesis and biological evaluation of negatively charged ¹¹¹In-DTPA-octreotide derivatives.

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    Oshima, Nobuhiro; Akizawa, Hiromichi; Zhao, Songji; Zhao, Yan; Nishijima, Ken-ichi; Kitamura, Yoji; Arano, Yasushi; Kuge, Yuji; Ohkura, Kazue

    2014-02-15

    Our previous studies indicated that (111)In-diethylenetriaminepentaacetic acid ((111)In-DTPA)-octreotide derivatives with an additional negative charge by replacing N-terminal d-phenylalanine (d-Phe) with an acidic amino acid such as l-aspartic acid (Asp) or its derivative exhibited low renal radioactivity levels when compared with (111)In-DTPA-D-Phe(1)-octreotide. On the basis of the findings, we designed, synthesized and evaluated two Asp-modified (111)In-DTPA-conjugated octreotide derivatives, (111)In-DTPA-Asp(1)-octreotide and (111)In-DTPA-Asp(0)-D-Phe(1)-octreotide. While (111)In-DTPA-Asp(1)-octreotide showed negligible AR42J cell uptake, (111)In-DTPA-Asp(0)-D-Phe(1)-octreotide exhibited AR42J cell uptake similar to that of (111)In-DTPA-D-Phe(1)-octreotide. When administered to AR42J tumor-bearing mice, (111)In-DTPA-Asp(0)-D-Phe(1)-octreotide exhibited renal radioactivity levels significantly lower than did (111)In-DTPA-D-Phe(1)-octreotide at 1 and 3 h post-injection. No significant differences were observed in tumor accumulation between (111)In-DTPA-Asp(0)-D-Phe(1)-octreotide and (111)In-DTPA-D-Phe(1)-octreotide after 1 and 3h injection. The findings in this study suggested that an interposition of an Asp at an appropriate position in (111)In-DTPA-D-Phe(1)-octreotide would constitute a useful strategy to develop (111)In-DTPA-D-Phe(1)-octreotide derivatives of low renal radioactivity levels while preserving tumor accumulation. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  14. Design, synthesis, cytotoxic activity and molecular docking studies of new 20(S)-sulfonylamidine camptothecin derivatives.

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    Song, Zi-Long; Wang, Mei-Juan; Li, Lanlan; Wu, Dan; Wang, Yu-Han; Yan, Li-Ting; Morris-Natschke, Susan L; Liu, Ying-Qian; Zhao, Yong-Long; Wang, Chih-Ya; Liu, Huanxiang; Goto, Masuo; Liu, Heng; Zhu, Gao-Xiang; Lee, Kuo-Hsiung

    2016-06-10

    In an ongoing investigation of 20-sulfonylamidine derivatives (9, YQL-9a) of camptothecin (1) as potential anticancer agents directly and selectively inhibiting topoisomerase (Topo) I, the sulfonylamidine pharmacophore was held constant, and a camptothecin derivatives with various substitution patterns were synthesized. The new compounds were evaluated for antiproliferative activity against three human tumor cell lines, A-549, KB, and multidrug resistant (MDR) KB subline (KBvin). Several analogs showed comparable or superior antiproliferative activity compared to the clinically prescribed 1 and irinotecan (3). Significantly, the 20-sulfonylamidine derivatives exhibited comparable cytotoxicity against KBvin, while 1 and 3 were less active against this cell line. Among them, compound 15c displayed much better cytotoxic activity than the controls 1, 3, and 9. Novel key structural features related to the antiproliferative activities were identified by structure-activity relationship (SAR) analysis. In a molecular docking model, compounds 9 and 15c interacted with Topo I-DNA through a different binding mode from 1 and 3. The sulfonylamidine side chains of 9 and 15c could likely form direct hydrogen bonds with Topo I, while hydrophobic interaction with Topo I and π-π stacking with double strand DNA were also confirmed as binding driving forces. The results from docking models were consistent with the SAR conclusions. The introduction of bulky substituents at the 20-position contributed to the altered binding mode of the compound by allowing them to form new interactions with Topo I residues. The information obtained in this study will be helpful for the design of new derivatives of 1 with most promising anticancer activity.

  15. Evaluation and comparison of a new DOTA and DTPA-bombesin agonist in vitro and in vivo in low and high GRPR expressing prostate and breast tumor models.

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    Pujatti, Priscilla B; Foster, Julie M; Finucane, Ciara; Hudson, Chantelle D; Burnet, Jerome C; Pasqualoto, Kerly F M; Mengatti, Jair; Mather, Stephen J; de Araújo, Elaine B; Sosabowski, Jane K

    2015-02-01

    We evaluated and compared a new bombesin analog [Tyr-Gly5, Nle(14)]-BBN(6-14) conjugated to DOTA or DTPA and radiolabeled with In-111 in low and high GRPR expressing tumor models. Both peptides were radiolabeled with high radiochemical purity and specific activity. In vitro assays on T-47D, LNCaP and PC-3 cells showed that the affinity of peptides is similar and a higher binding and internalization of DOTA-peptide to PC-3 cells was observed. Both peptides could target PC-3 and LNCaP tumors in vivo and both tumor types could be visualized by microSPECT/CT. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  16. ESAS-Derived Earth Departure Stage Design for Human Mars Exploration

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    Flaherty, Kevin; Grant, Michael; Korzun, Ashley; Malo-Molina, Faure; Steinfeldt, Bradley; Stahl, Benjamin; Wilhite, Alan

    2007-01-01

    The Vision for Space Exploration has set the nation on a course to have humans on Mars as early as 2030. To reduce the cost and risk associated with human Mars exploration, NASA is planning for the Mars architecture to leverage the lunar architecture as fully as possible. This study takes the defined launch vehicles and system capabilities from ESAS and extends their application to DRM 3.0 to design an Earth Departure Stage suitable for the cargo and crew missions to Mars. The impact of a propellant depot in LEO was assessed and sLzed for use with the EDS. To quantitatively assess and compare the effectiveness of alternative designs, an initial baseline architecture was defined using the ESAS launch vehicles and DRM 3.0. The baseline architecture uses three NTR engines, LH2 propellant, no propellant depot in LEO, and launches on the Ares I and Ares V. The Mars transfer and surface elements from DRM 3.0 were considered to be fixed payloads in the design of the EDS. Feasible architecture alternatives were identified from previous architecture studies and anticipated capabilities and compiled in a morphological matrix. ESAS FOMs were used to determine the most critical design attributes for the effectiveness of the EDS. The ESAS-derived FOMs used in this study to assess alternative designs are effectiveness and performance, affordability, reliability, and risk. The individual FOMs were prioritized using the AHP, a method for pairwise comparison. All trades performed were evaluated with respect to the weighted FOMs, creating a Pareto frontier of equivalently ideal solutions. Additionally, each design on the frontier was evaluated based on its fulfillment of the weighted FOMs using TOPSIS, a quantitative method for ordinal ranking of the alternatives. The designs were assessed in an integrated environment using physics-based models for subsystem analysis where possible. However, for certain attributes such as engine type, historical, performance-based mass estimating

  17. Molecular design, synthesis and bioactivity of glycosyl hydrazine and hydrazone derivatives: notable effects of the sugar moiety.

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    Cui, Zining; Yang, Xinling; Shi, Yanxia; Uzawa, Hirotaka; Cui, Jingrong; Dohi, Hirofumi; Nishida, Yoshihiro

    2011-12-01

    Assuming that the water solubility of our previous hydrazone derivatives would improve after modification with sugars while keeping or modulating their notable biological activities, we designed and synthesized some glycosyl hydrazine and hydrazone derivatives. Bioassay results indicated that the antitumor activity of our previously prepared hydrazones reduced or disappeared after modification with sugars. On the contrary, some glycosyl derivatives displayed much better antifungal activity against selected fungi. Obviously, a small sugar can change the biological activity of hydrazones significantly.

  18. High performance liquid chromatography enantioseparation of the novel designed mexiletine derivatives and its analogs.

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    Zheng, Chengzhen; Zhang, Datong; Wu, Qi; Lin, Xianfu

    2011-02-01

    A series of novel designed mexiletine derivatives and its analogs were prepared, the structures were confirmed by Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR), Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR), and Electrospray Ionization-Mass Spectrometry (ESI-MS), and the enantioseparations were performed on polysaccharide-based chiral stationary phase (CSP), Chiralcel OD-H, and Chiralcel OJ-H, under normal-phase mode. The effects of the concentration of isopropanol in the mobile phase were studied, seven of the eight enantiomers got baseline separation on Chiralcel OD-H, and five of the eight enantiomers got successfully separation on Chiralcel OJ-H. The effects of structural features were also discussed. Copyright © 2010 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

  19. Design, synthesis and cytotoxic activity of novel sulfonylurea derivatives of podophyllotoxin.

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    Zhang, Zhi-Jun; Tian, Jing; Wang, Li-Ting; Wang, Mei-Juan; Nan, Xiang; Yang, Liu; Liu, Ying-Qian; Morris-Natschke, Susan L; Lee, Kuo-Hsiung

    2014-01-01

    Three series of novel sulfonylurea podophyllotoxin derivatives were designed, synthesized, and evaluated for in vitro cytotoxicity against four tumor cell lines (A-549, DU-145, KB and KBvin). Compounds 14c (IC₅₀: 1.41-1.76 μM) and 14e (IC₅₀: 1.72-2.01 μM) showed superior cytotoxic activity compared with etoposide (IC₅₀: 2.03 to >20 μM), a clinically available anticancer drug. Significantly, most of the compounds exhibited comparable cytotoxicity against the drug-resistant tumor cell line KBvin, while etoposide lost activity completely. Preliminary structure-activity relationship (SAR) correlations indicated that the 4'-O-methyl functionality in podophyllotoxin analogues may be essential to maintain cytotoxic activity, while an arylsulfonylurea side chain at podophyllotoxin's 4β position can significantly improve cytotoxic activity.

  20. Luciferin and derivatives as a DYRK selective scaffold for the design of protein kinase inhibitors.

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    Rothweiler, Ulli; Eriksson, Jonas; Stensen, Wenche; Leeson, Frederick; Engh, Richard A; Svendsen, John S

    2015-04-13

    D-Luciferin is widely used as a substrate in luciferase catalysed bioluminescence assays for in vitro studies. However, little is known about cross reactivity and potential interference of D-luciferin with other enzymes. We serendipitously found that firefly luciferin inhibited the CDK2/Cyclin A protein kinase. Inhibition profiling of D-luciferin over a 103-protein kinase panel showed significant inhibition of a small set of protein kinases, in particular the DYRK-family, but also other members of the CMGC-group, including ERK8 and CK2. Inhibition profiling on a 16-member focused library derived from D-luciferin confirms that D-luciferin represents a DYRK-selective chemotype of fragment-like molecular weight. Thus, observation of its inhibitory activity and the initial SAR information reported here promise to be useful for further design of protein kinase inhibitors with related scaffolds. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  1. Design, synthesis and bioevaluation of N-trisubstituted pyrimidine derivatives as potent aurora A kinase inhibitors.

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    Luo, Yu; Deng, Yan-Qiu; Wang, Jing; Long, Zi-Jie; Tu, Zheng-Chao; Peng, Wei; Zhang, Ji-Quan; Liu, Quentin; Lu, Gui

    2014-05-06

    The design and synthesis of a new series of N-trisubstituted (at C2, C4 and C6 respectively) pyrimidine derivatives were reported, their in vitro structure-activity relationships vs. aurora A kinase were also discussed. Our results demonstrated that the introduction of characteristic N-substituted side chain at C2 of pyrimidines possessed a potent aurora A inhibitory activity, the position and the nature of the substituents on the phenyl ring of aniline side chain played key roles in cellular kinase inhibitory potency. Most tested compounds exhibited good inhibitory activities against aurora A kinase and various human tumor cell lines. Compounds 7j, 7m-n and 7p showed strong growth-inhibitory activities in the solid CNE-2 tumor cell and selectively blocked cell-cycle progression at the G2/M phase. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  2. Design, synthesis and 3D-QSAR of beta-carboline derivatives as potent antitumor agents.

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    Cao, Rihui; Guan, Xiangdong; Shi, Buxi; Chen, Zhiyong; Ren, Zhenhua; Peng, Wenlie; Song, Huacan

    2010-06-01

    In a continuing effort to develop novel beta-carbolines endowed with better pharmacological profiles, a series of beta-carboline derivatives were designed and synthesized based on the previously developed SARs. Cytotoxicities in vitro of these compounds against a panel of human tumor cell lines were also investigated. The results demonstrated that the N2-benzylated beta-carbolinium bromides 56-60 represented the most potent compounds with IC50 values lower than 10 microM. The application of 3D-QSAR to these compounds explored the structural basis for their biological activities. CoMFA (q2=0.513, r2=0.862) and CoMSIA (q2=0.503, r2=0.831) models were developed for a set of 47 beta-carbolines. The results indicated that the antitumor pharmacophore of these molecules were marked at position-1, -2, -3, -7 and -9 of beta-carboline ring.

  3. Design, Synthesis, and Structure-Activity Relationship of New Pyrimidinamine Derivatives Containing an Aryloxy Pyridine Moiety.

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    Guan, Aiying; Liu, Changling; Chen, Wei; Yang, Fan; Xie, Yong; Zhang, Jinbo; Li, Zhinian; Wang, Mingan

    2017-02-15

    The pyrimidinamine diflumetorim is an ideal template for the discovery of agrochemical lead compounds due to its unique mode of action, novel chemical structure, and lack of reported resistance. To develop a new pyrimidinamine fungicide effective against cucumber downy mildew (CDM), a series of new pyrimidinamine derivatives containing an aryloxy pyridine moiety were designed and synthesized by employing the recently reported intermediate derivatization method (IDM). The structures of all compounds were identified by (1)H NMR, elemental analyses, HRMS, and X-ray diffraction. Bioassays demonstrated that some of the title compounds exhibited excellent fungicidal activities against CDM. Compound 9 gave the best activity (EC50 = 0.19 mg/L), which is significantly better than the commercial fungicides diflumetorim, flumorph, and cyazofamid. The relationship between structure and fungicidal activity of the synthesized pyrimidinamines was explored. The study showed that compound 9 is a promising fungicide candidate for further development.

  4. Design, synthesis and antibacterial activity of isatin derivatives as FtsZ inhibitors

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    Lian, Zhi-Min; Sun, Juan; Zhu, Hai-Liang

    2016-08-01

    Seven isatin derivatives have been designed, and their chemical structures were characterized by single crystal X-ray diffraction studies, 1H NMR, MS, and elemental analysis. Structural stabilization followed by intramolecular as well as intermolecular H-bonds makes these molecules as perfect examples in molecular recognition with self-complementary donor and acceptor units within a single molecule. These compounds were evaluated for antimicrobial activities. Docking simulations have been performed to position compounds into the FtsZ active site to determine their probable binding models. All of the compounds exhibited better antibacterial activities. Interestingly, compound 5c and 5d exhibited better antibacterial activities with IC50 values of 0.03 and 0.05 μmol/mL against Staphylococcus aureus, respectively. Compound 5g displays antibacterial activity with IC50 values of 0.672 and 0.830 μmol/mL against Escherichia coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, respectively.

  5. Design, synthesis and biological activity of aromatic diketone derivatives as HIV-1 integrase inhibitors.

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    Hu, Liming; Li, Zhipeng; Wang, Zhanyang; Liu, Gengxin; He, Xianzhuo; Wang, Xiaoli; Zeng, Chengchu

    2015-01-01

    A series of aromatic diketone derivatives were designed and synthesized as potential HIV-1 integrase (IN) inhibitors and evaluated to determine their ability to inhibit the strand transfer process of HIV-1 integrase. The results indicate that (Z)-1-(3-acetyl-2-hydroxy-4,6-dimethoxyphenyl)-3-hydroxy-3-(substituted)phenylprop-2-en-1-one (5a-5d) can moderately inhibit HIV-1 integrase. The cyclization and condensation products (6a-6c and 7e-7f) of compounds 5a-5d show poor inhibitory activity against HIV-1 integrase. The molecular docking results indicate that the different types of compounds act on HIV-1 integrase in different ways, and these results can explain the differences in the inhibitory activities.

  6. Design of Assembled Systems Based on Conjugated Polyphenylene Derivatives and Carbon Nanohorns.

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    Iglesias, Daniel; Guerra, Javier; Gómez, M Victoria; Rodríguez, Antonio M; Prieto, Pilar; Vázquez, Ester; Herrero, M Antonia

    2016-08-08

    Promising materials have been designed and fully characterised by an effective interaction between versatile platforms such as carbon nanohorns (CNHs) and conjugated molecules based on thiophene derivatives. Easy and non-aggressive methods have been described for the synthesis and purification of the final systems. Oligothiophenephenylvinylene (OTP) systems with different geometries and electron density are coupled to the CNHs. A wide range of characterization techniques have been used to confirm the effective interaction between the donor (OTP) and the acceptor (CNH) systems. These hybrid materials show potential for integration into solar cell devices. Importantly, surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) effects are observed without the presence of any metal surface in the system. Theoretical calculations have been performed to study the optimised geometries of the noncovalent interaction between the surface and the organic molecule. The calculations allow information on the monoelectronic energies of HOMO-LUMO orbitals and band gap of different donor systems to be extracted.

  7. Amino Acid Derivatives as New Zinc Binding Groups for the Design of Selective Matrix Metalloproteinase Inhibitors

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    Giustiniano, Mariateresa; Agamennone, Mariangela; Rossello, Armando; Gomez-Monterrey, Isabel; Novellino, Ettore; Campiglia, Pietro; Vernieri, Ermelinda; Bertamino, Alessia; Carotenuto, Alfonso

    2013-01-01

    A number of matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) are important medicinal targets for conditions ranging from rheumatoid arthritis to cardiomyopathy, periodontal disease, liver cirrhosis, multiple sclerosis, and cancer invasion and metastasis, where they showed to have a dual role, inhibiting or promoting important processes involved in the pathology. MMPs contain a zinc (II) ion in the protein active site. Small-molecule inhibitors of these metalloproteins are designed to bind directly to the active site metal ions. In an effort to devise new approaches to selective inhibitors, in this paper, we describe the synthesis and preliminary biological evaluation of amino acid derivatives as new zinc binding groups (ZBGs). The incorporation of selected metal-binding functions in more complex biphenyl sulfonamide moieties allowed the identification of one compound able to interact selectively with different MMP enzymatic isoforms. PMID:23555050

  8. Design and synthesis of 1,4-dihydropyridine derivatives as BACE-1 inhibitors.

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    Choi, Soo-Jeong; Cho, Joong-Heui; Im, Isak; Lee, So-Deok; Jang, Ji-Yeon; Oh, Yu-Min; Jung, Yong-Keun; Jeon, Eun-Seok; Kim, Yong-Chul

    2010-06-01

    BACE-1 has been shown to be an attractive therapeutic target in Alzheimer's disease (AD). Using a 1,4-dihydropyridine (DHP) scaffold, we synthesized new inhibitors of BACE-1 by modifying the known BACE inhibitor 2 containing a hydroxyethylamine (HEA) motif. Using structure-based drug design based on computer-aided molecular docking, the isophthalamide ring of 2 was replaced with a 1,4-dihydropyridine ring as a brain-targeting strategy. Several of the new dihydropyridine derivatives were synthesized and their BACE-1-inhibitory activities were evaluated using a cell-based, reporter gene assay system that measures the cleavage of alkaline phosphatase (AP)-APP fusion protein by BACE-1. Most of the 1,4-DHP analogs showed BACE-1-inhibitory activities with IC50 values in the range 8-30 microM, suggesting that the 1,4-DHP skeleton may be utilized to develop brain-targeting BACE-1 inhibitors.

  9. Design, synthesis and in vitro anticancer activity of novel quinoline and oxadiazole derivatives of ursolic acid.

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    Gu, Wen; Jin, Xiao-Yan; Li, Dong-Dong; Wang, Shi-Fa; Tao, Xu-Bing; Chen, Hao

    2017-09-01

    A series of new quinoline derivatives of ursolic acid were designed and synthesized in an attempt to develop potential anticancer agents. The structures of these compounds were identified by (1)H NMR, (13)C NMR, IR and ESI-MS spectra analysis. The target compounds were evaluated for their in vitro cytotoxicity against three human cancer cell lines (MDA-MB-231, Hela and SMMC-7721). From the results, compounds 3a-d displayed significant antitumor activity against three cancer cell lines. Especially, compound 3b was found to be the most potent derivative with IC50 values of 0.61±0.07, 0.36±0.05, 12.49±0.08μM against MDA-MB-231, HeLa and SMMC-7721 cells, respectively, stronger than positive control etoposide. Furthermore, the Annexin V-FITC/PI dual staining assay revealed that compound 3b could significantly induce the apoptosis of MDA-MB-231 cells in a dose-dependent manner. The cell cycle analysis also indicated that compound 3b could cause cell cycle arrest of MDA-MB-231 cells at G0/G1 phase. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  10. Design of angiotensin II derivatives suitable for indirect affinity techniques: potential applications to receptor studies.

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    Bonnafous, J C; Seyer, R; Tence, M; Marie, J; Kabbaj, M; Aumelas, A

    1988-01-01

    The design of angiotensin II (A II)-derived probes suitable for indirect affinity techniques is presented. Biotin or dinitrophenyl moieties have been added at the N-terminus of A II, through aminohexanoic acid as spacer arm, to generate (6-biotinylamido)-hexanoyl-AII (Bio-Ahx-AII) and dinitrophenyl- aminohexanoyl-AII (Dnp-Ahx-AII). Monoiodinated and highly labeled radioiodinated forms of these probes have been prepared. The two bifunctional ligands displayed high affinities for rat liver A II receptors (Kd values in the nanomolar range) and their secondary acceptors: streptavidin and monoclonal anti-Dnp antibodies respectively. Bio-Ahx-AII and Dnp-Ahx-AII behaved as agonists on several AII-sensitive systems. Based on these structural assessments, the parent photoactivable azido probe: Bio-Ahx-(Ala1,Phe(4N3)8)A II. A II was synthesized and proved to possess similar biological properties than the non-azido compound. The hepatic A II receptor could be covalently labeled by the radioiodinated probe, with a particularly high yield (15-20%); SDS-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis of solubilized complexes revealed specific labeling of a 65 Kdaltons binding unit, in agreement with previous data obtained with other azido AII-derived compounds. The potential applications of these probes are: i) receptor purification by combination of its photoaffinity labeling and adsorption of biotin-tagged solubilized hormone-receptor complexes on avidin gels. ii) cell labeling and sorting. iii) histochemical receptor visualization.

  11. Design, Synthesis, and Biological Evaluation of Novel CNS 7056 Derivatives as Sedatives in Rats and Rabbits.

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    Liu, Yan; Xu, Xiangqing; Xie, Jianyong; Ma, Huan; Wang, Tao; Zhang, Guisen; Li, Qingeng

    2016-07-01

    A new water-soluble benzodiazepine derivative, CNS 7056 (named as remimazolam), has been undergoing many reactions in recent years to provide an intravenous agent with a predictable fast-onset, short duration of action, and rapid recovery profile. Based on the structure of CNS 7056 with proven activity, seven new CNS 7056 derivatives were designed, and their sedative activities upon mouse, rats, and rabbits were examined. Sedative activities of EL-001˜007 were screened. The results indicated that the shorter the side chain at C3 position is, the higher the sedative activity is. EL-001 was chosen as the optimal compound for studies of ED50 , LD50 , latency to LRR and the duration of LRR, and its anesthetic activity was compared with that of CNS 7056 in rats and rabbits. Studies showed that EL-001 is a potent sedative in rodent and lagomorpha, with a short duration of action. Compared with CNS 7056, EL-001 has a shorter period of induction despite a slightly longer sedative duration and recovery time.

  12. Design, synthesis and biological evaluation studies of novel quinazoline derivatives as cytotoxic agents.

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    Zayed, M F; Hassan, M H

    2013-04-01

    Some novel quinazoline derivatives 6a-h were designed, synthesized and evaluated for their in vitro cytotoxic activity against lymphoma cell line compared to etoposide as a reference drug. Compounds (S)-2-(6,8-diiodo-2-phenylquinazolin-4-ylamino)-3-phenylpropanoic acid (6 f), (S)-2-(6,8-diiodo-2-phenylquinazolin-4-ylamino)-3-(1H-imidazol-4-yl)propanoic acid (6 g) and (S)-2-(6,8-diiodo-2-phenylquinazolin-4-ylamino)-3-(1H-indol-3-yl) propanoic acid (6 h) had comparable higher cytotoxic activity than the reference drug. Compound 6 f, the most active compound, had IC50=13.2 µM. In an attempt to interpret such anti-cancer activity of these derivatives, their anti-inflammatory action was examined using the carrageenan induced rat paw edema method. The most active compounds showed moderate anti-inflammatory activity compared to the reference drug. In order to identify the most relevant physicochemical features important for high antitumor activity of the target compounds, specific 2D descriptors were calculated and correlated with the antileukemic activity.

  13. Design and one-pot synthesis of 2-thiazolylhydrazone derivatives as influenza neuraminidase inhibitors.

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    Yuan, Keyang; Xiao, Mengwu; Tan, Ying; Ye, Jiao; Xie, Yongle; Sun, Xiaoxiao; Hu, Aixi; Lian, Wenwen; Liu, Ailin

    2017-05-23

    Two series of novel 2-thiazolylhydrazone derivatives were designed and synthesized via one-pot reaction of benzaldehyde derivatives, [Formula: see text]-haloketones and thiosemicarbazide. The structures of compounds 1 and 2 were characterized by [Formula: see text] NMR and [Formula: see text] NMR, and compound 1g was further confirmed by X-ray crystallography. All of the target compounds were evaluated for their NA inhibitory activity against influenza viral neuraminidase (H1N1) in vitro, and the results showed that many compounds exhibited moderate to strong inhibitory activities against influenza viral neuraminidase (H1N1). Among them, compounds 1p, 1q and 2c showed the most potent inhibitory activities with [Formula: see text] values ranging from 10.50 to [Formula: see text]. Our structure-activity relationship analysis indicated that 2-thiazolylhydrazone is an effective scaffold for NA inhibitors and that introducing an ethoxycarbonyl group to the 5-position of thiazole ring could enhance inhibitory potency. Molecular docking was performed on the most active compounds 1p and 2c to provide more insight into their mechanism of interaction.

  14. Design, synthesis, and evaluation of (E)-N-substituted benzylidene-aniline derivatives as tyrosinase inhibitors.

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    Bae, Sung Jin; Ha, Young Mi; Park, Yun Jung; Park, Ji Young; Song, Yu Min; Ha, Tae Kwun; Chun, Pusoon; Moon, Hyung Ryong; Chung, Hae Young

    2012-11-01

    We attempted to design and synthesize (E)-N-substituted benzylidene-hydroxy or methoxy-aniline derivatives and to evaluate their inhibitory effect on tyrosinase activity and anti-melanogenesis activity in murine B16F10 melanoma cells. Derivatives with a 4-methoxy- or 4-hydroxy-anilino group exerted more potent inhibition against mushroom tyrosinase than those with a 2-hydroxyanilino group. (E)-4-((4-Hydroxyphenylimino)methyl)benzene-1,2-diol exhibited the most potent and non-competitive inhibition on mushroom tyrosinase showing an IC(50) of 17.22 ± 0.38 μM and being more effective than kojic acid (51.11 ± 1.42 μM). This compound decreased melanin production stimulated by the alpha-melanocyte-stimulating hormone and inhibited murine tyrosinase activity in a dose-dependent manner. Therefore, we propose (E)-4-((4-hydroxyphenylimino)methyl)benzene-1,2-diol as a new candidate of potent tyrosinase inhibitors that could be used as therapeutic agent with safe skin-whitening efficiency. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  15. Maximum likelihood identification and optimal input design for identifying aircraft stability and control derivatives

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    Stepner, D. E.; Mehra, R. K.

    1973-01-01

    A new method of extracting aircraft stability and control derivatives from flight test data is developed based on the maximum likelihood cirterion. It is shown that this new method is capable of processing data from both linear and nonlinear models, both with and without process noise and includes output error and equation error methods as special cases. The first application of this method to flight test data is reported for lateral maneuvers of the HL-10 and M2/F3 lifting bodies, including the extraction of stability and control derivatives in the presence of wind gusts. All the problems encountered in this identification study are discussed. Several different methods (including a priori weighting, parameter fixing and constrained parameter values) for dealing with identifiability and uniqueness problems are introduced and the results given. The method for the design of optimal inputs for identifying the parameters of linear dynamic systems is also given. The criterion used for the optimization is the sensitivity of the system output to the unknown parameters. Several simple examples are first given and then the results of an extensive stability and control dervative identification simulation for a C-8 aircraft are detailed.

  16. Designing molecular complexes using free-energy derivatives from liquid-state integral equation theory

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    Mrugalla, Florian; Kast, Stefan M.

    2016-09-01

    Complex formation between molecules in solution is the key process by which molecular interactions are translated into functional systems. These processes are governed by the binding or free energy of association which depends on both direct molecular interactions and the solvation contribution. A design goal frequently addressed in pharmaceutical sciences is the optimization of chemical properties of the complex partners in the sense of minimizing their binding free energy with respect to a change in chemical structure. Here, we demonstrate that liquid-state theory in the form of the solute-solute equation of the reference interaction site model provides all necessary information for such a task with high efficiency. In particular, computing derivatives of the potential of mean force (PMF), which defines the free-energy surface of complex formation, with respect to potential parameters can be viewed as a means to define a direction in chemical space toward better binders. We illustrate the methodology in the benchmark case of alkali ion binding to the crown ether 18-crown-6 in aqueous solution. In order to examine the validity of the underlying solute-solute theory, we first compare PMFs computed by different approaches, including explicit free-energy molecular dynamics simulations as a reference. Predictions of an optimally binding ion radius based on free-energy derivatives are then shown to yield consistent results for different ion parameter sets and to compare well with earlier, orders-of-magnitude more costly explicit simulation results. This proof-of-principle study, therefore, demonstrates the potential of liquid-state theory for molecular design problems.

  17. Designing molecular complexes using free-energy derivatives from liquid-state integral equation theory.

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    Mrugalla, Florian; Kast, Stefan M

    2016-09-01

    Complex formation between molecules in solution is the key process by which molecular interactions are translated into functional systems. These processes are governed by the binding or free energy of association which depends on both direct molecular interactions and the solvation contribution. A design goal frequently addressed in pharmaceutical sciences is the optimization of chemical properties of the complex partners in the sense of minimizing their binding free energy with respect to a change in chemical structure. Here, we demonstrate that liquid-state theory in the form of the solute-solute equation of the reference interaction site model provides all necessary information for such a task with high efficiency. In particular, computing derivatives of the potential of mean force (PMF), which defines the free-energy surface of complex formation, with respect to potential parameters can be viewed as a means to define a direction in chemical space toward better binders. We illustrate the methodology in the benchmark case of alkali ion binding to the crown ether 18-crown-6 in aqueous solution. In order to examine the validity of the underlying solute-solute theory, we first compare PMFs computed by different approaches, including explicit free-energy molecular dynamics simulations as a reference. Predictions of an optimally binding ion radius based on free-energy derivatives are then shown to yield consistent results for different ion parameter sets and to compare well with earlier, orders-of-magnitude more costly explicit simulation results. This proof-of-principle study, therefore, demonstrates the potential of liquid-state theory for molecular design problems.

  18. Design, synthesis and molecular docking of amide and urea derivatives as Escherichia coli PDHc-E1 inhibitors.

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    He, Jun-Bo; Ren, Yan-Liang; Sun, Qiu-Shuang; You, Ge-Yun; Zhang, Li; Zou, Peng; Feng, Ling-Ling; Wan, Jian; He, Hong-Wu

    2014-06-15

    By targeting the ThDP binding site of Escherichia coli PDHc-E1, two new 'open-chain' classes of E. coli PDHc-E1 inhibitors, amide and urea derivatives, were designed, synthesized, and evaluated. The amide derivatives of compound 6d, with 4-NO2 in the benzene ring, showed the most potent inhibition of E. coli PDHc-E1. The urea derivatives displayed more potent inhibitory activity than the corresponding amide derivatives with the same substituent. Molecular docking studies confirmed that the urea derivatives have more potency due to the two hydrogen bonds formed by two NH of urea with Glu522. The docking results also indicate it might help us to design more efficient PDHc-E1 inhibitors that could interact with Glu522.

  19. Part IV: Design, synthesis and antitumor activity of fluoroquinolone C-3 heterocycles: bis-oxadiazole methylsulfide derivatives derived from ciprofloxacin.

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    Hu, Guo-qiang; Hou, Li-li; Wang, Guo-qiang; Duan, Nan-nan; Wen, Xiao-yi; Cao, Tie-yao; Yin, Jun; Wang, Wei; Xie, Song-qiang; Huang, Wen-long

    2012-08-01

    To explore an efficient strategy for further development of anticancer fluoroquinolone candidates derived from ciprofloxacin, a heterocyclic ring as the bioisosteric replacement of C3 carboxyl group led to a key intermediate, oxadiazole thiol (5), which was further modified to the bis-oxadiazole methylsulfides (7a-7h) and the corresponding dimethylpiperazinium iodides (8a-8h), respectively. Structures were characterized by elemental analysis and spectra data, and their anticancer activities in vitro against CHO, HL60 and L1210 cancer cells were also evaluated by MTT assay. The preliminary results show that piperazinium compounds (8) possess more potent activity than that of corresponding free bases (7).

  20. Trifunctional somatostatin-based derivatives designed for targeted radiotherapy using auger electron emitters.

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    Ginj, Mihaela; Hinni, Karin; Tschumi, Sibylle; Schulz, Stefan; Maecke, Helmut R

    2005-12-01

    Auger electron-emitting radionuclides have potential for the therapy of small-size cancers because of their high level of cytotoxicity, low-energy, high linear energy transfer, and short-range biologic effectiveness. Biologic effects are critically dependent on the subcellular (and even subnuclear) localization of these radionuclides. Our goals were the design, synthesis, and in vitro preclinical assessment of new trifunctional conjugates of somatostatin that should aim at the nucleus and, therefore, ensure a longer retention time in the cell, a close approximation to the DNA, and the success of Auger electron emitters in targeted radionuclide therapy as well as also improve other targeted therapy strategies. Three trifunctional derivatives of [(1,4,7,10-tetraazacyclododecane-1,4,7,10-tetraacetic acid)0,Tyr3]octreotide (DOTA-TOC) bearing the nuclear localization signal (NLS) (of simian virus 40 large-T antigen) PKKKRKV in 3 different positions relative to the somatostatin analog sequence were synthesized using solid and solution phase peptide synthesis. These compounds together with DOTA-TOC and DOTA-NLS derivatives were labeled with 111In and tested for binding affinity, internalization, externalization, and nuclei localization on AR4-2J cells and on human embryonic cells stably transfected with sst2A. The two N-terminal derivatives preserved the sstr2A binding affinity. Their rate of internalization in all tested sstr-expressing cell lines was always superior for the trifunctional derivatives in comparison with the parent compound. A 6-fold increase in cellular retention from the total internalized activity and a 45-fold higher accumulation in the cell nuclei were found for one of the N-terminally modified compounds compared with [111In]-DOTA-TOC. The C-terminal conjugate was inferior in all tests compared with the parent compound. These encouraging results support our hypothesis that an additional NLS sequence to the DOTA-TOC could not only provide a better

  1. Design and construction of nanoscale material for ultrasonic assisted adsorption of dyes: Application of derivative spectrophotometry and experimental design methodology.

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    Bagheri, Ahmad Reza; Ghaedi, Mehrorang; Asfaram, Arash; Jannesar, Ramin; Goudarzi, Alireza

    2017-03-01

    Response surface methodology (RSM) based on central rotatable experimental design was used to investigate the effect of ultrasound assisted simultaneous adsorption process variables on Cu: ZnS-NPs-AC from aqueous solution. Cu: ZnS-NPs-AC was characterized using field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy (EDX) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). To overcome the severe methylene blue (MB) and brilliant green (BG) dyes spectral overlapping, derivative spectrophotometric method were successfully applied for the simultaneous determination of dyes in their binary solutions. Simultaneous determination of the dyes can be carried out using the first-order and second order derivative signal at 664 and 663nm for BG and MB, respectively. The factors investigated were pH (2.5-8.5), adsorbent mass (0.006-0.030g), sonication time (1-5min) and initial MB and BG concentration (3-15mgL(-1)). Five levels, which were low level, center point, upper level and two axillar points, were considered for each of the factors. The desirability function (DF: 0.9853) on the STATISTICA version 10.0 software showed that the optimum removal (99.832 and 99.423% for MB and BG, respectively) was obtained at pH 8.0, adsorbent mass 0.024g, sonication time 4min and 9mgL(-1) initial concentration for each dye. Besides, the results show that obtained data were adequately fitted into the second-order polynomial model, since the calculated model F value (172.96 and 96.35 for MB and BG, respectively) is higher than the critical F value. The values of coefficient of determination (0.9968 and 0.9943 for MB and BG, respectively) and adjusted coefficient of determination (0.9911 and 0.9840 for MB and BG, respectively) are close to 1, indicating a high correlation between the observed and the predicted values. The ultrasonic amplitude and adsorbent mass were found to be the most effective variable influencing the adsorption process. The adsorption equilibrium was well

  2. Design, synthesis, and biological activity of urea derivatives as anaplastic lymphoma kinase inhibitors.

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    af Gennäs, Gustav Boije; Mologni, Luca; Ahmed, Shaheen; Rajaratnam, Mohanathas; Marin, Oriano; Lindholm, Niko; Viltadi, Michela; Gambacorti-Passerini, Carlo; Scapozza, Leonardo; Yli-Kauhaluoma, Jari

    2011-09-05

    In anaplastic large-cell lymphomas, chromosomal translocations involving the kinase domain of anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK), generally fused to the 5' part of the nucleophosmin gene, produce highly oncogenic ALK fusion proteins that deregulate cell cycle, apoptosis, and differentiation in these cells. Other fusion oncoproteins involving ALK, such as echinoderm microtubule-associated protein-like 4-ALK, were recently found in patients with non-small-cell lung, breast, and colorectal cancers. Recent research has focused on the development of inhibitors for targeted therapy of these ALK-positive tumors. Because kinase inhibitors that target the inactive conformation are thought to be more specific than ATP-targeted inhibitors, we investigated the possibility of using two known inhibitors, doramapimod and sorafenib, which target inactive kinases, to design new urea derivatives as ALK inhibitors. We generated a homology model of ALK in its inactive conformation complexed with doramapimod or sorafenib in its active site. The results elucidated why doramapimod is a weak inhibitor and why sorafenib does not inhibit ALK. Virtual screening of commercially available compounds using the homology model of ALK yielded candidate inhibitors, which were tested using biochemical assays. Herein we present the design, synthesis, biological activity, and structure-activity relationships of a novel series of urea compounds as potent ALK inhibitors. Some compounds showed inhibition of purified ALK in the high nanomolar range and selective antiproliferative activity on ALK-positive cells.

  3. RF cavity design exploiting a new derivative-free trust region optimization approach.

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    Hassan, Abdel-Karim S O; Abdel-Malek, Hany L; Mohamed, Ahmed S A; Abuelfadl, Tamer M; Elqenawy, Ahmed E

    2015-11-01

    In this article, a novel derivative-free (DF) surrogate-based trust region optimization approach is proposed. In the proposed approach, quadratic surrogate models are constructed and successively updated. The generated surrogate model is then optimized instead of the underlined objective function over trust regions. Truncated conjugate gradients are employed to find the optimal point within each trust region. The approach constructs the initial quadratic surrogate model using few data points of order O(n), where n is the number of design variables. The proposed approach adopts weighted least squares fitting for updating the surrogate model instead of interpolation which is commonly used in DF optimization. This makes the approach more suitable for stochastic optimization and for functions subject to numerical error. The weights are assigned to give more emphasis to points close to the current center point. The accuracy and efficiency of the proposed approach are demonstrated by applying it to a set of classical bench-mark test problems. It is also employed to find the optimal design of RF cavity linear accelerator with a comparison analysis with a recent optimization technique.

  4. Design considerations and operating experience in firing refuse derived fuel in a circulating fluidized bed combustor

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    Piekos, S.J.; Matuny, M.

    1997-12-31

    The worldwide demand for cleaner, more efficient methods to dispose of municipal solid waste has stimulated interest in processing solid waste to produce refuse derived fuel (RDF) for use in circulating fluidized bed (CFB) boilers. The combination of waste processing and materials recovery systems and CFB boiler technology provides the greatest recovery of useful resources from trash and uses the cleanest combustion technology available today to generate power. Foster Wheeler Power Systems along with Foster Wheeler Energy Corporation and several other Foster Wheeler sister companies designed, built, and now operates a 1600 tons per day (TPD) (1450 metric tons) municipal waste-to-energy project located in Robbins, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. This project incorporates waste processing systems to recover recyclable materials and produce RDF. It is the first project in the United States to use CFB boiler technology to combust RDF. This paper will provide an overview of the Robbins, Illinois waste-to-energy project and will examine the technical and environmental reasons for selecting RDF waste processing and CFB combustion technology. Additionally, this paper will present experience with handling and combusting RDF and review the special design features incorporated into the CFB boiler and waste processing system that make it work.

  5. Analysis and design of prisms using the derivatives of a ray. Part II: the derivatives of boundary variable vector with respect to system variable vector.

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    Lin, Psang Dain

    2013-06-20

    To evaluate the merit function of an optical system, it is necessary to determine the first- and second-order derivative matrices of the boundary variable vector with respect to the system variable vector. Accordingly, the present study proposes a computationally efficient method for determining both matrices for optical systems containing only flat boundary surfaces. The validity of the proposed method is demonstrated by means of two illustrative prism design problems. In general, the results show that the proposed method can provide efficient search directions in many gradient-based optical design optimization methods.

  6. Synthesis and characterization of designed BMHP1-derived self-assembling peptides for tissue engineering applications

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    Silva, Diego; Natalello, Antonino; Sanii, Babak; Vasita, Rajesh; Saracino, Gloria; Zuckermann, Ronald N.; Doglia, Silvia Maria; Gelain, Fabrizio

    2012-12-01

    The importance of self-assembling peptides (SAPs) in regenerative medicine is becoming increasingly recognized. The propensity of SAPs to form nanostructured fibers is governed by multiple forces including hydrogen bonds, hydrophobic interactions and π-π aromatic interactions among side chains of the amino acids. Single residue modifications in SAP sequences can significantly affect these forces. BMHP1-derived SAPs is a class of biotinylated oligopeptides, which self-assemble in β-structured fibers to form a self-healing hydrogel. In the current study, selected modifications in previously described BMHP1-derived SAPs were designed in order to investigate the influence of modified residues on self-assembly kinetics and scaffold formation properties. The Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis demonstrated the secondary structure (β-sheet) formation in all modified SAP sequences, whereas atomic force microscopy (AFM) analysis further confirmed the presence of nanofibers. Furthermore, the fiber shape and dimension analysis by AFM showed flattened and twisted fiber morphology ranging from ~8 nm to ~70 nm. The mechanical properties of the pre-assembled and post assembled solution were investigated by rheometry. The shear-thinning behavior and rapid re-healing properties of the pre-assembled solutions make them a preferable choice for injectable scaffolds. The wide range of stiffnesses (G') -from ~1000 to ~27 000 Pa - exhibited by the post-assembled scaffolds demonstrated their potential for a variety of tissue engineering applications. The extra cellular matrix (ECM) mimicking (physically and chemically) properties of SAP scaffolds enhanced cell adhesion and proliferation. The capability of the scaffold to facilitate murine neural stem cell (mNSC) proliferation was evaluated in vitro: the increased mNSCs adhesion and proliferation demonstrated the potential of newly synthesized SAPs for regenerative medicine approaches

  7. Design, synthesis, and antiviral, fungicidal, and insecticidal activities of tetrahydro-β-carboline-3-carbohydrazide derivatives.

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    Liu, Yongxian; Song, Hongjian; Huang, Yuanqiong; Li, Jiarui; Zhao, Sheng; Song, Yuchuan; Yang, Peiwen; Xiao, Zhixin; Liu, Yuxiu; Li, Yongqiang; Shang, Hui; Wang, Qingmin

    2014-10-15

    According to our previous research on the antiviral activity of β-carboline and tetrahydro-β-carboline derivatives, using (1S,3S)-1-methyl-2,3,4,9-tetrahydro-1H-pyrido[3,4-b]indole-3-carbohydrazide (1) as a lead compound, series of novel tetrahydro-β-carboline derivatives containing acylhydrazone moiety were designed, synthesized, and first evaluated for their biological activities. Most of these compounds exhibited excellent antiviral activity both in vitro and in vivo. The in vivo inactivation, curative, and protection activities of compounds 8, 9, 12, 16, 28, 29, and 30 were much higher than that of ribavirin (37.6%, 39.4%, and 37.9% at 500 μg/mL) and the lead compound (40.0%, 42.3%, and 39.6% at 500 μg/mL). Especially, the in vitro and in vivo activities of compound 16 (36.9%, 33.6%, 30.2%, and 35.8%) at 100 μg/mL, which were very close to that of ribavirin (40.0% for in vitro activity) at 500 μg/mL. Compounds 9 and 29 were chosen for the field trials of antiviral efficacy against TMV (tobacco mosaic virus); the results exhibited that both compounds, especially compound 29, showed better activities than control plant virus inhibitors. At the same time, the fungicidal results showed that compounds 6, 9, and 11 exhibited good fungicidal activities against 14 kinds of phytopathogens. Additionally, compounds 3 and 23 exhibited moderate insecticidal activity against the four tested species of insects.

  8. Hydroxylation mechanism of methane and its derivatives over designed methane monooxygenase model with peroxo dizinc core.

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    Li, Cai-Qin; Yang, Hua-Qing; Xu, Jian; Hu, Chang-Wei

    2012-05-21

    The peroxo dizinc Zn(2)O(2) complex Q coordinated by imidazole and carboxylate groups for each Zn center has been designed to model the hydroxylase component of methane monooxygenase (MMO) enzyme, on the basis of the experimentally available structure information of enzyme with divalent zinc ion and the MMO with Fe(2)O(2) core. The reaction mechanism for the hydroxylation of methane and its derivatives catalyzed by Q has been investigated at the B3LYP*/cc-pVTZ, Lanl2tz level in protein solution environment. These hydroxylation reactions proceed via a radical-rebound mechanism, with the rate-determining step of the C-H bond cleavage. This radical-rebound reaction mechanism is analogous to the experimentally available MMOs with diamond Fe(2)O(2) core accompanied by a coordinate number of six for the hydroxylation of methane. The rate constants for the hydroxylation of substrates catalyzed by Q increase along CH(4) < CH(3)F < CH(3)CN ≈ CH(3)NO(2) < CH(3)CH(3). Both the activation strain ΔE(≠)(strain) and the stabilizing interaction ΔE(≠)(int) jointly affect the activation energy ΔE(≠). For the C-H cleavage of substrate CH(3)X, with the decrease of steric shielding for the substituted CH(3)X (X = F > H > CH(3) > NO(2) > CN) attacking the O center in Q, the activation strain ΔE(≠)(strain) decreases, whereas the stabilizing interaction ΔE(≠)(int) increases. It is predicted that the MMO with peroxo dizinc Zn(2)O(2) core should be a promising catalyst for the hydroxylation of methane and its derivatives.

  9. Evaluation of 8-Hydroxyquinoline Derivatives as Hits for Antifungal Drug Design.

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    Pippi, Bruna; Reginatto, Paula; Machado, Gabriella da Rosa Monte; Bergamo, Vanessa Zafaneli; Lana, Daiane Flores Dalla; Teixeira, Mario Lettieri; Franco, Lucas Lopardi; Alves, Ricardo José; Andrade, Saulo Fernandes; Fuentefria, Alexandre Meneghello

    2017-10-01

    Clioquinol is an 8-hydroxyquinoline derivative that was widely used from the 1950s to 1970s as an oral antiparasitic agent. In 1970, the oral forms were withdrawn from the market due to reports of toxicity, but topical formulations for antifungal treatment remained available. Thus, the purpose of this study was to evaluate the toxicity, anti-Candida and antidermatophyte activity and to determine pharmacodynamic characteristics of clioquinol and other 8-hydroxyquinoline derivatives (8-hydroxy-5-quinolinesulfonic acid and 8-hydroxy-7-iodo-5-quinolinesulfonic acid). Antifungal activity was tested by broth microdilution and the fungicidal or fungistatic effect was checked by a time-kill assay. Permeation and histopathological evaluation were performed in Franz diffusion cells with ear skin of pigs and examined under light microscopy. An HET-CAM test was used to determine the potential irritancy. The three compounds were active against all isolates showing anti-Candida and antidermatophyte activity, with MIC ranges of 0.031-2 μg/ml, 1-512 μg/ml, and 2-1024 μg/ml for clioquinol, 8-hydroxy-5-quinolinesulfonic acid, and 8-hydroxy-7-iodo-5-quinolinesulfonic acid, respectively. All compounds showed fungistatic effect for Candida, 8-hydroxy-5-quinolinesulfonic acid, and 8-hydroxy-7-iodo-5-quinolinesulfonic acid showed a fungicidal effect for M. canis and T. mentagrophytes, and clioquinol showed a fungicidal effect only for T. mentagrophytes. Furthermore, they presented a fungicidal effect depending on the time and concentration. The absence of lesions was observed in histopathological evaluation and no compound was irritating. Moreover, clioquinol and 8-hydroxy-5-quinolinesulfonic acid accumulated in the epithelial tissue, and 8-hydroxy-7-iodo-5-quinolinesulfonic acid had a high degree of permeation. In conclusion, 8-hydroxyquinoline derivatives showed antifungal activity and 8-hydroxy-5-quinolinesulfonic acid demonstrated the potential for antifungal drug design.

  10. Structure-based approaches for the design of benzimidazole-2-carbamate derivatives as tubulin polymerization inhibitors.

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    Aguayo-Ortiz, Rodrigo; Cano-González, Lucia; Castillo, Rafael; Hernández-Campos, Alicia; Dominguez, Laura

    2016-12-22

    Microtubules are highly dynamic assemblies of α/β-tubulin heterodimers whose polymerization inhibition is among one of the most successful approaches for anticancer drug development. Overexpression of the class I (βI) and class III (βIII) β-tubulin isotypes in breast and lung cancers and the highly expressed class VI (βVI) β-tubulin isotype in normal blood cells have increased the interest for designing specific tubulin-binding anticancer therapies. To this end, we employed our previously proposed model of the β-tubulin-nocodazole complex, supported by the recently determined X-ray structure, to identify the fundamental structural differences between β-tubulin isotypes. Moreover, we employed docking and molecular dynamics (MD) simulations to determine the binding mode of a series of benzimidazole-2-carbamete (BzC) derivatives in the βI-, βIII-, and βVI-tubulin isotypes. Our results demonstrate that Ala198 in the βVI isotype reduces the affinity of BzCs, explaining the low bone marrow toxicity for nocodazole. Additionally, no significant differences in the binding modes between βI- and βIII-BzC complexes were observed; however, Ser239 in the βIII isotype might be associated with the low affinity of BzCs to this isotype. Finally, our study provides insight into the β-tubulin-BzC interaction features essential for the development of more selective and less toxic anticancer therapeutics.

  11. Design, structure activity relationship, cytotoxicity and evaluation of antioxidant activity of curcumin derivatives/analogues.

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    Sahu, Pramod K

    2016-10-04

    New fourteen 3,4-dihydropyrimidine derivatives/analogues of curcumin (2a-2n) were designed, synthesized and biologically evaluated for their cytotoxicity and antioxidant activity. Cytotoxicity effect has been evaluated against three cell lines HeLa, HCT-116 and QG-56 by MTT assay method. From SAR study, it has been revealed that particularly, compound 2e and 2j (IC50 value 12.5 μM) have shown better cytotoxicity effect against three cell lines. According to results of SAR study, it was found that 3,4-dihydropyrimidines of curcumin, 2c, 2d, 2j and 2n exhibited better antioxidant activity than curcumin. A correlation of structure and activities relationship of these compounds with respect to drug score profiles and other physico-chemical properties of drugs are described and verified experimentally. Therefore, we conclude that physico-chemical analyses may prove structural features of curcumin analogues with their promising combined cytotoxicity/antioxidant activity and it is also concluded from virtual and practical screening that the compounds were varied to possess a broad range of lipophilic character, revealed by Log P values.

  12. Molecular design, synthesis and physical properties of novel Cytisine-derivatives - Experimental and theoretical study

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    Ivanova, Bojidarka; Spiteller, Michael

    2013-02-01

    The paper presented a comprehensive theoretical and experimental study on the molecular drugs-design, synthesis, isolation, physical spectroscopic and mass spectrometric elucidation of novel functionalization derivatives of Cytisine (Cyt), using nucleosidic residues. Since these alkaloids have established biochemical profile, related the binding affinity of the nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs), particularly α7 sub-type, the presented correlation between the molecular structure and properties allowed to evaluated the highlights of the biochemical hypothesises related the Schizophrenia. The anticancer activity of α7 subtype agonists and the crucial role of the nucleoside-based medications in the cancer therapy provided opportunity for further study on the biochemical relationship between Schizophrenia and few kinds of cancers, which has been hypothesized recently. The physical electronic absorptions (EAs), circular dichroic (CD) and Raman spectroscopic (RS) properties as well as mass spectrometric (MS) data, obtained using electrospray ionization (ESI) and atmospheric-pressure chemical ionization (APCI) methods under the positive single (MS) and tandem (MS/MS) modes of operation are discussed. Taking into account reports on a fatal intoxication of Cyt, the presented data would be of interest in the field of forensic chemistry, through development of highly selective and sensitive analytical protocols. Quantum chemical method is used to predict the physical properties of the isolated alkaloids, their affinity to the receptor loop and gas-phase stabilized species, observed mass spectrometrically.

  13. Structure based design, synthesis and biological evaluation of amino phosphonate derivatives as human glucokinase activators.

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    Yellapu, Nanda Kumar; Kilaru, Ravendra Babu; Chamarthi, Nagaraju; Pvgk, Sarma; Matcha, Bhaskar

    2017-06-01

    Glucokinase (GK) is a potential therapeutic target of type 2 diabetes and GK activators (GKAs) represent a promising class of small organic molecules which enhance GK activity. Based on the configuration and conformation of the allosteric site of GK, we have designed a novel class of amino phosphonate derivatives in order to develop potent GKAs. The QSAR model developed using numerous descriptors revealed its potential with the best effective statistical values of RMSE=1.52 and r(2)=0.30. Moreover, application of this model on the present test set GKAs proved to be worthy to predict their activities as a better linear relationship was observed with RMSE=0.14 and r(2)=0.88. ADME studies and Lipinski filters encouraged them as safer therapeutics. The molecular dynamics and docking studies against the GK allosteric site revealed that all GKAs bind with best affinities and the complexes are strengthened by H-bonding, phosphonate salt bridges, hydrophobic and arene cat ionic interactions. Finally, in vitro evaluation with human liver GK revealed their potential to increase the GK activity by different folds. The results from QSAR, ADME, molecular docking and in vitro assays strongly suggested that the present molecules could be used as effective and safer therapeutics to control and manage type 2 diabetes. Copyright © 2017. Published by Elsevier Ltd.

  14. DFT-based QSAR study and molecular design of AHMA derivatives as potent anticancer agents

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    Chen, Jincan; Shen, Yong; Liao, Siyan; Chen, Lanmei; Zheng, Kangcheng

    A quantitative structure-activity relationship (QSAR) of 3-(9-acridinylamino)-5-hydroxymethylaniline (AHMA) derivatives and their alkylcarbamates as potent anticancer agents has been studied using density functional theory (DFT), molecular mechanics (MM+), and statistical methods. In the best established QSAR equation, the energy (ENL) of the next lowest unoccupied molecular orbital (NLUMO) and the net charges (QFR) of the first atom of the substituent R, as well as the steric parameter (MR2) of subsituent R2 are the main independent factors contributing to the anticancer activity of the compounds. A new scheme determining outliers by ?leave-one-out? (LOO) cross-validation coefficient (q2n-i) was suggested and successfully used. The fitting correlation coefficient (R2) and the ?LOO? cross-validation coefficient (q2) values for the training set of 25 compounds are 0.881 and 0.829, respectively. The predicted activities of 5 compounds in the test set using this QSAR model are in good agreement with their experimental values, indicating that this model has excellent predictive ability. Based on the established QSAR equation, 10 new compounds with rather high anticancer activity much greater than that of 34 compounds have been designed and await experimental verification.

  15. Design, synthesis and antimicrobial activity of 6-N-substituted chitosan derivatives.

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    Hu, Linfeng; Meng, Xiangtao; Xing, Ronge; Liu, Song; Chen, Xiaolin; Qin, Yukun; Yu, Huahua; Li, Pengcheng

    2016-09-15

    Three novel 6-N-substituted chitosan derivatives were designed and synthesised and characterized by FTIR and NMR. The degree of substitution was calculated by elemental analysis results. The antimicrobial activities of the target compounds were evaluated by twofold serial broth dilution method and poisoned food technique. The antifungal activities of 6-aminoethylamino-6-deoxy chitosan (3), 6-butylamino-6-deoxy chitosan (4) and 6-pyridyl-6-deoxy chitosan (5) were significantly increased against Rhizoctonia cerealis, Fusarium oxysporum and Botrytis cinerea, and the inhibition rate ranged from 22.48% to 63.56% at the concentration of 0.2mg/mL. The compound 3 had better antibacterial activities than chitosan, and the minimum inhibition concentration of which ranged between 6.25 and 25mg/L against gram-positive bacteria (Staphylococcus aureus, Bacillus subtilis and Bacillus anthracis) and gram-negative bacteria (Escherichia coli, Salmonella typhi). The antibacterial activities of 6-N-substituted chitosan tended to increase with the increase of the number of -NH2 group. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  16. Docking, synthesis and antiproliferative activity of N-acylhydrazone derivatives designed as combretastatin A4 analogues.

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    do Amaral, Daniel Nascimento; Cavalcanti, Bruno C; Bezerra, Daniel P; Ferreira, Paulo Michel P; Castro, Rosane de Paula; Sabino, José Ricardo; Machado, Camila Maria Longo; Chammas, Roger; Pessoa, Claudia; Sant'Anna, Carlos M R; Barreiro, Eliezer J; Lima, Lídia Moreira

    2014-01-01

    Cancer is the second most common cause of death in the USA. Among the known classes of anticancer agents, the microtubule-targeted antimitotic drugs are considered to be one of the most important. They are usually classified into microtubule-destabilizing (e.g., Vinca alkaloids) and microtubule-stabilizing (e.g., paclitaxel) agents. Combretastatin A4 (CA-4), which is a natural stilbene isolated from Combretum caffrum, is a microtubule-destabilizing agent that binds to the colchicine domain on β-tubulin and exhibits a lower toxicity profile than paclitaxel or the Vinca alkaloids. In this paper, we describe the docking study, synthesis, antiproliferative activity and selectivity index of the N-acylhydrazone derivatives (5a-r) designed as CA-4 analogues. The essential structural requirements for molecular recognition by the colchicine binding site of β-tubulin were recognized, and several compounds with moderate to high antiproliferative potency (IC50 values ≤18 µM and ≥4 nM) were identified. Among these active compounds, LASSBio-1586 (5b) emerged as a simple antitumor drug candidate, which is capable of inhibiting microtubule polymerization and possesses a broad in vitro and in vivo antiproliferative profile, as well as a better selectivity index than the prototype CA-4, indicating improved selective cytotoxicity toward cancer cells.

  17. Molecular modeling and lead design of substituted zanamivir derivatives as potent anti-influenza drugs.

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    Dholakia, Dhwani; Goyal, Sukriti; Jamal, Salma; Singh, Aditi; Das, Asmita; Grover, Abhinav

    2016-12-22

    Influenza virus spreads infection by two main surface glycoproteins, namely hemagglutinin (HA) and neuraminidase (NA). NA cleaves the sialic acid receptors eventually releasing newly formed virus particles which then invade new cells. Inhibition of NA could limit the replication of virus to one round which is insufficient to cause the disease. An experimentally reported series of acylguanidine zanamivir derivatives was used to develop GQSAR model targeting NA in different strains of influenza virus, H1N1 and H3N2. A combinatorial library was developed and their inhibitory activities were predicted using the GQSAR model. The top leads were analyzed by docking which revealed the binding modes of these inhibitors in the active site of NA (150-loop). The top compound (AMA) was selected for carrying out molecular dynamics simulations for 15 ns which provided insights into the time dependent dynamics of the designed leads. AMA possessed a docking score of -8.26 Kcal/mol with H1N1 strain and -7.00 Kcal/mol with H3N2 strain. Ligand-bound complexes of both H1N1 and H3N2 were observed to be stable for 11 ns and 7 ns respectively. ADME descriptors were also calculated to study the pharmacokinetic properties of AMA which revealed its drug-like properties.

  18. Structural Insights into the Molecular Design of Flutolanil Derivatives Targeted for Fumarate Respiration of Parasite Mitochondria.

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    Inaoka, Daniel Ken; Shiba, Tomoo; Sato, Dan; Balogun, Emmanuel Oluwadare; Sasaki, Tsuyoshi; Nagahama, Madoka; Oda, Masatsugu; Matsuoka, Shigeru; Ohmori, Junko; Honma, Teruki; Inoue, Masayuki; Kita, Kiyoshi; Harada, Shigeharu

    2015-07-07

    Recent studies on the respiratory chain of Ascaris suum showed that the mitochondrial NADH-fumarate reductase system composed of complex I, rhodoquinone and complex II plays an important role in the anaerobic energy metabolism of adult A. suum. The system is the major pathway of energy metabolism for adaptation to a hypoxic environment not only in parasitic organisms, but also in some types of human cancer cells. Thus, enzymes of the pathway are potential targets for chemotherapy. We found that flutolanil is an excellent inhibitor for A. suum complex II (IC50 = 0.058 μM) but less effectively inhibits homologous porcine complex II (IC50 = 45.9 μM). In order to account for the specificity of flutolanil to A. suum complex II from the standpoint of structural biology, we determined the crystal structures of A. suum and porcine complex IIs binding flutolanil and its derivative compounds. The structures clearly demonstrated key interactions responsible for its high specificity to A. suum complex II and enabled us to find analogue compounds, which surpass flutolanil in both potency and specificity to A. suum complex II. Structures of complex IIs binding these compounds will be helpful to accelerate structure-based drug design targeted for complex IIs.

  19. Design, synthesis, and biological evaluation of novel quinazolinyl-diaryl urea derivatives as potential anticancer agents.

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    Chen, Jia-Nian; Wang, Xian-Fu; Li, Ting; Wu, De-Wen; Fu, Xiao-Bo; Zhang, Guang-Ji; Shen, Xing-Can; Wang, Heng-Shan

    2016-01-01

    Through a structure-based molecular hybridization approach, a series of novel quinazolinyl-diaryl urea derivatives were designed, synthesized, and screened for their in vitro antiproliferative activities against three cancer cell lines (HepG2, MGC-803, and A549). Six compounds (7 g, 7 m, 7 o, 8 e, 8 g, and 8 m) showed stronger activity against a certain cell line compared with the positive reference drugs sorafenib and gefitinib. Among the six compounds, 8 g exhibited the strongest activity. In particular, compound 8 g induced A549 apoptosis, arrested cell cycle at the G0/G1 phase, elevated intracellular reactive oxygen species level, and decreased mitochondrial membrane potential. This compound can also effectively regulate the expression of apoptosis- and cell cycle-related proteins, and influence the Raf/MEK/ERK pathway. Molecular docking and structure-activity relationship analyses revealed that it can bind well to the active site of the receptor c-Raf, which was consistent with the biological data. Therefore, compound 8 g may be a potent antitumor agent, representing a promising lead for further optimization.

  20. Design and Synthesis of Coumarin Derivatives as Novel PI3K Inhibitors.

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    Chen-Chen, Ma; Liu, Zhao-Peng

    2016-02-23

    A variety of coumarin derivatives possessing the pyridinylurea units were designed to increase their potency and isoform selectivity against PI3Ks. These novel coumarins 4a-m were prepared from 5-methyl-pyridin-2-ylamine in a straightforward way via the protection of the amino by Boc groups, benzyl bromination, ethyl acetoacetate alkylation with the generated bromomethyl pyridine, Pechmann coumarin core construction, and ureas formation by the coupling of amine 3 with a variety of aryl isocyanates. When the alkylated acetoacetate 2 was reacted with resorcinol in concentrated sulfuric acid, a cascade reaction occurred that included the Pechmann cyclization to form the coumarin core, removal of the N-Boc protective groups to generate a tert-butyl carbocation, and the Friedel-Crafts tert-butylation of the phenol ring. In general, these coumarin analogs exhibited good in vitro growth inhibitory activities against tumor K562, Hela, A549 and MCF-7 cells. Some of them showed comparable or better potency than BENC-511. Compounds 4b and 4h were found to be much more potent PI3K (~10-fold) inhibitors than S14161 or BENC-511. In addition, coumarin 4b was more selective to PI3Kα/β over PI3Kδ/γ, while analog 4h was a selective PI3Kα/β/δ inhibitor. Moreover, compound 4h suppressed the phosphorylation of Akt, increased the cleaved caspase 3 and PARP, and induced K562 cell apoptosis.

  1. Design and discovery of novel quinoxaline derivatives as dual DNA intercalators and topoisomerase II inhibitors.

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    Eissa, Ibrahim H; El-Naggar, Abeer M; El-Sattar, Nour E A Abd; Youssef, Ahmed S A

    2017-07-10

    In attempt to develop new potent anti-tumor agents, a series of quinoxaline derivatives was designed and synthesized. The novel compounds were tested in vitro for their anti-proliferative activities against HePG-2, MCF-7 and HCT-116 cell lines. Additionally, DNA binding affinities as well as DNA-top II inhibitory activities of the synthesized compounds were investigated as potential mechanism for the anticancer activity. Compounds 13, 15, 16 and 19 exhibited good cytotoxicity activities against the three cell lines (IC50 ranging from 7.6 to 32.4 µM) comparable to that of doxorubicin (IC50 = 9.8 µM). Interestingly, the results of DNA binding and DNA-top II inhibition assays were in agreement with that of the cytotoxicity tests, where the most potent anticancer compounds showed good DNA binding affinities (IC50 ranging from 25.1 to 32.4 µM) and DNA-top II inhibitory activities (IC50 ranging from 6.4 to 15.3 µM) comparable to that of doxorubicin (IC50 = 28.1 and 3.8 µM, respectively). Furthermore, molecular docking studies were carried out for the new compounds in order to investigate their binding pattern with the prospective target, DNA-top II complex (PDB-code: 3qx3). Copyright© Bentham Science Publishers; For any queries, please email at epub@benthamscience.org.

  2. Structural Insights into the Molecular Design of Flutolanil Derivatives Targeted for Fumarate Respiration of Parasite Mitochondria

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    Inaoka, Daniel Ken; Shiba, Tomoo; Sato, Dan; Balogun, Emmanuel Oluwadare; Sasaki, Tsuyoshi; Nagahama, Madoka; Oda, Masatsugu; Matsuoka, Shigeru; Ohmori, Junko; Honma, Teruki; Inoue, Masayuki; Kita, Kiyoshi; Harada, Shigeharu

    2015-01-01

    Recent studies on the respiratory chain of Ascaris suum showed that the mitochondrial NADH-fumarate reductase system composed of complex I, rhodoquinone and complex II plays an important role in the anaerobic energy metabolism of adult A. suum. The system is the major pathway of energy metabolism for adaptation to a hypoxic environment not only in parasitic organisms, but also in some types of human cancer cells. Thus, enzymes of the pathway are potential targets for chemotherapy. We found that flutolanil is an excellent inhibitor for A. suum complex II (IC50 = 0.058 μM) but less effectively inhibits homologous porcine complex II (IC50 = 45.9 μM). In order to account for the specificity of flutolanil to A. suum complex II from the standpoint of structural biology, we determined the crystal structures of A. suum and porcine complex IIs binding flutolanil and its derivative compounds. The structures clearly demonstrated key interactions responsible for its high specificity to A. suum complex II and enabled us to find analogue compounds, which surpass flutolanil in both potency and specificity to A. suum complex II. Structures of complex IIs binding these compounds will be helpful to accelerate structure-based drug design targeted for complex IIs. PMID:26198225

  3. Design, synthesis and anti-Alzheimer properties of dimethylaminomethyl-substituted curcumin derivatives.

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    Fang, Lei; Gou, Shaohua; Liu, Xuying; Cao, Feng; Cheng, Lin

    2014-01-01

    Eight dimethylaminomethyl-substituted curcumin derivatives were designed and synthesized. The antioxidant test revealed that the synthesized compounds had higher free radical scavenging activity towards both 2,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl free radicals (DPPH) (IC50 1.5-29.9μM) and galvinoxyl radicals (IC50 4.9-41.1μM) than the lead compound curcumin. Besides, compound 3a could effectively inhibit the Aβ self-aggregation in vitro. Investigated in phosphate-buffered solutions (pH=7.4) in the presence or absence of 0.1% FBS 3a showed a good stability while curcumin did not. Furthermore, 3a showed a good lipophilicity (logP=3.48), suggesting a potential ability to penetrate the blood-brain-barrier. The aqueous solubility of the hydrochloride salt of 3a (16.7mg/mL) has also been significantly improved as compared with curcumin (<0.1mg/mL).

  4. Toxicokinetics and analytical toxicology of amphetamine-derived designer drugs ('Ecstasy').

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    Maurer, H H; Bickeboeller-Friedrich, J; Kraemer, T; Peters, F T

    2000-03-15

    The phase I and II metabolites of the designer drugs methylenedioxyamphetamine (MDA), R,S-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), R,S-methylenedioxyethylamphetamine (MDE), R, S-benzodioxazolylbutanamine (BDB) and R, S-N-methyl-benzodioxazolylbutanamine (MBDB) were identified by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) or liquid chromotography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS) in urine and liver microsomes of humans and rats. Two overlapping pathways could be postulated: (1) demethylenation followed by catechol-O-methyl-transferase (COMT) catalyzed methylation and/or glucuronidation/sulfatation; (2) N-dealkylation, deamination and only for MDA, MDMA, MDE oxidation to the corresponding benzoic acid derivatives conjugated with glycine. Demethylenation was mainly catalyzed by CYP2D1/6 or CYP3A2/4, but also by CYP independent mechanisms. In humans, MDMA and MBDB could also be demethylenated by CYP1A2. N-demethylation was mainly catalyzed by CYP1A2, N-deethylation by CYP3A2/4. Based on these studies, GC-MS procedures were developed for the toxicological analysis in urine and plasma. Finally, toxicokinetic parameters are reviewed.

  5. Molecular design and synthesis of certain new quinoline derivatives having potential anticancer activity.

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    Ibrahim, Diaa A; Abou El Ella, Dalal A; El-Motwally, Amira M; Aly, Rasha M

    2015-09-18

    EGFR, which plays a vital role as a regulator of cell growth, is one of the intensely studied TK targets of anticancer inhibitors. The most two common anticancer inhibitors are anilinoquiazolines and anilinoquinolines that inhibit EGFR kinase intracellularly. The present investigation dealt with design (pharmacophore, docking and binding energy) and synthesis of a new series of 4-anilinoquinoline-3-carboxamide derivatives as potential anticancer agents targeting EGFR. All the newly synthesized compounds were screened for their anticancer activity against MCF-7 and compounds 4f, 7a and 7b showed significant activity with IC50 values 13.96 μM, 2.16 μM and 3.46 μM, respectively. Most of the synthesized compounds were subjected to enzyme assay (EGFR TK) for measuring their inhibitory activity with the determination of IC50 values and the preliminary results revealed that compound 7b, which had potent inhibitory activity in tumor growth and had potent activity on the EGFR TK enzyme with 67% inhibition compared to ATP would be a potential anticancer agent. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  6. Gene Replacement for the Generation of Designed Novel Avermectin Derivatives with Enhanced Acaricidal and Nematicidal Activities

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    Huang, Jun; Chen, An-Liang; Zhang, Hui; Yu, Zhen; Li, Mei-Hong; Li, Na; Lin, Jia-Tan; Bai, Hua

    2015-01-01

    Avermectin (AVM) and ivermectin (IVM) are potent pesticides and acaricides which have been widely used during the past 30 years. As insect resistance to AVM and IVM is greatly increasing, alternatives are urgently needed. Here, we report two novel AVM derivatives, tenvermectin A (TVM A) and TVM B, which are considered a potential new generation of agricultural and veterinary drugs. The molecules of the TVMs were designed based on structure and pharmacological property comparisons among AVM, IVM, and milbemycin (MBM). To produce TVMs, a genetically engineered strain, MHJ1011, was constructed from Streptomyces avermitilis G8-17, an AVM industrial strain. In MHJ1011, the native aveA1 gene was seamlessly replaced with milA1 from Streptomyces hygroscopicus. The total titer of the two TVMs produced by MHJ1011 reached 3,400 mg/liter. Insecticidal tests proved that TVM had enhanced activities against Tetranychus cinnabarinus and Bursaphelenchus xylophilus, as desired. This study provides a typical example of exploration for novel active compounds through a new method of polyketide synthase (PKS) reassembly for gene replacement. The results of the insecticidal tests may be of use in elucidating the structure-activity relationship of AVMs and MBMs. PMID:26025902

  7. Design, Synthesis, and Biological Evaluation of Novel Tetramethylpyrazine Derivatives as Potential Neuroprotective Agents.

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    Chen, Haiyun; Tan, Guolian; Cao, Jie; Zhang, Gaoxiao; Yi, Peng; Yu, Pei; Sun, Yewei; Zhang, Zaijun; Wang, Yuqiang

    2017-01-01

    Oxidative stress plays a crucial role in neurological diseases, resulting in excessive production of reactive oxygen species, mitochondrial dysfunction and cell death. In this work, we designed and synthesized a series of tetramethylpyrazine (TMP) derivatives and investigated their abilities for scavenging free radicals and preventing against oxidative stress-induced neuronal damage in vitro. Among them, compound 22a, consisted of TMP, caffeic acid and a nitrone group, showed potent radical-scavenging activity. Compound 22a had broad neuroprotective effects, including rescuing iodoacetic acid-induced neuronal loss, preventing from tert-butylhydroperoxide (t-BHP)-induced neuronal injury. Compound 22a exerted its neuroprotective effect against t-BHP injury via activation of the phosphatidyl inositol 3-kinase (PI3K)/Akt signaling pathway. Furthermore, in a rat model of permanent middle cerebral artery occlusion, compound 22a significantly improved neurological deficits, and alleviated the infarct area and brain edema. In conclusion, our results suggest that compound 22a could be a potential neuroprotective agent for the treatment of neurological disease, particularly ischemic stroke.

  8. Gene Replacement for the Generation of Designed Novel Avermectin Derivatives with Enhanced Acaricidal and Nematicidal Activities.

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    Huang, Jun; Chen, An-Liang; Zhang, Hui; Yu, Zhen; Li, Mei-Hong; Li, Na; Lin, Jia-Tan; Bai, Hua; Wang, Ji-Dong; Zheng, Yu-Guo

    2015-08-15

    Avermectin (AVM) and ivermectin (IVM) are potent pesticides and acaricides which have been widely used during the past 30 years. As insect resistance to AVM and IVM is greatly increasing, alternatives are urgently needed. Here, we report two novel AVM derivatives, tenvermectin A (TVM A) and TVM B, which are considered a potential new generation of agricultural and veterinary drugs. The molecules of the TVMs were designed based on structure and pharmacological property comparisons among AVM, IVM, and milbemycin (MBM). To produce TVMs, a genetically engineered strain, MHJ1011, was constructed from Streptomyces avermitilis G8-17, an AVM industrial strain. In MHJ1011, the native aveA1 gene was seamlessly replaced with milA1 from Streptomyces hygroscopicus. The total titer of the two TVMs produced by MHJ1011 reached 3,400 mg/liter. Insecticidal tests proved that TVM had enhanced activities against Tetranychus cinnabarinus and Bursaphelenchus xylophilus, as desired. This study provides a typical example of exploration for novel active compounds through a new method of polyketide synthase (PKS) reassembly for gene replacement. The results of the insecticidal tests may be of use in elucidating the structure-activity relationship of AVMs and MBMs.

  9. Strategies to design pyrazolyl urea derivatives for p38 kinase inhibition: a molecular modeling study

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    Kulkarni, Ravindra G.; Srivani, Palukuri; Achaiah, Garlapati; Sastry, G. Narahari

    2007-04-01

    The p38 protein kinase is a serine-threonine mitogen activated protein kinase, which plays an important role in inflammation and arthritis. A combined study of 3D-QSAR and molecular docking has been undertaken to explore the structural insights of pyrazolyl urea p38 kinase inhibitors. The 3D-QSAR studies involved comparative molecular field analysis (CoMFA) and comparative molecular similarity indices (CoMSIA). The best CoMFA model was derived from the atom fit alignment with a cross-validated r 2 ( q 2) value of 0.516 and conventional r 2 of 0.950, while the best CoMSIA model yielded a q 2 of 0.455 and r 2 of 0.979 (39 molecules in training set, 9 molecules in test set). The CoMFA and CoMSIA contour maps generated from these models provided inklings about the influence of interactive molecular fields in the space on the activity. GOLD, Sybyl (FlexX) and AutoDock docking protocols were exercised to explore the protein-inhibitor interactions. The integration of 3D-QSAR and molecular docking has proffered essential structural features of pyrazolyl urea inhibitors and also strategies to design new potent analogues with enhanced activity.

  10. Docking, Synthesis and Antiproliferative Activity of N-Acylhydrazone Derivatives Designed as Combretastatin A4 Analogues

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    do Amaral, Daniel Nascimento; Cavalcanti, Bruno C.; Bezerra, Daniel P.; Ferreira, Paulo Michel P.; Castro, Rosane de Paula; Sabino, José Ricardo; Machado, Camila Maria Longo; Chammas, Roger; Pessoa, Claudia; Sant'Anna, Carlos M. R.; Barreiro, Eliezer J.; Lima, Lídia Moreira

    2014-01-01

    Cancer is the second most common cause of death in the USA. Among the known classes of anticancer agents, the microtubule-targeted antimitotic drugs are considered to be one of the most important. They are usually classified into microtubule-destabilizing (e.g., Vinca alkaloids) and microtubule-stabilizing (e.g., paclitaxel) agents. Combretastatin A4 (CA-4), which is a natural stilbene isolated from Combretum caffrum, is a microtubule-destabilizing agent that binds to the colchicine domain on β-tubulin and exhibits a lower toxicity profile than paclitaxel or the Vinca alkaloids. In this paper, we describe the docking study, synthesis, antiproliferative activity and selectivity index of the N-acylhydrazone derivatives (5a–r) designed as CA-4 analogues. The essential structural requirements for molecular recognition by the colchicine binding site of β-tubulin were recognized, and several compounds with moderate to high antiproliferative potency (IC50 values ≤18 µM and ≥4 nM) were identified. Among these active compounds, LASSBio-1586 (5b) emerged as a simple antitumor drug candidate, which is capable of inhibiting microtubule polymerization and possesses a broad in vitro and in vivo antiproliferative profile, as well as a better selectivity index than the prototype CA-4, indicating improved selective cytotoxicity toward cancer cells. PMID:24614859

  11. Natural product-based design, synthesis and biological evaluation of Albiziabioside A derivatives that selectively induce HCT116 cell death.

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    Wei, Gaofei; Cui, Shanshan; Luan, Weijing; Wang, Shuai; Hou, Zhuang; Liu, Yongxiang; Liu, Yang; Cheng, Maosheng

    2016-05-04

    A series of Albiziabioside A coupled substituents of cinnamoyl derivatives were designed and synthesized. The synthesized compounds were screened for anticancer activity against a panel of six human cancer cell lines using a MTT assay. Synthetic derivatives showed excellent selectivity, as they were toxic against only HCT116 cell line. Some compounds exhibited better anti-cancer activity against HCT116 compared to positive controls, such as 5-fluorouracil and Albiziabioside A. Compound 8n was the most active derivative. Importantly, it was also found that the anti-proliferative activity of 8n could be attributed to the induction of cell cycle arrest and apoptosis in HCT116 cells.

  12. Design, synthesis, and biological activities of 1-aryl-1,4-diazepan-2-one derivatives as novel triple reuptake inhibitors.

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    Honda, Eiji; Ishichi, Yuji; Kimura, Eiji; Yoshikawa, Masato; Kanzaki, Naoyuki; Nakagawa, Hideyuki; Terao, Yasuko; Suzuki, Atsuko; Kawai, Takayuki; Arakawa, Yuuichi; Ohta, Hiroyuki; Terauchi, Jun

    2014-08-15

    A novel series of triple reuptake inhibitors were explored by ligand-based drug design. A cyclic structure was designed from cyclopropane derivative 5 using the core structure of reported monoamine reuptake inhibitors, leading to the formation of the 1-aryl-1,4-diazepan-2-one derivative 23j-S. Compound 23j-S was shown to act as a potent TRI with an excellent ADME-Tox profile. Oral administration of 23j-S significantly enhanced norepinephrine, dopamine, and serotonin levels in the mouse prefrontal cortex and showed significant antidepressant-like activity in tail suspension tests in mouse.

  13. Design, synthesis and in vitro antikinetoplastid evaluation of N-acylated putrescine, spermidine and spermine derivatives.

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    Jagu, Elodie; Djilali, Rachid; Pomel, Sébastien; Ramiandrasoa, Florence; Pethe, Stéphanie; Labruère, Raphaël; Loiseau, Philippe M; Blonski, Casimir

    2015-01-15

    A structure-activity relationship study on polyamine derivatives led to the synthesis and the determination of antikinetoplastid activity of 17 compounds. Among them, a spermidine derivative (compound 13) was specifically active in vitro against Leishmania donovani axenic amastigotes (IC50 at 5.4μM; Selectivity Index >18.5) and a spermine derivative (compound 28) specifically active against Trypanosoma brucei gambiense (IC50 at 1.9μM; Selectivity Index >52).

  14. Effective Five Directional Partial Derivatives-Based Image Smoothing and a Parallel Structure Design.

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    Choongsang Cho; Sangkeun Lee

    2016-04-01

    Image smoothing has been used for image segmentation, image reconstruction, object classification, and 3D content generation. Several smoothing approaches have been used at the pre-processing step to retain the critical edge, while removing noise and small details. However, they have limited performance, especially in removing small details and smoothing discrete regions. Therefore, to provide fast and accurate smoothing, we propose an effective scheme that uses a weighted combination of the gradient, Laplacian, and diagonal derivatives of a smoothed image. In addition, to reduce computational complexity, we designed and implemented a parallel processing structure for the proposed scheme on a graphics processing unit (GPU). For an objective evaluation of the smoothing performance, the images were linearly quantized into several layers to generate experimental images, and the quantized images were smoothed using several methods for reconstructing the smoothly changed shape and intensity of the original image. Experimental results showed that the proposed scheme has higher objective scores and better successful smoothing performance than similar schemes, while preserving and removing critical and trivial details, respectively. For computational complexity, the proposed smoothing scheme running on a GPU provided 18 and 16 times lower complexity than the proposed smoothing scheme running on a CPU and the L0-based smoothing scheme, respectively. In addition, a simple noise reduction test was conducted to show the characteristics of the proposed approach; it reported that the presented algorithm outperforms the state-of-the art algorithms by more than 5.4 dB. Therefore, we believe that the proposed scheme can be a useful tool for efficient image smoothing.

  15. Design of a consensus-derived synoptic operative report for lung cancer surgery.

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    Schneider, Laura; Shargall, Yaron; Schieman, Colin; Seely, Andrew J; Srinathan, Sadeesh; Malthaner, Richard A; Pierre, Andrew F; Safieddine, Najib; Vaillancourt, Rosaire; Plourde, Madelaine; Bond, James; Johnson, Scott; Smith, Shona E; Finley, Christian J

    2014-04-01

    For lung cancer surgery, a narrative operative report is the standard reporting procedure, whereas a synoptic-style report is increasingly utilized by healthcare professionals in various specialties with great success. A synoptic operative report more succinctly and accurately captures vital information and is rapidly generated with good intraobserver reliability. The objective of this study was to systematically develop a synoptic operative report for lung cancer surgery following a modified Delphi consensus model with the support of the Canadian thoracic surgery community. Using online survey software, thoracic surgeons and related physicians were asked to suggest and rate data elements for a synoptic report following the modified Delphi consensus model. The consensus exercise-derived template was forwarded to a small working group, who further refined the definition and priority designation of elements until the working group had reached a satisfactory consensus. In all, 139 physicians were invited to participate in the consensus exercise, with 36.7%, 44.6%, and 19.5% response rates, respectively, in the three rounds. Eighty-nine elements were agreed upon at the conclusion of the exercise, but 141 elements were forwarded to the working group. The working group agreed upon a final data set of 180 independently defined data elements, with 72 mandatory and 108 optional elements for implementation in the final report. This study demonstrates the process involved in developing a multidisciplinary, consensus-based synoptic lung cancer operative report. This novel report style is a quality improvement initiative to improve the capture, dissemination, readability, and potential utility of critical surgical information. Copyright © 2014 The Society of Thoracic Surgeons. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  16. Novel theoretically designed HIV-1 non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors derived from nevirapine.

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    Liu, Jinfeng; He, Xiao; Zhang, John Z H

    2014-10-01

    A common problem with non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NNRTIs) of HIV-1 is the emergence of mutations in the HIV-1 RT, in particular Lys103 → Asn (K103N) and Tyr181 → Cys (Y181C), which lead to resistance to this entire class of inhibitors. In this study, we theoretically designed two new non-nucleoside HIV-1 RT inhibitors, Mnev-1 and Mnev-2, derived from nevirapine, in order to reduce the resistance caused by those HIV-1 RT mutations. The binding modes of Mnev-1 and Mnev-2 with the wild-type HIV-1 RT and its mutants (K103N and Y181C) were suggested by molecular docking followed by 20-ns molecular dynamics (MD) simulations in explicit water of those binding complexes (HIV-1 RTs with the new inhibitors). A molecular mechanics/generalized Born surface area (MM/GBSA) calculation was carried out for multiple snapshots extracted from the MD trajectory to estimate the binding free energy. The results of the calculations show that each of the new inhibitors forms a stable hydrogen bond with His235 during the MD simulations, leading to tighter binding of the new inhibitors with their targets. In addition, the repulsive interaction with Cys181 in the Y181C-nevirapine complex is not present in the novel inhibitors. The binding affinities predicted using the MM/GBSA calculations indicate that the new inhibitors could be effective at bypassing the drug resistance of these HIV-1 RT mutants.

  17. Intravenous infusion of gastrin-releasing peptide-27 and bombesin in rats reveals differential effects on meal size and intermeal interval length

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    Washington, Martha C.; Salyer, Sarah; Aglan, Amnah H.; Sayegh, Ayman I.

    2016-01-01

    We have previously shown that the intraperitoneal (i.p) administration of gastrin-releasing peptide-27 (GRP-27) or bombesin (BN) (at 0.21, 0.41 and 1.03 nmol/kg) reduces meal size (MS) and prolongs the intermeal interval (IMI). Here, we hypothesized that the intravenous (i.v) administration of the same doses of GRP-27 and BN will be as effective as the i.p administration in evoking these feeding responses. To test this hypothesis, we administered GRP-27 and BN i.v and measured first MS (10% sucrose), IMI, satiety ratio (SR, IMI/MS) and second MS in overnight food-deprived but not water-deprived male Sprague Dawley rats. We found that (1) only GRP-27 reduced the first MS, (2) BN prolonged the IMI, (3) GRP-27 and BN increased the SR and (4) only BN reduced the size of the second meal. Contrary to our hypothesis, the i.v administration of GRP-27 and BN affected the MS and IMI differently than did the i.p administration. In conclusion, this pharmacological study suggests that the MS and IMI are regulated at different sites. PMID:24291388

  18. Cloning, expression, and mapping of a gene that is upregulated in adipose tissue of mice deficient in bombesin receptor subtype-3.

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    Aoki, Kumiko; Sun, Ying-Jie; Aoki, Shunsuke; Wada, Keiji; Wada, Etsuko

    2002-02-01

    To identify novel obesity-related genes in adipose tissue, differential display was performed using bombesin receptor subtype-3 (BRS-3)-deficient mice. These mice exhibit mild late-onset obesity. We report that a gene, Urb, is upregulated in these mice. Full-length Urb cDNA is approximately 3 kb long and comprises an open reading frame of 949 amino acid residues. Interestingly, Urb mRNA expression in brown adipose tissue of BRS-3-deficient mice is fourfold higher than that in wild-type controls. Enhanced Urb mRNA expression was also observed in brain, digestive tissues, kidney, and lung. Within the brain, Urb mRNA is detected in the dorsal endopiriform nucleus and choroid plexus. A T31 radiation hybrid mapping panel revealed that the Urb gene maps to mouse chromosome 16. Collectively, these findings suggest that Urb may have a unique function in the regulation of body weight and energy metabolism. ©2002 Elsevier Science (USA).

  19. Synthesis and characterization of Bombesin-superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles as a targeted contrast agent for imaging of breast cancer using MRI

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    Jafari, Atefeh; Salouti, Mojtaba; Farjami Shayesteh, Saber; Heidari, Zahra; Bitarafan Rajabi, Ahmad; Boustani, Komail; Nahardani, Ali

    2015-02-01

    The targeted delivery of superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPIONs) as a contrast agent may facilitate their accumulation in cancer cells and enhance the sensitivity of MR imaging. In this study, SPIONs coated with dextran (DSPIONs) were conjugated with bombesin (BBN) to produce a targeting contrast agent for detection of breast cancer using MRI. X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, and vibrating sample magnetometer analyses indicated the formation of dextran-coated superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles with an average size of 6.0 ± 0.5 nm. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy confirmed the conjugation of the BBN with the DSPIONs. A stability study proved the high optical stability of DSPION-BBN in human blood serum. DSPION-BBN biocompatibility was confirmed by cytotoxicity evaluation. A binding study showed the targeting ability of DSPION-BBN to bind to T47D breast cancer cells overexpressing gastrin-releasing peptide (GRP) receptors. T2-weighted and T2*-weighted color map MR images were acquired. The MRI study indicated that the DSPION-BBN possessed good diagnostic ability as a GRP-specific contrast agent, with appropriate signal reduction in T2*-weighted color map MR images in mice with breast tumors.

  20. Intravenous infusion of gastrin-releasing peptide-27 and bombesin in rats reveals differential effects on meal size and intermeal interval length.

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    Washington, Martha C; Salyer, Sarah; Aglan, Amnah H; Sayegh, Ayman I

    2014-01-01

    We have previously shown that the intraperitoneal (i.p.) administration of gastrin-releasing peptide-27 (GRP-27) or bombesin (BN) (at 0.21, 0.41 and 1.03nmol/kg) reduces meal size (MS) and prolongs the intermeal interval (IMI). Here, we hypothesized that the intravenous (i.v.) administration of the same doses of GRP-27 and BN will be as effective as the i.p. administration in evoking these feeding responses. To test this hypothesis, we administered GRP-27 and BN i.v. and measured first MS (10% sucrose), IMI, satiety ratio (SR, IMI/MS) and second MS in overnight food-deprived but not water-deprived male Sprague Dawley rats. We found that (1) only GRP-27 reduced the first MS, (2) BN prolonged the IMI, (3) GRP-27 and BN increased the SR and (4) only BN reduced the size of the second meal. Contrary to our hypothesis, the i.v. administration of GRP-27 and BN affected the MS and IMI differently than did the i.p. administration. In conclusion, this pharmacological study suggests that the MS and IMI are regulated at different sites.

  1. Designing Learning Strategy to Improve Undergraduate Students' Problem Solving in Derivatives and Integrals: A Conceptual Framework

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    Hashemi, Nourooz; Abu, Mohd Salleh; Kashefi, Hamidreza; Mokhtar, Mahani; Rahimi, Khadijeh

    2015-01-01

    Derivatives and integrals are two important concepts of calculus which are precondition topics for most of mathematics courses and other courses in different fields of studies. A majority of students at the undergraduate level have to master derivatives and integrals if they want to be successful in their studies However, students encounter…

  2. Designing Learning Strategy to Improve Undergraduate Students' Problem Solving in Derivatives and Integrals: A Conceptual Framework

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    Hashemi, Nourooz; Abu, Mohd Salleh; Kashefi, Hamidreza; Mokhtar, Mahani; Rahimi, Khadijeh

    2015-01-01

    Derivatives and integrals are two important concepts of calculus which are precondition topics for most of mathematics courses and other courses in different fields of studies. A majority of students at the undergraduate level have to master derivatives and integrals if they want to be successful in their studies However, students encounter…

  3. Structure-Guided Design of Novel l-Cysteine Derivatives as Potent KSP Inhibitors

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    2015-01-01

    Kinesin spindle protein (KSP), known as Hs Eg5, a member of the kinesin-5 family, plays an important role in the formation and maintenance of the bipolar spindle. We previously reported S-trityl-l-cysteine derivatives as selective KSP inhibitors. Here, we report further optimizations using docking modeling in the L5 allosteric binding site, which led to the discovery of several high affinity derivatives with two fused phenyl rings in the trityl group giving low nanomolar range KSP ATPase inhibition. The representative derivatives potently inhibited cell growth of HCT116 cells in correlation with KSP inhibitory activities and significantly suppressed tumor growth in the xenograft model in vivo. PMID:26396688

  4. Design, Synthesis, and Antimycobacterial Activity of Novel Theophylline-7-Acetic Acid Derivatives With Amino Acid Moieties.

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    Stavrakov, Georgi; Valcheva, Violeta; Voynikov, Yulian; Philipova, Irena; Atanasova, Mariyana; Konstantinov, Spiro; Peikov, Plamen; Doytchinova, Irini

    2016-03-01

    The theophylline-7-acetic acid (7-TAA) scaffold is a promising novel lead compound for antimycobacterial activity. Here, we derive a model for antitubercular activity prediction based on 14 7-TAA derivatives with amino acid moieties and their methyl esters. The model is applied to a combinatorial library, consisting of 40 amino acid and methyl ester derivatives of 7-TAA. The best three predicted compounds are synthesized and tested against Mycobacterium tuberculosis H37Rv. All of them are stable, non-toxic against human cells and show antimycobacterial activity in the nanomolar range being 60 times more active than ethambutol. © 2015 John Wiley & Sons A/S.

  5. Design and synthesis of four steroid-oxirane derivatives using some chemical tools.

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    Lauro, Figueroa-Valverde; Francisco, Díaz-Cedillo; Otto, Ortega-Morales; Elodia, García-Cervera; Marcela, Rosas-Nexticapa; Eduardo, Pool-Gómez; Maria, Lopéz-Ramos; Fernanda, Rodriguez-Hurtado; Marissa, Chan-Salvador

    2016-08-01

    This study involved the synthesis of several new derivatives of progesterone, 11a-hydroxyprogesterone, 11a-t-butyldimethylsilanyloxyprogesterone, and andrenosterone. The new derivatives were prepared by condensation of the 4-en-3-one moiety of the four steroids with 2-hydroxy-1-naphthaldehyde to afford a series of 4-(R)-hydroxy-(2-hydroxynaphtalen-1-yl) adducts. These adducts were further modified by cyclization reactions of the dihydroxynaphthalenyl moieties with succinic acid, and the resulting cyclic succinates were then condensed with ethylenediamine to form imine derivatives at all available carbonyl groups. These compounds were then derivatized by N-acylation of the 11- and 17-imine nitrogens with chloroacetyl chloride and the resulting chloroacetamides were then condensed with 2-hydroxy-1-napthaldehyde in Darzens-type reactions forming the corresponding epoxy acetamides in the side chains. In addition, the chemical structure of steroid derivatives was confirmed by NMR spectroscopic data. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  6. Design, synthesis and antibacterial evaluation of novel pleuromutilin derivatives possessing piperazine linker.

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    Gao, Mei-Ling; Zeng, Jie; Fang, Xi; Luo, Jian; Jin, Zhen; Liu, Ya-Hong; Tang, You-Zhi

    2017-02-15

    A series of pleuromutilin derivatives bearing piperazine ring have been reported. The in vitro antibacterial activities of the synthetic derivatives against MRSA (ATCC 43300), Staphylococcus aureus (ATCC 29213), Enterococcus faecalis (ATCC 29212), Enterococcus faecium (ATCC35667) and Escherichia coli (ATCC25922) were evaluated by the broth dilution method. Most of the synthesized derivatives displayed potent activities. Compounds 11c, 12a and 12c were found to be the most active antibacterial derivatives against MRSA (minimum inhibitory concentration = 0.015 μg/mL). The binding of compounds 11c, 12a and 12c to the 50s ribosome were investigated by molecular modeling. Compound 11c possessed lower binding free energy compared with compounds 12a and 12c. Compound 11c was further evaluated in MRSA systemic infection model and displayed superior in vivo efficacy to that of tiamulin. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  7. Design, synthesis and antiviral activity of 2-(3-amino-4-piperazinylphenyl)chromone derivatives.

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    Kim, Mi Kyoung; Yoon, Hyunjun; Barnard, Dale Lynn; Chong, Youhoon

    2013-01-01

    Previously, we have confirmed that the antiviral activities of the chromone derivatives were controlled by the type as well as the position of the substituents attached to the chromone core structure. In the course of our ongoing efforts to optimize the antiviral activity of the chromone derivatives, we have been attempting to derivatize the chromone scaffold via introduction of various substituents. In this proof-of-concept study, we introduced a 3-amino-4-piperazinylphenyl functionality to the chromone scaffold and evaluated the antiviral activities of the resulting chromone derivatives. The synthesized 2-(3-amino-4-piperazinylphenyl)-chromones showed severe acute respiratory syndrome-corona virus (SARS-CoV)-specific antiviral activity. In particular, the 2-pyridinylpiperazinylphenyl substituents provided the resulting chromone derivatives with selective antiviral activity. Taken together, this result indicates the possible pharmacophoric role of the 2-pyridinylpiperazine functionality attached to the chromone scaffold, which warrants further in-depth structure-activity relationship study.

  8. Convergent evolution-guided design of antimicrobial peptides derived from influenza A virus hemagglutinin.

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    Zhu, Shunyi; Aumelas, André; Gao, Bin

    2011-02-24

    Antimicrobial activity and solution structures of four 13-amino acid peptides derived from the fusion domain of viral hemagglutinin proteins are presented. The results show that carboxyl-terminal amidation is a key factor to switch a viral fusion domain-derived sequence into an antimicrobial peptide. Optimization of amphiphilic balance on the amidated analogue largely improves efficacy and enlarges antimicrobial spectra of these peptides. Our work indicates that viral fusion domains have potential to be engineered into potent antimicrobial peptides.

  9. Structure-Based Design, Synthesis, and Biological Evaluation of Dihydroquinazoline-Derived Potent β-Secretase Inhibitors

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    Ghosh, Arun K.; Pandey, Satyendra; Gangarajula, Sudhakar; Kulkarni, Sarang; Xu, Xiaoming; Rao, Kalapala Venkateswara; Huang, Xiangping; Tang, Jordan

    2012-01-01

    Structure-based design, synthesis, and biological evaluation of a series of dihydroquinazoline-derived β-secretase inhibitors incorporating thiazole and pyrazole-derived P2-ligands are described. We have identified inhibitor 4f which has shown potent enzyme inhibitory (Ki = 13 nM) and cellular (IC50 = 21 nM in neuroblastoma cells) assays. A model of 4f was created based upon the X-ray structure of 3a-bound β-Secretase. The model revealed critical interactions in the active site. PMID:22863204

  10. Design and synthesis of a series of serine derivatives as small molecule inhibitors of the SARS coronavirus 3CL protease.

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    Konno, Hiroyuki; Wakabayashi, Masaki; Takanuma, Daiki; Saito, Yota; Akaji, Kenichi

    2016-03-15

    Synthesis of serine derivatives having the essential functional groups for the inhibitor of SARS 3CL protease and evaluation of their inhibitory activities using SARS 3CL R188I mutant protease are described. The lead compounds, functionalized serine derivatives, were designed based on the tetrapeptide aldehyde and Bai's cinnamoly inhibitor, and additionally performed with simulation on GOLD softwear. Structure activity relationship studies of the candidate compounds were given reasonable inhibitors ent-3 and ent-7k against SARS 3CL R188I mutant protease. These inhibitors showed protease selectivity and no cytotoxicity. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  11. Design, synthesis, biological evaluation and binding mode modeling of benzimidazole derivatives targeting the cannabinoid receptor type 1.

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    Espinosa-Bustos, Christian; Lagos, Carlos F; Romero-Parra, Javier; Zárate, Ana M; Mella-Raipán, Jaime; Pessoa-Mahana, Hernán; Recabarren-Gajardo, Gonzalo; Iturriaga-Vásquez, Patricio; Tapia, Ricardo A; Pessoa-Mahana, C David

    2015-02-01

    A series of N-acyl-2,5-dimethoxyphenyl-1H-benzimidazoles were designed based on a CoMFA model for cannabinoid receptor type 1 (CB1) ligands. Compounds were synthesized and radioligand binding affinity assays were performed. Eight novel benzimidazoles exhibited affinity for the CB1 receptor in the nanomolar range, and the most promising derivative compound 5 displayed a K(i) value of 1.2 nM when compared to CP55,940. These results confirm our previously reported QSAR model on benzimidazole derivatives, providing new information for the development of small molecules with high CB1 affinity.

  12. Design of Fuzzy Functional Observer-Controller via Higher Order Derivatives of Lyapunov Function for Nonlinear Systems.

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    Liu, Chuang; Lam, Hak-Keung; Fernando, Tyrone; Iu, Herbert Ho-Ching

    2016-05-02

    In this paper, we investigate the stability of Takagi-Sugeno fuzzy-model-based (FMB) functional observer-control system. When system states are not measurable for state-feedback control, a fuzzy functional observer is designed to directly estimate the control input instead of the system states. Although the fuzzy functional observer can reduce the order of the observer, it leads to a number of observer gains to be determined. Therefore, a new form of fuzzy functional observer is proposed to facilitate the stability analysis such that the observer gains can be numerically obtained and the stability can be guaranteed simultaneously. The proposed form is also in favor of applying separation principle to separately design the fuzzy controller and the fuzzy functional observer. To design the fuzzy controller with the consideration of system stability, higher order derivatives of Lyapunov function (HODLF) are employed to reduce the conservativeness of stability conditions. The HODLF generalizes the commonly used first-order derivative. By exploiting the properties of membership functions and the dynamics of the FMB control system, convex and relaxed stability conditions can be derived. Simulation examples are provided to show the relaxation of the proposed stability conditions and the feasibility of designed fuzzy functional observer-controller.

  13. Design of Fuzzy Functional Observer-Controller via Higher Order Derivatives of Lyapunov Function for Nonlinear Systems.

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    Liu, Chuang; Lam, Hak-Keung; Fernando, Tyrone; Iu, Herbert Ho-Ching

    2016-05-02

    In this paper, we investigate the stability of Takagi-Sugeno fuzzy-model-based (FMB) functional observer-control system. When system states are not measurable for state-feedback control, a fuzzy functional observer is designed to directly estimate the control input instead of the system states. Although the fuzzy functional observer can reduce the order of the observer, it leads to a number of observer gains to be determined. Therefore, a new form of fuzzy functional observer is proposed to facilitate the stability analysis such that the observer gains can be numerically obtained and the stability can be guaranteed simultaneously. The proposed form is also in favor of applying separation principle to separately design the fuzzy controller and the fuzzy functional observer. To design the fuzzy controller with the consideration of system stability, higher order derivatives of Lyapunov function (HODLF) are employed to reduce the conservativeness of stability conditions. The HODLF generalizes the commonly used first-order derivative. By exploiting the properties of membership functions and the dynamics of the FMB control system, convex and relaxed stability conditions can be derived. Simulation examples are provided to show the relaxation of the proposed stability conditions and the feasibility of designed fuzzy functional observer-controller.

  14. Parallel calculation of sensitivity derivatives for aircraft design using automatic differentiation

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    Bischof, C.H.; Knauff, T.L. Jr.; Green, L.L.; Haigler, K.J.

    1994-01-01

    Realistic multidisciplinary design optimization (MDO) of advanced aircraft using state-of-the-art computers is an extremely challenging problem from both the physical modelling and computer science points of view. In order to produce an efficient aircraft design, many trade-offs must be made among the various physical design variables. Similarly, in order to produce an efficient design scheme, many trade-offs must be made among the various MDO implementation options. In this paper, we examine the effects of vectorization and coarse-grained parallelization on the SD calculation using a representative example taken from a transonic transport design problem.

  15. Approach for Input Uncertainty Propagation and Robust Design in CFD Using Sensitivity Derivatives

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    Putko, Michele M.; Taylor, Arthur C., III; Newman, Perry A.; Green, Lawrence L.

    2002-01-01

    An implementation of the approximate statistical moment method for uncertainty propagation and robust optimization for quasi 3-D Euler CFD code is presented. Given uncertainties in statistically independent, random, normally distributed input variables, first- and second-order statistical moment procedures are performed to approximate the uncertainty in the CFD output. Efficient calculation of both first- and second-order sensitivity derivatives is required. In order to assess the validity of the approximations, these moments are compared with statistical moments generated through Monte Carlo simulations. The uncertainties in the CFD input variables are also incorporated into a robust optimization procedure. For this optimization, statistical moments involving first-order sensitivity derivatives appear in the objective function and system constraints. Second-order sensitivity derivatives are used in a gradient-based search to successfully execute a robust optimization. The approximate methods used throughout the analyses are found to be valid when considering robustness about input parameter mean values.

  16. Design of Chitosan and Its Water Soluble Derivatives-Based Drug Carriers with Polyelectrolyte Complexes

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    Wu, Qing-Xi; Lin, Dong-Qiang; Yao, Shan-Jing

    2014-01-01

    Chitosan, the cationic polysaccharide derived from the natural polysaccharide chitin, has been studied as a biomaterial for more than two decades. As a polycationic polymer with favorable properties, it has been widely used to form polyelectrolyte complexes with polyanions for various applications in drug delivery fields. In recent years, a growing number of studies have been focused on the preparation of polyelectrolyte complexes based on chitosan and its water soluble derivatives. They have been considered well-suited as biomaterials for a number of vital drug carriers with targeted/controlled release profiles, e.g., films, capsules, microcapsules. In this work, an overview highlights not only the favorable properties of chitosan and its water soluble derivatives but also the good performance of the polyelectrolyte complexes produced based on chitosan. Their various types of applications as drug carriers are reviewed in detail. PMID:25532565

  17. Design and synthesis of coumarin-3-acylamino derivatives to scavenge radicals and to protect DNA.

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    Yang, Yang; Liu, Qing-Wen; Shi, Ye; Song, Zhi-Guang; Jin, Ying-Hua; Liu, Zai-Qun

    2014-09-12

    In this study, a series of coumarin-3-acylamino derivatives containing phenethylamine moiety or tyramine moiety were synthesized and their antioxidant activities were evaluated by Cu(2+)/glutathione(GSH)-, ˙OH- and 2,2'-azobis(2-amidinopropane hydrochloride)(AAPH)-induced oxidation of DNA. It was found that both hydroxyl and ortho-methoxy groups at A ring, hydroxyl group at B ring and peptide bond can enhance the abilities of coumarin-3-acylamino derivatives to protect DNA against ˙OH- and AAPH-induced oxidation. Moreover, these coumarin-3-acylamino derivatives were employed to scavenge 2,2'-azinobis(3-ethylbenzothiazoline-6-sulfonate) cationic radical (ABTS(+˙)). We found that tyramine moiety, hydroxyl and ortho-methoxy are the key groups to enhance the activities of antioxidants to quench ABTS(+˙). Therefore, tyramine linked with coumarin-3-carboxyl acid which containing hydroxyl and ortho-methoxy exhibited powerful antioxidant abilities.

  18. Design, synthesis, and evaluation of carnosine derivatives as selective and efficient sequestering agents of cytotoxic reactive carbonyl species.

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    Vistoli, Giulio; Orioli, Marica; Pedretti, Alessandro; Regazzoni, Luca; Canevotti, Renato; Negrisoli, Gianpaolo; Carini, Marina; Aldini, Giancarlo

    2009-06-01

    Carnosine aryl derivatives as sequestering agents of RCS: Reactive carbonyl species (RCS) are cytotoxic mediators representing a novel drug target, as they are presumed to play a pathogenic role in several diseases. Carnosine is a selective RCS-sequestering agent, but is rapidly hydrolyzed by serum carnosinase. Herein we describe the in silico design, synthesis, and evaluation of a set of carnosine aryl derivatives.Reactive carbonyl species (RCS) are important cytotoxic mediators generated by lipid oxidation of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) and represent a novel drug target, as they are presumed to play a pathogenic role in several diseases. L-Carnosine (L-CAR, beta-alanyl-L-histidine) is a specific detoxifying agent of RCS, but is rapidly hydrolyzed in human serum by carnosinase, a specific dipeptidase. Herein we describe the in silico design, synthesis, and biological evaluation of carnosine derivatives that are resistant to carnosinase and that have increased quenching efficacy. Stability against carnosinase-mediated turnover was achieved by isomerization of the histidine residue, leading to D-carnosine (D-CAR, beta-alanyl-D-histidine), which maintains the same quenching activity of L-carnosine. A molecular modeling approach was then used to design derivatives characterized by an increased quenching efficacy. The most promising candidates were synthesized, and their stability and quenching activity were evaluated. This study describes a set of aryl derivatives that are characterized by high stability in human plasma and a quenching activity toward 4-hydroxy-trans-2-nonenal (HNE), chosen as a model of RCS, up to threefold greater than D-carnosine.

  19. Design, Synthesis and Biological Evaluation of Biphenylamide Derivatives as Hsp90 C-terminal Inhibitors

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    Zhao, Huiping; Garg, Gaurav; Zhao, Jinbo; Moroni, Elisabetta; Girgis, Antwan; Franco, Lucas S.; Singh, Swapnil; Colombo, Giorgio; Blagg, Brian S. J.

    2015-01-01

    Modulation of Hsp90 C-terminal function represents a promising therapeutic approach for the treatment of cancer and neurodegenerative diseases. Current drug discovery efforts toward Hsp90 C-terminal inhibition focus on novobiocin, an antibiotic that was transformed into an Hsp90 inhibitor. Based on structural information obtained during the development of novobiocin derivatives and molecular docking studies, scaffolds containing a biphenyl moiety in lieu of the coumarin ring present in novobiocin were identified as new Hsp90 C-terminal inhibitors. Structure-activity relationship studies produced new derivatives that inhibit the proliferation of breast cancer cell lines at nanomolar concentrations, which corresponded directly with Hsp90 inhibition. PMID:25462258

  20. Design and synthesis of novel magnolol derivatives as potential antimicrobial and antiproliferative compounds.

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    Jada, Srinivas; Doma, Mahendhar Reddy; Singh, Parvinder Pal; Kumar, Suresh; Malik, Fayaz; Sharma, Akash; Khan, Inshad Ali; Qazi, G N; Kumar, H M Sampath

    2012-05-01

    A series of novel magnolol derivatives were synthesised and evaluated for in vitro antimicrobial and antiproliferative activities. We found that most of the compounds were effective inhibitors of Staphylococcus aureus, MRSA and VRE with MIC in the range of 1-64 μg/mL and MBC in the range of 1-128 μg/mL. Few derivatives also exhibited promising antifungal activity. Some magnolol analogues exhibited promising antiproliferative activity than parent magnolol when tested against three human cancer cell lines. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  1. Design, synthesis, and structure-activity relationship studies of novel 3-alkylindole derivatives as selective and highly potent myeloperoxidase inhibitors.

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    Soubhye, Jalal; Aldib, Iyas; Elfving, Betina; Gelbcke, Michel; Furtmüller, Paul G; Podrecca, Manuel; Conotte, Raphaël; Colet, Jean-Marie; Rousseau, Alexandre; Reye, Florence; Sarakbi, Ahmad; Vanhaeverbeek, Michel; Kauffmann, Jean-Michel; Obinger, Christian; Nève, Jean; Prévost, Martine; Zouaoui Boudjeltia, Karim; Dufrasne, Francois; Van Antwerpen, Pierre

    2013-05-23

    Due to its production of potent antimicrobial oxidants including hypochlorous acid, human myeloperoxidase (MPO) plays a critical role in innate immunity and inflammatory diseases. Thus MPO is an attractive target in drug design. (Aminoalkyl)fluoroindole derivatives were detected to be very potent MPO inhibitors; however, they also promote inhibition of the serotonin reuptake transporter (SERT) at the same concentration range. Via structure-based drug design, a new series of MPO inhibitors derived from 3-alkylindole were synthesized and their effects were assessed on MPO-mediated taurine chlorination and low-density lipoprotein oxidation as well as on inhibition of SERT. The fluoroindole compound with three carbons in the side chain and one amide group exhibited a selectivity index of 35 (Ki/IC50) with high inhibition of MPO activity (IC50 = 18 nM), whereas its effect on SERT was in the micromolar range. Structure-function relationships, mechanism of action, and safety of the molecule are discussed.

  2. Derivative matrices of a skew ray for spherical boundary surfaces and their applications in system analysis and design.

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    Lin, Psang Dain

    2014-05-10

    In a previous paper [Appl. Opt.52, 4151 (2013)], we presented the first- and second-order derivatives of a ray for a flat boundary surface to design prisms. In this paper, that scheme is extended to determine the Jacobian and Hessian matrices of a skew ray as it is reflected/refracted at a spherical boundary surface. The validity of the proposed approach as an analysis and design tool is demonstrated using an axis-symmetrical system for illustration purpose. It is found that these two matrices can provide the search direction used by existing gradient-based schemes to minimize the merit function during the optimization stage of the optical system design process. It is also possible to make the optical system designs more automatic, if the image defects can be extracted from the Jacobian and Hessian matrices of a skew ray.

  3. Design and synthesis of novel bivalent ligands (MOR and DOR) by conjugation of enkephalin analogues with 4-anilidopiperidine derivatives.

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    Deekonda, Srinivas; Wugalter, Lauren; Rankin, David; Largent-Milnes, Tally M; Davis, Peg; Wang, Yue; Bassirirad, Neemah M; Lai, Josephine; Kulkarni, Vinod; Vanderah, Todd W; Porreca, Frank; Hruby, Victor J

    2015-10-15

    We describe the design and synthesis of novel bivalent ligands based on the conjugation of 4-anilidopiperidine derivatives with enkephalin analogues. The design of non-peptide analogues is explored with 5-amino substituted (tetrahydronaphthalen-2yl) methyl containing 4-anilidopiperidine derivatives, while non-peptide-peptide ligands are explored by conjugating the C-terminus of enkephalin analogues (H-Xxx-DAla-Gly-Phe-OH) to the amino group of 4-anilidopiperidine small molecule derivatives with and without a linker. These novel bivalent ligands are evaluated for biological activities at μ and δ opioid receptors. They exhibit very good affinities at μ and δ opioid receptors, and potent agonist activities in MVD and GPI assays. Among these the lead bivalent ligand 17 showed excellent binding affinities (0.1 nM and 0.5 nM) at μ and δ opioid receptors respectively, and was found to have very potent agonist activities in MVD (56 ± 5.9 nM) and GPI (4.6 ± 1.9 nM) assays. In vivo the lead bivalent ligand 17 exhibited a short duration of action (<15 min) comparable to 4-anilidopiperidine derivatives, and moderate analgesic activity. The ligand 17 has limited application against acute pain but may have utility in settings where a highly reversible analgesic is required. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  4. A satellite digital controller or 'play that PID tune again, Sam'. [Position, Integral, Derivative feedback control algorithm for design strategy

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    Seltzer, S. M.

    1976-01-01

    The problem discussed is to design a digital controller for a typical satellite. The controlled plant is considered to be a rigid body acting in a plane. The controller is assumed to be a digital computer which, when combined with the proposed control algorithm, can be represented as a sampled-data system. The objective is to present a design strategy and technique for selecting numerical values for the control gains (assuming position, integral, and derivative feedback) and the sample rate. The technique is based on the parameter plane method and requires that the system be amenable to z-transform analysis.

  5. A satellite digital controller or 'play that PID tune again, Sam'. [Position, Integral, Derivative feedback control algorithm for design strategy

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    Seltzer, S. M.

    1976-01-01

    The problem discussed is to design a digital controller for a typical satellite. The controlled plant is considered to be a rigid body acting in a plane. The controller is assumed to be a digital computer which, when combined with the proposed control algorithm, can be represented as a sampled-data system. The objective is to present a design strategy and technique for selecting numerical values for the control gains (assuming position, integral, and derivative feedback) and the sample rate. The technique is based on the parameter plane method and requires that the system be amenable to z-transform analysis.

  6. Design and Synthesis of New Benzimidazole and Pyrimidine Derivatives as α-glucosidase Inhibitor

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    Mobinikhaledi, Akbar; Asghari, Behvar; Jabbarpour, Mahsa

    2015-01-01

    In an endeavor to find a novel series of antihyperglycemic agents, new benzimidazole and pyrimidine derivatives were successfully synthesized efficiently in high yield with high purity, starting from amino acids in the presence of phosphorus oxychloride (POCl3). The synthesized compounds were identified by 1H-NMR, 13C-NMR, FT-IR spectroscopic techniques and elemental analysis. All products were assayed for their inhibitory effects on yeast and rat intestinal α-glucosidases. The results revealed that compounds with aromatic amino acids moiety showed significant inhibition activity on the tested enzymes. Among the benzimidazole derivatives 4c and 4d exhibited the best activity against both of the tested enzymes. Also, among the pyrimidine derivatives 5c and 5d possessed significant inhibition action on the enzymes. The IC50 values for the most potent benzimidazole yeast and intestinal α-glucosidases inhibitor (4d) were found to be 9.1 and 36.7 µM, respectively. The IC50 values for the inhibition of yeast and intestinal α-glucosidases by the most active pyrimidine compound (5d) were calculated to be 8.3 and 21.8 µM, respectively. Overall, this study proved that benzimidazole and pyrimidine derivatives with aromatic amino acids moieties can represent novel promising α-glucosidase inhibitors. PMID:26330860

  7. Design and Synthesis of New Benzimidazole and Pyrimidine Derivatives as α-glucosidase Inhibitor.

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    Mobinikhaledi, Akbar; Asghari, Behvar; Jabbarpour, Mahsa

    2015-01-01

    In an endeavor to find a novel series of antihyperglycemic agents, new benzimidazole and pyrimidine derivatives were successfully synthesized efficiently in high yield with high purity, starting from amino acids in the presence of phosphorus oxychloride (POCl3). The synthesized compounds were identified by (1)H-NMR, (13)C-NMR, FT-IR spectroscopic techniques and elemental analysis. All products were assayed for their inhibitory effects on yeast and rat intestinal α-glucosidases. The results revealed that compounds with aromatic amino acids moiety showed significant inhibition activity on the tested enzymes. Among the benzimidazole derivatives 4c and 4d exhibited the best activity against both of the tested enzymes. Also, among the pyrimidine derivatives 5c and 5d possessed significant inhibition action on the enzymes. The IC50 values for the most potent benzimidazole yeast and intestinal α-glucosidases inhibitor (4d) were found to be 9.1 and 36.7 µM, respectively. The IC50 values for the inhibition of yeast and intestinal α-glucosidases by the most active pyrimidine compound (5d) were calculated to be 8.3 and 21.8 µM, respectively. Overall, this study proved that benzimidazole and pyrimidine derivatives with aromatic amino acids moieties can represent novel promising α-glucosidase inhibitors.

  8. Design and synthesis of new dihydrotestosterone derivative with positive inotropic activity.

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    Lauro, Figueroa-Valverde; Francisco, Díaz-Cedillo; Elodia, García-Cervera; Eduardo, Pool-Gómez; Marcela, Rosas-Nexticapa; Lenin, Hau-Heredia; Betty, Sarabia Alcocer

    2015-03-01

    There are several reports which indicate that some steroid derivatives have inotropic activity; nevertheless, the cellular site and mechanism of action of steroid derivatives at cardiovascular level is very confusing. In order, to clarify these phenomena in this study, two dihydrotestosterone derivatives (compounds 5 and 10) were synthesized with the objective of to evaluate its biological activity on left ventricular pressure and characterize their molecular mechanism. In the first stage, the Langendorff technique was used to measure changes on perfusion pressure and coronary resistance in an isolated rat heart model in absence or presence of the steroid derivatives. Additionally, to characterize the molecular mechanism involved in the inotropic activity induced by the compound 5 was evaluated by measuring left ventricular pressure in absence or presence of following compounds; nifedipine, flutamide, indomethacin, prazosin, isoproterenol, propranolol and metoprolol. The results showed that the compound 5 significantly increased the perfusion pressure and coronary resistance in comparison with dihydrotestosterone, compound 10 and the control conditions. Other data indicate that 5 increase left ventricular pressure in a dose-dependent manner (0.001-100 nM); nevertheless, this phenomenon was significantly inhibited only by propranolol or metoprolol at a dose of 1 nM. These data suggest that positive inotropic activity induced by the compound 5 is through β1-adrenergic receptor however, this effect was independent of cAMP levels. This phenomenon is a particularly interesting because the positive inotropic activity induced by this steroid derivative involves a molecular mechanism different in comparison with other positive inotropic drugs.

  9. Blockade of Rostral Ventrolateral Medulla (RVLM) Bombesin Receptor Type 1 Decreases Blood Pressure and Sympathetic Activity in Anesthetized Spontaneously Hypertensive Rats

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    Pinto, Izabella S.; Mourão, Aline A.; da Silva, Elaine F.; Camargo, Amanda S.; Marques, Stefanne M.; Gomes, Karina P.; Fajemiroye, James O.; da Silva Reis, Angela A.; Rebelo, Ana C. S.; Ferreira-Neto, Marcos L.; Rosa, Daniel A.; Freiria-Oliveira, André H.; Castro, Carlos H.; Colombari, Eduardo; Colugnati, Diego B.; Pedrino, Gustavo R.

    2016-01-01

    Intrathecal injection of bombesin (BBS) promoted hypertensive and sympathoexcitatory effects in normotensive (NT) rats. However, the involvement of rostral ventrolateral medulla (RVLM) in these responses is still unclear. In the present study, we investigated: (1) the effects of BBS injected bilaterally into RVLM on cardiorespiratory and sympathetic activity in NT and spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR); (2) the contribution of RVLM BBS type 1 receptors (BB1) to the maintenance of hypertension in SHR. Urethane-anesthetized rats (1.2 g · kg−1, i.v.) were instrumented to record mean arterial pressure (MAP), diaphragm (DIA) motor, and renal sympathetic nerve activity (RSNA). In NT rats and SHR, BBS (0.3 mM) nanoinjected into RVLM increased MAP (33.9 ± 6.6 and 37.1 ± 4.5 mmHg, respectively; p < 0.05) and RSNA (97.8 ± 12.9 and 84.5 ± 18.1%, respectively; p < 0.05). In SHR, BBS also increased DIA burst amplitude (115.3 ± 22.7%; p < 0.05). BB1 receptors antagonist (BIM-23127; 3 mM) reduced MAP (–19.9 ± 4.4 mmHg; p < 0.05) and RSNA (−17.7 ± 3.8%; p < 0.05) in SHR, but not in NT rats (−2.5 ± 2.8 mmHg; −2.7 ± 5.6%, respectively). These results show that BBS can evoke sympathoexcitatory and pressor responses by activating RVLM BB1 receptors. This pathway might be involved in the maintenance of high levels of arterial blood pressure in SHR. PMID:27313544

  10. In Vitro and In Vivo Evaluation of a 64Cu-Labeled NOTA-Bn-SCN-Aoc-Bombesin Analogue in Gastrin-Releasing Peptide Receptor Expressing Prostate Cancer

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    Craft, Jeffrey M.; De Silva1, Ravindra A.; Lears, Kimberly A.; Andrews, Rebecca; Liang, Kexian; Achilefu, Samuel; Rogers, Buck E.

    2012-01-01

    Introduction Bombesin (BN) is an amphibian peptide that binds to the gastrin-releasing peptide receptor (GRPR). It has been demonstrated that BN analogues can be radiolabeled for potential diagnosis and treatment of GRPR-expressing malignancies. Previous studies have conjugated various chelators to the eight C-terminal amino acids of BN (BN(7-14)) for radiolabeling with 64Cu. Recently, (1,4,7-triazacyclononane-1,4,7-triacetic acid) (NOTA) has been evaluated as the five coordinate 64Cu complex with results indicating GRPR-specific tumor uptake. This study aimed to conjugate S-2-(4-isothiocyanatobenzyl)-NOTA (p-SCN-Bn-NOTA) to BN(7-14) such that it could form a six coordinate complex with 64Cu and evaluate the resulting peptide. Methods p-SCN-NOTA was conjugated to 8-aminooctanoic acid (Aoc)-BN(7-14) in solution to yield NOTA-Bn-SCN-Aoc-BN(7-14). The unlabeled peptide was evaluated in a cell binding assay using PC-3 prostate cancer cells and 125I-Tyr4-BN to determine the IC50 value. The peptide was radiolabeled with 64Cu and evaluated for internalization into PC-3 cells and for tumor uptake in mice bearing PC-3 xenografts using biodistribution and microPET imaging studies. Results The binding assay demonstrated that NOTA-Bn-SCN-Aoc-BN(7-14) bound with high affinity to GRPR with an IC50 of 1.4 nM. The radiolabeled peptide demonstrated time-dependent internalization into PC-3 cells. In vivo, the peptide demonstrated tumor-specific uptake and imaging that was comparable to that of previously reported 64Cu-labeled BN analogues. Conclusions These studies demonstrate that 64Cu-NOTA-Bn-SCN-Aoc-BN(7-14) binds to GRPR expressing cells and that it can be used for imaging of GRPR-expressing prostate cancer. PMID:22261146

  11. Bombesin receptors and transplanted stem cells in rat brain: High-resolution scan with 99mTc BN1.1

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    Scopinaro, F.; Paschali, E.; Di Santo, G.; Antonellis, T.; Massari, R.; Trotta, C.; Gourni, H.; Bouziotis, P.; David, V.; Soluri, A.; Varvarigou, A. D.

    2006-12-01

    The aim of this work is to detect the presence of transplanted stem cells (TSC) in rat brain with high-resolution (HR) scintigraphy and labelled bombesin (BN). BN is a morphogen for Central Nervous System (CNS) as well as for other organs: CNS-oriented TSC over-express BN Receptors (BNR). BN is also a neurotransmitter and modulates several functions of CNS. 99mTc labelled BN-like peptide scan of CNS is the ideal method to detect growing TSC once knowing normal distribution of BNRs in CNS. HR Planar and single photon emission computerized tomography (SPECT) images of rat brain were performed with new HR detectors (Li-tech, Italy). Pertechnetate, 99mTc HMPAO and the new 99mTc BN1.1 (patented) were i.v. administered in five rats. HR SPECT of 99mTc BN1.1 detected olfactory tract, fronto-lateral cortex, cerebellum, basal ganglia and amygdale. Results of SPECT were confirmed by bio-distribution study performed after autopsy of three of the five rats. The remaining two rats underwent cerebral lesions followed by transplant of TSC. Three months later, HR scintigraphy was repeated and showed images completely different from previous basal study, with hot spot of 99mTc BN1.1 corresponding to the site of TSC transplant. Immuno-histochemistry confirmed the presence of viable TSC. Not only 99mTc BN1.1 HR scan showed viability of transplanted TSC but also the "background brain" was the still now unknown map of BNR in mammalian brain.

  12. Design, fabrication and test of the RL10 derivative II chamber/primary nozzle

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    Marable, R. W.

    1989-01-01

    The design, fabrication and test of the RL10-II chamber/primary nozzle was accomplished as part of the RL10 Product Improvement Program (PIP). The overall goal of the RL10 PIP was to gain the knowledge and experience necessary to develop new cryogenic upper stage engines to fulfill future NASA requirements. The goal would be reached by producing an RL10 engine designed to be reusable, operate at several thrust levels, and have increased performance. The goals for the chamber/primary nozzle task were: (1) to design a reusable assembly capable of operation at increased mixture ratio and low thrust; (2) to fabricate three assemblies using new or updated techniques where possible; and (3) to test one assembly to verify the design and construction. The design and fabrication phases produced an assembly having improved features such as single piece reinforcing band segments (i.e., Mae West segments) and relocated tube exit braze joints (i.e., hooked tube exit). In addition, a computer program was developed to design the chamber tubes to meet both performance and heat transfer requirements. The test phase showed the specific impulse of the test bed engine system to be as predicted. These results, along with the heat transfer data obtained, sufficiently proved the overall design of the RL10-II recontoured and shortened chamber/primary nozzle assembly.

  13. Design, synthesis and cytotoxic activity of novel spin-labeled rotenone derivatives.

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    Liu, Ying-Qian; Ohkoshi, Emika; Li, Lin-Hai; Yang, Liu; Lee, Kuo-Hsiung

    2012-01-15

    Three series of novel spin-labeled rotenone derivatives were synthesized and evaluated for cytotoxicity against four tumor cell lines, A-549, DU-145, KB and KBvin. All of the derivatives showed promising in vitro cytotoxic activity against the tumor cell lines tested, with IC(50) values ranging from 0.075 to 0.738μg/mL. Remarkably, all of the compounds were more potent than paclitaxel against KBvin in vitro, and compounds 3a and 3d displayed the highest cytotoxicity against this cell line (IC(50) 0.075 and 0.092μg/mL, respectively). Based on the observed cytotoxicity, structure-activity relationships have been described.

  14. Design, synthesis and molecular modeling of aloe-emodin derivatives as potent xanthine oxidase inhibitors.

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    Shi, Da-Hua; Huang, Wei; Li, Chao; Liu, Yu-Wei; Wang, Shi-Fan

    2014-03-21

    A series of aloe-emodin derivatives were synthesized and evaluated as xanthine oxidase inhibitors. Among them, four aloe-emodin derivatives showed significant inhibitory activities against xanthine oxidase. The compound 4,5-dihydroxy-9,10-dioxo-9,10-dihydroanthracene-2-carbaldehyde (A1) possessed the best xanthine oxidase inhibitory activity with IC50 of 2.79 μM. Lineweaver-Burk plot analysis revealed that A1 acted as a mixed-type inhibitor for xanthine oxidase. The docking study revealed that the molecule A1 had strong interactions with the active site of xanthine oxidase and this result was in agreement with kinetic study. Consequently, compound A1 is a new-type candidate for further development for the treatment of gout.

  15. Design, synthesis, and structure-activity relationship studies of novel pleuromutilin derivatives having a piperazine ring.

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    Luo, Jian; Yang, Qiu-E; Yang, Yuan-Yuan; Tang, You-Zhi; Liu, Ya-Hong

    2016-11-01

    A series of novel pleuromutilin derivatives possessing piperazine moieties were synthesized under mild conditions. The in vitro antibacterial activities of these derivatives against Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli were tested by the agar dilution method. Structure-activity relationship studies resulted in compounds 11b, 13b, and 14a with the most potent in vitro antibacterial activity among the series (minimal inhibitory concentration = 0.0625-0.125 μg/mL). The binding of compounds 11b, 13b, and 14a to the E. coli ribosome was investigated by molecular modeling, and it was found that there is a reasonable correlation between the binding free energy and the antibacterial activity. © 2016 John Wiley & Sons A/S.

  16. Design, synthesis, anti-tobacco mosaic virus (TMV) activity, and SARs of 7-methoxycryptopleurine derivatives.

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    Wang, Ziwen; Feng, Anzheng; Cui, Mingbo; Liu, Yuxiu; Wang, Lizhong; Wang, Qingmin

    2014-11-01

    A series of 7-methoxycryptopleurine derivatives 2-23 were prepared and evaluated for their antiviral activity against tobacco mosaic virus (TMV) for the first time. The bioassay results showed that most of these compounds exhibited excellent in vivo anti-TMV activity, of which 7-methoxycryptopleurine salt derivatives 16, 19, and 23 displayed significantly higher activity than 7-methoxycryptopleurine (1) and commercial ribavirin and ningnanmycin. Salification, the most commonly employed method for modifying physical-chemical properties, did significantly increase antiviral activity, and different salt forms displayed different antiviral effect. This study provides fundamental support for development and optimization of phenanthroquinolizidine alkaloids as potential inhibitors of plant virus. © 2014 John Wiley & Sons A/S.

  17. D-ring modified novel isosteviol derivatives: design, synthesis and cytotoxic activity evaluation.

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    Zhang, Tao; Lu, Li-Hui; Liu, Hao; Wang, Jun-Wei; Wang, Rui-Xue; Zhang, Yun-Xiao; Tao, Jing-Chao

    2012-09-15

    A series of polyhydric, amino alcohol and tricyclic derivatives were facilely synthesized by D-ring modification of isosteviol. These compounds were screened for their cytotoxic activities against four human tumor cell lines in vitro. Among them, the 15-α-aminomethyl-16-β-hydroxyl isosteviol 23 exhibits significant cytotoxicity superior to the positive control (cisplatin) against EC9706, PC-3 and HCT-116 cell lines.

  18. Design, synthesis and aromatase inhibitory activities of novel indole-imidazole derivatives.

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    Wang, Rui; Shi, Hong-Fan; Zhao, Jing-Feng; He, Yan-Ping; Zhang, Hong-Bin; Liu, Jian-Ping

    2013-03-15

    A series of novel indole-imidazole derivatives have been prepared and evaluated in vitro on the aromatase inhibitory activities. The results suggested that proton or a small electron-withdrawing group at para-position of the phenyl ring would enhance the inhibitory activities and any bulky group should be avoided in order to keep a relative small volume for this kind of molecules.

  19. Conjugated Polymer Alignment: Synergisms Derived from Microfluidic Shear Design and UV Irradiation.

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    Wang, Gang; Chu, Ping-Hsun; Fu, Boyi; He, Zhongyuan; Kleinhenz, Nabil; Yuan, Zhibo; Mao, Yimin; Wang, Hongzhi; Reichmanis, Elsa

    2016-09-21

    Solution shearing has attracted great interest for the fabrication of robust and reliable, high performance organic electronic devices, owing to applicability of the method to large area and continuous fabrication, as well as its propensity to enhance semiconductor charge transport characteristics. To date, effects of the design of the blade shear features (especially the microfluidic shear design) and the prospect of synergistically combining the shear approach with an alternate process strategy have not been investigated. Here, a generic thin film fabrication concept that enhanced conjugated polymer intermolecular alignment and aggregation, improved orientation (both nanoscale and long-range), and narrowed the π-π stacking distance is demonstrated for the first time. The impact of the design of shearing blade microfluidic channels and synergistic effects of fluid shearing design with concomitant irradiation strategies were demonstrated, enabling fabrication of polymer-based devices with requisite morphologies for a range of applications.

  20. Approach for Uncertainty Propagation and Robust Design in CFD Using Sensitivity Derivatives

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    Putko, Michele M.; Newman, Perry A.; Taylor, Arthur C., III; Green, Lawrence L.

    2001-01-01

    This paper presents an implementation of the approximate statistical moment method for uncertainty propagation and robust optimization for a quasi 1-D Euler CFD (computational fluid dynamics) code. Given uncertainties in statistically independent, random, normally distributed input variables, a first- and second-order statistical moment matching procedure is performed to approximate the uncertainty in the CFD output. Efficient calculation of both first- and second-order sensitivity derivatives is required. In order to assess the validity of the approximations, the moments are compared with statistical moments generated through Monte Carlo simulations. The uncertainties in the CFD input variables are also incorporated into a robust optimization procedure. For this optimization, statistical moments involving first-order sensitivity derivatives appear in the objective function and system constraints. Second-order sensitivity derivatives are used in a gradient-based search to successfully execute a robust optimization. The approximate methods used throughout the analyses are found to be valid when considering robustness about input parameter mean values.

  1. Design, synthesis, crystal structure, insecticidal activity, molecular docking, and QSAR studies of novel N3-substituted imidacloprid derivatives.

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    Wang, Mei-Juan; Zhao, Xiao-Bo; Wu, Dan; Liu, Ying-Qian; Zhang, Yan; Nan, Xiang; Liu, Huanxiang; Yu, Hai-Tao; Hu, Guan-Fang; Yan, Li-Ting

    2014-06-18

    Three novel series of N3-substituted imidacloprid derivatives were designed and synthesized, and their structures were identified on the basis of satisfactory analytical and spectral ((1)H NMR, (13)C NMR, MS, elemental analysis, and X-ray) data. Preliminary bioassays indicated that all of the derivatives exhibited significant insecticidal activities against Aphis craccivora, with LC50 values ranging from 0.00895 to 0.49947 mmol/L, and the insecticidal activities of some of them were comparable to those of the control imidacloprid. Some key structural features related to their insecticidal activities were identified, and the binding modes between target compounds and nAChR model were also further explored by molecular docking. By comparing the interaction features of imidacloprid and compound 26 with highest insecticidal activity, the origin of the high insecticidal activity of compound 26 was identified. On the basis of the conformations generated by molecular docking, a satisfactory 2D-QSAR model with six selected descriptors was built using genetic algorithm-multiple linear regression (GA-MLR) method. The analysis of the built model showed the molecular size, shape, and the ability to form hydrogen bond were important for insecticidal potency. The information obtained in the study will be very helpful for the design of new derivatives with high insecticidal activities.

  2. Designing green derivatives of β-blocker Metoprolol: a tiered approach for green and sustainable pharmacy and chemistry.

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    Rastogi, Tushar; Leder, Christoph; Kümmerer, Klaus

    2014-09-01

    The presences of micro-pollutants (active pharmaceutical ingredients, APIs) are increasingly seen as a challenge of the sustainable management of water resources worldwide due to ineffective effluent treatment and other measures for their input prevention. Therefore, novel approaches are needed like designing greener pharmaceuticals, i.e. better biodegradability in the environment. This study addresses a tiered approach of implementing green and sustainable chemistry principles for theoretically designing better biodegradable and pharmacologically improved pharmaceuticals. Photodegradation process coupled with LC-MS(n) analysis and in silico tools such as quantitative structure-activity relationships (QSAR) analysis and molecular docking proved to be a very significant approach for the preliminary stages of designing chemical structures that would fit into the "benign by design" concept in the direction of green and sustainable pharmacy. Metoprolol (MTL) was used as an example, which itself is not readily biodegradable under conditions found in sewage treatment and the aquatic environment. The study provides the theoretical design of new derivatives of MTL which might have the same or improved pharmacological activity and are more degradable in the environment than MTL. However, the in silico toxicity prediction by QSAR of those photo-TPs indicated few of them might be possibly mutagenic and require further testing. This novel approach of theoretically designing 'green' pharmaceuticals can be considered as a step forward towards the green and sustainable pharmacy field. However, more knowledge and further experience have to be collected on the full scope, opportunities and limitations of this approach.

  3. Design, analysis and optimization of switched-capacitor filters derived from lumped analog models

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    Haug, K.

    1981-08-01

    The considered investigation makes use of the signal flow graph (SFG) procedure developed by Brodersen et al. (1979). This approach is employed in connection with the low sensitivity of the transfer function against parameter variations and the small effect of stray capacitances inherent in the SFG procedure. The design of switched-capacitor (SC) filters is illustrated with the aid of an example, involving a fifth degree PCM low-pass filter. The purpose of the design procedure is to obtain a filter structure whose frequency determining elements are integrators. Attention is given to the reduction of the distortion caused by the additional delay, the application of a design centering procedure for eliminating distortion, the optimization of the dynamic range, and parasitic effects.

  4. Design, synthesis, and pharmacological evaluation of benzamide derivatives as glucokinase activators.

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    Mao, Weiwei; Ning, Mengmeng; Liu, Zhiqing; Zhu, Qingzhang; Leng, Ying; Zhang, Ao

    2012-05-01

    A series of benzamide derivatives were assembled by using the privileged-fragment-merging (PFM) strategy and their SAR studies as glucokinase activators were described. Compounds 5 and 16b were identified having a suitable balance of potency and activation profile. They showed EC(50) values of 28.3 and 44.8 nM, and activation folds of 2.4 and 2.2, respectively. However, both compounds displayed a minor reduction in plasma glucose levels on imprinting control region (ICR) mice. Unfavorable pharmacokinetic profiles (PK) were also observed on these two compounds.

  5. Design, Synthesis, and Biological Evaluation of 1,4-dihydropyridine Derivatives as Potent Antitubercular Agents.

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    Desai, Nisheeth C; Trivedi, Amit R; Somani, Hardik C; Bhatt, Kandarp A

    2015-09-01

    A series of novel 1,4-dihydropyridine-3,5-dicarbamoyl derivatives bearing an imidazole nucleus at C-4 position were synthesized in excellent yields via multicomponent Hantzsch reaction. The newly synthesized compounds were characterized by IR, (1) H NMR, (13) C NMR, and mass spectroscopy. The synthesized compounds 3a-p were screened for antitubercular activity. Among all the screened compounds, compounds 3j and 3m showed most prominent activity against Mycobacterium tuberculosis with minimum inhibitory concentration of 0.02 μg/mL and SI > 500, making it more potent than first-line antitubercular drug isoniazid. In addition, these compounds displayed relatively low cytotoxicity.

  6. Design, synthesis, and characterization of a protein sequencing reagent yielding amino acid derivatives with enhanced detectability by mass spectrometry.

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    Aebersold, R.; Bures, E. J.; Namchuk, M.; Goghari, M. H.; Shushan, B.; Covey, T. C.

    1992-01-01

    We report the design, chemical synthesis, and structural and functional characterization of a novel reagent for protein sequence analysis by the Edman degradation, yielding amino acid derivatives rapidly detectable at high sensitivity by ion-evaporation mass spectrometry. We demonstrate that the reagent 3-[4'(ethylene-N,N,N-trimethylamino)phenyl]-2-isothiocyanate is chemically stable and shows coupling and cyclization/cleavage yields comparable to phenylisothiocyanate, the standard reagent in chemical sequence analysis, under conditions typically encountered in manual or automated sequence analysis. Amino acid derivatives generated with this reagent were detectable by ion-evaporation mass spectrometry at the subfemtomole sensitivity level at a pace of one sample per minute. Furthermore, derivatives were identified by their mass, thus permitting the rapid and highly sensitive determination of the molecular nature of modified amino acids. Derivatives of amino acids with acidic, basic, polar, or hydrophobic side chains were reproducibly detectable at comparable sensitivities. The polar nature of the reagent required covalent immobilization of polypeptides prior to automated sequence analysis. This reagent, used in automated sequence analysis, has the potential for overcoming the limitations in sensitivity, speed, and the ability to characterize modified amino acid residues inherent in the chemical sequencing methods that are currently used. PMID:1304351

  7. Design, synthesis, and evaluation of benzophenone derivatives as novel acetylcholinesterase inhibitors.

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    Belluti, Federica; Piazzi, Lorna; Bisi, Alessandra; Gobbi, Silvia; Bartolini, Manuela; Cavalli, Andrea; Valenti, Piero; Rampa, Angela

    2009-03-01

    Starting from a structure-based drug design, new acetylcholinesterase inhibitors were designed and synthesized as analogues of donepezil. The compounds were composed by an aromatic function and a tertiary amino moiety connected by a suitable spacer. In particular, the benzophenone nucleus and the N,N-benzylmethylamine function were selected. The easily accessible three-step synthesis of these compounds resulted to be significantly less difficult and expensive than that of donepezil. Several compounds possess anti-cholinesterase activity in the order of micro and sub-micromolar. Particularly, compounds 1 and 10 were the most potent inhibitors of the series.

  8. Design, synthesis, and bioevaluation of paeonol derivatives as potential anti-HBV agents.

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    Huang, Tsurng-Juhn; Chuang, Hong; Liang, Yu-Chuan; Lin, Hui-Hsien; Horng, Jia-Cherng; Kuo, Yu-Cheng; Chen, Chia-Wen; Tsai, Fu-Yuan; Yen, Shih-Chieh; Chou, Shih-Ching; Hsu, Ming-Hua

    2015-01-27

    Hepatitis B virus (HBV) is a causative reagent that frequently causes progressive liver diseases, leading to the development of acute, chronic hepatitis, cirrhosis, and eventually hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Despite several antiviral drugs including interferon-α and nucleotide derivatives are approved for clinical treatment for HBV, critical issues remain unresolved, e.g., low-to-moderate efficacy, adverse side effects, and resistant strains. In this study, novel Paeonol-phenylsulfonyl derivatives were synthesized and their antiviral effect against HBV was evaluated. The experimental results indicated that these compounds process significant antiviral potential, including the inhibition of viral antigen expression and secretion, and the suppression of HBV viral DNA replication. Among compounds synthesized in this research, compound 2-acetyl-5-methoxyphenyl 4-methoxybenzenesulfonate (7f) had the most potent inhibitory activity with IC50 value of 0.36 μM, and high selectivity index, SI (TC50/IC50) 47.75; which exhibited an apparent inhibition effect on viral gene expression and viral propagation in cell culture model. So, we believe our compounds could serve as reservoir for antiviral drug development.

  9. Design of novel dispirooxindolopyrrolidine and dispirooxindolopyrrolothiazole derivatives as potential antitubercular agents.

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    Mhiri, Chourouk; Boudriga, Sarra; Askri, Moheddine; Knorr, Michael; Sriram, Dharmarajan; Yogeeswari, Perumal; Nana, Frédéric; Golz, Christopher; Strohmann, Carsten

    2015-10-01

    With the aim to develop new potent antitubercular agents, a series of novel dispirooxindolopyrrolidines and dispirooxindolopyrrolothiazoles have been synthesized via a three-component 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition of (Z)-3-arylidenebenzofuran-2-ones, substituted isatin derivatives and α-aminoacids. The stereochemistry of the spiroadducts has been confirmed by an X-ray diffraction analysis. All the target heterocycles were evaluated for in vitro antitubercular activity against Mycobacterium tuberculosis H37Rv strain and the most active compounds were subjected to cytotoxicity studies against (RAW 264.7) cell lines. Among them, twelve compounds showed potent anti-tubercular activity with MIC ranging from 1.56 to 6.25 μg/mL. In particular dispirooxindolopyrrolothiazole derivatives 5c and 5f were found to be the most active (MIC of 1.56 μg/mL) with a good safety profile (27.53% and 20.74% at 50 μM, respectively). This is the first report demonstrating the benzofuranone oxindole hybrids as potential antimycobacterial agents.

  10. Design, synthesis and biological evaluation of novel coumarin thiazole derivatives as α-glucosidase inhibitors.

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    Wang, Guangcheng; He, Dianxiong; Li, Xin; Li, Juan; Peng, Zhiyun

    2016-04-01

    A new series of coumarin thiazole derivatives 7a-7t were synthesized, characterized by (1)H NMR, (13)C NMR and element analysis, evaluated for their α-glucosidase inhibitory activity. The majority of the screened compounds displayed potent inhibitory activities with IC50 values in the range of 6.24±0.07-81.69±0.39μM, when compared to the standard acarbose (IC50=43.26±0.19μM). Structure-activity relationship (SAR) studies suggest that the pattern of substitution in the phenyl ring is closely related to the biological activity of this class of compounds. Among all the tested molecules, compound 7e (IC50=6.24±0.07μM) was found to be the most active compound in the library of coumarin thiazole derivatives. Enzyme kinetic studies showed that compound 7e is a non-competitive inhibitor with a Ki of 6.86μM. Furthermore, the binding interactions of compound 7e with the active site of α-glucosidase were confirmed through molecular docking. This study has identified a new class of potent α-glucosidase inhibitors for further investigation.

  11. Biological activity, design, synthesis and structure activity relationship of some novel derivatives of curcumin containing sulfonamides.

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    Lal, Jaggi; Gupta, Sushil K; Thavaselvam, D; Agarwal, Dau D

    2013-06-01

    Five series of curcumin derivatives with sulfonamides 3a-3e, 4a-4e, 5a-5e, 6a-6e and 7a-7e have been synthesized and evaluated for in vitro antibacterial activity against selected medically important gram-(+) and gram-(-) bacterial species viz. Staphylococcus aureus, Bacillus cereus, Salmonella typhi, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Escherichia coli, and antifungal activity against few pathogenic fungal species viz. Aspergillus niger, Aspergillus flavus, Trichoderma viride and Curvularia lunata. The cytotoxicity has been determined by measuring IC50 values against human cell lines HeLa, Hep G-2, QG-56 and HCT-116. Among the compounds screened, 3a-3e showed the most potent biological activity against tested bacteria and fungi. Compounds 3a-3e displayed higher cytotoxicity than curcumin. The curcumin derivatives were also evaluated for in vivo anti-inflammatory activity. In contrast, the compounds 6a-6e and 7a-7e showed dramatically decrease in biological activity. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  12. Deriving Function-failure Similarity Information for Failure-free Rotorcraft Component Design

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    Roberts, Rory A.; Stone, Robert B.; Tumer, Irem Y.; Clancy, Daniel (Technical Monitor)

    2002-01-01

    Performance and safety are the top concerns of high-risk aerospace applications at NASA. Eliminating or reducing performance and safety problems can be achieved with a thorough understanding of potential failure modes in the design that lead to these problems. The majority of techniques use prior knowledge and experience as well as Failure Modes and Effects as methods to determine potential failure modes of aircraft. The aircraft design needs to be passed through a general technique to ensure that every potential failure mode is considered, while avoiding spending time on improbable failure modes. In this work, this is accomplished by mapping failure modes to certain components, which are described by their functionality. In turn, the failure modes are then linked to the basic functions that are carried within the components of the aircraft. Using the technique proposed in this paper, designers can examine the basic functions, and select appropriate analyses to eliminate or design out the potential failure modes. This method was previously applied to a simple rotating machine test rig with basic functions that are common to a rotorcraft. In this paper, this technique is applied to the engine and power train of a rotorcraft, using failures and functions obtained from accident reports and engineering drawings.

  13. Deriving Empirically-Based Design Guidelines for Advanced Learning Technologies that Foster Disciplinary Comprehension

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    Poitras, Eric; Trevors, Gregory

    2012-01-01

    Planning, conducting, and reporting leading-edge research requires professionals who are capable of highly skilled reading. This study reports the development of an empirically informed computer-based learning environment designed to foster the acquisition of reading comprehension strategies that mediate expertise in the social sciences. Empirical…

  14. On "The Analysis of Ranked Data Derived from Completely Randomized Factorial Designs."

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    Toothaker, Larry E.; Chang, Horng-shing

    1980-01-01

    Extensions of the Kruskal-Wallis procedure for a factorial design are examined under various degrees and kinds of nonnullity. It was found that the distributions of these test statistics are a function of effects other than those being tested, except under the completely null situation. Their use is discouraged. (Author/JKS)

  15. Design and Microwave Assisted Synthesis of Coumarin Derivatives as PDE Inhibitors

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    Kumbar, Mahadev N.; Kamble, Ravindra R.; Kamble, Atulkumar A.; Salian, Sujith Raj; Kumari, Sandhya; Nair, Ramya; Kalthur, Guruprasad; Adiga, Satish Kumar; Prasad, D. Jagadeesh

    2016-01-01

    Coumarins appended to benzimidazole through pyrazole are designed and synthesized using microwave irradiation. These compounds were analyzed for phosphodiesterase (PDE) inhibition indirectly by motility pattern in human spermatozoa. Some of the synthesized compounds, namely, 5d, 5e, 5f, 5g, 5h, and 5k, have exhibited potent inhibitory activity on PDE. PMID:26998358

  16. Functional analysis of a novel positive allosteric modulator of AMPA receptors derived from a structure-based drug design strategy.

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    Harms, Jonathan E; Benveniste, Morris; Maclean, John K F; Partin, Kathryn M; Jamieson, Craig

    2013-01-01

    Positive allosteric modulators of α-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-isoxazole-propionic acid (AMPA) receptors facilitate synaptic plasticity and can improve various forms of learning and memory. These modulators show promise as therapeutic agents for the treatment of neurological disorders such as schizophrenia, ADHD, and mental depression. Three classes of positive modulator, the benzamides, the thiadiazides, and the biarylsulfonamides differentially occupy a solvent accessible binding pocket at the interface between the two subunits that form the AMPA receptor ligand-binding pocket. Here, we describe the electrophysiological properties of a new chemotype derived from a structure-based drug design strategy (SBDD), which makes similar receptor interactions compared to previously reported classes of modulator. This pyrazole amide derivative, JAMI1001A, with a promising developability profile, efficaciously modulates AMPA receptor deactivation and desensitization of both flip and flop receptor isoforms. This article is part of a Special Issue entitled 'Cognitive Enhancers'. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  17. Design, synthesis and pharmacology of 1,1-bistrifluoromethylcarbinol derivatives as liver X receptor β-selective agonists.

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    Koura, Minoru; Matsuda, Takayuki; Okuda, Ayumu; Watanabe, Yuichiro; Yamaguchi, Yuki; Kurobuchi, Sayaka; Matsumoto, Yuuki; Shibuya, Kimiyuki

    2015-07-01

    A novel series of 1,3-bistrifluoromethylcarbinol derivatives that act as liver X receptor (LXR) β-selective agonists was discovered. Structure-activity relationship studies led to the identification of molecule 62, which was more effective (Emax) and selective toward LXRβ than T0901317 and GW3965. Furthermore, 62 decreased LDL-C without elevating the plasma TG level and significantly suppressed the lipid-accumulation area in the aortic arch in a Bio F1B hamster fed a diet high in fat and cholesterol. We demonstrated that our LXRβ agonist would be potentially useful as a hypolipidemic and anti-atherosclerotic agent. In this manuscript, we report the design, synthesis and pharmacology of 1,3-bistrifluoromethylcarbinol derivatives. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  18. FUNCTIONAL ANALYSIS OF A NOVEL POSITIVE ALLOSTERIC MODULATOR OF AMPA RECEPTORS DERIVED FROM A STRUCTURE-BASED DRUG DESIGN STRATEGY

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    Harms, Jonathan E.; Benveniste, Morris; Maclean, John K. F.; Partin, Kathryn M.; Jamieson, Craig

    2012-01-01

    Positive allosteric modulators of α-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-isoxazole-propionic acid (AMPA) receptors facilitate synaptic plasticity and can improve various forms of learning and memory. These modulators show promise as therapeutic agents for the treatment of neurological disorders such as schizophrenia, ADHD, and mental depression. Three classes of positive modulator, the benzamides, the thiadiazides, and the biarylsulfonamides differentially occupy a solvent accessible binding pocket at the interface between the two subunits that form the AMPA receptor ligand-binding pocket. Here, we describe the electrophysiological properties of a new chemotype derived from a structure-based drug design strategy (SBDD), which makes similar receptor interactions compared to previously reported classes of modulator. This pyrazole amide derivative, JAMI1001A, with a promising developability profile, efficaciously modulates AMPA receptor deactivation and desensitization of both flip and flop receptor isoforms. PMID:22735771

  19. Design, synthesis, and evaluation of hinge-binder tethered 1,2,3-triazolylsalicylamide derivatives as Aurora kinase inhibitors.

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    Jeong, Yunkyung; Lee, Jooyeon; Ryu, Jae-Sang

    2016-05-01

    A series of hinge-binder tethered 1,2,3-triazolylsalicylamide derivatives were designed, synthesized, and evaluated for the Aurora kinase inhibitory activities. The novel hinge-binder tethered 1,2,3-triazolylsalicylamide scaffold was effectively assembled by Cu(I)-catalyzed azide-alkyne 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition (CuAAC). A variety of alkynes with hinge binders were used to search proper structures-binding relationship to the hinge region. The synthesized 1,2,3-triazolylsalicylamide derivatives showed significant Aurora kinase inhibitory activity. In particular, 8a inhibited Aurora A kinase with an IC50 value of 0.284 μM, whereas 8m inhibited Aurora B kinase with an IC50 value of 0.364 μM.

  20. Computer-based teaching module design: principles derived from learning theories.

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    Lau, K H Vincent

    2014-03-01

    The computer-based teaching module (CBTM), which has recently gained prominence in medical education, is a teaching format in which a multimedia program serves as a single source for knowledge acquisition rather than playing an adjunctive role as it does in computer-assisted learning (CAL). Despite empirical validation in the past decade, there is limited research into the optimisation of CBTM design. This review aims to summarise research in classic and modern multimedia-specific learning theories applied to computer learning, and to collapse the findings into a set of design principles to guide the development of CBTMs. Scopus was searched for: (i) studies of classic cognitivism, constructivism and behaviourism theories (search terms: 'cognitive theory' OR 'constructivism theory' OR 'behaviourism theory' AND 'e-learning' OR 'web-based learning') and their sub-theories applied to computer learning, and (ii) recent studies of modern learning theories applied to computer learning (search terms: 'learning theory' AND 'e-learning' OR 'web-based learning') for articles published between 1990 and 2012. The first search identified 29 studies, dominated in topic by the cognitive load, elaboration and scaffolding theories. The second search identified 139 studies, with diverse topics in connectivism, discovery and technical scaffolding. Based on their relative representation in the literature, the applications of these theories were collapsed into a list of CBTM design principles. Ten principles were identified and categorised into three levels of design: the global level (managing objectives, framing, minimising technical load); the rhetoric level (optimising modality, making modality explicit, scaffolding, elaboration, spaced repeating), and the detail level (managing text, managing devices). This review examined the literature in the application of learning theories to CAL to develop a set of principles that guide CBTM design. Further research will enable educators to

  1. Early events elicited by bombesin and structurally related peptides in quiescent Swiss 3T3 cells. II. Changes in Na/sup +/ and Ca/sup 2 +/ fluxes, Na/sup +//K/sup +/ pump activity, and intracellular pH

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    Mendoza, S.A.; Schneider, J.A.; Lopez-Rivas, A.; Sinnett-Smith, J.W.; Rozengurt, E.

    1986-06-01

    The amphibian tetradecapeptide, bombesin, and structurally related peptides caused a marked increase in ouabain-sensitive /sup 86/Rb/sup +/ uptake (a measure of Na/sup +//K/sup +/ pump activity) in quiescent Swiss 3T3 cells. This effect occurred within seconds after the addition of the peptide and appeared to be mediated by an increase in Na/sup +/ entry into the cells. The effect of bombesin on Na/sup +/ entry and Na/sup +//K/sup +/ pump activity was concentration dependent with half-maximal stimulation occurring at 0.3-0.4 nM. The structurally related peptides litorin, gastrin-releasing peptide, and neuromedin B also stimulated ouabain-sensitive /sup 86/Rb/sup +/ uptake; the relative potencies of these peptides in stimulating the Na/sup +//K/sup +/ pump were comparable to their potencies in increasing DNA synthesis. Bombesin increased Na/sup +/ influx, at least in part, through an Na/sup +//H/sup +/ antiport. The peptide augmented intracellular pH and this effect was abolished in the absence of extracellular Na/sup +/. In addition to monovalent ion transport, bombesin and the structurally related peptides rapidly increased the efflux of /sup 45/Ca/sup 2 +/ from quiescent Swiss 3T3 cells. This Ca/sup 2 +/ came from an intracellular pool and the efflux was associated with a 50% decrease in total intracellular Ca/sup 2 +/. The peptides also caused a rapid increase in cytosolic free calcium concentration. Prolonged pretreatment of Swiss 3T3 cells with phorbol dibutyrate, which causes a loss of protein kinase C activity, greatly decreased the stimulation of /sup 86/Rb/sup +/ uptake and Na/sup +/ entry by bombesin implicating this phosphotransferase system in the mediation of part of these responses to bombesin. Since some activation of monovalent ion transport by bombesin was seen in phorbol dibutyrate-pretreated cells, it is likely that the peptide also stimulates monovalent ion transport by a second mechanism.

  2. Enhanced textile dye decolorization by marine-derived basidiomycete Peniophora sp. CBMAI 1063 using integrated statistical design.

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    Bonugli-Santos, Rafaella C; Vieira, Gabriela A L; Collins, Catherine; Fernandes, Thaís Cristina C; Marin-Morales, Maria Aparecida; Murray, Patrick; Sette, Lara D

    2016-05-01

    In the present study, the biotechnological potential of the marine-derived fungus Peniophora sp. CBMAI 1063 was investigated in relation to Reactive Black 5 (RB5) dye decolorization and degradation using an integrated statistical design composed of Plackett-Burman design (P&B), central composite design (CCD), and response surface methodology (RSM). RB5 dye was effectively decolorized (94 %) in saline conditions, without any detection of mutagenic compounds, and simultaneously, 57 % of total organic carbon (TOC) was removed in 7 days. The activity of lignin peroxidase (LiP) was not detected during the process. The gene expression of laccase (Lac) and manganese peroxidase (MnP) enzymes produced during the process was evaluated, and results from this experiment coupled with LC-MS analyses revealed that in the early stage of dye decolorization, a higher MnP gene expression and significant enzymatic activity was detected in Peniophora sp. CBMAI 1063 with the formation of p-Base and TAHNDS compounds. This paper reports innovative data related to the textile dye decolorization by the marine-derived basidiomycete Peniophora sp. CBMAI 1063, showing the metabolites formed and enzymatic action throughout the process in saline condition. The strategy used showed to be an efficient statistical approach that provides an attractive solution for the screening and simultaneous optimization of the degradation process.

  3. Interactions of newly designed dicationic carbazole derivatives with double-stranded DNA: syntheses, binding studies and AFM imaging.

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    Jia, Tao; Xiang, Jin; Wang, Jing; Guo, Peng; Yu, Junping

    2013-09-07

    The design of small molecular ligands able to bind with DNA is pivotal for the development of diagnostic agents and therapeutic drugs targeting DNA. Carbazole-derivatives are potential agents against tumors and opportunistic infections of AIDS. Here, two carbazole-derived dicationic compounds, DPDI and DPPDI, were designed, synthesized and characterized using NMR, IR and MS. The DNA binding properties of DPDI and DPPDI were sensitive to ionic strength. At low ionic strength, planar and aromatic DPDI had a strongly intercalative interaction with DNA, which was confirmed by circular dichroism (CD) and gel electrophoresis. In DPPDI, a phenyl group substituting H atom at the –NH group of DPDI destroyed molecular planarity, which resulted in no intercalative interactions between DPPDI and DNA, proved by CD. The positive enhancement of CD at 260–270 nm and Hoechst 33258 competitive binding tests indicated the strong groove interactions of both DPPDI and DPDI to DNA. The similarity and difference in the structures between DPDI and DPPDI explained different interaction preferences with DNA. In groove interactions, dications of pyridinium on either DPDI or DPPDI could interact with DNA base pairs, and –NH on DPDI or –N–Ph on DPPDI pointed out of the groove, as the classical model of DNA groove binding agents. Furthermore, AFM imaging revealed that both carbazole-derivatives drove the DNA conformation more compact. All the experimental data proved that the two dicationic carbazole-derivatives interacted with DNA strongly and might act as a novel type of DNA-binding candidate.

  4. Separation of 20 coumarin derivatives using the capillary electrophoresis method optimized by a series of Doehlert experimental designs.

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    Woźniakiewicz, Michał; Gładysz, Marta; Nowak, Paweł M; Kędzior, Justyna; Kościelniak, Paweł

    2017-05-15

    The aim of this study was to develop the first CE-based method enabling separation of 20 structurally similar coumarin derivatives. To facilitate method optimization a series of three consequent Doehlert experimental designs with the response surface methodology was employed, using number of peaks and the adjusted time of analysis as the selected responses. Initially, three variables were examined: buffer pH, ionic strength and temperature (No. 1 Doehlert design). The optimal conditions provided only partial separation, on that account, several buffer additives were examined at the next step: organic cosolvents and cyclodextrin (No. 2 Doehlert design). The optimal cyclodextrin type was also selected experimentally. The most promising results were obtained for the buffers fortified with methanol, acetonitrile and heptakis(2,3,6-tri-O-methyl)-β-cyclodextrin. Since these additives may potentially affect acid-base equilibrium and ionization state of analytes, the third Doehlert design (No. 3) was used to reconcile concentration of these additives with optimal pH. Ultimately, the total separation of all 20 compounds was achieved using the borate buffer at basic pH 9.5 in the presence of 10mM cyclodextrin, 9% (v/v) acetonitrile and 36% (v/v) methanol. Identity of all compounds was confirmed using the in-lab build UV-VIS spectra library. The developed method succeeded in identification of coumarin derivatives in three real samples. It demonstrates a huge resolving power of CE assisted by addition of cyclodextrins and organic cosolvents. Our unique optimization approach, based on the three Doehlert designs, seems to be prospective for future applications of this technique.

  5. Design, Synthesis, and Potential Antidepressant-like Activity of 7-prenyloxy-2,3-dihydroflavanone Derivatives.

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    Zhen, Xing-Hua; Quan, Ying-Chun; Peng, Zhou; Han, Yan; Zheng, Zhou-Jun; Guan, Li-Ping

    2016-06-01

    A series of 7-prenyloxy-2, 3-dihydroflavanone derivatives were synthesized and screened for their antidepressant-like activity. Among them, it was observed that compounds 5j and 5k were found to be the most antidepressant-like activity. In addition, it was found that compounds 5j and 5k significantly increased the concentrations of the main neurotransmitters 5-HT and NE in the hippocampus, hypothalamus, and cortex. Compounds 5j and 5k also significantly increased the contents of 5-HIAA in the hippocampus and cortex, shut down 5-HT metabolism compared with mice treated with stress vehicle. These results suggested that compounds 5j and 5k displayed potent antidepressant-like properties that were mediated via neurochemical systems.

  6. Convoluted nozzle design for the RL10 derivative 2B engine

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    1985-01-01

    The convoluted nozzle is a conventional refractory metal nozzle extension that is formed with a portion of the nozzle convoluted to show the extendible nozzle within the length of the rocket engine. The convoluted nozzle (CN) was deployed by a system of four gas driven actuators. For spacecraft applications the optimum CN may be self-deployed by internal pressure retained, during deployment, by a jettisonable exit closure. The convoluted nozzle is included in a study of extendible nozzles for the RL10 Engine Derivative 2B for use in an early orbit transfer vehicle (OTV). Four extendible nozzle configurations for the RL10-2B engine were evaluated. Three configurations of the two position nozzle were studied including a hydrogen dump cooled metal nozzle and radiation cooled nozzles of refractory metal and carbon/carbon composite construction respectively.

  7. Biphenyl derivatives incorporating urea unit as novel VEGFR-2 inhibitors: design, synthesis and biological evaluation.

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    Wang, Chen; Gao, Hongping; Dong, Jinyun; Zhang, Yanmin; Su, Ping; Shi, Yaling; Zhang, Jie

    2014-01-01

    A series of novel biphenyl urea derivates were synthesized and investigated for their potential to inhibit vascular endothelial growth factor receptor-2 (VEGFR-2). In particular, A7, B3 and B4 displayed significant enzymatic inhibitory activities, with IC₅₀ values of 4.06, 4.55 and 5.26 nM. Compound A7 exhibited potent antiproliferative activity on several cell lines. SAR study suggested that the introduction of methyl at ortho-position of the biphenyl urea and tertiary amine moiety could improve VEGFR-2 inhibitory activity and antitumor effects. Molecular docking indicated that the urea moiety formed four hydrogen bonds with DFG residue. These biphenyl ureas could serve as promising lead compounds for further optimization.

  8. Design, synthesis, and pharmacological evaluation of fluorinated tetrahydrouridine derivatives as inhibitors of cytidine deaminase.

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    Ferraris, Dana; Duvall, Bridget; Delahanty, Greg; Mistry, Bipin; Alt, Jesse; Rojas, Camilo; Rowbottom, Christopher; Sanders, Kristen; Schuck, Edgar; Huang, Kuan-Chun; Redkar, Sanjeev; Slusher, Barbara B; Tsukamoto, Takashi

    2014-03-27

    Several 2'-fluorinated tetrahydrouridine derivatives were synthesized as inhibitors of cytidine deaminase (CDA). (4R)-2'-Deoxy-2',2'-difluoro-3,4,5,6-tetrahydrouridine (7a) showed enhanced acid stability over tetrahydrouridine (THU) 5 at its N-glycosyl bond. As a result, compound 7a showed an improved oral pharmacokinetic profile with a higher and more reproducible plasma exposure in rhesus monkeys compared to 5. Co-administration of 7a with decitabine, a CDA substrate, boosted the plasma levels of decitabine in rhesus monkeys. These results demonstrate that compound 7a can serve as an acid-stable alternative to 5 as a pharmacoenhancer of drugs subject to CDA-mediated metabolism.

  9. Design and synthesis of novel spin-labeled camptothecin derivatives as potent cytotoxic agents.

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    Zhao, Xiao-Bo; Wu, Dan; Wang, Mei-Juan; Goto, Masuo; Morris-Natschke, Susan L; Liu, Ying-Qian; Wu, Xiao-Bing; Song, Zi-Long; Zhu, Gao-Xiang; Lee, Kuo-Hsiung

    2014-11-15

    In our continuing search for natural product-based spin-labeled antitumor drugs, 20 novel spin-labeled camptothecin derivatives were synthesized via a Cu-catalyzed one pot reaction and evaluated for cytotoxicity against four human tumor cell lines (A-549, MDA-MB-231, KB, and KBvin). Eighteen of the target compounds (9a, 9b, 9d-9k, 9m-9t) exhibited significant in vitro antiproliferative activity against these four tested tumor cell lines. Compounds 9e and 9j (IC50 0.057 and 0.072μM, respectively) displayed the greatest cytotoxicity against the multidrug-resistant (MDR) KBvin cell line and merit further development into preclinical and clinical drug candidates for treating cancer including MDR phenotype.

  10. Design and synthesis of N-benzoyl amino acid derivatives as DNA methylation inhibitors.

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    Garella, Davide; Atlante, Sandra; Borretto, Emily; Cocco, Mattia; Giorgis, Marta; Costale, Annalisa; Stevanato, Livio; Miglio, Gianluca; Cencioni, Chiara; Fernández-de Gortari, Eli; Medina-Franco, José L; Spallotta, Francesco; Gaetano, Carlo; Bertinaria, Massimo

    2016-11-01

    The inhibition of human DNA Methyl Transferases (DNMT) is a novel promising approach to address the epigenetic dysregulation of gene expression in different diseases. Inspired by the validated virtual screening hit NSC137546, a series of N-benzoyl amino acid analogues was synthesized and obtained compounds were assessed for their ability to inhibit DNMT-dependent DNA methylation in vitro. The biological screening allowed the definition of a set of preliminary structure-activity relationships and the identification of compounds promising for further development. Among the synthesized compounds, L-glutamic acid derivatives 22, 23, and 24 showed the highest ability to prevent DNA methylation in a total cell lysate. Compound 22 inhibited DNMT1 and DNMT3A activity in a concentration-dependent manner in the micromolar range. In addition, compound 22 proved to be stable in human serum and it was thus selected as a starting point for further biological studies. © 2016 John Wiley & Sons A/S.

  11. Rational design and synthesis of novel diphenyl ether derivatives as antitubercular agents

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    Kar, Sidhartha S; Bhat G, Varadaraj; Rao, Praveen PN; Shenoy, Vishnu P; Bairy, Indira; Shenoy, G Gautham

    2016-01-01

    A series of triclosan mimic diphenyl ether derivatives have been synthesized and evaluated for their in vitro antitubercular activity against Mycobacterium tuberculosis H37Rv. The binding mode of the compounds at the active site of enoyl-acyl carrier protein reductase of M. tuberculosis has been explored. Among them, compound 10b was found to possess antitubercular activity (minimum inhibitory concentration =12.5 µg/mL) comparable to triclosan. All the synthesized compounds exhibited low levels of cytotoxicity against Vero and HepG2 cell lines, and three compounds 10a, 10b, and 10c had a selectivity index more than 10. Compound 10b was also evaluated for log P, pKa, human liver microsomal stability, and % protein binding, in order to probe its druglikeness. Based on the antitubercular activity and druglikeness profile, it may be concluded that compound 10b could be a lead for future development of antitubercular drugs. PMID:27486307

  12. Design, Synthesis, and Evaluation of Biotinylated Opioid Derivatives as Novel Probes to Study Opioid Pharmacology

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    Li, Ya; Chase, Anna R.; Slivka, Peter F.; Baggett, Clyde T.; Zhao, Tina X.; Yin, Hang

    2009-01-01

    A generally applicable strategy of chemically labeling (−)-morphine (1) is described. The synthesis starts from commercially available starting materials and can be completed in two steps with an overall yield of 23 %. In silico simulation and NMR results show that the binding of (−)-morphine to one of its molecular targets, toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4), was not affected by the modification. Secreted Embryonic Alkaline Phosphatase (SEAP) reporter assay results demonstrate that C3 biotinylated and unmodified (−)-morphine show similar biological activities in live cells. To our knowledge, these studies provide the first practical and concise method to label various opioid derivatives, a group of important therapeutics in pain management, for biochemical/pharmacological studies. PMID:19090701

  13. TECHNICAL DESIGN NOTE: Digital proportional-integral-derivative velocity controller of a Mössbauer spectrometer

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    Pechousek, J.; Prochazka, R.; Mashlan, M.; Jancik, D.; Frydrych, J.

    2009-01-01

    The digital proportional-integral-derivative (PID) velocity controller used in the Mössbauer spectrometer implemented in field programmable gate array (FPGA) is based on the National Instruments CompactRIO embedded system and LabVIEW graphical programming tools. The system works as a remote system accessible via the Ethernet. The digital controller operates in real-time conditions, and the maximum sampling frequency is approximately 227 kS s-1. The system was tested with standard sample measurements of α-Fe and α-57Fe2O3 on two different electromechanical velocity transducers. The nonlinearities of the velocity scales in the relative form are better than 0.2%. The replacement of the standard analog PID controller by the new system brings the possibility of optimizing the control process more precisely.

  14. Design, Synthesis and Evaluation of Naphthalimide Derivatives as Potential Anticancer Agents for Hepatocellular Carcinoma.

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    Ge, Chaochao; Chang, Liping; Zhao, Ying; Chang, Congcong; Xu, Xiaojuan; He, Haoying; Wang, Yuxia; Dai, Fujun; Xie, Songqiang; Wang, Chaojie

    2017-02-22

    Two kinds of naphthalimide derivatives were synthesized and evaluated for in vitro their anti-hepatocellular carcinoma properties. Compound 3a with a fused thiazole fragment to naphthalimide skeleton inhibited cell migration of SMMC-7721 and HepG2, and further in vivo trials with two animal models confirmed that compound 3a moderately inhibited primary H22 tumor growth (52.6%) and potently interrupted lung metastasis (75.7%) without obvious systemic toxicity at the therapeutic dose. Mechanistic research revealed that compound 3a inhibited cancerous liver cell growth mostly by inducing G2/M phase arrest. Western blotting experiments corroborated that 3a could up-regulate the cell cycle related protein expression of cyclin B1, CDK1 and p21, and inhibit cell migration by elevating the E-cadherin and attenuating integrin α6 expression. Our study showed that compound 3a is a valuable lead compound worthy of further investigation.

  15. Design, synthesis, and biological properties of triazole derived compounds and their transition metal complexes.

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    Chohan, Zahid H; Hanif, Muhammad

    2010-10-01

    Triazole derived Schiff bases and their metal complexes (cobalt(II), copper(II), nickel(II), and zinc(II)) have been prepared and characterized using IR, (1)H and (13)C NMR, mass spectrometry, magnetic susceptibility and conductivity measurements, and CHN analysis data. The structure of L(2), N-[(5-methylthiophen-2-yl)methylidene]-1H-1,2,4-triazol-3-amine, has also been determined by the X-ray diffraction method. All the metal(II) complexes showed octahedral geometry except the copper(II) complexes, which showed distorted octahedral geometry. The triazole ligands and their metal complexes have been screened for their in vitro antibacterial, antifungal, and cytotoxic activity. All the synthesized compounds showed moderate to significant antibacterial activity against one or more bacterial strains. It is revealed that all the synthesized complexes showed better activity than the ligands, due to coordination.

  16. Cytotoxic Activity of Pyrovalerone Derivatives, an Emerging Group of Psychostimulant Designer Cathinones.

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    Wojcieszak, Jakub; Andrzejczak, Dariusz; Woldan-Tambor, Agata; Zawilska, Jolanta B

    2016-08-01

    The growing popularity of novel psychoactive substances (NPS) has aroused the concerns of public health specialists. The pyrovalerone derivatives are a branch of synthetic cathinones, a very popular group of psychostimulant NPS. Despite numerous case reports of fatal intoxications, little is known about the cytotoxicity of these substances. Therefore, this study was aimed to evaluate the toxic properties of pyrovalerone, its highly prevalent derivative 3,4-methylenedioxypyrovalerone (3,4-MDPV) with its two major metabolites (catechol-MDPV and methylcatechol-MDPV) and the structural isomer 2,3-MDPV, together with newer members of the group, i.e., α-pyrrolidinovalerothiophenone (α-PVT) and α-pyrrolidinooctanophenone (PV9), using model human cell lines for neurons (SH-SY5Y), hepatocytes (Hep G2), and upper airway epithelium (RPMI 2650). We found that the first generation pyrovalerones (pyrovalerone, 3,4-MDPV, and 2,3-MDPV) produced a modest decrease of mitochondrial activity in the three examined cell lines, but were active in lower concentrations than methamphetamine used as a reference psychostimulant compound. Since catechol-MDPV displayed greater toxic potential than the parent compound, we suggest that the toxicity of 3,4-MDPV could be attributed to activity of this metabolite. Strikingly, the two new generation pyrovalerones, α-PVT and PV9, seem to be the most potent cytotoxic compounds: both induced highly pronounced mitochondrial dysfunction; the latter also demonstrated significant damage to cell membranes. The reported in vitro toxic activity of pyrovalerone cathinones against different cell types reinforces existing concerns regarding the health risks associated with the intake of these drugs.

  17. Design, synthesis and in vitro trypanocidal and leishmanicidal activities of novel semicarbazone derivatives.

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    Alves, Marina A; de Queiroz, Aline C; Alexandre-Moreira, Magna Suzana; Varela, Javier; Cerecetto, Hugo; González, Mercedes; Doriguetto, Antonio C; Landre, Iara M; Barreiro, Eliezer J; Lima, Lídia M

    2015-07-15

    Trypanosomatids are protozoan parasites that cause various diseases in human, such as leishmaniasis, Chagas disease and sleeping sickness. The highly syntenic genomes of the trypanosomatid species lead the assumption that they can encode similar proteins, indicating the possibility to design new antitrypanosomatid drugs with dual trypanosomicidal and leishmanicidal activities. In this work a series of compounds (6a-h and 7a-h), containing a semicarbazone scaffold as a peptide mimetic framework, was designed and synthesized. From this series compound 7g (LASSBio-1483) highlighted, showing dual in vitro trypanosomicidal and leishmanicidal activities, with potency similar to the standard drugs nifurtimox and pentamidine. This data, taken together with its good in silico druglikeness profile and its great chemical and plasma stability, make LASSBio-1483 (7g) a new antitrypanosomatid lead-candidate.

  18. Design, Synthesis and Bioactivities of Novel Dichloro-Allyloxy-Phenol-Containing Pyrazole Oxime Derivatives.

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    Dai, Hong; Ye, Linyu; Zhuang, Huiyang; Dai, Baojiang; Fang, Yuan; Shi, Yujun

    2015-12-08

    In this study, in order to find novel biologically active pyrazole oxime compounds, a number of dichloro-allyloxy-phenol-containing pyrazole oximes were designed and synthesized according to the method of active group combination. All of the target compounds were confirmed by ¹H-NMR, (13)C-NMR and elemental analysis. In addition, bioassays showed that all of the newly synthesized compounds had no acaricidal activity against Tetranychus cinnabarinus and low insecticidal activity against Aphis craccivora at tested concentrations. However, most of them displayed excellent insecticidal activity against Oriental armyworm at a concentration of 500 μg/mL, and some designed compounds still exhibited potent insecticidal activity against Oriental armyworm even at the dose of 20 μg/mL, especially compounds 7f, 7n and 7p had 100%, 90% and 90% inhibition rates, respectively, which were comparable to that of the control pyridalyl.

  19. Molecular modeling and statistical analysis in the design of derivatives of human dipeptidyl peptidase IV.

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    Pereira, Alison L E; Dos Santos, Gabriela B; Franco, Márcia S F; Federico, Leonardo B; da Silva, Carlos H T P; Santos, Cleydson B R

    2017-01-24

    Human dipeptidyl peptidase IV (hDDP-IV) has a considerable importance in inactivation of glucagon-like peptide-1, which is related to type 2 diabetes. One approach for the treatment is the development of small hDDP-IV inhibitors. In order to design better inhibitors, we analyzed 5-(aminomethyl)-6-(2,4-dichlrophenyl)-2-(3,5-dimethoxyphenyl)pyrimidin-4-amine and a set of 24 molecules found in the BindingDB web database for model designing. The analysis of their molecular properties allowed the design of a multiple linear regression model for activity prediction. Their docking analysis allowed visualization of the interactions between the pharmacophore regions and hDDP-IV. After both analyses were performed, we proposed a set of nine molecules in order to predict their activity. Four of them displayed promising activity, and thus, had their docking performed, as well as, the pharmacokinetic and toxicological study. Two compounds from the proposed set showed suitable pharmacokinetic and toxicological characteristics, and therefore, they were considered promising for future synthesis and in vitro studies.

  20. Discovery of oxazole and triazole derivatives as potent and selective S1P(1) agonists through pharmacophore-guided design.

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    Tian, Yulin; Jin, Jing; Wang, Xiaojian; Hu, Jinping; Xiao, Qiong; Zhou, Wanqi; Chen, Xiaoguang; Yin, Dali

    2014-10-06

    We have discovered a series of triazole/oxazole-containing 2-substituted 2-aminopropane-1,3-diol derivatives as potent and selective S1P1 agonists (prodrugs) based on pharmacophore-guided rational design. Most compounds showed high affinity and selectivity for S1P1 receptor. Compounds 19b, 19d and 19p displayed clear dose responsiveness in the lymphocyte reduction model when administered orally at doses of 0.3, 1.0, 3.0 mg/kg with reduced effect on heart rate. These three compounds were also identified to have favorable pharmacokinetic properties.

  1. Design, synthesis and biological evaluation of N-sulfonyl homoserine lactone derivatives as inhibitors of quorum sensing in Chromobacterium violaceum.

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    Zhao, Mingming; Yu, Yingying; Hua, Yuhui; Feng, Fan; Tong, Yigang; Yang, Xiaohong; Xiao, Junhai; Song, Hongrui

    2013-03-13

    A novel series of N-sulfonyl homoserine lactone derivatives 5a-l has been designed, synthesized and evaluated for quorum sensing inhibitory activities towards violacein production. Of the compounds synthesized, compound 5h was found to possess an excellent level of enantiopurity (99.2% e.e.). The results indicated that compounds bearing an ortho substituent on their phenyl ring exhibited excellent levels of inhibitory activity against violacein production. Compounds 5h and 5k in particular, with IC₅₀ values of 1.64 and 1.66 µM, respectively, were identified as promising lead compounds for further structural modification.

  2. Design and synthesis of 1,2-dithiolane derivatives and evaluation of their neuroprotective activity.

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    Koufaki, Maria; Kiziridi, Christina; Nikoloudaki, Faidra; Alexis, Michael N

    2007-08-01

    We designed and synthesized new analogues containing 1,2-dithiolane-3-alkyl and protected or free catechol moieties connected through heteroaromatic rings such as triazole, 1,2,4-oxadiazole, 1,3,4-oxadiazole, tetrazole or thiazole in order to explore the influence of the bioisosteric replacement of the amide group on the neuroprotective activity of the lipoic acid/dopamine conjugate. Evaluation of the activity of the new compounds, using glutamate-challenged hippocampal HT22 cells, showed that incorporation of heteroaromatic rings in the alkyl-1,2-dithiolane moieties in conjunction with another antioxidant, in this case catechol, may result in strong neuroprotective activity.

  3. Design, synthesis, and antifungal activities of novel triazole derivatives containing the benzyl group

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    Xu, Kehan; Huang, Lei; Xu, Zheng; Wang, Yanwei; Bai, Guojing; Wu, Qiuye; Wang, Xiaoyan; Yu, Shichong; Jiang, Yuanying

    2015-01-01

    In previous studies undertaken by our group, a series of 1-(1H-1,2,4-triazole-1-yl)-2-(2,4-difluorophenyl)-3-substituted-2-propanols (1a–r), which were analogs of fluconazole, was designed and synthesized by click chemistry. In the study reported here, the in vitro antifungal activities of all the target compounds were evaluated against eight human pathogenic fungi. Compounds 1a, 1q, and 1r showed the more antifungal activity than the others. PMID:25792806

  4. Design and regioselective synthesis of trifluoromethylquinolone derivatives as potent antimicrobial agents.

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    Garudachari, B; Isloor, Arun M; Satyanarayana, M N; Fun, Hoong-Kun; Pavithra, N; Kulal, Ananda

    2013-10-01

    Three series of new trifluoromethyl substituted quinolone derivatives were synthesized (4a-f, 6a-f and 8a-f) from corresponding substituted anilines by multi-step reactions. The regioselective alkylation with different alkyl halides were carried out by approaching two different routes to get the final products in good yield. Newly synthesized compounds were characterized by spectral study and also by C, H, N analyses. Three dimensional structure of 2b and 4b were also confirmed by single crystal X-ray studies. The final compounds (4a-f, 6a-f and 8a-f) were screened for their in-vitro antibacterial and antifungal activity by well plate method (zone of inhibition). The results revealed that, compounds 4a, 6b, 6c and 8e showed significant antibacterial activity as compared to the standard drug Ciprofloxacin. The compound 8a was found to be a potent antifungal agent. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  5. A simple and versatile design concept for fluorophore derivatives with intramolecular photostabilization

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    van der Velde, Jasper H. M.; Oelerich, Jens; Huang, Jingyi; Smit, Jochem H.; Aminian Jazi, Atieh; Galiani, Silvia; Kolmakov, Kirill; Guoridis, Giorgos; Eggeling, Christian; Herrmann, Andreas; Roelfes, Gerard; Cordes, Thorben

    2016-01-01

    Intramolecular photostabilization via triple-state quenching was recently revived as a tool to impart synthetic organic fluorophores with `self-healing' properties. To date, utilization of such fluorophore derivatives is rare due to their elaborate multi-step synthesis. Here we present a general strategy to covalently link a synthetic organic fluorophore simultaneously to a photostabilizer and biomolecular target via unnatural amino acids. The modular approach uses commercially available starting materials and simple chemical transformations. The resulting photostabilizer-dye conjugates are based on rhodamines, carbopyronines and cyanines with excellent photophysical properties, that is, high photostability and minimal signal fluctuations. Their versatile use is demonstrated by single-step labelling of DNA, antibodies and proteins, as well as applications in single-molecule and super-resolution fluorescence microscopy. We are convinced that the presented scaffolding strategy and the improved characteristics of the conjugates in applications will trigger the broader use of intramolecular photostabilization and help to emerge this approach as a new gold standard.

  6. A simple and versatile design concept for fluorophore derivatives with intramolecular photostabilization

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    van der Velde, Jasper H. M.; Oelerich, Jens; Huang, Jingyi; Smit, Jochem H.; Aminian Jazi, Atieh; Galiani, Silvia; Kolmakov, Kirill; Guoridis, Giorgos; Eggeling, Christian; Herrmann, Andreas; Roelfes, Gerard; Cordes, Thorben

    2016-01-01

    Intramolecular photostabilization via triple-state quenching was recently revived as a tool to impart synthetic organic fluorophores with ‘self-healing' properties. To date, utilization of such fluorophore derivatives is rare due to their elaborate multi-step synthesis. Here we present a general strategy to covalently link a synthetic organic fluorophore simultaneously to a photostabilizer and biomolecular target via unnatural amino acids. The modular approach uses commercially available starting materials and simple chemical transformations. The resulting photostabilizer–dye conjugates are based on rhodamines, carbopyronines and cyanines with excellent photophysical properties, that is, high photostability and minimal signal fluctuations. Their versatile use is demonstrated by single-step labelling of DNA, antibodies and proteins, as well as applications in single-molecule and super-resolution fluorescence microscopy. We are convinced that the presented scaffolding strategy and the improved characteristics of the conjugates in applications will trigger the broader use of intramolecular photostabilization and help to emerge this approach as a new gold standard. PMID:26751640

  7. A simple and versatile design concept for fluorophore derivatives with intramolecular photostabilization.

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    van der Velde, Jasper H M; Oelerich, Jens; Huang, Jingyi; Smit, Jochem H; Aminian Jazi, Atieh; Galiani, Silvia; Kolmakov, Kirill; Guoridis, Giorgos; Eggeling, Christian; Herrmann, Andreas; Roelfes, Gerard; Cordes, Thorben

    2016-01-11

    Intramolecular photostabilization via triple-state quenching was recently revived as a tool to impart synthetic organic fluorophores with 'self-healing' properties. To date, utilization of such fluorophore derivatives is rare due to their elaborate multi-step synthesis. Here we present a general strategy to covalently link a synthetic organic fluorophore simultaneously to a photostabilizer and biomolecular target via unnatural amino acids. The modular approach uses commercially available starting materials and simple chemical transformations. The resulting photostabilizer-dye conjugates are based on rhodamines, carbopyronines and cyanines with excellent photophysical properties, that is, high photostability and minimal signal fluctuations. Their versatile use is demonstrated by single-step labelling of DNA, antibodies and proteins, as well as applications in single-molecule and super-resolution fluorescence microscopy. We are convinced that the presented scaffolding strategy and the improved characteristics of the conjugates in applications will trigger the broader use of intramolecular photostabilization and help to emerge this approach as a new gold standard.

  8. Design and synthesis of tryptophan containing dipeptide derivatives as formyl peptide receptor 1 antagonist.

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    Hwang, Tsong-Long; Hung, Chih-Hao; Hsu, Ching-Yun; Huang, Yin-Ting; Tsai, Yu-Chi; Hsieh, Pei-Wen

    2013-06-14

    Our previous studies identified an Fmoc-(S,R)-tryptophan-containing dipeptide derivative, 1, which selectively inhibited neutrophil elastase release induced by formyl-L-methionyl-L-leucyl-L-phenylalanine (FMLP) in human neutrophils. In an attempt to improve pharmacological activity, a series of tryptophan-containing dipeptides were synthesized and their pharmacological activities were investigated in human neutrophils. Of these, five compounds 3, 6, 19a, 24a, and 24b exhibited potent and dual inhibitory effects on FMLP-induced superoxide anion (O2˙(-)) generation and neutrophil elastase release in neutrophils with IC50 values of 0.23/0.60, 1.88/2.47, 1.87/3.60, 0.12/0.37, and 1.32/1.03 μM, respectively. Further studies indicated that inhibition of superoxide production in human neutrophils by these dipeptides was associated with the selective inhibition of formyl peptide receptor 1 (FPR1). Furthermore, the results of structure-activity relationship studies concluded that the fragment N-benzoyl-Trp-Phe-OMe (3) was most suitable as a core structure for interaction with FPR1, and may be approved as a lead for the development of new drugs in the treatment of neutrophilic inflammatory diseases. As some of the synthesized compounds exhibited separable conformational isomers, and showed diverse bioactivities, the conformation analysis of these compounds is also discussed herein.

  9. Controlled manipulation of the Co-Alq3 interface by rational design of Alq3 derivatives.

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    Großmann, Nicolas; Magri, Andrea; Laux, Martin; Stadtmüller, Benjamin; Thielen, Philip; Schäfer, Bernhard; Fuhr, Olaf; Ruben, Mario; Cinchetti, Mirko; Aeschlimann, Martin

    2016-11-15

    Recently, research has revealed that molecules can be used to steer the local spin properties of ferromagnetic surfaces. One possibility to manipulate ferromagnetic-metal-molecule interfaces in a controlled way is to synthesize specific, non-magnetic molecules to obtain a desired interaction with the ferromagnetic substrate. Here, we have synthesized derivatives of the well-known semiconductor Alq3 (with q = 8-hydroxyquinolinate), in which the 8-hydroxyquinolinate ligands are partially or completely replaced by similar ligands bearing O- or N-donor sets. The goal of this study was to investigate how the presence of (i) different donor atom sets and (ii) aromaticity in different conjugated π-systems influences the spin properties of the metal-molecule interface formed with a Co(100) surface. The spin-dependent metal-molecule-interface properties have been measured by spin-resolved photoemission spectroscopy, backed up by DFT calculations. Overall, our results show that, in the case of the Co-molecule interface, chemical synthesis of organic ligands leads to specific electronic properties of the interface, such as exciton formation or highly spin-polarized interface states. We find that these properties are even additive, i.e. they can be engineered into one single molecular system that incorporates all the relevant ligands.

  10. Design, Synthesis, Molecular Docking, and Antibacterial Evaluation of Some Novel Flouroquinolone Derivatives as Potent Antibacterial Agent

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    Patel, Mehul M.; Patel, Laxman J.

    2014-01-01

    Objective. Quinolone moiety is an important class of nitrogen containing heterocycles widely used as key building blocks for medicinal agents. It exhibits a wide spectrum of pharmacophores and has bactericidal, antiviral, antimalarial, and anticancer activities. In view of the reported antimicrobial activity of various fluoroquinolones, the importance of the C-7 substituents is that they exhibit potent antimicrobial activities. Our objective was to synthesize newer quinolone analogues with increasing bulk at C-7 position of the main 6-fluoroquinolone scaffold to produce the target compounds which have potent antimicrobial activity. Methods. A novel series of 1-ethyl-6-fluoro-4-oxo-7-{4-[2-(4-substituted phenyl)-2-(substituted)-ethyl]-1-piperazinyl}-1,4-dihydroquinoline-3-carboxylic acid derivatives were synthesized. To understand the interaction of binding sites with bacterial protein receptor, the docking study was performed using topoisomerase II DNA gyrase enzymes (PDB ID: 2XCT) by Schrodinger's Maestro program. In vitro antibacterial activity of the synthesized compounds was studied and the MIC value was calculated by the broth dilution method. Results. Among all the synthesized compounds, some compounds showed potent antimicrobial activity. The compound 8g exhibited good antibacterial activity. Conclusion. This investigation identified the potent antibacterial agents against certain infections. PMID:25574496

  11. The porous carbon derived from water hyacinth with well-designed hierarchical structure for supercapacitors

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    Zheng, Kaiwen; Li, Yuanyuan; Zhu, Ming; Yu, Xi; Zhang, Mengyan; Shi, Ling; Cheng, Jue

    2017-10-01

    A hierarchical porous water hyacinth-derived carbon (WHC) is fabricated by pre-carbonization and KOH activation for supercapacitors. The physicochemical properties of WHC are researched by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), N2 adsorption-desorption measurements, X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The results indicate that WHC exhibits hierarchical porous structure and high specific surface area of 2276 m2/g. And the electrochemical properties of WHC are studied by cyclic voltammetry (CV), galvanostatic charge-discharge and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) tests. In a three-electrode test system, WHC shows considerable specific capacitance of 344.9 F/g at a current density of 0.5 A/g, good rate performance with 225.8 F/g even at a current density of 30 A/g, and good cycle stability with 95% of the capacitance retention after 10000 cycles of charge-discharge at a current density of 5 A/g. Moreover, WHC cell delivers an energy density of 23.8 Wh/kg at 0.5 A/g and a power density of 15.7 kW/kg at 10 A/g. Thus, using water hyacinth as carbon source to fabricate supercapacitors electrodes is a promising approach for developing inexpensive, sustainable and high-performance carbon materials. Additionally, this study supports the sustainable development and the control of biological invasion.

  12. Design, synthesis, biological evaluation, and molecular docking of chalcone derivatives as anti-inflammatory agents.

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    Li, Jingfen; Li, Dong; Xu, Yiming; Guo, Zhenbo; Liu, Xu; Yang, Hua; Wu, Lichuan; Wang, Lisheng

    2017-02-01

    In this study, two series of 35 new chalcone derivatives containing aryl-piperazine or aryl-sulfonyl-piperazine fragment were synthesized and their structures were characterized by (1)H, (13)C and ESI-MS. The in vivo and in vitro anti-inflammatory activities of target compounds were evaluated by using classical para-xylene-induced mice ear-swelling model and ELISA assays. Furthermore, docking studies were performed in COX-2 (4PH9). The in vivo anti-inflammatory assays indicated that most of the target compounds showed significant anti-inflammatory activities. Docking results revealed that the anti-inflammatory activities of compounds correlated with their docking results. Especially, compound 6o exhibited the most potent anti-inflammatory activity in vivo with the lowest docking score of -17.4kcal/mol and could significantly inhibit the release of LPS-induced IL-6 and TNF-α in a dose-dependent manner in vitro. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  13. Cyclopropane-derived peptidomimetics. Design, synthesis, and evaluation of novel enkephalin analogues.

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    Martin, S F; Dwyer, M P; Hartmann, B; Knight, K S

    2000-03-10

    It is known that peptide mimics containing trans-substituted cyclopropanes stabilize extended conformations of oligopeptides, and molecular modeling studies now suggest that the corresponding cis-cyclopropane dipeptide isosteres could stabilize a reverse turn. To begin to assess this possibility, a series of cis-substituted cyclopropanes were incorporated as replacements of the Gly(2)-Gly(3) and Phe(4)-Leu(5) dipeptide subunits in Leu-enkephalin (H(2)N-Tyr-Gly-Gly-Phe-Leu-OH), which is believed to bind to opiod receptors in a conformation containing a beta-turn. General methods for the synthesis of the cyclopropane-containing dipeptide isosteres -XaaPsi[COcpCO]Yaa- and -XaaPsi[NHcpNH]Yaa-were developed by a sequence that featured the enantioselective cyclization of allylic diazoacetates catalyzed by the chiral rhodium complexes Rh(2)[(5S)-MEPY](4) and Rh(2)[(5R)-MEPY](4). A useful modification of the Weinreb amidation procedure was applied to the opening of the intermediate lactones with dipeptides, and a novel method for the synthesis of substituted diaminocyclopropanes was also developed. The Leu-enkephalin analogues were tested in a panel of binding and functional assays, and although those derivatives containing cyclopropane replacements of the Gly(2)-Gly(3) exhibited low micromolar affinity for the mu-receptor, analogues containing such replacements for the Phe(4)-Leu(5) subunit did not bind with significant affinity to any of the opioid receptors. These results are discussed.

  14. Design, Synthesis, and Evaluation of Acrylamide Derivatives as Direct NLRP3 Inflammasome Inhibitors.

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    Cocco, Mattia; Miglio, Gianluca; Giorgis, Marta; Garella, Davide; Marini, Elisabetta; Costale, Annalisa; Regazzoni, Luca; Vistoli, Giulio; Orioli, Marica; Massulaha-Ahmed, Raïhane; Détraz-Durieux, Isabelle; Groslambert, Marine; Py, Bénédicte F; Bertinaria, Massimo

    2016-08-19

    NLRP3 inflammasome plays a key role in the intracellular activation of caspase-1, processing of pro-inflammatory interleukin-1β (IL-1β), and pyroptotic cell death cascade. The overactivation of NLRP3 is implicated in the pathogenesis of autoinflammatory diseases, known as cryopyrin-associated periodic syndromes (CAPS), and in the progression of several diseases, such as atherosclerosis, type-2 diabetes, gout, and Alzheimer's disease. In this study, the synthesis of acrylamide derivatives and their pharmaco-toxicological evaluation as potential inhibitors of NLRP3-dependent events was undertaken. Five hits were identified and evaluated for their efficiency in inhibiting IL-1β release from different macrophage subtypes, including CAPS mutant macrophages. The most attractive hits were tested for their ability to inhibit NLRP3 ATPase activity on human recombinant NLRP3. This screening allowed the identification of 14, 2-(2-chlorobenzyl)-N-(4-sulfamoylphenethyl)acrylamide, which was able to concentration-dependently inhibit NLRP3 ATPase with an IC50 value of 74 μm. The putative binding pose of 14 in the ATPase domain of NLRP3 was also proposed. © 2016 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  15. Design, synthesis, α-glucosidase inhibitory activity, molecular docking and QSAR studies of benzimidazole derivatives

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    Dinparast, Leila; Valizadeh, Hassan; Bahadori, Mir Babak; Soltani, Somaieh; Asghari, Behvar; Rashidi, Mohammad-Reza

    2016-06-01

    In this study the green, one-pot, solvent-free and selective synthesis of benzimidazole derivatives is reported. The reactions were catalyzed by ZnO/MgO containing ZnO nanoparticles as a highly effective, non-toxic and environmentally friendly catalyst. The structure of synthesized benzimidazoles was characterized using spectroscopic technics (FT-IR, 1HNMR, 13CNMR). Synthesized compounds were evaluated for their α-glucosidase inhibitory potential. Compounds 3c, 3e, 3l and 4n were potent inhibitors with IC50 values ranging from 60.7 to 168.4 μM. In silico studies were performed to explore the binding modes and interactions between enzyme and synthesized benzimidazoles. Developed linear QSAR model based on density and molecular weight could predict bioactivity of newly synthesized compounds well. Molecular docking studies revealed the availability of some hydrophobic interactions. In addition, the bioactivity of most potent compounds had good correlation with estimated free energy of binding (ΔGbinding) which was calculated according to docked best conformations.

  16. Design, synthesis and antitumor activity of triterpenoid pyrazine derivatives from 23-hydroxybetulinic acid.

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    Zhang, Hengyuan; Wang, Yiwei; Zhu, Peiqing; Liu, Jie; Xu, Shengtao; Yao, Hequan; Jiang, Jieyun; Ye, Wencai; Wu, Xiaoming; Xu, Jinyi

    2015-06-05

    Pyrazine-fused 23-hydroxybetulinic acid was synthesized by introducing a pyrazine ring between C-2 and C-3 position and further modifications were carried out by substitution of C-28 carboxyl group by ester and amide linkage to enhance the antitumor activity. The biological screening results showed that all of the derivatives exhibited more significant antiproliferative activity than the parent compound. In particular compound 12a exhibited the most potent activity with IC50 values of 3.53 μM, 4.42 μM and 5.13 μM against cell lines SF-763, B16 and Hela, respectively. In the preliminary mechanism study, 12a caused cell arrest in G1 phase and significantly induced apoptosis of B16 cells in a dose-dependent manner. Furthermore, the in vivo antitumor activity of 12a was validated (tumor inhibitory ratio of 55.6% and 62.7%, respectively) in mice with H22 liver cancer and B16 melanoma. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  17. Design, synthesis, structural elucidation, pharmacological evaluation of metal complexes with pyrazoline derivatives.

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    Muneera, M Sirajul; Joseph, J

    2016-10-01

    A bioactive pyrazoline derivatives have been synthesized by the base-catalyzed Claisen-Schmidt condensation of imidazole-2-carboxaldehyde with 1-acetyl-2-hydroxynaphthalene followed by cyclization with phenylhydrazine (L(1))/2,3-dimethylphenylhydrazine (L(2)) and 3-nitrophenylhydrazine (L(3)). The metal(II) complexes [Ni(II), Co(II), Cu(II) and Zn(II)] were formed by reacting the corresponding metal acetates with the ligands. All complexes were characterized by elemental analyses, electronic, IR, NMR, mass and ESR spectroscopic techniques. The synthesized metal complexes of pyrazoline compounds showed significant antibacterial activity against the organisms Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Proteus mirabilis and Salmonella typhii when compared with the standard antibiotic (Streptomycin). The ligands and their metal complexes were screened for antioxidant activity using DPPH radical scavenging and superoxide radical scavenging assay methods. All the complexes showed good free radical scavenging activity which is comparable to that of the standards. Among the metal complexes, the copper complex has showed higher activity. The results were indicated that 2-pyrazoline (structural core) and copper ion could be responsible for the potential candidate eliciting antioxidant activity. All compounds were evaluated for their in vitro antimycobacterial activity against Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The ligands and metal complexes were subjected to fluorescence properties and exhibited that the variable fluorescence emission behavior of complexes. It can be attributed to the combined effect of the substituents and naphthyl structural core present in the ligands.

  18. A Generalized Framework for Constrained Design Optimization of General Supersonic Configurations Using Adjoint Based Sensitivity Derivatives

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    Karman, Steve L., Jr.

    2011-01-01

    The Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD) sent out an NASA Research Announcement (NRA) for proposals soliciting research and technical development. The proposed research program was aimed at addressing the desired milestones and outcomes of ROA (ROA-2006) Subtopic A.4.1.1 Advanced Computational Methods. The second milestone, SUP.1.06.02 Robust, validated mesh adaptation and error quantification for near field Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), was addressed by the proposed research. Additional research utilizing the direct links to geometry through a CAD interface enabled by this work will allow for geometric constraints to be applied and address the final milestone, SUP2.07.06 Constrained low-drag supersonic aerodynamic design capability. The original product of the proposed research program was an integrated system of tools that can be used for the mesh mechanics required for rapid high fidelity analysis and for design of supersonic cruise vehicles. These Euler and Navier-Stokes volume grid manipulation tools were proposed to efficiently use parallel processing. The mesh adaptation provides a systematic approach for achieving demonstrated levels of accuracy in the solutions. NASA chose to fund only the mesh generation/adaptation portion of the proposal. So this report describes the completion of the proposed tasks for mesh creation, manipulation and adaptation as it pertains to sonic boom prediction of supersonic configurations.

  19. Design, Synthesis, and Acaricidal/Insecticidal Activities of Oxazoline Derivatives Containing a Sulfur Ether Moiety.

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    Yu, Xiuling; Liu, Yuxiu; Li, Yongqiang; Wang, Qingmin

    2015-11-11

    On the basis of etoxazole, a series of novel 2-(2,6-difluorophenyl)-4-(4-substituted phenyl)-1,3-oxazolines containing a sulfur ether moiety were designed and synthesized via the key intermediate N-(1-(4-(bromomethyl)phenyl)-2-chloroethyl)-2,6-difluorobenzamide. The bioassay results showed that most of these designed target compounds exhibited excellent acaricidal activity against both the eggs and larvae of Tetranychus cinnabarinus, especially the eggs. Among compounds with high activity against the eggs of mites, the LC50 values of 2, 11, 17, and 19 were 0.0003, 0.0002, 0.0005, and 0.0008 mg L(-1), respectively, much lower than that of etoxazole (0.0089 mg L(-1)). Compound 2 was chosen to evaluate the acaricidal activity in the field, and the results displayed that at a concentration of 22 mg kg(-1), 2 had a much better control effect than etoxazole against both T. cinnabarinus and P. latus on eggplant. Some compounds also showed good insecticidal activities against oriental armyworm and mosquito. On the basis of our research, the newly found structure-activity relationship may guide the development of new acaricides/pesticides that are required in the agriculture market.

  20. Design, synthesis, molecular docking and biological evaluation of thiophen-2-iminothiazolidine derivatives for use against Trypanosoma cruzi.

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    Silva-Júnior, E F; Silva, E P S; França, P H B; Silva, J P N; Barreto, E O; Silva, E B; Ferreira, R S; Gatto, C C; Moreira, D R M; Siqueira-Neto, J L; Mendonça-Júnior, F J B; Lima, M C A; Bortoluzzi, J H; Scotti, M T; Scotti, L; Meneghetti, M R; Aquino, T M; Araújo-Júnior, J X

    2016-09-15

    In this study, we designed and synthesized a series of thiophen-2-iminothiazolidine derivatives from thiophen-2-thioureic with good anti-Trypanosoma cruzi activity. Several of the final compounds displayed remarkable trypanocidal activity. The ability of the new compounds to inhibit the activity of the enzyme cruzain, the major cysteine protease of T. cruzi, was also explored. The compounds 3b, 4b, 8b and 8c were the most active derivatives against amastigote form, with significant IC50 values between 9.7 and 6.03μM. The 8c derivative showed the highest potency against cruzain (IC50=2.4μM). Molecular docking study showed that this compound can interact with subsites S1 and S2 simultaneously, and the negative values for the theoretical energy binding (Eb=-7.39kcal·mol(-1)) indicates interaction (via dipole-dipole) between the hybridized sulfur sp(3) atom at the thiazolidine ring and Gly66. Finally, the results suggest that the thiophen-2-iminothiazolidines synthesized are important lead compounds for the continuing battle against Chagas disease. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  1. Application of "hydrogen bonding interaction" in new drug development: design, synthesis, antiviral activity, and SARs of thiourea derivatives.

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    Lu, Aidang; Wang, Ziwen; Zhou, Zhenghong; Chen, Jianxin; Wang, Qingmin

    2015-02-11

    A series of simple thiourea derivatives were designed based on the structure of natural product harmine and lead compound and synthesized from amines in one step. The antiviral activity of these thiourea derivatives was evaluated. Most of them exhibited significantly higher anti-TMV activity than commercial plant virucides ribavirin, harmine, and lead compound. The hydrogen bond was found to be important but not the more the better. The optimal compound (R,R)-20 showed the best anti-TMV activity in vitro and in vivo (in vitro activity, 75%/500 μg/mL and 39%/100 μg/mL; inactivation activity, 71%/500 μg/mL and 35%/100 μg/mL; curative activity, 73%/500 μg/mL and 37%/100 μg/mL; protection activity, 69%/500 μg/mL and 33%/100 μg/mL), which is significantly higher than that of Ningnanmycin. The systematic study provides strong evidence that these simple thiourea derivatives could become potential TMV inhibitors.

  2. High-resolution scintigraphy and 99mTc Bombesin are able to guide Mammotome biopsy and to detect lymph node invasion

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    Di Santo, G.; Archimandritis, S.; Soluri, A.; Trotta, C.; Massari, R.; Parisella, M. G.; Anastasia, A.; Mattei, M.; Monteleone, F.; Chiacchiararelli, L.; Varvarigou, A.; Scopinaro, F.

    2006-12-01

    High-resolution (HR) γ-ray detector 99mTc Bombesin ( 99mTcBN) and 99mTc sestamibi ( 99mTcSM), have been used to drive Mammotome biopsy after fusion of scintigraphic with digital X-ray images. We studied eight patients with class V microcalcifications. An HR detector with spatial resolution of 3 mm was matched with Mammotome biopsy system provided with Fisher digital X-ray device: images were fused to use the pointer indifferently on X-ray, scintigraphic and fused images. Fusion between X-ray and HR image has previously been reported. The 12 Mammotome samples/patient were weighted and counted in a well counter. Tumour/bkg (T/B) ratio was measured on HR images as well as on biopsy samples. Axilla was also explored with the portable HR device in order to diagnose node invasion. Conventional histology assessment and immunohystochemical study with anti BN receptor antibody was blindly performed on samples. All the patients studied with 99mTcSM showed T1b cancer, 99mTcBN detected one T1a and two T1b cancers. HR scan of axilla detected node metastases in two patients, both studied with 99mTcBN. All the biopsies showed cancer on at least one of the 12 samples. Histology found node metastases in three patients: the two 99mTcBN positive and one studied with 99mTcSM whose axilla was negative at HR scan. Samples showed T/B ratio of 6.6±0.4 for 99mTcSM and 11.3±0.9 for 99mTcBN ( p<0.01). Note that also the patient with T1a cancer, showing 10.4 T/B ratio was included in the 99mTcBN series. Not only 99mTcBN HR is able to show breast cancer and to guide biopsy, but also detects node metastases. Our is the first ex vivo measurement of T/B ratio of 99mTcBN on humans.

  3. In vitro and in vivo evaluation of a 64Cu-labeled NOTA-Bn-SCN-Aoc-bombesin analogue in gastrin-releasing peptide receptor expressing prostate cancer.

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    Craft, Jeffrey M; De Silva, Ravindra A; Lears, Kimberly A; Andrews, Rebecca; Liang, Kexian; Achilefu, Samuel; Rogers, Buck E

    2012-07-01

    Bombesin (BN) is an amphibian peptide that binds to the gastrin-releasing peptide receptor (GRPR). It has been demonstrated that BN analogues can be radiolabeled for potential diagnosis and treatment of GRPR-expressing malignancies. Previous studies have conjugated various chelators to the eight C-terminal amino acids of BN [BN(7-14)] for radiolabeling with 64Cu. Recently, (1,4,7-triazacyclononane-1,4,7-triacetic acid) (NOTA) has been evaluated as the five-coordinate 64Cu complex, with results indicating GRPR-specific tumor uptake. This study aimed to conjugate S-2-(4-isothiocyanatobenzyl)-NOTA (p-SCN-Bn-NOTA) to BN(7-14) such that it could form a six-coordinate complex with 64Cu and to evaluate the resulting peptide. p-SCN-NOTA was conjugated to 8-aminooctanoic acid (Aoc)-BN(7-14) in solution to yield NOTA-Bn-SCN-Aoc-BN(7-14). The unlabeled peptide was evaluated in a cell binding assay using PC-3 prostate cancer cells and 125I-Tyr4-BN to determine the IC50 value. The peptide was radiolabeled with 64Cu and evaluated for internalization into PC-3 cells and for tumor uptake in mice bearing PC-3 xenografts using biodistribution and micro-positron emission tomography imaging studies. The binding assay demonstrated that NOTA-Bn-SCN-Aoc-BN(7-14) bound with high affinity to GRPR with an IC50 of 1.4 nM. The radiolabeled peptide demonstrated time-dependent internalization into PC-3 cells. In vivo, the peptide demonstrated tumor-specific uptake and imaging that were comparable to those of previously reported 64Cu-labeled BN analogues. These studies demonstrate that 64Cu-NOTA-Bn-SCN-Aoc-BN(7-14) binds to GRPR-expressing cells and that it can be used for imaging of GRPR-expressing prostate cancer. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  4. In Vitro and In Vivo Evaluation of a 18F-Labeled High Affinity NOTA Conjugated Bombesin Antagonist as a PET Ligand for GRPR-Targeted Tumor Imaging

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    Velikyan, Irina; Lindeberg, Gunnar; Sörensen, Jens; Larhed, Mats; Antoni, Gunnar; Sandström, Mattias; Tolmachev, Vladimir; Orlova, Anna

    2013-01-01

    Expression of the gastrin-releasing peptide receptor (GRPR) in prostate cancer suggests that this receptor can be used as a potential molecular target to visualize and treat these tumors. We have previously investigated an antagonist analog of bombesin (D-Phe-Gln-Trp-Ala-Val-Gly-His-Sta-Leu-NH2, RM26) conjugated to 1,4,7-triazacyclononane-N,N',N''-triacetic acid (NOTA) via a diethylene glycol (PEG2) spacer (NOTA-P2-RM26) labeled with 68Ga and 111In. We found that this conjugate has favorable properties for in vivo imaging of GRPR-expression. The focus of this study was to develop a 18F-labelled PET agent to visualize GRPR. NOTA-P2-RM26 was labeled with 18F using aluminum-fluoride chelation. Stability, in vitro binding specificity and cellular processing tests were performed. The inhibition efficiency (IC50) of the [natF]AlF-NOTA-P2-RM26 was compared to that of the natGa-loaded peptide using 125I-Tyr4-BBN as the displacement radioligand. The pharmacokinetics and in vivo binding specificity of the compound were studied. NOTA-P2-RM26 was labeled with 18F within 1 h (60-65% decay corrected radiochemical yield, 55 GBq/µmol). The radiopeptide was stable in murine serum and showed high specific binding to PC-3 cells. [natF]AlF-NOTA-P2-RM26 showed a low nanomolar inhibition efficiency (IC50=4.4±0.8 nM). The internalization rate of the tracer was low. Less than 14% of the cell-bound radioactivity was internalized after 4 h. The biodistribution of [18F]AlF-NOTA-P2-RM26 demonstrated rapid blood clearance, low liver uptake and low kidney retention. The tumor uptake at 3 h p.i. was 5.5±0.7 %ID/g, and the tumor-to-blood, -muscle and -bone ratios were 87±42, 159±47, 38±16, respectively. The uptake in tumors, pancreas and other GRPR-expressing organs was significantly reduced when excess amount of non-labeled peptide was co-injected. The low uptake in bone suggests a high in vivo stability of the Al-F bond. High contrast PET image was obtained 3 h p.i. The initial biological

  5. The effect of mini-PEG-based spacer length on binding and pharmacokinetic properties of a 68Ga-labeled NOTA-conjugated antagonistic analog of bombesin.

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    Varasteh, Zohreh; Rosenström, Ulrika; Velikyan, Irina; Mitran, Bogdan; Altai, Mohamed; Honarvar, Hadis; Rosestedt, Maria; Lindeberg, Gunnar; Sörensen, Jens; Larhed, Mats; Tolmachev, Vladimir; Orlova, Anna

    2014-07-17

    The overexpression of gastrin-releasing peptide receptor (GRPR) in cancer can be used for peptide-receptor mediated radionuclide imaging and therapy. We have previously shown that an antagonist analog of bombesin RM26 conjugated to 1,4,7-triazacyclononane-N,N',N''-triacetic acid (NOTA) via a diethyleneglycol (PEG2) spacer (NOTA-PEG2-RM26) and labeled with 68Ga can be used for imaging of GRPR-expressing tumors. In this study, we evaluated if a variation of mini-PEG spacer length can be used for optimization of targeting properties of the NOTA-conjugated RM26. A series of analogs with different PEG-length (n = 2, 3, 4, 6) was synthesized, radiolabeled and evaluated in vitro and in vivo. The IC50 values of natGa-NOTA-PEGn-RM26 (n = 2, 3, 4, 6) were 3.1 ± 0.2, 3.9 ± 0.3, 5.4 ± 0.4 and 5.8 ± 0.3 nM, respectively. In normal mice all conjugates demonstrated similar biodistribution pattern, however 68Ga-NOTA-PEG3-RM26 showed lower liver uptake. Biodistribution of 68Ga-NOTA-PEG3-RM26 was evaluated in nude mice bearing PC-3 (prostate cancer) and BT-474 (breast cancer) xenografts. High uptake in tumors (4.6 ± 0.6%ID/g and 2.8 ± 0.4%ID/g for PC-3 and BT-474 xenografts, respectively) and high tumor-to-background ratios (tumor/blood of 44 ± 12 and 42 ± 5 for PC-3 and BT-474 xenografts, respectively) were found already at 2 h p.i. of 68Ga-NOTA-PEG3-RM26. Results of this study suggest that variation in the length of the PEG spacer can be used for optimization of targeting properties of peptide-chelator conjugates. However, the influence of the mini-PEG length on biodistribution is minor when di-, tri-, tetra- and hexaethylene glycol are compared.

  6. In vitro and in vivo evaluation of a (18)F-labeled high affinity NOTA conjugated bombesin antagonist as a PET ligand for GRPR-targeted tumor imaging.

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    Varasteh, Zohreh; Aberg, Ola; Velikyan, Irina; Lindeberg, Gunnar; Sörensen, Jens; Larhed, Mats; Antoni, Gunnar; Sandström, Mattias; Tolmachev, Vladimir; Orlova, Anna

    2013-01-01

    Expression of the gastrin-releasing peptide receptor (GRPR) in prostate cancer suggests that this receptor can be used as a potential molecular target to visualize and treat these tumors. We have previously investigated an antagonist analog of bombesin (D-Phe-Gln-Trp-Ala-Val-Gly-His-Sta-Leu-NH2, RM26) conjugated to 1,4,7-triazacyclononane-N,N',N''-triacetic acid (NOTA) via a diethylene glycol (PEG2) spacer (NOTA-P2-RM26) labeled with (68)Ga and (111)In. We found that this conjugate has favorable properties for in vivo imaging of GRPR-expression. The focus of this study was to develop a (18)F-labelled PET agent to visualize GRPR. NOTA-P2-RM26 was labeled with (18)F using aluminum-fluoride chelation. Stability, in vitro binding specificity and cellular processing tests were performed. The inhibition efficiency (IC50) of the [(nat)F]AlF-NOTA-P2-RM26 was compared to that of the (nat)Ga-loaded peptide using (125)I-Tyr(4)-BBN as the displacement radioligand. The pharmacokinetics and in vivo binding specificity of the compound were studied. NOTA-P2-RM26 was labeled with (18)F within 1 h (60-65% decay corrected radiochemical yield, 55 GBq/µmol). The radiopeptide was stable in murine serum and showed high specific binding to PC-3 cells. [(nat)F]AlF-NOTA-P2-RM26 showed a low nanomolar inhibition efficiency (IC50=4.4±0.8 nM). The internalization rate of the tracer was low. Less than 14% of the cell-bound radioactivity was internalized after 4 h. The biodistribution of [(18)F]AlF-NOTA-P2-RM26 demonstrated rapid blood clearance, low liver uptake and low kidney retention. The tumor uptake at 3 h p.i. was 5.5±0.7 %ID/g, and the tumor-to-blood, -muscle and -bone ratios were 87±42, 159±47, 38±16, respectively. The uptake in tumors, pancreas and other GRPR-expressing organs was significantly reduced when excess amount of non-labeled peptide was co-injected. The low uptake in bone suggests a high in vivo stability of the Al-F bond. High contrast PET image was obtained 3 h p

  7. Design, synthesis and biological evaluation of novel nicotinamide derivatives bearing a substituted pyrazole moiety as potential SDH inhibitors.

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    Lv, Xian-Hai; Ren, Zi-Li; Liu, Peng; Li, Bing-Xin; Li, Qing-Shan; Chu, Ming-Jie; Cao, Hai-Qun

    2017-08-01

    Succinate dehydrogenase (SDH) plays an important role in the Krebs cycle, which is considered as an attractive target for development of succinate dehydrogenase inhibitors (SDHIs) based on antifungal agents. Thus, in order to discover novel molecules with high antifungal activities, SDH as the target for a series of novel nicotinamide derivatives bearing substituted pyrazole moieties were designed and synthesised via a one-pot reaction. The biological assay data showed that compound 3 l displayed the most potent antifungal activity with EC50 values of 33.5 and 21.4 µm against Helminthosporium maydis and Rhizoctonia cerealis, respectively. Moreover, 3 l exhibited the best inhibitory ability against SDH enzymes. The results of docking simulation showed that 3 l was deeply embedded into the SDH binding pocket, and the binding model was stabilised by a cation-π interaction with Arg 43, Tyr 58 and an H-bond with Trp 173. The study suggests that the pyrazole nicotinamide derivative 3 l may serve as a potential SDHI that can be used as a novel antifungal agent, and provides valuable clues for the further design and optimisation of SDH inhibitors. © 2016 Society of Chemical Industry. © 2016 Society of Chemical Industry.

  8. Computer aided chemical design: using quantum chemical calculations to predict properties of a series of halochromic guaiazulene derivatives

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    Woodward, Adam W.; Ghazvini Zadeh, Ebrahim H.; Bondar, Mykhailo V.

    2016-01-01

    With the scientific community becoming increasingly aware of the need for greener products and methodologies, the optimization of synthetic design is of greater importance. Building on experimental data collected from a synthesized guaiazulene derivative, a series of analogous structures were investigated with time-dependent density functional theory (TD-DFT) methods in an effort to identify a compound with desirable photophysical properties. This in silico analysis may eliminate the need to synthesize numerous materials that, when investigated, do not possess viable characteristics. The synthesis of several computationally investigated structures revealed discrepancies in the calculation results. Further refined computational study of the molecules yielded results closer to those observed experimentally and helps set the stage for computationally guided design of organic photonic materials. Three novel derivatives were synthesized from guaiazulene, a naturally occurring chromophore, exhibiting distinct halochromic behaviour, which may have potential in a switchable optoelectronic system or combined with a photoacid generator for data storage. The protonated forms were readily excitable via two-photon absorption. PMID:28018614

  9. Design, synthesis and antiproliferative activity of thiazolo[5,4-d]pyrimidine derivatives through the atom replacement strategy.

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    Li, Zhong-Hua; Liu, Xue-Qi; Geng, Peng-Fei; Zhang, Ji; Ma, Jin-Lian; Wang, Bo; Zhao, Tao-Qian; Zhao, Bing; Zhang, Xin-Hui; Yu, Bin; Liu, Hong-Min

    2017-09-29

    A series of thiazolo[5,4-d]pyrimidine derivatives were designed through the atom replacement strategy based on biologically validated scaffolds and then evaluated for their antiproliferative activities on cancer cell lines. The structure-activity relationship studies were conducted, leading to the identification of compound 22, which exhibited good antiproliferative activity against HGC-27 with an IC50 value of 1.22 μM and low toxicity against GES-1 cells. Mechanistic studies showed that compound 22 inhibited the colony formation and migration of HGC-27 as well as induced apoptosis. The western blot experiments proved that compound 22 up-regulated expression of Bax, down-regulated expression levels of Bcl-2 and cleaved caspased-3/9. These findings indicate that compound 22 may serve as a template for designing new agents for the treatment of human gastric cancers. The atom replacement strategy could be viable strategy for designing new anticancer drugs and may find its applications in drug design. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  10. Dihydropyrazole derivatives as telomerase inhibitors: Structure-based design, synthesis, SAR and anticancer evaluation in vitro and in vivo.

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    Wang, Yang; Cheng, Fei Xiong; Yuan, Xiao Long; Tang, Wen Jian; Shi, Jing Bo; Liao, Chen Zhong; Liu, Xin Hua

    2016-04-13

    It is of our interest to generate and identify novel compounds with regulation telomerase for cancer therapy. In order to carry out more rational design, based on structure-based drug design, several series of N-substituted-dihydropyrazole derivatives, totally 78 compounds as potential human telomerase inhibitors were designed and synthesized. The results demonstrated that some compounds had potent anticancer activity against four tumor cell lines, and showed good selectivity on tumor cells over somatic cells. By the modified TRAP assay, compound 13i exhibited the most potent inhibitory activity against telomerase with an IC50 value of 0.98 μM. In vivo evaluation results indicated that compound 13i could inhibit growth of S180 and HepG2 tumor-bearing mice, and it also significantly enhanced the survival rate of EAC tumor-bearing mice. The further results in vivo confirmed that it could significantly improve pathological changes of N,N-diethylnitrosamine (DEN)-induced rat hepatic tumor. These data support further studies to assess rational design of more efficient telomerase inhibitors in the future. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  11. Design, synthesis and antitumor activity of Novel Sorafenib derivatives bearing pyrazole scaffold.

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    Wang, Min; Xu, Shan; Lei, Huajun; Wang, Caolin; Xiao, Zhen; Jia, Shuang; Zhi, Jia; Zheng, Pengwu; Zhu, Wufu

    2017-09-06

    Four series of Sorafenib derivatives bearing pyrazole scaffold (8a-m, 9a-c, 10a-e and 11a) were synthesized and characterized by NMR and MS. All of the target compounds were evaluated for the cytotoxicity against A549, HepG2, MCF-7, and PC-3 cancer cell lines and some selected compounds were further evaluated for the activity against VEGFR-2/KDR, BRAF, CRAF, c-Met, EGFR and Flt-3 kinases. Compounds 8b and 8i were more active than that of compounds 8h, 9a, especially the IC50 value of compounds 8b on VEGFR-2 kinase was 0.56μM. And compound 8b exhibited moderate to good activity toward c-Met and showed moderate to no activity against CRAF, c-Met, EGFR, Flt-3 kinases. Eleven of the target compounds exhibited moderate to good antitumor activities. The most promising compound 8b showed strong antitumor activities against A549, HepG2 and MCF-7 cell lines with IC50 values of 2.84±0.78μM, 1.85±0.03μM and 1.96±0.28μM, which were equivalent to Sorafenib (2.92±0.68μM, 3.44±0.50μM and 3.18±0.18μM). Structure-activity relationships (SARs) and docking studies indicated that the pyrazole scaffolds exerted key effect on antitumor activities of target compounds. Substitutions of aryl group at C-3 positions had a significant impact on the antitumor activities, and 3-Br substitution produced the best potency. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  12. Design, synthesis and evaluation of novel diaryl urea derivatives as potential antitumor agents.

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    Lu, Chenshu; Tang, Ke; Li, Yan; Li, Peng; Lin, Ziyun; Yin, Dali; Chen, Xiaoguang; Huang, Haihong

    2014-04-22

    A novel series of diaryl ureas containing different linker groups were designed and synthesized. Their in vitro antitumor activity against MX-1, A375, HepG2, Ketr3 and HT-29 was evaluated using the standard MTT assay. Compounds having a rigid linker group such as vinyl, ethynyl and phenyl showed significant inhibitory activity against a variety of cancer cell lines. Specifically, compound 23 with a phenyl linker group demonstrated broad-spectrum antitumor activity with IC50 values of 5.17-6.46 μM against five tested tumor cell lines. Compound 23 is more potent than reference drug sorafenib (8.27-15.2 μM), representing a promising lead for further optimization.

  13. Design, Characterization, and Antimicrobial Activity of a Novel Antimicrobial Peptide Derived from Bovine Lactophoricin.

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    Kim, Ji-Sun; Joeng, Ji-Ho; Kim, Yongae

    2017-04-28

    Lactophoricin (LPcin), which is a part of proteose peptone isolated from bovine milk, is a cationic amphipathic α-helical antimicrobial peptide. Its truncated variants and mutated analogs were designed and their antimicrobial activities were evaluated by using various assays, like broth dilution methods and disk diffusion methods as well as hemolysis assay. Three analogs, LPcin-C8 (LPcin-YK1), LPcin-T2&6W (LPcin-YK2), and LPcin-T2&6W-C8 (LPcin-YK3), which showed better antibiotic activities than LPcin, were selected. Their secondary structures were also characterized by using CD spectropolarimetry. These three analogs of LPcin could be used as an alternative source of powerful antibacterial agents.

  14. Design, synthesis and biological evaluation of novel non-peptide boronic acid derivatives as proteasome inhibitors.

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    Ge, Ying; Li, Aibo; Wu, Jianwei; Feng, Haiwei; Wang, Letian; Liu, Hongwu; Xu, Yungen; Xu, Qingxiang; Zhao, Li; Li, Yuyan

    2017-03-10

    A novel series of non-peptide proteasome inhibitors bearing the 1, 4-naphthoquinone scaffold and boronic acid warhead was developed. In the biological evaluation on the chymotrypsin-like activity of human 20S proteasome, five compounds showed IC50 values in the nanomolar range. Docking experiments into the yeast 20S proteasome rationalized their biological activities and allowed further optimization of this interesting class of inhibitors. Within the cellular proliferation inhibition assay and western blot analysis, compound 3e demonstrated excellent anti-proliferative activity against solid tumor cells and clear accumulation of ubiquitinated cellular proteins. Furthermore, in the microsomal stability assay compound 3e demonstrated much improved metabolic stability compared to bortezomib, emerging as a promising lead compound for further design of non-peptide proteasome inhibitors.

  15. Design, synthesis, and biological activity of oxime ether strobilurin derivatives containing indole moiety as novel fungicide.

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    Xie, Ya-Qiang; Huang, Zi-Long; Yan, Hui-Dong; Li, Jun; Ye, Li-Yi; Che, Li-Ming; Tu, Song

    2015-06-01

    Twenty-one novel oxime ether strobilurins containing indole moiety, which employed an indole group to stabilize the E-styryl group in Enoxastrobin, were designed and synthesized. The biological assay indicated that most compounds exhibited potent fungicidal activities. The structure-activity relationship study demonstrated that the synthesized methyl 3-methoxypropenoate oxime ethers 7b-e exhibited remarkably high activities among all the synthesized oxime ether compounds 7. Moreover, the fungicidal activities of methyl α-(methoxyimino)benzeneacetate oxime ethers compounds 7f-i and N-methoxy-carbamic acid methyl esters compounds 7j-m showed significant differences compared to the corresponding products of ammonolysis. © 2014 John Wiley & Sons A/S.

  16. Design, synthesis and biological characterization of a new class of osteogenic (1H)-quinolone derivatives.

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    Manetti, Fabrizio; Petricci, Elena; Gabrielli, Annalisa; Mann, Andrè; Faure, Hélène; Gorojankina, Tatiana; Brasseur, Laurent; Hoch, Lucile; Ruat, Martial; Taddei, Maurizio

    2016-10-04

    Smoothened (Smo) is the signal transducer of the Hedgehog (Hh) pathway and its stimulation is considered a potential powerful tool in regenerative medicine to treat severe tissue injuries. Starting from GSA-10, a recently reported Hh activator acting on Smo, we have designed and synthesized a new class of quinolone-based compounds. Modification and decoration of three different portions of the original scaffold led to compounds able to induce differentiation of multipotent mesenchymal cells into osteoblasts. The submicromolar activity of several of these new quinolones (0.4-0.9 μM) is comparable to or better than that of SAG and purmorphamine, two reference Smo agonists. Structure-activity relationships allow identification of several molecular determinants important for the activity of these compounds.

  17. Object-oriented design: Deriving conceptual solutions to large-scale information processing problems

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    Whiting, M.A.

    1990-05-01

    The Vertical Integration of Science, Technology, and Applications (VISTA) Project is a long-term effort conducted by the Pacific Northwest Laboratory (PNL) directed toward accelerating the process of making research results (data, models, advanced concepts) usable and available to R D applications. The initial goal of the program is to develop a software-based information system to guide the assessment and remediation process for hazardous waste sites at the US Department of Energy (DOE) facilities. The information system will link users (DOE, laboratories, and remediation contractors) to computer models and technical data available at PNL, to speed up the remediation process, while decreasing costs and accelerating the deployment of new technologies. This report describes a methodology used to design components of the VISTA information system based on an object-oriented computing model. 17 refs., 7 figs.

  18. Design and synthesis of novel diphenyl oxalamide and diphenyl acetamide derivatives as anticonvulsants.

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    Nikalje, Anna Pratima G; Ghodke, Mangesh; Girbane, Amol

    2012-01-01

    A series of novel N(1) -substituted-N(2) ,N(2) -diphenyl oxalamides 3a-l were synthesized in good yield by stirring diphenylcarbamoyl formyl chloride (2) and various substituted aliphatic, alicyclic, aromatic, heterocyclic amines in DMF and K(2) CO(3) . Also 2-substituted amino-N,N-diphenylacetamides 5a-m were designed by pharmacophore generation and synthesized by stirring 2-chloro-N,N-diphenylacetamide (4) and various substituted amines in acetone using triethyl amine as a catalyst. All the synthesized compounds were screened for anticonvulsant activity in Swiss albino mice by MES and ScPTZ induced seizure tests. Neurotoxicity screening and behavioral testing was also carried out. Some of the synthesized test compounds were found to be more potent than the standard drug.

  19. Optimal sampling designs for estimation of Plasmodium falciparum clearance rates in patients treated with artemisinin derivatives.

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    Flegg, Jennifer A; Guérin, Philippe J; Nosten, Francois; Ashley, Elizabeth A; Phyo, Aung Pyae; Dondorp, Arjen M; Fairhurst, Rick M; Socheat, Duong; Borrmann, Steffen; Björkman, Anders; Mårtensson, Andreas; Mayxay, Mayfong; Newton, Paul N; Bethell, Delia; Se, Youry; Noedl, Harald; Diakite, Mahamadou; Djimde, Abdoulaye A; Hien, Tran T; White, Nicholas J; Stepniewska, Kasia

    2013-11-13

    The emergence of Plasmodium falciparum resistance to artemisinins in Southeast Asia threatens the control of malaria worldwide. The pharmacodynamic hallmark of artemisinin derivatives is rapid parasite clearance (a short parasite half-life), therefore, the in vivo phenotype of slow clearance defines the reduced susceptibility to the drug. Measurement of parasite counts every six hours during the first three days after treatment have been recommended to measure the parasite clearance half-life, but it remains unclear whether simpler sampling intervals and frequencies might also be sufficient to reliably estimate this parameter. A total of 2,746 parasite density-time profiles were selected from 13 clinical trials in Thailand, Cambodia, Mali, Vietnam, and Kenya. In these studies, parasite densities were measured every six hours until negative after treatment with an artemisinin derivative (alone or in combination with a partner drug). The WWARN Parasite Clearance Estimator (PCE) tool was used to estimate "reference" half-lives from these six-hourly measurements. The effect of four alternative sampling schedules on half-life estimation was investigated, and compared to the reference half-life (time zero, 6, 12, 24 (A1); zero, 6, 18, 24 (A2); zero, 12, 18, 24 (A3) or zero, 12, 24 (A4) hours and then every 12 hours). Statistical bootstrap methods were used to estimate the sampling distribution of half-lives for parasite populations with different geometric mean half-lives. A simulation study was performed to investigate a suite of 16 potential alternative schedules and half-life estimates generated by each of the schedules were compared to the "true" half-life. The candidate schedules in the simulation study included (among others) six-hourly sampling, schedule A1, schedule A4, and a convenience sampling schedule at six, seven, 24, 25, 48 and 49 hours. The median (range) parasite half-life for all clinical studies combined was 3.1 (0.7-12.9) hours. Schedule A1

  20. Optimal sampling designs for estimation of Plasmodium falciparum clearance rates in patients treated with artemisinin derivatives

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    2013-01-01

    Background The emergence of Plasmodium falciparum resistance to artemisinins in Southeast Asia threatens the control of malaria worldwide. The pharmacodynamic hallmark of artemisinin derivatives is rapid parasite clearance (a short parasite half-life), therefore, the in vivo phenotype of slow clearance defines the reduced susceptibility to the drug. Measurement of parasite counts every six hours during the first three days after treatment have been recommended to measure the parasite clearance half-life, but it remains unclear whether simpler sampling intervals and frequencies might also be sufficient to reliably estimate this parameter. Methods A total of 2,746 parasite density-time profiles were selected from 13 clinical trials in Thailand, Cambodia, Mali, Vietnam, and Kenya. In these studies, parasite densities were measured every six hours until negative after treatment with an artemisinin derivative (alone or in combination with a partner drug). The WWARN Parasite Clearance Estimator (PCE) tool was used to estimate “reference” half-lives from these six-hourly measurements. The effect of four alternative sampling schedules on half-life estimation was investigated, and compared to the reference half-life (time zero, 6, 12, 24 (A1); zero, 6, 18, 24 (A2); zero, 12, 18, 24 (A3) or zero, 12, 24 (A4) hours and then every 12 hours). Statistical bootstrap methods were used to estimate the sampling distribution of half-lives for parasite populations with different geometric mean half-lives. A simulation study was performed to investigate a suite of 16 potential alternative schedules and half-life estimates generated by each of the schedules were compared to the “true” half-life. The candidate schedules in the simulation study included (among others) six-hourly sampling, schedule A1, schedule A4, and a convenience sampling schedule at six, seven, 24, 25, 48 and 49 hours. Results The median (range) parasite half-life for all clinical studies combined was 3.1 (0

  1. Validity of the estimates of oral cholera vaccine effectiveness derived from the test-negative design.

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    Ali, Mohammad; You, Young Ae; Sur, Dipika; Kanungo, Suman; Kim, Deok Ryun; Deen, Jacqueline; Lopez, Anna Lena; Wierzba, Thomas F; Bhattacharya, Sujit K; Clemens, John D

    2016-01-20

    The test-negative design (TND) has emerged as a simple method for evaluating vaccine effectiveness (VE). Its utility for evaluating oral cholera vaccine (OCV) effectiveness is unknown. We examined this method's validity in assessing OCV effectiveness by comparing the results of TND analyses with those of conventional cohort analyses. Randomized controlled trials of OCV were conducted in Matlab (Bangladesh) and Kolkata (India), and an observational cohort design was used in Zanzibar (Tanzania). For all three studies, VE using the TND was estimated from the odds ratio (OR) relating vaccination status to fecal test status (Vibrio cholerae O1 positive or negative) among diarrheal patients enrolled during surveillance (VE= (1-OR)×100%). In cohort analyses of these studies, we employed the Cox proportional hazard model for estimating VE (=1-hazard ratio)×100%). OCV effectiveness estimates obtained using the TND (Matlab: 51%, 95% CI:37-62%; Kolkata: 67%, 95% CI:57-75%) were similar to the cohort analyses of these RCTs (Matlab: 52%, 95% CI:43-60% and Kolkata: 66%, 95% CI:55-74%). The TND VE estimate for the Zanzibar data was 94% (95% CI:84-98%) compared with 82% (95% CI:58-93%) in the cohort analysis. After adjusting for residual confounding in the cohort analysis of the Zanzibar study, using a bias indicator condition, we observed almost no difference in the two estimates. Our findings suggest that the TND is a valid approach for evaluating OCV effectiveness in routine vaccination programs. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  2. Design, synthesis and biological evaluation of novel benzimidazole-2-substituted phenyl or pyridine propyl ketene derivatives as antitumour agents.

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    Wu, Lin-tao; Jiang, Zhi; Shen, Jia-jia; Yi, Hong; Zhan, Yue-chen; Sha, Ming-quan; Wang, Zhen; Xue, Si-tu; Li, Zhuo-rong

    2016-05-23

    A series of novel benzimidazole-2-subsituted phenyl or pyridine propyl ketene derivatives were designed and synthesized. The biological activities of these derivatives were then evaluated as potential antitumour agents. These compounds were assayed for growth-inhibitory activity against HCT116, MCF-7 and HepG2 cell lines in vitro. The IC50 values of compounds A1 and A7 against the cancer cells were 0.06-3.64 μM and 0.04-9.80 μM, respectively. Their antiproliferative activities were significantly better than that of 5-Fluorouracil (IC50: 56.96-174.50 μM) and were close to that of Paclitaxel (IC50: 0.026-1.53 μM). The activity of these derivatives was over 100 times more effective than other reported structures of chalcone analogues (licochalcone A). A preliminary mechanistic study suggested that these compounds inhibit p53-MDM2 binding. Compounds A1, A7 and A9 effectively inhibited tumour growth in BALB/c mice with colon carcinoma HCT116 cells. The group administered 200 mg/kg of compound A7 showed a 74.6% tumour growth inhibition with no signs of toxicity at high doses that was similar to the inhibition achieved with the 12.5 mg/kg irinotecan positive control (70.2%). Therefore, this class of benzimidazole-2-subsituted phenyl or pyridine propyl ketene derivatives represents a promising lead structure for the development of possible p53-MDM2 inhibitors as new antitumour agents.

  3. Design of novel bioadhesive materials based on mussel-derived glues

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    Lee, Bruce Po-Shu

    2005-11-01

    3,4-dihydroxyphenylalanine (DOPA), a unique amino acid found in mussel adhesive proteins (MAPS), was incorporated into polyethylene glycol) (PEG)-based hydrogels using several methods in an attempt to create a novel adhesive biomaterial that can potentially function as a wound closure material, a tissue engineering scaffold, or a mucoadhesive drug carrier. MAP sequences contain as much as 25 mol% DOPA, which is responsible for both strong water-resistant adhesion and rapid curing of these proteins. In the first strategy, DOPA was chemically attached to PEG and both enzymatic and chemical oxidizing reagents were used to induce oxidative cross-linking of DOPA, which resulted in rapid gel formation. Although DOPA was incorporated into a biocompatible PEG-based gel, the oxidized-forms of DOPA are believed to be less adhesive than the catecholic form. Thus, the second focus of the thesis was to incorporate the reduced form of DOPA into a gel network through photopolymerization. This was accomplished by copolymerizing N-methacrylated DOPA with PEG-diacrylate (PEG-DA). While catechol integration was demonstrated, the presence of DOPA lengthened gelation time and reduced the extent of gelation and the mechanical integrity of photocured hydrogels. In the third part of this thesis, the inhibitive effect of DOPA on photopolymerization was eliminated through the design of methacrylated amphiphilic block copolymers consisting of PEG and poly(lactide) (PLA). The self-assembling ability of these polymers was exploited to separate DOPA residues from methacrylate groups. Rapid gelation was achieved (<30 sec) to form DOPA-functionalized hydrogels that degraded in vitro within 2 weeks. The final objective was aimed at increasing DOPA content in the gel network by custom-designing a new methacrylated PEG-b-PLA copolymer with a free --NH2 group on the PEG backbone and to incorporate short poly(DOPA) and poly(DOPA-Lys) peptides through N-carboxyanhydride (NCA) polymerization. Contact

  4. Molecular designing and in silico evaluation of darunavir derivatives as anticancer agents

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    Mahto, Manoj kumar; Yellapu, Nanda Kumar; Kilaru, Ravendra Babu; Chamarthi, Naga Raju; Bhaskar, Matcha

    2014-01-01

    Darunavir is a synthetic nonpeptidic protease inhibitor which has been tested for anticancer properties. To deduce and enhance the anticancer activity of the Darunavir, we have modified its reactive moiety in an effective way. We designed 9 analogues in ChemBioOffice 2010 and minimized using the LigPrep tool of Schrödinger 2011. These analogues can obstruct the activity of other signalling pathways which are implicated in many tumors. Results of the QikProp showed that all the analogues lied in the specified range of all the pharmacokinetic (ADMET) properties required to become the successful drug. Docking study was performed to test its anticancer activity against the biomarkers of the five main types of cancers i.e. bone, brain, breast, colon and skin cancer. Grid was generated for each oncoproteins by specifying the active site amino acids. The binding model of best scoring analogue with each protein was assessed from their G-scores and disclosed by docking analysis using the XP visualizer tool. An analysis of the receptor-ligand interaction studies revealed that these nine Darunavir analogues are active against all cancer biomarkers and have the features to prove themselves as anticancer drugs, further to be synthesized and tested against the cell lines. PMID:24966524

  5. Charge density distributions derived from smoothed electrostatic potential functions: design of protein reduced point charge models.

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    Leherte, Laurence; Vercauteren, Daniel P

    2011-10-01

    To generate reduced point charge models of proteins, we developed an original approach to hierarchically locate extrema in charge density distribution functions built from the Poisson equation applied to smoothed molecular electrostatic potential (MEP) functions. A charge fitting program was used to assign charge values to the so-obtained reduced representations. In continuation to a previous work, the Amber99 force field was selected. To easily generate reduced point charge models for protein structures, a library of amino acid templates was designed. Applications to four small peptides, a set of 53 protein structures, and four KcsA ion channel models, are presented. Electrostatic potential and solvation free energy values generated by the reduced models are compared with the corresponding values obtained using the original set of atomic charges. Results are in closer agreement with the original all-atom electrostatic properties than those obtained with a previous reduced model that was directly built from the smoothed MEP functions [Leherte and Vercauteren in J Chem Theory Comput 5:3279-3298, 2009].

  6. Design and synthesis of chalcone derivatives as potent tyrosinase inhibitors and their structural activity relationship

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    Akhtar, Muhammad Nadeem; Sakeh, Nurshafika M.; Zareen, Seema; Gul, Sana; Lo, Kong Mun; Ul-Haq, Zaheer; Shah, Syed Adnan Ali; Ahmad, Syahida

    2015-04-01

    Browning of fruits and vegetables is a serious issue in the food industry, as it damages the organoleptic properties of the final products. Overproduction of melanin causes aesthetic problems such as melisma, freckles and lentigo. In this study, a series of chalcones (1-10) have been synthesized and examined for their tryrosinase inhibitory activity. The results showed that flavokawain B (1), flavokawain A (2) and compound 3 were found to be potential tyrosinase inhibitors, indicating IC50 14.20-14.38 μM values. This demonstrates that 4-substituted phenolic compound especially at ring A exhibited significant tyrosinase inhibition. Additionally, molecular docking results showed a strong binding affinity for compounds 1-3 through chelation between copper metal and ligands. The detailed molecular docking and SARs studies correlate well with the tyrosinase inhibition studies in vitro. The structures of these compounds were elucidated by the 1D and 2D NMR spectroscopy, mass spectrometry and single X-ray crystallographic techniques. These findings could lead to design and discover of new tyrosinase inhibitors to control the melanine overproduction and overcome the economic loss of food industry.

  7. Design, Synthesis, Acaricidal Activity, and Mechanism of Oxazoline Derivatives Containing an Oxime Ether Moiety.

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    Li, Yongqiang; Li, Chaojie; Zheng, Yanlong; Wei, Xingcun; Ma, Qiaoqiao; Wei, Peng; Liu, Yuxiu; Qin, Yaoguo; Yang, Na; Sun, Yufeng; Ling, Yun; Yang, Xinling; Wang, Qingmin

    2014-03-27

    Two series of novel 2,4-diphenyl-1,3-oxazolines containing an oxime ether moiety were designed and synthesized via the key intermediate N-(2-chloro-1-(p-tolyl)ethyl)-2,6-difluorobenzamide. The bioassay results showed that the target compounds with an oxime ether substituent at the para position of 4-phenyl exhibited excellent acaricidal activity against Tetranychus cinnabarinus in the laboratory. Moreover, all of the target compounds had much higher activities than etoxazole, as the ovicidal and larvicidal activities of the target compounds I-a-I-l and II-a-II-n against T. cinnabarinus were all over 90% at 0.001 mg L(-1), but etoxazole gave only 30% and 40% respectively at the same concentration. The activity order of compounds with regard to acaricidal activity in vivo was almost consistent with their affinity activity with sulfonylurea receptor (SUR) of Blattella germanica in vitro, hence, it was supposed that the acaricidal mechanism of action of the target compounds was that they can bind with the site of SUR and therefore inhibit chitin synthesis. Moreover, the eminent effect of the compound II-l, [2-(trifluoromethyl)benzaldehyde O-(4-(2-(2,6-difluorophenyl)-4,5-dihydrooxazol-4-yl)benzyl) oxime], against Panonychus citri and T. cinnabarinus in the field indicated that II-l exhibited a promising application prospect as a new candicate for controlling spider mites in the field.

  8. Design, synthesis, and evaluation of curcumin derivatives as Nrf2 activators and cytoprotectors against oxidative death.

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    Tu, Zhi-Shan; Wang, Qi; Sun, Dan-Dan; Dai, Fang; Zhou, Bo

    2017-04-05

    Activation of nuclear factor erythroid-2-related factor 2 (Nrf2) has been proven to be an effective means to prevent the development of cancer, and natural curcumin stands out as a potent Nrf2 activator and cancer chemopreventive agent. In this study, we synthesized a series of curcumin analogs by introducing the geminal dimethyl substituents on the active methylene group to find more potent Nrf2 activators and cytoprotectors against oxidative death. The geminally dimethylated and catechol-type curcumin analog (compound 3) was identified as a promising lead molecule in terms of its increased stability and cytoprotective activity against the tert-butyl hydroperoxide (t-BHP)-induced death of HepG2 cells. Mechanism studies indicate that its cytoprotective effects are mediated by activating the Nrf2 signaling pathway in the Michael acceptor- and catechol-dependent manners. Additionally, we verified by using copper and iron ion chelators that the two metal ion-mediated oxidations of compound 3 to its corresponding electrophilic o-quinone, contribute significantly to its Nrf2-dependent cytoprotection. This work provides an example of successfully designing natural curcumin-directed Nrf2 activators by a stability-increasing and proelectrophilic strategy.

  9. Rational design of nitrofuran derivatives: Synthesis and valuation as inhibitors of Trypanosoma cruzi trypanothione reductase.

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    Arias, D G; Herrera, F E; Garay, A S; Rodrigues, D; Forastieri, P S; Luna, L E; Bürgi, M D L M; Prieto, C; Iglesias, A A; Cravero, R M; Guerrero, S A

    2017-01-05

    The rational design and synthesis of a series of 5-nitro-2-furoic acid analogues are presented. The trypanocidal activity against epimastigote forms of Trypanosoma cruzi and the toxic effects on human HeLa cells were tested. Between all synthetic compounds, three of thirteen had an IC50 value in the range of Nfx, but compound 13 exhibited an improved effect with an IC50 of 1.0 ± 0.1 μM and a selective index of 70 in its toxicity against HeLa cells. We analyzed the activity of compounds 8, 12 and 13 to interfere in the central redox metabolic pathway in trypanosomatids, which is dependent of reduced trypanothione as the major pivotal thiol. The three compounds behaved as better inhibitors of trypanothione reductase than Nfx (Ki values of 118 μM, 61 μM and 68 μM for 8, 12 and 13, respectively, compared with 245 μM for Nfx), all following an uncompetitive enzyme inhibition pattern. Docking analysis predicted a binding of inhibitors to the enzyme-substrate complex with binding energy calculated in-silico that supports such molecular interaction.

  10. Design, synthesis and DNA-binding study of some novel morpholine linked thiazolidinone derivatives

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    War, Javeed Ahmad; Srivastava, Santosh Kumar; Srivastava, Savitri Devi

    2017-02-01

    The emergence of multiple drug resistance amongst bacterial strains resulted in many clinical drugs to be ineffective. Being vulnerable to bacterial infections any lack in the development of new antimicrobial drugs could pose a serious threat to public health. Here we report design and synthesis of a novel class of morpholine linked thiazolidinone hybrid molecules. The compounds were characterized by FT-IR, NMR and HRMS techniques. Susceptibility tests showed that most of the synthesized molecules were highly active against multiple bacterial strains. Compound 3f displayed MIC values which were better than the standard drug for most of the tested strains. DNA being a well defined target for many antimicrobial drugs was probed as possible target for these synthetic molecules. DNA-binding study of 3f with sm-DNA was probed through UV-vis absorption, fluorescence quenching, gel electrophoresis and molecular docking techniques. The studies revealed that compound 3f has strong affinity towards DNA and binds at the minor groove. The docking studies revealed that the compound 3f shows preferential binding towards A/T residues.

  11. Rational design and characterization of D-Phe-Pro-D-Arg-derived direct thrombin inhibitors.

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    Figueiredo, Ana C; Clement, Cristina C; Zakia, Sheuli; Gingold, Julian; Philipp, Manfred; Pereira, Pedro J B

    2012-01-01

    The tremendous social and economic impact of thrombotic disorders, together with the considerable risks associated to the currently available therapies, prompt for the development of more efficient and safer anticoagulants. Novel peptide-based thrombin inhibitors were identified using in silico structure-based design and further validated in vitro. The best candidate compounds contained both L- and D-amino acids, with the general sequence D-Phe(P3)-Pro(P2)-D-Arg(P1)-P1'-CONH₂. The P1' position was scanned with L- and D-isomers of natural or unnatural amino acids, covering the major chemical classes. The most potent non-covalent and proteolysis-resistant inhibitors contain small hydrophobic or polar amino acids (Gly, Ala, Ser, Cys, Thr) at the P1' position. The lead tetrapeptide, D-Phe-Pro-D-Arg-D-Thr-CONH₂, competitively inhibits α-thrombin's cleavage of the S2238 chromogenic substrate with a K(i) of 0.92 µM. In order to understand the molecular details of their inhibitory action, the three-dimensional structure of three peptides (with P1' L-isoleucine (fPrI), L-cysteine (fPrC) or D-threonine (fPrt)) in complex with human α-thrombin were determined by X-ray crystallography. All the inhibitors bind in a substrate-like orientation to the active site of the enzyme. The contacts established between the D-Arg residue in position P1 and thrombin are similar to those observed for the L-isomer in other substrates and inhibitors. However, fPrC and fPrt disrupt the active site His57-Ser195 hydrogen bond, while the combination of a P1 D-Arg and a bulkier P1' residue in fPrI induce an unfavorable geometry for the nucleophilic attack of the scissile bond by the catalytic serine. The experimental models explain the observed relative potency of the inhibitors, as well as their stability to proteolysis. Moreover, the newly identified direct thrombin inhibitors provide a novel pharmacophore platform for developing antithrombotic agents by exploring the conformational

  12. Design, synthesis, in silico toxicity prediction, molecular docking, and evaluation of novel pyrazole derivatives as potential antiproliferative agents

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    Ravula, Parameshwar; Vamaraju, Harinadha Babu; Paturi, Manichandrika; Chandra JN, Narendra Sharath; Kolli, Swetha

    2016-01-01

    A new series of pyrazole derivatives were designed by docking into vascular endothelial growth factor receptor-2 (VEGFR-2) kinase active site. The designed compounds were synthesized and evaluated for in vitro antiproliferative activity against HT-29 colon and PC-3 prostate cancer cell lines, and angioinhibitory activity in chorioallantoic membrane (CAM) model. Based on the obtained antiproliferative activity results of in vitro and CAM assay, compounds 4b, 4c, 4f, 5b, 5c and 5f were selected, and tested for anticancer activity using in vivo ehrlich ascites carcinoma (EAC) bearing mice. Compound 5c showed the highest in vitro antiproliferative activity against HT-29 and PC-3 with IC50 values of 6.43 µM and 9.83 µM respectively and comparable to reference drug Doxorubicin. Results of in vivo anticancer activity revealed that compound 5c showed the highest percentage increase in life span ( %ILS), and mean survival time (MST) with 75.13 % and 32.4 ± 0.53 days respectively. Moreover, compound 5c demonstrated significant reduction of microvessel density (MVD) in CAM assay. In silico prediction of toxicities, and drug score profiles of designed compounds are promising. A correlation made between the results obtained by antiproliferative study and molecular docking studies suggest that the synthesized compounds may be beneficial as molecular scaffolds for antiproliferative activity. PMID:27103897

  13. Ligand-based design, synthesis, and experimental evaluation of novel benzofuroxan derivatives as anti-Trypanosoma cruzi agents.

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    Jorge, Salomão Dória; Palace-Berl, Fanny; Mesquita Pasqualoto, Kerly Fernanda; Ishii, Marina; Ferreira, Adilson Kleber; Berra, Carolina Maria; Bosch, Rosemary Viola; Maria, Durvanei Augusto; Tavares, Leoberto Costa

    2013-06-01

    A set of substituted-[N'-(benzofuroxan-5-yl)methylene]benzohydrazides (4a-t), previously designed and synthesized, was experimentally assayed against Trypanosoma cruzi, the etiological agent of Chagas' disease, one of the most neglected tropical diseases. Exploratory data analysis, Hansch approach and VolSurf formalism were applied to aid the ligand-based design of novel anti-T. cruzi agents. The best 2D-QSAR model showed suitable statistical measures [n = 18; s = 0.11; F = 42.19; R(2) = 0.90 and Q(2) = 0.77 (SDEP = 0.15)], and according to the optimum 3D-QSAR model [R(2) = 0.98, Q(2) = 0.93 (SDEP = 0.08)], three latent variables explained 62% of the total variance from original data. Steric and hydrophobic properties were pointed out as the key for biological activity. Based upon the findings, six novel benzofuroxan derivatives (4u-z) were designed, synthesized, and in vitro assayed to perform the QSAR external prediction. Then, the predictability for the both models, 2D-QSAR (Rpred(2) = 0.91) and 3D-QSAR (Rpred(2) = 0.77), was experimentally validated, and compound 4u was identified as the most active anti-T. cruzi hit (IC50 = 3.04 μM). Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  14. Design, synthesis, in silico toxicity prediction, molecular docking, and evaluation of novel pyrazole derivatives as potential antiproliferative agents.

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    Ravula, Parameshwar; Vamaraju, Harinadha Babu; Paturi, Manichandrika; Chandra Jn, Narendra Sharath; Kolli, Swetha

    2016-01-01

    A new series of pyrazole derivatives were designed by docking into vascular endothelial growth factor receptor-2 (VEGFR-2) kinase active site. The designed compounds were synthesized and evaluated for in vitro antiproliferative activity against HT-29 colon and PC-3 prostate cancer cell lines, and angioinhibitory activity in chorioallantoic membrane (CAM) model. Based on the obtained antiproliferative activity results of in vitro and CAM assay, compounds 4b, 4c, 4f, 5b, 5c and 5f were selected, and tested for anticancer activity using in vivo ehrlich ascites carcinoma (EAC) bearing mice. Compound 5c showed the highest in vitro antiproliferative activity against HT-29 and PC-3 with IC50 values of 6.43 µM and 9.83 µM respectively and comparable to reference drug Doxorubicin. Results of in vivo anticancer activity revealed that compound 5c showed the highest percentage increase in life span ( %ILS), and mean survival time (MST) with 75.13 % and 32.4 ± 0.53 days respectively. Moreover, compound 5c demonstrated significant reduction of microvessel density (MVD) in CAM assay. In silico prediction of toxicities, and drug score profiles of designed compounds are promising. A correlation made between the results obtained by antiproliferative study and molecular docking studies suggest that the synthesized compounds may be beneficial as molecular scaffolds for antiproliferative activity.

  15. 1,5-Benzodiazepine derivatives as potential antimicrobial agents: design, synthesis, biological evaluation, and structure-activity relationships.

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    Wang, Lan-Zhi; Li, Xiao-Qing; An, Ying-Shuang

    2015-05-21

    36 Novel 1,5-benzodiazepine derivatives were rationally designed and synthesized according to the principle of superposition of bioactive substructures by the combination of 1,5-benzodiazepines, thiophene or thiazole and ester group. The structures of the target compounds have been characterized by IR, (1)H NMR, (13)C NMR, MS and elemental analysis. The structure of 1v was further determined using X-ray single crystal diffraction. All synthesized 1,5-benzodiazepine derivatives were evaluated for their in vitro antimicrobial activity against C. neoformans, C. neoformans clinical isolates, C. albicans, E. coli and S. aureus. The bioactive assay results revealed that most of the 1,5-benzodiazepine derivatives exhibited considerable potency against all of the tested strains. In particular, compounds 1v and 1w (MIC: 2-6 μg mL(-1), MFC: 10-14 μg mL(-1)) exhibited excellent antifungal activity and were found to be 32-64 and 9-12.8 times more potent than the reference drugs against C. neoformans, respectively. Moreover, compound (MIC: 40 μg mL(-1)) displayed equipotent antibacterial activity against E. coli and S. aureus compared to the reference drugs. The most potent of the synthesized compounds 1v and 1w were further studied by evaluating their cytotoxicities, and the results showed that they had relatively low level cytotoxicity for BV2 cell. A preliminary study of the structure-activity relationship revealed that substituents in the phenyl ring and the thiophene ring had a great effect on the antimicrobial activity of these compounds. In addition, the thiazole ring at C2 may be a pharmacophore of these compounds and COOC2H5 group at C3 is the best substituent for the maintenance of antimicrobial activities at low concentrations (1.5625 μg per disc).

  16. Design, synthesis and SAR studies of GABA uptake inhibitors derived from 2-substituted pyrrolidine-2-yl-acetic acids.

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    Steffan, Tobias; Renukappa-Gutke, Thejavathi; Höfner, Georg; Wanner, Klaus T

    2015-03-15

    In this paper, we disclose the design and synthesis of a series of 2-substituted pyrrolidine-2-yl-acetic acid as core structures and the N-arylalkyl derivatives thereof as potential GABA transport inhibitors. The 2-position in the side chain of pyrrolidine-2-yl-acetic acid derivatives was substituted with alkyl, hydroxy and amino groups to modulate the activity and selectivity to mGAT1 and mGAT4 proteins. SAR studies of the compounds performed for the four mouse GABA transporter proteins (mGAT1-mGAT4) implied significant potencies and subtype selectivities for 2-hydroxy-2-pyrrolidine-2-yl-acetic acid derivatives. The racemate rac-(u)-13c exhibited the highest potency (pIC50 5.67) at and selectivity for mGAT1 in GABA uptake assays. In fact, the potency of rac-(u)-13c at hGAT-1 (pIC50 6.14) was even higher than its potency at mGAT1. These uptake results for rac-(u)-13c are in line with the binding affinities to the aforesaid proteins mGAT1 (pKi 6.99) and hGAT-1 (pKi 7.18) determined by MS Binding Assay based on NO711 as marker quantified by LC-ESI-MS-MS analysis. Interestingly, the 2-hydroxy-2-pyrrolidine-2-yl-acetic acid rac-(u)-13d containing 2-{[tris(4-methoxyphenyl)]methoxy} ethyl group at the nitrogen atom of the pyrrolidine ring showed high potency at mGAT4 and a comparatively better selectivity for this protein (>15 against mGAT3) than the well known mGAT4 uptake inhibitor (S)-SNAP-5114.

  17. Design, synthesis and screening studies of potent thiazol-2-amine derivatives as fibroblast growth factor receptor 1 inhibitors.

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    Kumar, B V S Suneel; Lakshmi, Narasu; Kumar, M Ravi; Rambabu, Gundla; Manjashetty, Thimmappa H; Arunasree, Kalle M; Sriram, Dharmarajan; Ramkumar, Kavya; Neamati, Nouri; Dayam, Raveendra; Sarma, J A R P

    2014-01-01

    Fibroblast growth factor receptor 1 (FGFR1) a tyrosine kinase receptor, plays important roles in angiogenesis, embryonic development, cell proliferation, cell differentiation, and wound healing. The FGFR isoforms and their receptors (FGFRs) considered as a potential targets and under intense research to design potential anticancer agents. Fibroblast growth factors (FGF's) and its growth factor receptors (FGFR) plays vital role in one of the critical pathway in monitoring angiogenesis. In the current study, quantitative pharmacophore models were generated and validated using known FGFR1 inhibitors. The pharmacophore models were generated using a set of 28 compounds (training). The top pharmacophore model was selected and validated using a set of 126 compounds (test set) and also using external validation. The validated pharmacophore was considered as a virtual screening query to screen a database of 400,000 virtual molecules and pharmacophore model retrieved 2800 hits. The retrieved hits were subsequently filtered based on the fit value. The selected hits were subjected for docking studies to observe the binding modes of the retrieved hits and also to reduce the false positives. One of the potential hits (thiazole-2-amine derivative) was selected based the pharmacophore fit value, dock score, and synthetic feasibility. A few analogues of the thiazole-2-amine derivative were synthesized. These compounds were screened for FGFR1 activity and anti-proliferative studies. The top active compound showed 56.87% inhibition of FGFR1 activity at 50 µM and also showed good cellular activity. Further optimization of thiazole-2-amine derivatives is in progress.

  18. Design, synthesis and evaluation of 2-arylethenyl-N-methylquinolinium derivatives as effective multifunctional agents for Alzheimer's disease treatment.

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    Xia, Chun-Li; Wang, Ning; Guo, Qian-Liang; Liu, Zhen-Quan; Wu, Jia-Qiang; Huang, Shi-Liang; Ou, Tian-Miao; Tan, Jia-Heng; Wang, Hong-Gen; Li, Ding; Huang, Zhi-Shu

    2017-04-21

    A series of 2-arylethenyl-N-methylquinolinium derivatives were designed and synthesized based on our previous research of 2-arylethenylquinoline analogues as multifunctional agents for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease (AD) (Eur. J. Med. Chem. 2015, 89, 349-361). The results of in vitro biological activity evaluation, including β-amyloid (Aβ) aggregation inhibition, cholinesterase inhibition, and antioxidant activity, showed that introduction of N-methyl in quinoline ring significantly improved the anti-AD potential of compounds. The optimal compound, compound a12, dramatically attenuated the cell death of glutamate-induced HT22 cells by preventing the generation of ROS and increasing the level of GSH. Most importantly, intragastric administration of a12•HAc was well tolerated at doses up to 2000 mg/kg and could traverse blood-brain barrier.

  19. Discovery of hybrid dual N-acylhydrazone and diaryl urea derivatives as potent antitumor agents: design, synthesis and cytotoxicity evaluation.

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    Zhai, Xin; Huang, Qiang; Jiang, Nan; Wu, Di; Zhou, Hongyu; Gong, Ping

    2013-03-04

    Based on the hybrid pharmacophore design concept, a novel series of dual diaryl urea and N-acylhydrazone derivatives were synthesized and evaluated for their in vitro cytotoxicity by the standard MTT assay. The pharmacological results indicated that most compounds exhibited moderate to excellent activity. Moreover, compound 2g showed the most potent cytotoxicity against HL-60, A549 and MDA-MB-231 cell lines, with IC50 values of 0.22, 0.34 and 0.41 μM, respectively, which was 3.8 to 22.5 times more active than the reference compounds sorafenib and PAC-1. The promising compound 2g thus emerges as a lead for further structural modifications.

  20. Design, synthesis and antibacterial activity of cinnamaldehyde derivatives as inhibitors of the bacterial cell division protein FtsZ.

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    Li, Xin; Sheng, Juzheng; Huang, Guihua; Ma, Ruixin; Yin, Fengxin; Song, Di; Zhao, Can; Ma, Shutao

    2015-06-05

    In an attempt to discover potential antibacterial agents against the increasing bacterial resistance, novel cinnamaldehyde derivatives as FtsZ inhibitors were designed, synthesized and evaluated for their antibacterial activity against nine significant pathogens using broth microdilution method, and their cell division inhibitory activity against four representative strains. In the in vitro antibacterial activity, the newly synthesized compounds generally displayed better efficacy against Staphylococcus aureus ATCC25923 than the others. In particular, compounds 3, 8 and 10 exerted superior or comparable activity to all the reference drugs. In the cell division inhibitory activity, all the compounds showed the same trend as their in vitro antibacterial activity, exhibiting better activity against S. aureus ATCC25923 than the other strains. Additionally, compounds 3, 6, 7 and 8 displayed potent cell division inhibitory activity with an MIC value of below 1 μg/mL, over 256-fold better than all the reference drugs.

  1. Follow-up: Prospective compound design using the 'SAR Matrix' method and matrix-derived conditional probabilities of activity.

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    Gupta-Ostermann, Disha; Hirose, Yoichiro; Odagami, Takenao; Kouji, Hiroyuki; Bajorath, Jürgen

    2015-01-01

    In a previous Method Article, we have presented the 'Structure-Activity Relationship (SAR) Matrix' (SARM) approach. The SARM methodology is designed to systematically extract structurally related compound series from screening or chemical optimization data and organize these series and associated SAR information in matrices reminiscent of R-group tables. SARM calculations also yield many virtual candidate compounds that form a "chemical space envelope" around related series. To further extend the SARM approach, different methods are developed to predict the activity of virtual compounds. In this follow-up contribution, we describe an activity prediction method that derives conditional probabilities of activity from SARMs and report representative results of first prospective applications of this approach.

  2. Design and synthesis of aloe-emodin derivatives as potent anti-tyrosinase, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory agents.

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    Liu, Jinbing; Wu, Fengyan; Chen, Changhong

    2015-11-15

    Twenty aloe-emodin derivatives were designed, synthesized, and their biological activities were evaluated. Some compounds displayed potent tyrosinase inhibitory activities, especially, compounds with thiosemicarbazide moiety showed more potent inhibitory effects than the other compounds. The structure-activity relationships (SARs) were preliminarily discussed. The inhibition mechanism of selected compounds 1 and 13 were investigated. The results showed compound 1 was reversible inhibitor, however, compound 13 was irreversible. Kinetic analysis indicated that compound 1 was competitive tyrosinase inhibitor. Furthermore, the antibacterial activities and anti-inflammatory activities of some selected compounds were also screened. The results showed that compound 3 exhibited more potent antibacterial activity than the aloe-emodin, compounds 5 and 6 possessed more potent anti-inflammatory activities than the diacerein.

  3. Design, synthesis, and evaluation of resveratrol derivatives as Aß(₁-₄₂) aggregation inhibitors, antioxidants, and neuroprotective agents.

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    Lu, Chuanjun; Guo, Yueyan; Li, Jianheng; Yao, Meicun; Liao, Qiongfeng; Xie, Zhiyong; Li, Xingshu

    2012-12-15

    A series of novel resveratrol derivatives were designed, synthesised and evaluated as potential therapeutic agents for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease. Among these compounds, compound 7l, (E)-5-(4-(isopropylamino)styryl)benzene-1,3-diol, exhibited potent ß-amyloid aggregation inhibition activity, which was confirmed by a ThT fluorescence assay (71.65% at 20 μM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Compound 7l also exhibited good antioxidant activity (4.12 Trolox equivalents in an oxygen radical absorbance capacity assay and a 37% reduction in reactive oxygen species in cells at 10 μM). The cytotoxicity analysis of compounds 7f, 7i, 7j and 7l indicated that these compounds have lower toxicities than resveratrol at 60 μM.

  4. Joint Experimental, in Silico, and NMR Studies toward the Rational Design of Iminium-Based Organocatalyst Derived from Renewable Sources.

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    Gerosa, Gabriela G; Spanevello, Rolando A; Suárez, Alejandra G; Sarotti, Ariel M

    2015-08-07

    An efficient organocatalyst for iminium-ion based asymmetric Diels-Alder (DA) reactions has been rationally designed. The most influential structure-activity relationships were determined experimentally, while DFT calculations and NMR studies provided further mechanistic insight. This knowledge guided an in silico screening of 62 different catalysts using an ONIOM(B3LYP/6-31G*:AM1) transition-state modeling, which showed good correlation between theory and experiment. The top-scored compound was easily synthesized from levoglucosenone, a biomass-derived chiral enone, and evaluated in the DA reaction between (E)-cinnamaldehyde and cyclopentadiene. In line with the computational finding, excellent results (up to 97% ee) were obtained. In addition, the catalyst could be easily recovered and reused with no loss in its catalytic activity.

  5. Design, synthesis, and evaluation of 4,6-diaminonicotinamide derivatives as novel and potent immunomodulators targeting JAK3.

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    Nakajima, Yutaka; Aoyama, Naohiro; Takahashi, Fumie; Sasaki, Hiroshi; Hatanaka, Keiko; Moritomo, Ayako; Inami, Masamichi; Ito, Misato; Nakamura, Koji; Nakamori, Fumihiro; Inoue, Takayuki; Shirakami, Shohei

    2016-10-01

    In organ transplantation, T cell-mediated immune responses play a key role in the rejection of allografts. Janus kinase 3 (JAK3) is specifically expressed in hematopoietic cells and associated with regulation of T cell development via interleukin-2 signaling pathway. Here, we designed novel 4,6-diaminonicotinamide derivatives as immunomodulators targeting JAK3 for prevention of transplant rejection. Our optimization of C4- and C6-substituents and docking calculations to JAK3 protein confirmed that the 4,6-diaminonicotinamide scaffold resulted in potent inhibition of JAK3. We also investigated avoidance of human ether-a-go-go related gene (hERG) inhibitory activity. Selected compound 28 in combination with tacrolimus prevented allograft rejection in a rat heterotopic cardiac transplantation model.

  6. Design and synthesis of natural product derivatives with selective and improved cytotoxicity based on a sesquiterpene scaffold.

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    Zhang, Yang; Zhang, Zhuowei; Wang, Bo; Liu, Ling; Che, Yongsheng

    2016-04-15

    Brasilamide E (1) is a bisabolane sesquiterpenoid isolated from the solid-substrate fermentation cultures of a plant endophytic fungus Paraconiothyrium brasiliense. The compound specifically inhibited proliferation of the MCF-7 cells, but did not show cytotoxicity towards the negative controls HaCaT and NIH3T3 cells (IC50>50 μM). To improve its potency while maintain selectivity, a total of 27 derivatives of 1 were designed, synthesized, and evaluated for in vitro cytotoxicity against six tumor cell lines and the negative control NIH3T3 cells. Among these compounds, compound 12b showed significantly improved potency against the MCF-7, HeLa, and HO8910 cells with IC50 values of 0.13-0.25 μM compared to 1 (IC50 8.47-18.00 μM), and remained nontoxic to the NIH3T3 cells.

  7. Design, Synthesis and Biological Evaluation of Stilbene Derivatives as Novel Inhibitors of Protein Tyrosine Phosphatase 1B.

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    He, Haibing; Ge, Yinghua; Dai, Hong; Cui, Song; Ye, Fei; Jin, Jia; Shi, Yujun

    2016-12-16

    By imitating the scaffold of lithocholic acid (LCA), a natural steroidal compound displaying Protein Tyrosine Phosphatase 1B (PTP1B) inhibitory activity, a series of stilbene derivatives containing phenyl-substituted isoxazoles were designed and synthesized. The structures of the title compounds were confirmed by ¹H-NMR, (13)C-NMR and HRMS. Activities of the title compounds were evaluated on PTP1B and the homologous enzyme TCPTP by using a colorimetric assay. Most of the target compounds had good activities against PTP1B. Among them, compound 29 (IC50 = 0.91 ± 0.33 μM), characterized by a 5-(2,3-dichlorophenyl) isoxazole moiety, exhibited an activity about 14-fold higher than the lead compound LCA and a 4.2-fold selectivity over TCPTP. Compound 29 was identified as a competitive inhibitor of PTP1B with a Ki value of 0.78 μM in enzyme kinetic studies.

  8. Design, synthesis, and physico-chemical interactions of bile acid derived dimeric phospholipid amphiphiles with model membranes.

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    Kumar, Sandeep; Bhargava, Priyanshu; Sreekanth, Vedagopuram; Bajaj, Avinash

    2015-06-15

    Understanding of amphiphile-membrane interactions is crucial in design and development of novel amphiphiles for drug delivery, gene therapy, and biomedical applications. Structure and physico-chemical properties of amphiphiles determine their interactions with biomembranes thereby influencing their drug delivery efficacies. Here, we unravel the interactions of bile acid derived dimeric phospholipid amphiphiles with model membranes using Laurdan-based hydration, DPH-based membrane fluidity, and differential scanning calorimetry studies. We synthesized three dimeric bile acid amphiphiles where lithocholic acid, deoxycholic acid, and cholic acid are conjugated to cholic acid phospholipid using click chemistry. Interactions of these dimeric amphiphiles with model membranes showed that these amphiphiles form different structural assemblies and molecular packing in model membranes depending on the number and position of free hydroxyl groups on bile acids. We discovered that cholic acid-cholic acid dimeric phospholipid form self-assembled aggregates in model membranes without changing membrane fluidity; whereas cholic acid-deoxycholic acid derived amphiphile induces membranes fluidity and hydration of model membranes. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  9. Conceptual Engine System Design for NERVA derived 66.7KN and 111.2KN Thrust Nuclear Thermal Rockets

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    Fittje, James E.; Buehrle, Robert J.

    2006-01-20

    The Nuclear Thermal Rocket concept is being evaluated as an advanced propulsion concept for missions to the moon and Mars. A tremendous effort was undertaken during the 1960's and 1970's to develop and test NERVA derived Nuclear Thermal Rockets in the 111.2 KN to 1112 KN pound thrust class. NASA GRC is leveraging this past NTR investment in their vehicle concepts and mission analysis studies, and has been evaluating NERVA derived engines in the 66.7 KN to the 111.2 KN thrust range. The liquid hydrogen propellant feed system, including the turbopumps, is an essential component of the overall operation of this system. The NASA GRC team is evaluating numerous propellant feed system designs with both single and twin turbopumps. The Nuclear Engine System Simulation code is being exercised to analyze thermodynamic cycle points for these selected concepts. This paper will present propellant feed system concepts and the corresponding thermodynamic cycle points for 66.7 KN and 111.2 KN thrust NTR engine systems. A pump out condition for a twin turbopump concept will also be evaluated, and the NESS code will be assessed against the Small Nuclear Rocket Engine preliminary thermodynamic data.

  10. Design, synthesis, and biological evaluation of new arylamide derivatives possessing sulfonate or sulfamate moieties as steroid sulfatase enzyme inhibitors.

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    El-Gamal, Mohammed I; Semreen, Mohammad H; Foster, Paul A; Potter, Barry V L

    2016-06-15

    A series of new arylamide derivatives possessing terminal sulfonate or sulfamate moieties was designed and synthesized. The target compounds were tested for in vitro inhibitory effects against the steroid sulfatase (STS) enzyme in a cell-free assay system. The free sulfamate derivative 1j was the most active. It inhibited the enzymatic activity by 72.0% and 55.7% at 20μM and 10μM, respectively. Compound 1j was further tested for STS inhibition in JEG-3 placental carcinoma cells with high STS enzyme activity. It inhibited 93.9% of the enzyme activity in JEG-3 placental carcinoma cells at 20μM with an efficacy near to that of the well-established drug STX64 as reference. At 10μM, 1j inhibited 86.1% of the STS activity of JEG-3. Its IC50 value against the STS enzyme in JEG-3 cells was 0.421μM. Thus, 1j represents an attractive new non-steroidal lead for further optimization.

  11. Design, synthesis, and anticancer activity of novel berberine derivatives prepared via CuAAC "click" chemistry as potential anticancer agents.

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    Jin, Xin; Yan, Tian-Hua; Yan, Lan; Li, Qian; Wang, Rui-Lian; Hu, Zhen-Lin; Jiang, Yuan-Ying; Sun, Qing-Yan; Cao, Yong-Bing

    2014-01-01

    A series of novel derivatives of phenyl-substituted berberine triazolyls has been designed and synthesized via copper-catalyzed azide-alkyne cycloaddition click chemistry in an attempt to develop antitumor agents. All of the compounds were evaluated for anticancer activity against a panel of three human cancer cell lines, including MCF-7 (breast), SW-1990 (pancreatic), and SMMC-7721 (liver) and the noncancerous human umbilical vein endothelial cell (HUVEC) cell lines. The results indicated that most of the compounds displayed notable anticancer activities against the MCF-7 cells compared with berberine. Among these derivatives, compound 16 showed the most potent inhibitory activity against the SW-1990 and SMMC-7721 cell lines, with half-maximal inhibitory concentration (IC50) values of 8.54±1.97 μM and 11.87±1.83 μM, respectively. Compound 36 exhibited the most potent inhibitory activity against the MCF-7 cell line, with an IC50 value of 12.57±1.96 μM. Compound 16 and compound 36 exhibited low cytotoxicity in the HUVEC cell line, with IC50 values of 25.49±3.24 μM and 30.47±3.47 μM. Furthermore, compounds 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 32, and 36 exhibited much better selectivity than berberine toward the normal cell line HUVEC.

  12. Design, synthesis and herbicidal evaluation of novel 4-(1H-pyrazol-1-yl)pyrimidine derivatives.

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    Ma, Hong-Ju; Zhang, Jian-Hua; Xia, Xiang-Dong; Kang, Jing; Li, Jian-Hong

    2015-08-01

    A series of novel pyrazolylpyrimidine derivatives were designed, synthesised and characterised by IR, (1) H NMR, (13) C NMR, mass spectroscopy and elemental analysis. The herbicidal activities of 30 pyrazolylpyrimidine derivatives were assessed. Nine compounds caused good herbicidal activity for Pennisetum alopecuroides L. Among them, N-ethyl-6-[5-methyl-3-(trifluoromethyl)-1H-pyrazol-1-yl]-pyrimidin-4-amine exhibited the strongest inhibitory activity against the root growth of P. alopecuroides, with an IC50 of 1.90 mg L(-1) . 2-Methyl-4-[5-methyl-3-(trifluoromethyl)-1H-pyrazol-1-yl]-6-(prop-2-yn-1-yloxy)pyrimidine produced the highest inhibition of chlorophyll level in seedlings of P. alopecuroides (IC50  = 3.14 mg L(-1) ). The structure-activity relationship indicated that the alkynyloxy group at the 6-position on the pyrimidine ring played a very important role for bleaching activities. When the alkynyloxy group was replaced by alkoxy, amino, alkylthio and alkylsulfonyl groups, the bleaching activities of the compounds were diminished. However, the compounds substituted by an amino at the 6-position of the pyrimidine ring exhibited excellent inhibition activities against weed root growth. © 2014 Society of Chemical Industry.

  13. Design, synthesis and biological evaluation of nitrogen-containing macrocyclic bisbibenzyl derivatives as potent anticancer agents by targeting the lysosome.

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    Sun, Bin; Liu, Jun; Gao, Yun; Zheng, Hong-Bo; Li, Lin; Hu, Qing-Wen; Yuan, Hui-Qing; Lou, Hong-Xiang

    2017-08-18

    A series of novel nitrogen-containing macrocyclic bisbibenzyl derivatives was designed, synthesized, and evaluated for antiproliferative activity against three anthropic cancer cell lines. Among these novel molecules, the tri-O-alkylated compound 18a displayed the most potent anticancer activity against the A549, MCF-7, and k562 cancer cell lines, with IC50 values of 0.51, 0.23, and 0.19 μM, respectively, which were obviously superior to those of the parent compound riccardin D, and were 3-10-fold better than those of the clinical used drug ADR. The bis-Mannich derivative 11b also exhibited significantly enhanced antiproliferative potency, with submicromolar IC50 values. Structure-activity relationship analyses of these newly synthesized compounds were also performed. Mechanistic studies indicated that these compounds could target the lysosome to induce lysosomal membrane permeabilization, and could also induce cell death that displayed features characteristic of both apoptosis and necrosis. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  14. A Series of New Ligustrazine-Triterpenes Derivatives as Anti-Tumor Agents: Design, Synthesis, and Biological Evaluation.

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    Xu, Bing; Chu, Fuhao; Zhang, Yuzhong; Wang, Xiaobo; Li, Qiang; Liu, Wei; Xu, Xin; Xing, Yanyi; Chen, Jing; Wang, Penglong; Lei, Haimin

    2015-09-02

    A series of novel ligustrazine-triterpenes derivatives was designed, synthesized and screened for their cytotoxicity against five cancer cell lines (Bel-7402, HepG2, HT-29, Hela, and MCF-7) and Madin-Darby canine kidney (MDCK). Current study suggested that most of the ligustrazine-triterpenes conjunctions showed better cytotoxicity than the starting materials. In particular, compound 4a exhibited better cytotoxic activity (IC50<5.23 μM) against Bel-7402, HT-29, MCF-7, Hela, and HepG2 than the standard anticancer drug cisplatin (DDP). The cytotoxicity selectivity detection revealed that 4a exhibited low cytotoxicity (IC50>20 μM) towards MDCK cells. A combination of fluorescence staining observation and flow cytometric analysis indicated that 4a could induce HepG2 cell apoptosis. Further studies suggested that 4a-induced apoptosis is mediated through depolarization of the mitochondrial membrane potential and increase of intracellular free Ca2+ concentration. In addition, the structure-activity relationships of these derivatives were briefly discussed.

  15. A Series of New Ligustrazine-Triterpenes Derivatives as Anti-Tumor Agents: Design, Synthesis, and Biological Evaluation

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    Xu, Bing; Chu, Fuhao; Zhang, Yuzhong; Wang, Xiaobo; Li, Qiang; Liu, Wei; Xu, Xin; Xing, Yanyi; Chen, Jing; Wang, Penglong; Lei, Haimin

    2015-01-01

    A series of novel ligustrazine-triterpenes derivatives was designed, synthesized and screened for their cytotoxicity against five cancer cell lines (Bel-7402, HepG2, HT-29, Hela, and MCF-7) and Madin-Darby canine kidney (MDCK). Current study suggested that most of the ligustrazine-triterpenes conjunctions showed better cytotoxicity than the starting materials. In particular, compound 4a exhibited better cytotoxic activity (IC50 < 5.23 μM) against Bel-7402, HT-29, MCF-7, Hela, and HepG2 than the standard anticancer drug cisplatin (DDP). The cytotoxicity selectivity detection revealed that 4a exhibited low cytotoxicity (IC50 > 20 μM) towards MDCK cells. A combination of fluorescence staining observation and flow cytometric analysis indicated that 4a could induce HepG2 cell apoptosis. Further studies suggested that 4a-induced apoptosis is mediated through depolarization of the mitochondrial membrane potential and increase of intracellular free Ca2+ concentration. In addition, the structure-activity relationships of these derivatives were briefly discussed. PMID:26404253

  16. Design and synthesis of new series of coumarin-aminopyran derivatives possessing potential anti-depressant-like activity.

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    Sashidhara, Koneni V; Modukuri, Ram K; Singh, Seema; Bhaskara Rao, K; Aruna Teja, G; Gupta, Sampa; Shukla, Shubha

    2015-01-15

    A new series of coumarin based aminopyran derivatives were designed, synthesized and evaluated for their preclinical antidepressant effect on Swiss albino mice. Among the series, compounds 21, 25, 26, 27, 32 and 33 exhibited significant activity profile in forced swimming test (FST). Compound 27 was most efficacious, which at a very low dose of 0.5mg/kg reduced the time of immobility by 86.5% as compared to the standard drug fluoxetine (FXT) which reduced the immobility time by 69.8% at the dose of 20mg/kg, ip. In addition, all active compounds were screened in dose dependent manner (at doses of 0.25, 0.5, 1mg/kg ip) in FST and tail suspension test (TST). Interestingly, all active compounds did not caused any significant alteration of locomotor activity in mice as compared to control, indicating that the hybrids did not produce any motor impairment effects. The results indicate that coumarin-aminopyran derivatives may have potential therapeutic value for the management of mental depression. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  17. [Designation, solid-phase synthesis and antimicrobial activity of Mytilin derived peptides based on Mytilin-1 from Mytilus coruscus].

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    Liu, Mei; Wu, Mei; Zhou, Shiquan; Gao, Peng; Lu, Tao; Wang, Rixin; Shi, Ge; Liao, Zhi

    2010-04-01

    As a key role in mussel defense system, Mytilin is an important antibacterial peptide isolated from the mussel serum. The structural and functional researches on Mytilin showed that the fragment connecting two beta-sheets in a stable beta-hairpin structure was probably required for antimicrobial activity. To elucidate the structural features and the antimicrobial activity of this fragment, we re-designed and synthesized two peptides corresponding to the main mimic structures of Mytilin-1 from Mytilus coruscus, we named these two peptides Mytilin Derived Peptide-1 and Mytilin Derived Peptide-2, respectively. Using a liquid growth inhibition assay, we evaluated their activity towards Gram-positive, Gram-negative bacteria and fungus. The results showed that both peptides can inhibit the growth of Gram-positive, Gram-negative bacteria and fungus. Besides, these two peptides showed high stability in heat water and human serum. These works laid the foundation for further research on the molecular mechanism of Mytilin and for further exploitation of antibacterial peptides with lower molecular mass and more stable structure.

  18. Design, synthesis and evaluation of novel 4-dimethylamine flavonoid derivatives as potential multi-functional anti-Alzheimer agents.

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    Luo, Wen; Su, Ya-Bin; Hong, Chen; Tian, Run-Guo; Su, Lei-Peng; Wang, Yue-Qiao; Li, Yang; Yue, Jun-Jie; Wang, Chao-Jie

    2013-12-01

    A series of 4-dimethylamine flavonoid derivatives 5a-5r were designed, synthesized and evaluated as potential multi-functional anti-Alzheimer agents. The results showed that most of the synthesized compounds exhibited high acetylcholinesterase (AChE) and butyrylcholinesterase (BChE) inhibitory activity at the micromolar range (IC50, 1.83-33.20 μM for AChE and 0.82-11.45 μM for BChE). A Lineweaver-Burk plot indicated a mixed-type inhibition for compound 5j with AChE, and molecular modeling study showed that 5j targeted both the catalytic active site (CAS) and the peripheral anionic site (PAS) of AChE. Besides, the derivatives showed potent self-induced Aβ aggregation inhibitory activity at 20 μM with percentage from 25% to 48%. In addition, some compounds (5j-5q) showed potent oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC) ranging from 1.5- to 2.6-fold of the Trolox value. These compounds should be further investigated as multi-potent agents for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease.

  19. Conceptual Engine System Design for NERVA derived 66.7KN and 111.2KN Thrust Nuclear Thermal Rockets

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    Fittje, James E.; Buehrle, Robert J.

    2006-01-01

    The Nuclear Thermal Rocket concept is being evaluated as an advanced propulsion concept for missions to the moon and Mars. A tremendous effort was undertaken during the 1960's and 1970's to develop and test NERVA derived Nuclear Thermal Rockets in the 111.2 KN to 1112 KN pound thrust class. NASA GRC is leveraging this past NTR investment in their vehicle concepts and mission analysis studies, and has been evaluating NERVA derived engines in the 66.7 KN to the 111.2 KN thrust range. The liquid hydrogen propellant feed system, including the turbopumps, is an essential component of the overall operation of this system. The NASA GRC team is evaluating numerous propellant feed system designs with both single and twin turbopumps. The Nuclear Engine System Simulation code is being exercised to analyze thermodynamic cycle points for these selected concepts. This paper will present propellant feed system concepts and the corresponding thermodynamic cycle points for 66.7 KN and 111.2 KN thrust NTR engine systems. A pump out condition for a twin turbopump concept will also be evaluated, and the NESS code will be assessed against the Small Nuclear Rocket Engine preliminary thermodynamic data.

  20. Design, Synthesis, Evaluation and Thermodynamics of 1-Substituted Pyridylimidazo[1,5-a]Pyridine Derivatives as Cysteine Protease Inhibitors

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    Khan, Mohd Sajid; Baig, Mohd Hassan; Ahmad, Saheem; Siddiqui, Shapi Ahmad; Srivastava, Ashwini Kumar; Srinivasan, Kumar Venkatraman; Ansari, Irfan A.

    2013-01-01

    Targeting papain family cysteine proteases is one of the novel strategies in the development of chemotherapy for a number of diseases. Novel cysteine protease inhibitors derived from 1-pyridylimidazo[1,5-a]pyridine representing pharmacologically important class of compounds are being reported here for the first time. The derivatives were initially designed and screened in silico by molecular docking studies against papain to explore the possible mode of action. The molecular interaction between the compounds and cysteine protease (papain) was found to be very similar to the interactions observed with the respective epoxide inhibitor (E-64c) of papain. Subsequently, compounds were synthesized to validate their efficacy in wet lab experiments. When characterized kinetically, these compounds show their Ki and IC50 values in the range of 13.75 to 99.30 µM and 13.40 to 96.50 µM, respectively. The thermodynamics studies suggest their binding with papain hydrophobically and entropically driven. These inhibitors also inhibit the growth of clinically important different types of Gram positive and Gram negative bacteria having MIC50 values in the range of 0.6–1.4 µg/ml. Based on Lipinski’s rule of Five, we also propose these compounds as potent antibacterial prodrugs. The most active antibacterial compound was found to be 1-(2-pyridyl)-3-(2-hydroxyphenyl)imidazo[1,5-a]pyridine (3a). PMID:23940536

  1. Design, synthesis and evaluation of novel 7-aminoalkyl-substituted flavonoid derivatives with improved cholinesterase inhibitory activities.

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    Luo, Wen; Chen, Ying; Wang, Ting; Hong, Chen; Chang, Li-Ping; Chang, Cong-Cong; Yang, Ya-Cheng; Xie, Song-Qiang; Wang, Chao-Jie

    2016-02-15

    A novel series of 7-aminoalkyl-substituted flavonoid derivatives 5a-5r were designed, synthesized and evaluated as potential cholinesterase inhibitors. The results showed that most of the synthesized compounds exhibited potent acetylcholinesterase (AChE) and butyrylcholinesterase (BChE) inhibitory activities at the micromolar range. Compound 2-(naphthalen-1-yl)-7-(8-(pyrrolidin-1-yl)octyloxy)-4H-chromen-4-one (5q) showed the best inhibitory activity (IC50, 0.64μM for AChE and 0.42μM for BChE) which were better than our previously reported compounds and the commercially available cholinergic agent Rivastigmine. The results from a Lineweaver-Burk plot indicated a mixed-type inhibition for compound 5q with AChE and BChE. Furthermore, molecular modeling study showed that 5q targeted both the catalytic active site (CAS) and the peripheral anionic site (PAS) of AChE. Besides, these compounds (5a-5r) did not affect PC12 and HepG2 cell viability at the concentration of 10μM. Consequently, these flavonoid derivatives should be further investigated as multipotent agents for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease.

  2. Design, synthesis, physicochemical studies, solvation, and DNA damage of quinoline-appended chalcone derivative: comprehensive spectroscopic approach toward drug discovery.

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    Kumar, Himank; Chattopadhyay, Anjan; Prasath, R; Devaraji, Vinod; Joshi, Ritika; Bhavana, P; Saini, Praveen; Ghosh, Sujit Kumar

    2014-07-03

    The present study epitomizes the design, synthesis, photophysics, solvation, and interaction with calf-thymus DNA of a potential antitumor, anticancer quinoline-appended chalcone derivative, (E)-3-(anthracen-10-yl)-1-(6,8-dibromo-2-methylquinolin-3-yl)prop-2-en-1-one (ADMQ) using steady state absorption and fluorescence spectroscopy, molecular modeling, molecular docking, Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), molecular dynamics (MD) simulation, and gel electrophoresis studies. ADMQ shows an unusual photophysical behavior in a variety of solvents of different polarity. The dual emission has been observed along with the formation of twisted intramolecular charge transfer (TICT) excited state. The radiationless deactivation of the TICT state is found to be promoted strongly by hydrogen bonding. Quantum mechanical (DFT, TDDFT, and ZINDO-CI) calculations show that the ADMQ is sort of molecular rotor which undergoes intramolecular twist followed by a complete charge transfer in the optimized excited state. FTIR studies reveals that ADMQ undergoes important structural change from its native structure to a β-hydroxy keto form in water at physiological pH. The concentration-dependent DNA cleavage has been identified in agarose gel DNA electrophoresis experiment and has been further supported by MD simulation. ADMQ forms hydrogen bond with the deoxyribose sugar attached with the nucleobase adenine DA-17 (chain A) and result in significant structural changes which potentially cleave DNA double helix. The compound does not exhibit any deleterious effect or toxicity to the E. coli strain in cytotoxicity studies. The consolidated spectroscopic research described herein can provide enormous information to open up new avenues for designing and synthesizing chalcone derivatives with low systematic toxicity for medicinal chemistry research.

  3. Synthesis and evaluation of Lys¹(α,γ-Folate)Lys³(¹⁷⁷Lu-DOTA)-Bombesin(1-14) as a potential theranostic radiopharmaceutical for breast cancer.

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    Aranda-Lara, Liliana; Ferro-Flores, Guillermina; Azorín-Vega, Erika; Ramírez, Flor de María; Jiménez-Mancilla, Nallely; Ocampo-García, Blanca; Santos-Cuevas, Clara; Isaac-Olivé, Keila

    2016-01-01

    The aim of this work was to synthesize Lys(1)(α,γ-Folate)-Lys(3)((177)Lu-DOTA)-Bombesin (1-14) ((177)Lu-Folate-BN), as well as to assess its potential for molecular imaging and targeted radiotherapy of breast tumors expressing folate receptors (FR) and gastrin-releasing peptide receptors (GRPR). Radiation absorbed doses of (177)Lu-Folate-BN (74 MBq, i.v.) estimated in athymic mice with T47D-induced breast tumors (positive to FR and GRPR), showed tumor doses of 23.9±2.1 Gy. T47D-tumors were clearly visible (Micro-SPECT/CT images). (177)Lu-Folate-BN demonstrated properties suitable as a theranostic radiopharmaceutical.

  4. Receptor-binding, biodistribution, dosimetry, and micro-SPECT/CT imaging of 111In-[DTPA(1), Lys(3), Tyr(4)]-bombesin analog in human prostate tumor-bearing mice.

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    Ho, Chung-Li; Chen, Liang-Cheng; Lee, Wan-Chi; Chiu, Shu-Pei; Hsu, Wei-Chuan; Wu, Yu-Hsien; Yeh, Chung-Hsin; Stabin, Michael G; Jan, Meei-Ling; Lin, Wuu-Jyh; Lee, Te-Wei; Chang, Chih-Hsien

    2009-08-01

    Gastrin-releasing peptide receptors (GRPRs) are overexpressed on a variety of human tumors, such as prostate, breast, and lung cancer. Bombesin (BN) is a 14-amino-acid peptide with high affinity for these GRPRs. We synthesized DTPA-Q-K-Y-G-N-Q-W-A-V-G-H-L-M, a 13-amino-acid peptide chelated with diethylenetriaminepentaacetic acid (DTPA), and radiolabeled this BN analog with 111InCl(3). Biologic activity of 111In-[DTPA(1), Lys(3), Tyr(4)]-BN was evaluated in PC-3 prostate tumor-bearing severely compromised immunodeficient (SCID) mice. The purity of synthesized [DTPA(1), Lys(3), Tyr(4)]-BN was greater than 95%. The radiolabeling efficiency of 111In-[DTPA(1), Lys(3), Tyr(4)]-BN was 96.9% +/- 2.46%. The IC(50) and K(i) of [DTPA(1), Lys(3), Tyr(4)]-BN in the human bombesin 2 receptor were 1.05 +/- 0.46 and 0.83 +/- 0.36 nM, respectively. The K(d) of 111In-[DTPA(1), Lys(3), Tyr(4)]-BN in GRPR-expressing PC-3 tumor cells was 22.9 +/- 6.81 nM. Both biodistribution and micro-SPECT/CT (single-photon emission computed tomography/computed tomography) imaging studies with 111In-[DTPA(1), Lys(3), Tyr(4)]-BN demonstrated the highest uptake at 8 hours postinjection. The Pearson correlation analysis showed a positive correlation of tumor uptake between biodistribution and micro-SPECT/CT semiquantification imaging analysis (r = 0.832). Our results revealed 111In-[DTPA(1), Lys(3), Tyr(4)]-BN has high affinity with BN type 2 receptor. The results demonstrated a good uptake in the GRPR-overexpression of PC-3 tumor-bearing SCID mice. 111In-[DTPA(1), Lys(3), Tyr(4)]-BN is a potential agent for imaging GRPR-positive tumors in humans.

  5. Design, synthesis, and biological evaluation of scutellarein carbamate derivatives as potential multifunctional agents for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease.

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    Sang, Zhi-Pei; Qiang, Xiao-Ming; Li, Yan; Wu, Bei; Zhang, Hui; Zhao, Ming-Gao; Deng, Yong

    2015-11-01

    A series of scutellarein carbamate derivatives were designed and synthesized based on the multitarget-directed drug design strategy for treatment of Alzheimer's disease. Their acetylcholinesterase and butyrylcholinesterase inhibitory activities, antioxidant activities, metals chelation, and neuroprotective effects against hydrogen peroxide-induced PC12 cell injury were evaluated in vitro. The preliminary results indicated that compound 7b exhibited good inhibitory potency toward AChE and BuChE with IC50 values of 1.2 ± 0.03 μm and 22.1 ± 0.15 μm, respectively, possessed the strong antioxidant potency (10.3 trolox equivalents), as well as acted as a selective metal chelator and neuroprotective agent. Furthermore, 7b could improve memory impairment induced by scopolamine, ethanol, and sodium nitrite using the step-down passive avoidance task in vivo and could remarkably decrease the activity of acetylcholinesterase in mice brain. This study indicated that 7b could be considered as a potential multitarget agent against AD. © 2015 John Wiley & Sons A/S.

  6. Nonlinear fractional order proportion-integral-derivative active disturbance rejection control method design for hypersonic vehicle attitude control

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    Song, Jia; Wang, Lun; Cai, Guobiao; Qi, Xiaoqiang

    2015-06-01

    Near space hypersonic vehicle model is nonlinear, multivariable and couples in the reentry process, which are challenging for the controller design. In this paper, a nonlinear fractional order proportion integral derivative (NFOPIλDμ) active disturbance rejection control (ADRC) strategy based on a natural selection particle swarm (NSPSO) algorithm is proposed for the hypersonic vehicle flight control. The NFOPIλDμ ADRC method consists of a tracking-differentiator (TD), an NFOPIλDμ controller and an extended state observer (ESO). The NFOPIλDμ controller designed by combining an FOPIλDμ method and a nonlinear states error feedback control law (NLSEF) is to overcome concussion caused by the NLSEF and conversely compensate the insufficiency for relatively simple and rough signal processing caused by the FOPIλDμ method. The TD is applied to coordinate the contradiction between rapidity and overshoot. By attributing all uncertain factors to unknown disturbances, the ESO can achieve dynamic feedback compensation for these disturbances and thus reduce their effects. Simulation results show that the NFOPIλDμ ADRC method can make the hypersonic vehicle six-degree-of-freedom nonlinear model track desired nominal signals accurately and fast, has good stability, dynamic properties and strong robustness against external environmental disturbances.

  7. Design, synthesis and biological evaluation of 2-(substituted phenyl)thiazolidine-4-carboxylic acid derivatives as novel tyrosinase inhibitors.

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    Ha, Young Mi; Park, Yun Jung; Lee, Ji Yeon; Park, Daeui; Choi, Yeon Ja; Lee, Eun Kyeong; Kim, Ji Min; Kim, Jin-Ah; Park, Ji Young; Lee, Hye Jin; Moon, Hyung Ryong; Chung, Hae Young

    2012-02-01

    Herein we describe the design, synthesis and biological activities of 2-(substituted phenyl)thiazolidine-4-carboxylic acid derivatives as novel tyrosinase inhibitors. The target compounds 2a-2j were designed and synthesized from the structural characteristics of N-phenylthiourea, tyrosinase inhibitor and tyrosine, and l-DOPA, the natural substrates of tyrosinase. Among them, (2R/S,4R)-2-(2,4-dimethoxyphenyl)thiazolidine-4-carboxylic acid (2g) caused the greatest inhibition 66.47% at 20 μM of l-DOPA oxidase activity of mushroom tyrosinase. Kinetic analysis of tyrosinase inhibition revealed that 2g is a competitive inhibitor. We predicted the tertiary structure of tyrosinase, and simulated the docking of mushroom tyrosinase with 2g. These results suggest that the binding affinity of 2g with tyrosinase is high. Also, 2g effectively inhibited tyrosinase activity and reduced melanin levels in B16 cells treated with α-MSH. These data strongly suggest that 2g can suppress the production of melanin via the inhibition of tyrosinase activity.

  8. Design, synthesis, and antimelanogenic effects of (2-substituted phenyl-1,3-dithiolan-4-yl)methanol derivatives

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    Kim, Do Hyun; Kim, Su Jeong; Ullah, Sultan; Yun, Hwi Young; Chun, Pusoon; Moon, Hyung Ryong

    2017-01-01

    The authors designed and synthesized 17 (2-substituted phenyl-1,3-dithiolan-4-yl) methanol (PDTM) derivatives to find a new chemical scaffold, showing excellent tyrosinase-inhibitory activity. Their tyrosinase-inhibitory activities were evaluated against mushroom tyrosinase at 50 μM, and five of the PDTM derivatives (PDTM3, PDTM7–PDTM9, and PDTM13) were found to inhibit mushroom tyrosinase more than kojic acid or arbutin, the positive controls. Of seventeen PDTMs, PDTM3 (half-maximal inhibitory concentration 13.94±1.76 μM), with a 2,4-dihydroxyphenyl moiety, exhibited greatest inhibitory effects (kojic acid half-maximal inhibitory concentration 18.86±2.14 μM). Interestingly, PDTM compounds with no hydroxyl group, PDTM7–PDTM9, also had stronger inhibitory activities than kojic acid. In silico studies of interactions between tyrosinase and the five PDTMs suggested their binding affinities were closely related to their tyrosinase-inhibitory activities. Cell-based experiments performed using B16F10 mouse-skin melanoma cells showed that PDTM3 effectively inhibited melanogenesis and cellular tyrosinase activity. A cell-viability study conducted using B16F10 cells indicated that the antimelanogenic effect of PDTM3 was not attributable to its cytotoxicity. Kinetic studies showed PDTM3 competitively inhibited tyrosinase, indicating binding to the tyrosinase-active site. We found that PDTM3 with a new chemical scaffold could be a promising candidate for skin-whitening agents, and that the 1,3-dithiolane ring could be used as a chemical scaffold for potent tyrosinase inhibition. PMID:28352157

  9. Design, engineering, and production of human recombinant t cell receptor ligands derived from human leukocyte antigen DR2.

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    Chang, J W; Mechling, D E; Bächinger, H P; Burrows, G G

    2001-06-29

    Major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class II molecules are membrane-anchored heterodimers on the surface of antigen-presenting cells that bind the T cell receptor, initiating a cascade of interactions that results in antigen-specific activation of clonal populations of T cells. Susceptibility to multiple sclerosis is associated with certain MHC class II haplotypes, including human leukocyte antigen (HLA) DR2. Two DRB chains, DRB5*0101 and DRB1*1501, are co-expressed in the HLA-DR2 haplotype, resulting in the formation of two functional cell surface heterodimers, HLA-DR2a (DRA*0101, DRB5*0101) and HLA-DR2b (DRA*0101, DRB1*1501). Both isotypes can present an immunodominant peptide of myelin basic protein (MBP-(84-102)) to MBP-specific T cells from multiple sclerosis patients. We have previously demonstrated that the peptide binding/T cell recognition domains of rat MHC class II (alpha1 and beta1 domains) could be expressed as a single exon for structural and functional characterization; Burrows, G. G., Chang, J. W., Bächinger, H.-P., Bourdette, D. N., Wegmann, K. W., Offner, H., and Vandenbark A. A. (1999) Protein Eng. 12, 771-778; Burrows, G. G., Adlard, K. L., Bebo, B. F., Jr., Chang, J. W., Tenditnyy, K., Vandenbark, A. A., and Offner, H. (2000) J. Immunol. 164, 6366-6371). Single-chain human recombinant T cell receptor ligands (RTLs) of approximately 200 amino acid residues derived from HLA-DR2b were designed using the same principles and have been produced in Escherichia coli with and without amino-terminal extensions containing antigenic peptides. Structural characterization using circular dichroism predicted that these molecules retained the antiparallel beta-sheet platform and antiparallel alpha-helices observed in the native HLA-DR2 heterodimer. The proteins exhibited a cooperative two-state thermal unfolding transition, and DR2-derived RTLs with a covalently linked MBP peptide (MBP-(85-99)) showed increased stability to thermal unfolding relative to the

  10. Design of a Conformationally Defined and Proteolytically Stable Circular Mimetic of Brain-derived Neurotrophic Factor*S⃞

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    Fletcher, Jordan M.; Morton, Craig J.; Zwar, Richard A.; Murray, Simon S.; O'Leary, Paul D.; Hughes, Richard A.

    2008-01-01

    Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) is a member of the neurotrophin family of neurotrophic factors. BDNF has long been recognized to have potential for the treatment of a variety of human neurodegenerative diseases. However, clinical trials with recombinant BDNF have yet to yield success, leading to the suggestion that alternative means of harnessing BDNF actions for therapeutic use may be required. Here we describe an approach to create low molecular weight peptides that, like BDNF, promote neuronal survival. The peptides were designed to mimic a cationic tripeptide sequence in loop 4 of BDNF shown in previous studies to contribute to the binding of BDNF to the common neurotrophin receptor p75NTR. The best of these peptides, the cyclic pentapeptide 2 (cyclo(-d-Pro-Ala-Lys-Arg-)), despite being of low molecular weight (Mr 580), was found to be an effective promoter of the survival of embryonic chick dorsal root ganglion sensory neurons in vitro (maximal survival, 68 ± 3% of neurons supported by BDNF). Pentapeptide 2 did not affect the phosphorylation of either TrkB (the receptor tyrosine kinase for BDNF) or the downstream signaling molecule MAPK, indicating that its mechanism of neuronal survival action is independent of TrkB. NMR studies reveal that pentapeptide 2 adopts a well defined backbone conformation in solution. Furthermore, pentapeptide 2 was found to be effectively resistant to proteolysis when incubated in a solution of rat plasma in vitro. These properties of pentapeptide 2 (low molecular weight, appropriate pharmacological actions, a well defined solution conformation, and proteolytic stability) render it worthy of further investigation, either as a template for the further design of neuronal survival promoting agents or as a lead compound with therapeutic potential in its own right. PMID:18809686

  11. Design, synthesis, in vitro MAO-B inhibitory evaluation, and computational studies of some 6-nitrobenzothiazole-derived semicarbazones.

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    Tripathi, Rati K P; Goshain, Omprakash; Ayyannan, Senthil Raja

    2013-03-01

    Monoamine oxidase B (MAO-B) is an important drug target for the treatment of neurological disorders. A series of 6-nitrobenzothiazole-derived semicarbazones were designed, synthesized, and evaluated as inhibitors of the rat brain MAO-B isoenzyme. Most of the compounds were found to be potent inhibitors of MAO-B, with IC(50) values in the nanomolar to micromolar range. Molecular docking studies were performed with AutoDock 4.2 to deduce the affinity and binding mode of these inhibitors toward the MAO-B active site. The free energies of binding (ΔG) and inhibition constants (K(i)) of the docked compounds were calculated by the Lamarckian genetic algorithm (LGA) of AutoDock 4.2. Good correlations between the calculated and experimental results were obtained. 1-[(4-Chlorophenyl)(phenyl)methylene]-4-(6-nitrobenzothiazol-2-yl)semicarbazide emerged as the lead MAO-B inhibitor, with top ranking in both the experimental MAO-B assay (IC(50): 0.004±0.001 μM) and in computational docking studies (K(i): 1.08 μM). Binding mode analysis of potent inhibitors suggests that these compounds are well accommodated by the MAO-B active site through stable hydrophobic and hydrogen bonding interactions. Interestingly, the 6-nitrobenzothiazole moiety is stabilized in the substrate cavity with the aryl or diaryl residues extending up into the entrance cavity of the active site. According to our results, docking experiments could be an interesting approach for predicting the activity and binding interactions of this class of semicarbazones against MAO-B. Thus, a binding site model consisting of three essential pharmacophoric features is proposed, and this can be used for the design of future MAO-B inhibitors.

  12. Computational protein design to reengineer stromal cell-derived factor-1α generates an effective and translatable angiogenic polypeptide analog.

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    Hiesinger, William; Perez-Aguilar, Jose Manuel; Atluri, Pavan; Marotta, Nicole A; Frederick, John R; Fitzpatrick, J Raymond; McCormick, Ryan C; Muenzer, Jeffrey R; Yang, Elaine C; Levit, Rebecca D; Yuan, Li-Jun; Macarthur, John W; Saven, Jeffery G; Woo, Y Joseph

    2011-09-13

    Experimentally, exogenous administration of recombinant stromal cell-derived factor-1α (SDF) enhances neovasculogenesis and cardiac function after myocardial infarction. Smaller analogs of SDF may provide translational advantages including enhanced stability and function, ease of synthesis, lower cost, and potential modulated delivery via engineered biomaterials. In this study, computational protein design was used to create a more efficient evolution of the native SDF protein. Protein structure modeling was used to engineer an SDF polypeptide analog (engineered SDF analog [ESA]) that splices the N-terminus (activation and binding) and C-terminus (extracellular stabilization) with a diproline segment designed to limit the conformational flexibility of the peptide backbone and retain the relative orientation of these segments observed in the native structure of SDF. Endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) in ESA gradient, assayed by Boyden chamber, showed significantly increased migration compared with both SDF and control gradients. EPC receptor activation was evaluated by quantification of phosphorylated AKT, and cells treated with ESA yielded significantly greater phosphorylated AKT levels than SDF and control cells. Angiogenic growth factor assays revealed a distinct increase in angiopoietin-1 expression in the ESA- and SDF-treated hearts. In addition, CD-1 mice (n=30) underwent ligation of the left anterior descending coronary artery and peri-infarct intramyocardial injection of ESA, SDF-1α, or saline. At 2 weeks, echocardiography demonstrated a significant gain in ejection fraction, cardiac output, stroke volume, and fractional area change in mice treated with ESA compared with controls. Compared with native SDF, a novel engineered SDF polypeptide analog (ESA) more efficiently induces EPC migration and improves post-myocardial infarction cardiac function and thus offers a more clinically translatable neovasculogenic therapy.

  13. Design and Synthesis of 5-Substituted Benzo[d][1,3]dioxole Derivatives as Potent Anticonvulsant Agents.

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    Dong, Shiyang; Wang, Tiantian; Hu, Chundi; Chen, Xiaodong; Jin, Yi; Wang, Zengtao

    2017-02-01

    A series of 5-substituted benzo[d][1,3]dioxole derivatives was designed, synthesized, and tested for anticonvulsant activity using the maximal electroshock (MES) and subcutaneous pentylenetetrazole (scPTZ) screens. Neurotoxicity was determined by rotarod test. In the preliminary screening, six compounds, 3a, 3c, 3d, and 4d-f, showed promising anticonvulsant activities in the MES model, and compounds 4c and 4d exhibited full protection against seizures at doses of 300 mg/kg in the scPTZ model. Among the synthesized compounds, 3c as the most active compound showed high protection against the MES-induced seizures with an ED50 value of 9.8 mg/kg and a TD50 value of 229.4 mg/kg after intraperitoneal injection into mice, thus providing compound 3c with a high protective index (TD50 /ED50 ) of 23.4 comparable to those of reference antiepileptic drugs. © 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  14. Additive effects on the improvement of insecticidal activity: Design, synthesis, and insecticidal activity of novel pymetrozine derivatives.

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    Yang, Yan; Liu, Yuxiu; Song, Hongjian; Li, Yongqiang; Wang, Qingmin

    2016-02-01

    A series of new pymetrozine analogues containing both methyl on the imine carbon and phenoxy group at the pyridine ring were designed and synthesized. Their insecticidal activities against bean aphid (Aphis craccivora), mosquito larvae (Culex pipiens pallens), cotton bollworm (Helicoverpa armigera), corn borer (Ostrinia nubilalis) and oriental armyworm (Mythimna separata) were evaluated. The results of bioassays indicated that most of the target compounds showed good insecticidal activity against bean aphid; especially, IIIf (80%) and IIIl (80%) exhibited higher aphicidal activity than pymetrozine (30%) at 5mg/kg, and the two compounds still showed 20% and 30% mortality at 2.5mg/kg, respectively, whereas pymetrozine displayed no activity at the same concentration. These compounds exhibited a completely different structure-activity relationship to that of known pymetrozine derivatives, in which it is thought introducing alkyl group on the imine carbon could be detrimental to the activities. Our new result suggested that the methyl on the imine carbon and phenoxy group at the pyridine ring of phenoxy group may play additive effects on the improvement of aphicidal activity. Besides this, compound IIIs, containing an allyl at the para position of phenoxy group, exhibited excellent insecticidal activity against mosquito larvae, lepidoptera pests cotton bollworm, corn borer and oriental armyworm. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  15. Design, synthesis and in vitro evaluation of novel dehydroabietic acid derivatives containing a dipeptide moiety as potential anticancer agents.

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    Huang, Xiao-Chao; Jin, Le; Wang, Meng; Liang, Dong; Chen, Zhen-Feng; Zhang, Ye; Pan, Ying-Ming; Wang, Heng-Shan

    2015-01-07

    A series of novel dehydroabietic acid (DHA) chiral dipeptide derivatives were designed and synthesized as potent antitumor agents. The inhibitory activities of these compounds against NCI-H460 (lung), HeLa (epithelial cervical) and MGC-803 (gastric) human cancer cell lines were estimated by MTT assay in vitro. The antitumor activities screening indicated that many compounds showed moderate to high levels of antitumor activities against these three cancer cell lines and most of these compounds displayed more potent inhibitory activities compared with commercial anticancer drug 5-fluorouracil (5-FU). The induction of apoptosis and affects on the cell cycle distribution with compound 8k were investigated by acridine orange/ethidium bromide staining, Hoechst 33258 staining, JC-1 mitochondrial membrane potential staining, TUNEL assay, flow cytometry and the activities of caspase-3 and -9 assay in Hela cells, which exhibited that the compound could induce cell apoptosis in Hela cells. In addition, further investigation showed that apoptosis were associated with loss of mitochondrial membrane potential, enhancement of mitochondrial cytochrome c release and intracellular ROS production, elevation of Bax expression, down-regulation of Bcl-2, and the activation of caspase-9 and -3.

  16. Design, Synthesis, and Biological Evaluation of N-Carboxyphenylpyrrole Derivatives as Potent HIV Fusion Inhibitors Targeting gp41

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    Liu, Kun; Lu, Hong; Hou, Ling; Qi, Zhi; Teixeira, Cátia; Barbault, Florent; Fan, Bo-Tao; Liu, Shuwen; Jiang, Shibo; Xie, Lan

    2009-01-01

    Based on the structures of small-molecule hits targeting the HIV-1 gp41, N-(4-carboxy-3-hydroxy)phenyl-2,5-dimethylpyrrole (2, NB-2) and N-(3-carboxy-4-chloro)phenylpyrrole (A1, NB-64), 42 N-carboxyphenylpyrrole derivatives in two categories (A and B series) were designed and synthesized. We found that 11 compounds exhibited promising anti-HIV-1 activity at micromolar level and their antiviral activity was correlated with their inhibitory activity on gp41 six-helix bundle formation, suggesting that these compounds block HIV fusion and entry by disrupting gp41 core formation. The structure-activity relationship and molecular docking analysis revealed that the carboxyl group could interact with either Arg579 or Lys574 to form salt bridges and two methyl groups on the pyrrole ring were favorable for interaction with the residues in gp41 pocket. The most active compound, N-(3-carboxy-4-hydroxy)phenyl-2,5-dimethylpyrrole (A12), partially occupied the deep hydrophobic pocket, suggesting that enlarging the molecular size of A12 could improve its binding affinity and anti-HIV-1 activity for further development as a small-molecule HIV fusion and entry inhibitor. PMID:19053778

  17. Design, Synthesis and Characterization of 3-(Benzylidene)indolin-2-one Derivatives as Ligands for α-Synuclein Fibrils

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    Chu, Wenhua; Zhou, Dong; Gaba, Vrinda; Liu, Jialu; Li, Shihong; Peng, Xin; Xu, Jinbin; Dhavale, Dhruva; Bagchi, Devika P.; d’Avignon, André; Shakerdge, Naomi B.; Bacskai, Brian J.; Tu, Zhude; Kotzbauer, Paul T.; Mach, Robert H.

    2015-01-01

    A series of 3-(benzilidine)indolin-2-one derivatives were synthesized and evaluated for their in vitro binding to alpha synuclein (α-syn), beta amyloid (Aβ), and tau fibrils. Compounds with a single double bond in the 3-position had only a modest affinity for α-syn and no selectivity for α-syn versus Aβ or tau fibrils. Homologation to the corresponding diene analogs yielded a mixture of Z,E and E,E isomers; substitution of the indoline nitrogen with an N-benzyl group resulted in increased binding to α-syn and reasonable selectivity for α-syn versus Aβ and tau. Introduction of a para-nitro group into the benzene ring of the diene enabled separation of the Z,E and E,E isomers and led to the identification of the Z,E configuration as the more active regioisomer. The data described here provide key structural information in the design of probes which bind preferentially to α-syn versus Aβ or tau fibrils. PMID:26177091

  18. Design, Synthesis, and Characterization of 3-(Benzylidene)indolin-2-one Derivatives as Ligands for α-Synuclein Fibrils.

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    Chu, Wenhua; Zhou, Dong; Gaba, Vrinda; Liu, Jialu; Li, Shihong; Peng, Xin; Xu, Jinbin; Dhavale, Dhruva; Bagchi, Devika P; d'Avignon, André; Shakerdge, Naomi B; Bacskai, Brian J; Tu, Zhude; Kotzbauer, Paul T; Mach, Robert H

    2015-08-13

    A series of 3-(benzylidine)indolin-2-one derivatives were synthesized and evaluated for their in vitro binding to alpha synuclein (α-syn), beta amyloid (Aβ), and tau fibrils. Compounds with a single double bond in the 3-position had only a modest affinity for α-syn and no selectivity for α-syn versus Aβ or tau fibrils. Homologation to the corresponding diene analogues yielded a mixture of Z,E and E,E isomers; substitution of the indoline nitrogen with an N-benzyl group resulted in increased binding to α-syn and reasonable selectivity for α-syn versus Aβ and tau. Introduction of a para-nitro group into the benzene ring of the diene enabled separation of the Z,E and E,E isomers and led to the identification of the Z,E configuration as the more active regioisomer. The data described here provide key structural information in the design of probes which bind preferentially to α-syn versus Aβ or tau fibrils.

  19. Design, synthesis and antibacterial study of new potent and selective coumarin-chalcone derivatives for the treatment of tenacibaculosis.

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    Vazquez-Rodriguez, Saleta; Lama López, Raquel; Matos, Maria João; Armesto-Quintas, Gabriel; Serra, Silvia; Uriarte, Eugenio; Santana, Lourdes; Borges, Fernanda; Muñoz Crego, Angeles; Santos, Ysabel

    2015-11-01

    With the aim of finding new chemical entities selective for fish pathogens to avoid drug resistance in humans, a series of coumarin-chalcone hybrid compounds with different patterns of substitution were designed and synthesized. Their antibacterial activity was evaluated against important types of human bacteria strains (Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa) and against a fourteen strains of the marine pathogen Tenacibaculum maritimum, responsible for tenacibaculosis in fish, which is an important disease that causes great economical loss in the aquaculture industry. All the amino derivatives 5-12 presented high activity against different strains of T. maritimum, no activity against any of the three human pathogenic bacteria strains and no toxicity. Compounds 6, 7 and 11 were the most promising molecules. The most sensitive strains to these compounds were LL01 8.3.8 and LL01 8.3.1, being compound 11 up to 20 times more active than enrofloxacin. Therefore these scaffolds are good candidates for aquaculture treatments, avoiding possible drug resistance problems in humans.

  20. Biological evaluation of structurally diverse amaryllidaceae alkaloids and their synthetic derivatives: discovery of novel leads for anticancer drug design.

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    Evidente, Antonio; Kireev, Artem S; Jenkins, Aaron R; Romero, Anntherese E; Steelant, Wim F A; Van Slambrouck, Severine; Kornienko, Alexander

    2009-04-01

    Twenty-nine Amaryllidaceae alkaloids and their derivatives belonging to the five most common groups, including lycorine, lycorenine, tazettine, crinine, and narciclasine types, were evaluated for antiproliferative, apoptosis-inducing, and anti-invasive activities in vitro. The antiproliferative properties of each test compound are in agreement with those reported in the literature, while the high potency of amarbellisine is reported for the first time. It was also found that with the exception of ungeremine, amarbellisine, and hippeastrine, the antiproliferative effect of the potent compounds is apoptosis mediated. Thus, apoptosis in Jurkat cells was triggered by narciclasine, narciclasine tetraacetate, C10b-R-hydroxypancratistatin, cis-dihydronarciclasine, trans-dihydronarciclasine, lycorine, 1-O-acetyllycorine, lycorine-2-one, pseudolycorine, and haemanthamine. With the exception of narciclasine, lycorine, and haemanthamine, the apoptosis-inducing properties of these compounds are reported for the first time. The collagen type I invasion assay revealed potent anti-invasive properties associated with N-methyllycorine iodide, hippeastrine, clivimine, buphanamine, and narciclasine tetraacetate, all of which were tested at non-toxic concentrations. The anti-invasive activity of buphanamine is particularly promising because this alkaloid is not toxic to cells even at much higher doses. This work has resulted in the identification of several novel leads for anticancer drug design.

  1. Design, synthesis, and evaluation of novel ursolic acid derivatives as HIF-1α inhibitors with anticancer potential.

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    Chi, Ke-Qiang; Wei, Zhi-Yu; Wang, Ke-Si; Wu, Jie; Chen, Wei-Qiang; Jin, Xue-Jun; Piao, Hu-Ri

    2017-09-20

    Hypoxia-inducible factor-1α (HIF-1α), a key mediator in tumor metastasis and angiogenesis, is associated with poor patient prognosis and has been recognized as an important cancer drug target. In this work, four novel series of ursolic acid derivatives containing oxadiazole, triazolone, and piperazine moieties were designed, synthesized, and evaluated for anti-tumor activity as HIF-1α inhibitors. The majority of the compounds showed an excellent ability to inhibit the expression of HIF-1α. In particular, 11b inhibited HIF-1α transcriptional activity under hypoxic conditions with IC50=36.9μM. The cytotoxicity of these compounds was also assessed in human colon cancer cell HCT116 cells by the 3-(4,5-dimethyl-2-thiazolyl)-2,5-diphenyl-2-H-tetrazolium bromide (MTT) assay, and no compounds showed any appreciable cytotoxic activity (IC50>100μmol/L), which was lower than that of ursolic acid (IC50=23.8μmol/L). The mechanism of action of the representative compound 11b was also investigated. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  2. Exploration of the Active Site of Neuronal Nitric Oxide Synthase by the Design and Synthesis of Pyrrolidinomethyl 2-Aminopyridine Derivatives

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    Ji, Haitao; Delker, Silvia L.; Li, Huiying; Martásek, Pavel; Roman, Linda J.; Poulos, Thomas L.; Silverman, Richard B.

    2010-01-01

    Neuronal nitric oxide synthase (nNOS) represents an important therapeutic target for the prevention of brain injury and the treatment of various neurodegenerative disorders. A series of trans substituted amino pyrrolidinomethyl 2-aminopyridine derivatives (8–34) was designed and synthesized. A structure-activity relationship analysis led to the discovery of low nanomolar nNOS inhibitors [(±)-32 and (±)-34] with more than 1000-fold selectivity for nNOS over eNOS. Four enantiomerically pure isomers of 3′-[2″-(3‴-fluorophenethylamino)ethoxy]pyrrolidin-4′-yl}methyl}-4-methylpyridin-2-amine (4) also were synthesized. It was found that (3′R, 4′R)-4 can induce enzyme elasticity to generate a new “hot spot” for ligand binding. The inhibitor adopts a unique binding mode, the same as that observed for (3′R, 4′R)-3′-[2″-(3‴-fluorophenethylamino)ethylamino]pyrrolidin-4′-yl}methyl}-4-methylpyridin-2-amine ((3′R, 4′R)-3) (J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2010, 132(15), 5437–5442). On the basis of structure-activity relationships of 8–34 and different binding conformations of the cis and trans isomers of 3 and 4, critical structural requirements of the NOS active site for ligand binding are revealed. PMID:20958055

  3. Design and characterization of a polyamine derivative inhibiting the expression of type III secretion system in Pseudomonas aeruginosa

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    Wang, Chao; Liu, Xiaoling; Wang, Jing; Zhou, Jianuan; Cui, Zining; Zhang, Lian-Hui

    2016-01-01

    The type III secretion system (TTSS) of Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a key virulence determinant for infection of eukaryotic hosts. Based on the findings that spermidine-mediated host-pathogen signalling is important for activation of type III secretion systems (TTSS), in this study, we designed, synthesized and evaluated a series of polyamine derivatives for their potentials in inhibiting the expression TTSS in P. aeruginosa. In vitro assay of 15 compounds synthesized in this study unveiled stringent structural requirements for TTSS-inhibitory activity. Among them, R101SPM, a conjugate between rhodamine 101 and spermine, showed a potent activity in inhibition of the TTSS gene expression and in attenuation of the TTSS-mediated cytotoxicity on human cells. In vivo analysis demonstrated that R101SPM could rescue mice from the lethal infection by P. aeruginosa. Moreover, genetic analysis showed that the full TTSS-inhibitory activity of R101SPM required a functional spermidine transporter. Taken together, our results present a new class of lead molecules for developing anti-virulence drugs and demonstrate that the spermidine transporter SpuDEGHF of P. aeruginosa is a promising drug target. PMID:27484745

  4. Development of a new class of aromatase inhibitors: Design, synthesis and inhibitory activity of 3-phenylchroman-4-one (isoflavanone) derivatives

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    Bonfield, Kevin; Amato, Erica; Bankemper, Tony; Agard, Hannah; Steller, Jeffrey; Keeler, James M.; Roy, David; McCallum, Adam; Paula, Stefan; Ma, Lili

    2014-01-01

    Aromatase (CYP19) catalyzes the aromatization reaction of androgen substrates to estrogens, the last and rate-limiting step in estrogen biosynthesis. Inhibition of aromatase is a new and promising approach to treat hormone-dependent breast cancer. We present here the design and development of isoflavanone derivatives as potential aromatase inhibitors. Structural modifications were performed on the A and B rings of isoflavanones via microwave-assisted, gold-catalyzed annulation reactions of hydroxyaldehydes and alkynes. The in vitro aromatase inhibition of these compounds was determined by fluorescence-based assays utilizing recombinant human aromatase (baculovirus/insect cell-expressed). The compounds 3-(4-phenoxyphenyl)chroman-4-one (1h), 6-methoxy-3-phenylchroman-4-one (2a) and 3-(pyridin-3-yl)chroman-4-one (3b) exhibited potent inhibitory effects against aromatase with IC50 values of 2.4 μM, 0.26 μM and 5.8 μM, respectively. Docking simulations were employed to investigate crucial enzyme/inhibitor interactions such as hydrophobic interactions, hydrogen bonding and heme iron coordination. This report provides useful information on aromatase inhibition and serves as a starting point for the development of new flavonoid aromatase inhibitors. PMID:22444875

  5. Biological Evaluation of Structurally Diverse Amaryllidaceae Alkaloids and their Synthetic Derivatives: Discovery of Novel Leads for Anticancer Drug Design

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    Evidente, Antonio; Kireev, Artem S.; Jenkins, Aaron R.; Romero, Anntherese E.; Steelant, Wim F. A.; Van slambrouck, Severine; Kornienko, Alexander

    2011-01-01

    Twenty nine Amaryllidaceae alkaloids and their derivatives belonging to five most common groups, including lycorine-, lycorenine-, tazettine-, crinine-, and narciclasine-types, were evaluated for antiproliferative, apoptosis inducing and antiinvasive activities in vitro. The antiproliferative properties of each test compound are in agreement with those reported in the literature, while the high potency of amarbellisine is reported for the first time. It was also found that with the exception of ungeremine, amarbellisine and hippeastrine, the antiproliferative effect of the potent compounds is apoptosis-mediated. Thus, apoptosis in Jurkat cells was triggered by narciclasine, narciclasine tetraacetate, C10b-R-hydroxypancratistatin, cis-dihydronarciclasine, trans-dihydronarciclasine, lycorine, 1-O-acetyllycorine, lycorine-2-one, pseudolycorine, and haemanthamine. With the exception of narciclasine, lycorine and haemanthamine, the apoptosis inducing properties of these compounds are reported for the first time. The collagen type I invasion assay revealed potent antiinvasive properties associated with N-methyllycorine iodide, hippeastrine, clivimine, buphanamine, and narciclasine tetraacetate, all of which were tested at non-toxic concentrations. The antiinvasive activity of buphanamine is particularly promising since this alkaloid is not toxic to cells even at much higher doses. This work has resulted in identification of several novel leads for anticancer drug design. PMID:19235683

  6. Design, synthesis, and pharmacological evaluation of novel hybrid compounds to treat sickle cell disease symptoms. part II: furoxan derivatives.

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    Dos Santos, Jean Leandro; Lanaro, Carolina; Chelucci, Rafael Consolin; Gambero, Sheley; Bosquesi, Priscila Longhin; Reis, Juliana Santana; Lima, Lídia Moreira; Cerecetto, Hugo; González, Mercedes; Costa, Fernando Ferreira; Chung, Man Chin

    2012-09-13

    Phthalimide derivatives containing furoxanyl subunits as nitric oxide (NO)-donors (3a-g) were designed, synthesized, and evaluated in vitro and in vivo for their potential uses in the oral treatment of sickle cell disease symptoms. All compounds (3a-g) demonstrated NO-donor properties at different levels. Moreover, compounds 3b and 3c demonstrated analgesic activity. Compound 3b was determined to be a promising drug candidate for the aforementioned uses, and it was further evaluated in K562 culture cells to determine its ability to increase levels of γ-globin expression. After 96 h at 5 μM, compound 3b was able to induce γ-globin expression by nearly three times. Mutagenic studies using micronucleus tests in peripheral blood cells of mice demonstrated that compound 3b reduces the mutagenic profile as compared with hydroxyurea. Compound 3b has emerged as a new leading drug candidate with multiple beneficial effects for the treatment of sickle cell disease symptoms and provides an alternative to hydroxyurea treatment.

  7. Antimicrobial Peptides Derived from Fusion Peptides of Influenza A Viruses, a Promising Approach to Designing Potent Antimicrobial Agents.

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    Wang, Jingyu; Zhong, Wenjing; Lin, Dongguo; Xia, Fan; Wu, Wenjiao; Zhang, Heyuan; Lv, Lin; Liu, Shuwen; He, Jian

    2015-10-01

    The emergence and dissemination of antibiotic-resistant bacterial pathogens have spurred the urgent need to develop novel antimicrobial agents with different mode of action. In this respect, we turned several fusogenic peptides (FPs) derived from the hemagglutinin glycoproteins (HAs) of IAV into potent antibacterials by replacing the negatively or neutrally charged residues of FPs with positively charged lysines. Their antibacterial activities were evaluated by testing the MICs against a panel of bacterial strains including S. aureus, S. mutans, P. aeruginosa, and E. coli. The results showed that peptides HA-FP-1, HA-FP-2-1, and HA-FP-3-1 were effective against both Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria with MICs ranging from 1.9 to 16.0 μm, while the toxicities toward mammalian cells were low. In addition, the mode of action and the secondary structure of these peptides were also discussed. These data not only provide several potent peptides displaying promising potential in development as broad antimicrobial agents, but also present a useful strategy in designing new antimicrobial agents.

  8. Design, synthesis and biological evaluation of 2,4-disubstituted oxazole derivatives as potential PDE4 inhibitors.

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    Li, Ya-Sheng; Hu, De-Kun; Zhao, Dong-Sheng; Liu, Xing-Yu; Jin, Hong-Wei; Song, Gao-Peng; Cui, Zi-Ning; Zhang, Lian-Hui

    2017-03-15

    In this study, a series of pyrazole derivatives containing 4-phenyl-2-oxazole moiety were designed and synthesized in a concise way, some of which exhibited considerable inhibitory activity against PDE4B and blockade of LPS-induced TNF-α release. Compound 4c displayed the strongest inhibition activity (IC50=1.6±0.4μM) and good selectivity against PDE4B. Meanwhile, compound 4c showed good in vivo activity in animal models of asthma/COPD and sepsis induced by LPS. The primary structure-activity relationship study showed the 3,5-dimethylpyrazole residue was essential for the bioactivity, and the substituted group R1 at the benzene ring also affected the activity. Docking results showed that compound 4c played a key role to form integral hydrogen bonds and a π-π stacking interaction, using hydrazide scaffold (CONN) and pyrazole ring respectively, with PDE4B protein. While the rest part of the molecule extended into the catalytic domain to block the access of cAMP and formed the foundation for inhibition of PDE4B. Compound 4c would be great promise as a lead compound for further study based on the preliminary structure-activity relationship and molecular modeling studies.

  9. Combined delivery of bone marrow-derived mononuclear cells in chronic ischemic heart disease: rationale and study design.

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    Sürder, Daniel; Radrizzani, Marina; Turchetto, Lucia; Cicero, Viviana Lo; Soncin, Sabrina; Muzzarelli, Stefano; Auricchio, Angelo; Moccetti, Tiziano

    2013-08-01

    Treatment with bone marrow-derived mononuclear cells (BM-MNC) may improve left ventricular (LV) function in patients with chronic ischemic heart disease (IHD). Delivery method of the cell product may be crucial for efficacy. We aimed to demonstrate that the combination of intramyocardial and intracoronary injection of BM-MNC is safe and improves LV function in patients with chronic IHD. After a safety/feasibility phase of 10 patients, 54 patients will be randomly assigned in a 1:1:1 pattern to 1 control and 2 BM-MNC treatment groups. The control group will be treated with state-of-the-art medical management. The treatment groups will receive either exclusively intramyocardial injection or a combination of intramyocardial and intracoronary injection of autologous BM-MNC. Left ventricular function as well as scar size, transmural extension, and regional wall-motion score will be assessed by cardiac magnetic resonance imaging studies at baseline and after 6 months. The primary endpoint is the change in global LV ejection fraction by cardiac magnetic resonance from 6 months to baseline. The results, it is hoped, will have important clinical impact and provide essential information to improve the design of future regenerative-medicine protocols in cardiology. As cell delivery may play an important role in chronic IHD, we aim to demonstrate feasibility and efficacy of a combined cell-delivery approach in patients with decreased LV function. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  10. Design, synthesis and biological evaluation of thienopyrimidine hydroxamic acid based derivatives as structurally novel histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitors.

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    Wang, Jiang; Su, Mingbo; Li, Tingting; Gao, Anhui; Yang, Wei; Sheng, Li; Zang, Yi; Li, Jia; Liu, Hong

    2017-03-10

    New thienopyrimidine hydroxamic acid derivatives as HDACs inhibitors were designed, synthesized and evaluated. All compounds were evaluated for their ability to inhibit recombinant human HDAC1, HDAC3, and HDAC6 isoforms and in vitro anti-proliferative activity on tumor cell lines RMPI 8226 and HCT 116. Most of these compounds displayed good to excellent inhibitory activities against HDACs. The IC50 values of compound 9m against HDAC1, HDAC3, and HDAC6 was 29.81 ± 0.52 nM, 24.71 ± 1.16 nM, and 21.29 ± 0.32 nM. Most of these compounds showed strong anti-proliferative activity against human cancer cell lines including RMPI 8226 and HCT 116. The IC50 values of compound 9m against RPMI 8226 and HCT 116 proliferation were 0.97 ± 0.072 μM and 1.01 ± 0.033 μM, respectively. In addition, compound 9m noticeably up-regulated the level of histone H3 acetylation at the low concentration of 0.3 μM.

  11. Optimal designs for population pharmacokinetic studies of the partner drugs co-administered with artemisinin derivatives in patients with uncomplicated falciparum malaria.

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    Jamsen, Kris M; Duffull, Stephen B; Tarning, Joel; Lindegardh, Niklas; White, Nicholas J; Simpson, Julie A

    2012-07-11

    Artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACT) is currently recommended as first-line treatment for uncomplicated malaria, but of concern, it has been observed that the effectiveness of the main artemisinin derivative, artesunate, has been diminished due to parasite resistance. This reduction in effect highlights the importance of the partner drugs in ACT and provides motivation to gain more knowledge of their pharmacokinetic (PK) properties via population PK studies. Optimal design methodology has been developed for population PK studies, which analytically determines a sampling schedule that is clinically feasible and yields precise estimation of model parameters. In this work, optimal design methodology was used to determine sampling designs for typical future population PK studies of the partner drugs (mefloquine, lumefantrine, piperaquine and amodiaquine) co-administered with artemisinin derivatives. The optimal designs were determined using freely available software and were based on structural PK models from the literature and the key specifications of 100 patients with five samples per patient, with one sample taken on the seventh day of treatment. The derived optimal designs were then evaluated via a simulation-estimation procedure. For all partner drugs, designs consisting of two sampling schedules (50 patients per schedule) with five samples per patient resulted in acceptable precision of the model parameter estimates. The sampling schedules proposed in this paper should be considered in future population pharmacokinetic studies where intensive sampling over many days or weeks of follow-up is not possible due to either ethical, logistic or economical reasons.

  12. Two interacting binding sites for quinacrine derivatives in the active site of trypanothione reductase – a template for drug design

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    Saravanamuthu, Ahilan; Vickers, Tim J.; Bond, Charles S.; Peterson, Mark R.; Hunter, William N.; Fairlamb, Alan H.

    2012-01-01

    SUMMARY Trypanothione reductase is a key enzyme in the trypanothione-based redox metabolism of pathogenic trypanosomes. Since this system is absent in humans, being replaced with glutathione and glutathione reductase, it offers a target for selective inhibition. The rational design of potent inhibitors requires accurate structures of enzyme-inhibitor complexes, but this is lacking for trypanothione reductase. We therefore used quinacrine mustard, an alkylating derivative of the competitive inhibitor quinacrine, to probe the active site of this dimeric flavoprotein. Quinacrine mustard irreversibly inactivates Trypanosoma cruzi trypanothione reductase, but not human glutathione reductase, in a time-dependent manner with a stoichiometry of two inhibitors bound per monomer. The rate of inactivation is dependent upon the oxidation state of trypanothione reductase, with the NADPH-reduced form being inactivated significantly faster than the oxidised form. Inactivation is slowed by clomipramine and a melarsen oxide-trypanothione adduct (both are competitive inhibitors) but accelerated by quinacrine. The structure of the trypanothione reductase-quinacrine mustard adduct was determined to 2.7 Å, revealing two molecules of inhibitor bound in the trypanothione-binding site. The acridine moieties interact with each other through π-stacking effects, and one acridine interacts in a similar fashion with a tryptophan residue. These interactions provide a molecular explanation for the differing effects of clomipramine and quinacrine on inactivation by quinacrine mustard. Synergism with quinacrine occurs as a result of these planar acridines being able to stack together in the active site cleft, thereby gaining an increased number of binding interactions, whereas antagonism occurs with non-planar molecules, such as clomipramine, where stacking is not possible. PMID:15102853

  13. Design and Generation of Humanized Single-chain Fv Derived from Mouse Hybridoma for Potential Targeting Application.

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    Khantasup, Kannika; Chantima, Warangkana; Sangma, Chak; Poomputsa, Kanokwan; Dharakul, Tararaj

    2015-12-01

    Single-chain variable antibody fragments (scFvs) are attractive candidates for targeted immunotherapy in several human diseases. In this study, a concise humanization strategy combined with an optimized production method for humanizing scFvs was successfully employed. Two antibody clones, one directed against the hemagglutinin of H5N1 influenza virus, the other against EpCAM, a cancer biomarker, were used to demonstrate the validity of the method. Heavy chain (VH) and light chain (VL) variable regions of immunoglobulin genes from mouse hybridoma cells were sequenced and subjected to the construction of mouse scFv 3-D structure. Based on in silico modeling, the humanized version of the scFv was designed via complementarity-determining region (CDR) grafting with the retention of mouse framework region (FR) residues identified by primary sequence analysis. Root-mean-square deviation (RMSD) value between mouse and humanized scFv structures was calculated to evaluate the preservation of CDR conformation. Mouse and humanized scFv genes were then constructed and expressed in Escherichia coli. Using this method, we successfully generated humanized scFvs that retained the targeting activity of their respective mouse scFv counterparts. In addition, the humanized scFvs were engineered with a C-terminal cysteine residue (hscFv-C) for site-directed conjugation for use in future targeting applications. The hscFv-C expression was extensively optimized to improve protein production yield. The protocol yielded a 20-fold increase in production of hscFv-Cs in E. coli periplasm. The strategy described in this study may be applicable in the humanization of other antibodies derived from mouse hybridoma.

  14. Design, synthesis and evaluation of unique 2,4,5-triaryl imidazole derivatives as novel potent aspartic protease inhibitors.

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    Khan, Mohd Sajid; Akhtar, Salman; Siddiqui, S A; Siddiqui, M S; Srinivasan, K V; Arif, J M

    2012-05-01

    The 2,4,5-triaryl imidazole derivatives (API) were designed, screened and characterized kinetically & thermodynamically against Pepsin and their activity was also tested on the in silico platform. The docking studies of API with Pepsin show that these are novel and unique inhibitors of Aspartic protease. Drug like properties of these compounds were validated in silico based on Lipinski's rule of Five by calculating ClogP, LogS, H-bond acceptors, H-Bond donors, rotational bonds, PSA, PB and BBB values. The Et/Ki and Et/Km values of API show that they follow the Michaelis-Menten kinetics. The binding of inhibitors with proteases was explained by using Van't Hoff plot and thermodynamic parameters viz. free energy (ΔG), Entropy (ΔS) and Enthalpy (ΔH). The Van't Hoff analysis showed that the value of Ki decreases with increase in temperature and the binding of the inhibitor are entropically driven. API act as new potent aspartic protease inhibitors with Ki, for Pepsin, ranges from 3.7 µM to 16.7 µM. Strong hydrophobic groups at C-4 & C-5 position in API favor binding of inhibitors with Pepsin. Experiments also showed that among C-2 aryl substituted imidazole, a 4-substitution on aryl ring is preferred and less polar substituent makes the molecule more active whereas polar substituents at 2-position on C-2 aryl ring makes the molecule less active. The docking studies of API with Pepsin further intensify and validate our results.

  15. Multitarget Strategy to Address Alzheimer's Disease: Design, Synthesis, Biological Evaluation, and Computational Studies of Coumarin-Based Derivatives.

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    Montanari, Serena; Bartolini, Manuela; Neviani, Paolo; Belluti, Federica; Gobbi, Silvia; Pruccoli, Letizia; Tarozzi, Andrea; Falchi, Federico; Andrisano, Vincenza; Miszta, Przemysław; Cavalli, Andrea; Filipek, Sławomir; Bisi, Alessandra; Rampa, Angela

    2016-06-20

    Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a major public health challenge that faces an aging global population. Current drug treatment has demonstrated only symptomatic efficacy, leaving an unmet medical need for a new generation of disease-modifying therapies. Following the multitarget-directed ligand approach, a small library of coumarin-based derivatives was designed and synthesized as a follow-up to our studies on AP2238, aimed at expanding its biological profile. The coumarin substitution pattern at the 6- or 7-position was modified by introducing alkyl chains of variable lengths and with different terminal amino functional groups. 3-(4-{[Benzyl(ethyl)amino]methyl}phenyl)-6-({5-[(7-methoxy-6H-indeno[2,1-b]quinolin-11-yl)amino]pentyl}oxy)-2H-chromen-2-one, bearing the bulkiest amine, emerged as a non-neurotoxic dual acetylcholinesterase (AChE)/butyrylcholinesterase (BuChE) inhibitor, potentially suitable for the treatment of the middle stage of AD. Furthermore, the introduction of a diethylamino spacer, as in 3-(4-{[benzyl(ethyl)amino]methyl}phenyl)-6-{[5-(diethylamino)pentyl]oxy}-2H-chromen-2-one and 3-(4-{[benzyl(ethyl)amino]methyl}phenyl)-7-[4-(diethylamino)butoxy]-2H-chromen-2-one, led to nanomolar human AChE inhibitors endowed with significant inhibitory activity toward Aβ42 self-aggregation, whereas the reference compound was completely ineffective. Furthermore, 3-(4-{[benzyl(ethyl)amino]methyl}phenyl)-7-[4-(diethylamino)butoxy]-2H-chromen-2-one also showed promising neuroprotective behavior, which makes it a potential candidate for development into a disease-modifying agent.

  16. Design, synthesis and docking studies of novel thienopyrimidine derivatives bearing chromone moiety as mTOR/PI3Kα inhibitors.

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    Zhu, Wufu; Chen, Chen; Sun, Chengyu; Xu, Shan; Wu, Chunjiang; Lei, Fei; Xia, Hui; Tu, Qidong; Zheng, Pengwu

    2015-03-26

    Two series of thienopyrimidine derivatives (10a-k, 16a-j) bearing chromone moiety were designed and synthesized. All the compounds were evaluated for inhibitory activity against mTOR kinase at a concentration of 10uM. Four selected compounds were further evaluated for the IC50 values against mTOR kinase, PI3Kα kinase and two cancer cell lines. Some of the target compounds exhibited moderate to excellent mTOR/PI3Kα kinase inhibitory activity and cytotoxicity. The most promising compound 16i showed good inhibitory activity against mTOR/PI3Kα kinase and good antitumor potency for H460 and PC-3 cell lines with IC50 values of 0.16 ± 0.03 μM, 2.35 ± 0.19 μM, 1.20 ± 0.23 μM and 0.85 ± 0.04 μM, which were 8.6, >5, 7.9 and 19.1 times more active than compound I (1.37 ± 0.07 μM, >10 μM, 9.52 ± 0.29 μM, 16.27 ± 0.54 μM), respectively. Structure-activity relationships (SARs) and docking studies indicated that the chromone moiety is necessary for the potent antitumor activity and cytotoxicity of these compounds. Substitution of the chromone moiety at the 6-position has a significant impact to the inhibitory activity, in particular a carboxylic acid group, produced the best potency. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  17. In vitro cytochrome P450 inhibition potential of methylenedioxy-derived designer drugs studied with a two-cocktail approach.

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    Dinger, Julia; Meyer, Markus R; Maurer, Hans H

    2016-02-01

    In vitro cytochrome P450 (CYP) inhibition assays are common approaches for testing the inhibition potential of drugs for predicting potential interactions. In contrast to marketed medicaments, drugs of abuse, particularly the so-called novel psychoactive substances, were not tested before distribution and consumption. Therefore, the inhibition potential of methylenedioxy-derived designer drugs (MDD) of different drug classes such as aminoindanes, amphetamines, benzofurans, cathinones, piperazines, pyrrolidinophenones, and tryptamines should be elucidated. The FDA-preferred test substrates, split in two cocktails, were incubated with pooled human liver microsomes and analysed after protein precipitation using LC-high-resolution-MS/MS. IC50 values were determined of MDD showing more than 50 % inhibition in the prescreening. Values were calculated by plotting the relative metabolite concentration formed over the logarithm of the inhibitor concentration. All MDD showed inhibition against CYP2D6 activity and most of them in the range of the clinically relevant CYP2D6 inhibitors quinidine and fluoxetine. In addition, the beta-keto compounds showed inhibition of the activity of CYP2B6, 5,6-MD-DALT of CYP1A2 and CYP3A, and MDAI of CYP2A6, all in the range of clinically relevant inhibitors. In summary, all MDD showed inhibition of the activity of CYP2D6, six of CYP1A2, three of CYP2A6, 13 of CYP2B6, two of CYP2C9, six of CYP2C19, one of CYP2E1, and six of CYP3A. These results showed that the CYP inhibition by MDD might be clinically relevant, but further studies are needed for final conclusions.

  18. X-ray crystallographic analysis of IMP-1 metallo-β-lactamase complexed with a 3-aminophthalic acid derivative, structure-based drug design, and synthesis of 3,6-disubstituted phthalic acid derivative inhibitors.

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    Hiraiwa, Yukiko; Saito, Jun; Watanabe, Takashi; Yamada, Mototsugu; Morinaka, Akihiro; Fukushima, Takayoshi; Kudo, Toshiaki

    2014-10-15

    3-(4-Hydroxypiperidine-1-yl) phthalic acid 1 shows potent inhibitory activity against metallo-β-lactamase, which is known to inactivate β-lactam antibiotics such as carbapenems. Here, the structure of co-crystals of the metallo-β-lactamase IMP-1 and 1 was first analyzed by X-ray crystallography, and then used for structure-based drug design. Four novel compounds bearing substituents at the 6-position were synthesized to produce 3,6-disubstituted phthalic acid derivatives, and their IMP-1 inhibitory activity and synergistic effect with the carbapenem biapenem (BIPM) were evaluated. 3,6-Disubstituted phthalic acid derivatives showed potent IMP-1 inhibitory activity. In particular, compound 13 showed 10-fold higher IMP-1 inhibitory activity as compared with the parent derivative 1. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  19. Design, synthesis of novel starch derivative bearing 1,2,3-triazolium and pyridinium and evaluation of its antifungal activity.

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    Tan, Wenqiang; Li, Qing; Gao, Zhenpeng; Qiu, Shuai; Dong, Fang; Guo, Zhanyong

    2017-02-10

    Based on cuprous-catalyzed azide-alkyne cycloaddition (CuAAC), starch derivative bearing 1,2,3-triazole and pyridine (II) was prepared and subsequently followed by alkylation with iodomethane to synthesize starch derivative bearing 1,2,3-triazolium and pyridinium (III). The antifungal activities of starch derivatives against Colletotrichum lagenarium, Watermelon fusarium, and Phomopsis asparagi, were then assayed by hypha measurement in vitro. Apparently, starch derivatives showed enhanced antifungal activity against three fungi at the tested concentrations compared with starch. Especially, the best inhibitory index of starch derivative (III) against Colletotrichum lagenarium attained 97% above at 1.0mg/mL. Meanwhile, starch derivative (III) had stronger antifungal activity than starch derivative (II), which was reasonable to propose that the alkylation of 1,2,3-triazole and pyridine was significant for enhanced antifungal activity. As this novel starch derivative bearing 1,2,3-triazolium and pyridinium could be prepared efficiently and exhibited superduper antifungal activity, this material might provide an effective way and notion to prepare novel antifungal agents.

  20. Multifunctional targeted therapy system based on (99m) Tc/(177) Lu-labeled gold nanoparticles-Tat(49-57)-Lys(3) -bombesin internalized in nuclei of prostate cancer cells.

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    Jiménez-Mancilla, Nallely; Ferro-Flores, Guillermina; Santos-Cuevas, Clara; Ocampo-García, Blanca; Luna-Gutiérrez, Myrna; Azorín-Vega, Erika; Isaac-Olivé, Keila; Camacho-López, Miguel; Torres-García, Eugenio

    2013-11-01

    Radiolabeled gold nanoparticles may function simultaneously as radiotherapy and thermal ablation systems. The gastrin-releasing peptide receptor (GRP-r) is overexpressed in prostate cancer, and Lys(3) -bombesin is a peptide that binds with high affinity to the GRP-r. HIV Tat(49-57) is a cell-penetrating peptide that reaches the DNA. In cancer cells, (177) Lu shows efficient crossfire effect, whereas (99m) Tc that is internalized in the cancer cell nuclei acts as an effective system of targeted radiotherapy because of the biological Auger effect. The aim of this research was to evaluate the in vitro potential of (99m) Tc-labeled and (177) Lu-labeled gold nanoparticles conjugated to Tat(49-57)-Lys(3) -bombesin peptides ((99m) Tc/(177) Lu-AuNP-Tat-BN) as a plasmonic photothermal therapy and targeted radiotherapy system in PC3 prostate cancer cells. Peptides were conjugated to AuNPs (5 nm) by spontaneous reaction with the thiol group of cysteine (Cys). The effect on PC3 cell viability after laser heating of the AuNP-Tat-BN incubated with the cancer cells was conducted using an Nd:YAG laser pulsed for 5 ns at 532 nm (0.65 W/cm(2) ). For the (99m) Tc/(177) Lu-AuNP-Tat-BN to be obtained, the (177) Lu-DOTA-Gly-Gly-Cys and (99m) Tc-HYNIC-octreotide radiopeptides were first prepared and added simultaneously to a solution of AuNP-Tat-BN. (99m) Tc/(177) Lu-AuNP-Tat-BN (20 Bq/cell) was incubated with PC3 cells, and the effect on the cell proliferation was evaluated after 3 days. Fluorescence images of (99m) Tc/(177) Lu-AuNP-Tat-BN internalized in nuclei of PC3 were also obtained. After laser irradiation, the presence of AuNP-Tat-BN caused a significant increase in the temperature of the medium (46.4 vs 39.5 °C of that without AuNP) resulting in a significant decrease in PC3 cell viability down to 1.3%. After treatment with (99m) Tc/(177) Lu-AuNP-Tat-BN, the PC3 cell proliferation was inhibited. The nanosystem exhibited properties suitable for plasmonic

  1. Design, synthesis and evaluation of new GEQ derivatives as inhibitors of InhA enzyme and Mycobacterium tuberculosis growth.

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    Chollet, Aurélien; Mori, Giorgia; Menendez, Christophe; Rodriguez, Frédéric; Fabing, Isabelle; Pasca, Maria Rosalia; Madacki, Jan; Korduláková, Jana; Constant, Patricia; Quémard, Annaïk; Bernardes-Génisson, Vania; Lherbet, Christian; Baltas, Michel

    2015-08-28

    A series of fluorene-based derivatives was synthesized and evaluated for inhibiting both InhA and Mycobacterium tuberculosis growth. These compounds were inspired by the previously reported Genz-10850 molecule, a good InhA inhibitor, but with a poor activity against M. tuberculosis growth. Structure-activity relationships were performed by introducing the following chemical modifications: 1) the piperazine ring; 2) the amide group; 3) the aryl moiety; and 4) the fluorene moiety. Among these new derivatives, one of them was more effective against both the InhA activity and mycobacterial growth, compared to the hit compound. Docking studies were also performed to rationalize activities of these derivatives. Furthermore, we showed for the first time that efflux pump inhibitors potentiated the efficacy of Genz-10850 (GEQ) derivatives against M. tuberculosis growth, demonstrating that these compounds could be substrates of some efflux pumps.

  2. Systematic Molecular Design of Ketone Derivatives of Aromatic Molecules for Lithium-Ion Batteries: First-Principles DFT Modeling.

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    Park, Jong Hoo; Liu, Tianyuan; Kim, Ki Chul; Lee, Seung Woo; Jang, Seung Soon

    2017-04-10

    The thermodynamic and electrochemical redox properties for a set of ketone derivatives of phenalenyl and anthracene have been investigated to assess their potential application for positive electrode materials in rechargeable lithium-ion batteries. Using first-principles DFT, it was found that 1) the thermodynamic stabilities of ketone derivatives are strongly dependent on the distribution of the carbonyl groups and 2) the redox potential is increased when increasing the number of the incorporated carbonyl groups. The highest values are 3.93 V versus Li/Li(+) for the phenalenyl derivatives and 3.82 V versus Li/Li(+) for the anthracene derivatives. It is further highlighted that the redox potential of an organic molecule is also strongly correlated with its spin state in the thermodynamically stable form. © 2017 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  3. Pm-149 DOTA bombesin analogs for potential radiotherapy. in vivo comparison with Sm-153 and Lu-177 labeled DO3A-amide-betaAla-BBN(7-14)NH(2).

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    Hu, Fang; Cutler, Cathy S; Hoffman, Timothy; Sieckman, Gary; Volkert, Wynn A; Jurisson, Silvia S

    2002-05-01

    Promethium-149 (149Pm) is one of only three radiolanthanides that can be prepared in no carrier added concentrations. This high specific activity radiolanthanide is thus suitable for targeting limited numbers of specific receptors found on many tumor cells. Promethium-149 is a moderate energy beta(-) emitter (1.07 MeV (95.9%)) with a half-life of 2.21 days. Pm-149 also emits a low abundance of an imageable gamma ray (286 keV (3%)) that may allow in vivo tracking of the therapeutic dose. The 149Pm and Sm complexes with the DO3A-amide chelator with zero and three carbon spacers to the bombesin peptide analog BBN(7-14)NH(2) were synthesized and characterized. The Sm complexes were synthesized for macroscopic characterization purposes (ESI-MS, in vitro cell binding) since no stable isotopes of Pm are known. The biological properties of the 149Pm, 153Sm and 177Lu-DO3A-amide-betaAla-BBN complexes were compared in normal mouse biodistribution studies.

  4. A User-Centered Framework for Deriving A Conceptual Design From User Experiences: Leveraging Personas and Patterns to Create Usable Designs

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    Javahery, Homa; Deichman, Alexander; Seffah, Ahmed; Taleb, Mohamed

    Patterns are a design tool to capture best practices, tackling problems that occur in different contexts. A user interface (UI) design pattern spans several levels of design abstraction ranging from high-level navigation to low-level idioms detailing a screen layout. One challenge is to combine a set of patterns to create a conceptual design that reflects user experiences. In this chapter, we detail a user-centered design (UCD) framework that exploits the novel idea of using personas and patterns together. Personas are used initially to collect and model user experiences. UI patterns are selected based on personas pecifications; these patterns are then used as building blocks for constructing conceptual designs. Through the use of a case study, we illustrate how personas and patterns can act as complementary techniques in narrowing the gap between two major steps in UCD: capturing users and their experiences, and building an early design based on that information. As a result of lessons learned from the study and by refining our framework, we define a more systematic process called UX-P (User Experiences to Pattern), with a supporting tool. The process introduces intermediate analytical steps and supports designers in creating usable designs.

  5. Design of Novel β-Carboline Derivatives with Pendant 5-Bromothienyl and Their Evaluation as Phosphodiesterase-5 Inhibitors

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    El-Gamil, Dalia S.; Ahmed, Nermin S.; Gary, Bernard D.; Piazza, Gary A.; Engel, Matthias; Hartmann, Rolf W.; Abadi, Ashraf H.

    2016-01-01

    New derivatives with the tetrahydro-β-carboline-imidazolidinedione and tetrahydro-β-carboline-piperazinedione scaffolds and a pendant bromothienyl moiety at C-5/C-6 were synthesized and tested for their ability to inhibit PDE5 in vitro. The following SAR can be concluded: The tetracyclic scaffold is essential for PDE5 inhibition; the ethyl group is the most suitable among the adopted N-substituents on the terminal ring (hydantoin/piperazinedione); the appropriate stereochemistry of C-5/C-6 derived from the aldehyde rather than C-11a/C-12a derived from tryptophan appears crucial for inhibition of PDE5; surprisingly, derivatives with the hydantoin terminal ring are more active than their analogs with the piperazinedione ring; the selectivity versus PDE5 relative to PDE11 with cGMP as a substrate is mainly a function of the substitution and stereochemistry pattern of the external ring, in other words of the interaction with the H-loop residues of the isozymes. Thirteen derivatives showed PDE5 inhibitory activity with IC50 values in the range of 0.16–5.4 μm. Compound 8 was the most potent PDE5 inhibitor and showed selectivity towards PDE5 versus other PDEs, with a selectivity index of 49 towards PDE5 rather than PDE11 with cGMP as the substrate. PMID:23307609

  6. Design, synthesis and evaluation of PEGylated lipoic acid derivatives with functionality as potent anti-melanogenic agents.

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    Lu, Chichong; Kim, Bo-Mi; Chai, Kyu Yun

    2011-10-01

    The novel PEGylated lipoic acid (LA) derivatives with functionality were synthesized in satisfactory yield by simple procedures and evaluated about its anti-melanogenic activity on the B16F10 melanoma cells. Grafting a PEG moiety onto the carboxyl group of LA has reduced the cell cytotoxicity and provided the water solubility and functionality to incorporate the other bioactive moieties. We have found that derivatives showed inhibition of melanin formation by up to 36.5% at 0.1 mM, whereas LA decreased the melanin formation by 8.6%. In addition, it also inhibits at least 86.4% UV-induced MMP-1 expression at 0.1 mM which is higher than LA. These data suggest that the novel PEGylated LA derivatives with functionality may thus serve as a potentially effective anti-melanogenic and anti-aging agent.

  7. Design, synthesis, characterization, quantum-chemical calculations and anti-inflammatory activity of novel series of thiophene derivatives

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    Helal, M. H.; Salem, M. A.; Gouda, M. A.; Ahmed, N. S.; El-Sherif, A. A.

    2015-08-01

    Interaction of 1-(4-morpholinophenyl)ethanone 1 with either malononitrile or ethyl cyanoacetate 2 afforded Knoevenagel-Cope product 3. In subsequent treatment of 3 with sulfur, the 2-aminothiophene derivatives (4a, 4b) are formed under basic conditions. The solvent-free reaction of thiophene derivative 4a with ethyl cyanoacetate afforded thieno[2,3-d][1,3]oxazine derivative 6. The base catalyzed condensation of 2-aminothiophene derivative (4a) with ethyl cyanoacetate afforded N-(thieno-2-yl) cyanoacetamide derivative 7. The latter was used to synthesize different heterocyclic derivatives comprising, pyridine and coumarin rings. Also, several substituted thieno[2,3-d]pyrimidines have been prepared from reaction of 2-aminothiophene-3-carbonitrile 4b with some electrophilic reagents. The structure of the newly compounds were confirmed on the basis of elemental analysis and spectral data. The molecular modeling of the synthesized compounds has been drawn and their molecular parameters were calculated. Also, valuable information is obtained from calculation of the molecular parameters including electronegativity, net dipole moment of the compounds, total energy, electronic energy, binding energy, HOMO and LUMO energy. Evaluation of anti-inflammatory activity of the tested compounds was performed in albino rats by producing carrageenan induced paw oedema and measuring the zone of inflammation at different time intervals i.e. 1, 2, 3 and 4 h after carrageenan injection. Results indicated that most of the tested compounds showed moderate to good activity comparable to indomethacin. Also, compound 16 with additional morpholine ring beside the thiophene ring inhibits carrageenan induced paw oedema more than the standard indomethacin drug at all the time scales studied. Thus, compound 16 is considered as a promising compound for further modification to obtain clinically useful anti-inflammatory agent.

  8. Molecular design of Cy3 derivative for highly sensitive in-stem molecular beacon and its application to the wash-free FISH.

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    Kashida, Hiromu; Osawa, Takuya; Morimoto, Kazuhiro; Kamiya, Yukiko; Asanuma, Hiroyuki

    2015-04-15

    We herein describe a novel in-stem molecular beacon (ISMB) containing multiple Cy3-quencher pairs on d-threoninol scaffolds in the stem region. The designed Cy3 derivative was not significantly quenched by the adjacent nucleobases, self-quenching of the fluorophore was minimal, and the fluorophore did not severely destabilize the duplex. Using newly designed Cy3, we synthesized ISMBs containing two Cy3 moieties. The signal to background ratio of the ISMB containing two Cy3 moieties was above 100, whereas that with one Cy3 was 30. A Cy3-derivative containing ISMB used in a fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) detected endogenous β-actin mRNA in fixed cells without need for washing procedures. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  9. Conformational analysis of thioglycoside derivatives of histo-blood group ABH antigens using an ab initio-derived reparameterization of MM4: implications for design of non-hydrolysable mimetics

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    Strino, Francesco; Lii, Jenn-Huei; Gabius, Hans-Joachim; Nyholm, Per-Georg

    2009-12-01

    Histo-blood group ABH antigens serve as recognition sites for infectious microorganisms and tissue lectins in intercellular communication, e.g. in tumor progression. Thus, they are of interest as a starting point for drug design. In this respect, potent non-hydrolysable derivatives such as thioglycosides are of special interest. As prerequisite to enable estimations of ligand properties relative to their natural counterparts, conformational properties of the thioglycosidic derivatives of ABH trisaccharides and their disaccharide units were calculated using systematic and filtered systematic searches with the MM4 force field. Parameters for the glycosidic torsions of thioglycosides were independently derived from ab initio calculations. The resulting energy deviations required a reparameterization of MM4 to a new parameter set called MM4R. The data sets obtained using MM4R reveal that the thioglycosides have somewhat increased levels of flexibility about the major low-energy conformations shared with the corresponding O-glycosides. In the trisaccharides, the thiosubstitution of the Gal[NAc]α1-3Gal linkage leads to a preference for a conformation which is the secondary minimum of the natural counterparts. This conformation also generates contacts between the N-acetyl group and the fucose moiety in the blood group A derivative. Calculations further indicate that thiosubstitution of only the Fucα1-2Gal linkage does not affect the conformational preferences compared to the natural trisaccharide. Thiosubstitution of both linkages in the trisaccharide results in increased flexibility but the favored conformation of the natural trisaccharides is preferred. The study suggests that thioglycoside derivatives of ABH antigens could have pharmaceutical interest as ligands of lectins and other carbohydrate-binding proteins.

  10. Design and Synthesis of Potent HIV-1 Protease Inhibitors Incorporating Hexahydrofuropyranol-derived High Affinity P2 ligands: Structure-activity Studies and Biological Evaluation

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    Ghosh, Arun K.; Chapsal, Bruno D.; Baldridge, Abigail; Steffey, Melinda P.; Walters, D. Eric; Koh, Yasuhiro; Amano, Masayuki; Mitsuya, Hiroaki

    2011-01-01

    The design, synthesis, and evaluation of a new series of hexahydrofuropyran-derived HIV-1 protease inhibitors are described. We have designed a stereochemically defined hexahydrofuropyranol-derived urethane as the P2-ligand. The current ligand is designed based upon the X-ray structure of 1a-bound HIV-1 protease. The synthesis of (3aS,4S,7aR)-hexahydro-2H-furo[2,3-b] pyran-4-ol (−)-7 was carried out in optically active form. Incorporation of this ligand provided inhibitor 35a, which has shown excellent enzyme inhibitory activity and antiviral potency. Our structure activity studies have indicated that the stereochemistry and the position of oxygens in the ligand are important to the observed potency of the inhibitor. Inhibitor 35a has maintained excellent potency against multidrug-resistant HIV-1 variants. An active site model of 35a was created based upon the X-ray structure of 1b-bound HIV-1 protease. The model offers molecular insights regarding ligand-binding site interactions of the hexahydrofuropyranol-derived novel P2-ligand. PMID:21194227

  11. Conceptual/preliminary design study of subsonic v/stol and stovl aircraft derivatives of the S-3A

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    Kidwell, G. H., Jr.

    1981-01-01

    A computerized aircraft synthesis program was used to examine the feasibility and capability of a V/STOL aircraft based on the Navy S-3A aircraft. Two major airframe modifications are considered: replacement of the wing, and substitution of deflected thrust turbofan engines similar to the Pegasus engine. Three planform configurations for the all composite wing were investigated: an unconstrained span design, a design with the span constrained to 64 feet, and an unconstrained span oblique wing design. Each design was optimized using the same design variables, and performance and control analyses were performed. The oblique wing configuration was found to have the greatest potential in this application. The mission performance of these V/STOL aircraft compares favorably with that of the CTOL S-3A.

  12. Design and synthesis of dithiocarbamate linked β-carboline derivatives: DNA topoisomerase II inhibition with DNA binding and apoptosis inducing ability.

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    Kamal, Ahmed; Sathish, Manda; Nayak, V Lakshma; Srinivasulu, Vunnam; Kavitha, Botla; Tangella, Yellaiah; Thummuri, Dinesh; Bagul, Chandrakant; Shankaraiah, Nagula; Nagesh, Narayana

    2015-09-01

    A series of new β-carboline-dithiocarbamate derivatives bearing phenyl, dithiocarbamate and H/methyl substitutions at position-1, 3 and 9, respectively, were designed and synthesized. These derivatives 8a-l and 13a-l and their starting precursors (7 a-d and 12 a-d) have been evaluated for their in vitro cytotoxic activity on selected human cancer cell lines. Among the derivatives tested, 7 c, 12 c, 8 a, 8 d, 8 i, 8 j, 8 k, 8l and 13 d-l exhibited considerable cytotoxicity against most of the tested cancer cell lines (IC50<10μM). Interestingly, most of the derivatives (8 a-l and 13a-l) exhibited enhanced activity than their precursors (7 a-d and 12 a-d), which indicates that the combination of dithiocarbamate with β-carboline enhances the cytotoxicity of 8 a-l and 13 a-l. Moreover, the derivatives 8 j and 13 g exhibited significant cytotoxic activity with IC50 values of 1.34 μM and 0.79 μM on DU-145 cancer cells, respectively. Further, the induction of apoptosis by these derivatives was confirmed by Annexin V-FITC and Hoechst staining assays. However, both biophysical as well as molecular docking studies suggested a combilexin-type of interaction between these derivatives and DNA, unlike simple β-carbolines. With a view to understand their mechanism of action, DNA topoisomerase II (topo II) inhibition assay was also performed. Overall, the present study emphasizes the importance of linking a dithiocarbamate moiety to the β-carboline scaffold for exhibiting profound activity. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  13. Design, synthesis, and antiproliferative activity of 3,4-diarylpyrazole-1-carboxamide derivatives against melanoma cell line.

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    El-Gamal, Mohammed I; Choi, Hong Seok; Cho, Hae-Guk; Hong, Jun Hee; Yoo, Kyung Ho; Oh, Chang-Hyun

    2011-11-01

    Synthesis of a new series of 3,4-diarylpyrazole-1-carboxamide derivatives is described. Their antiproliferative activity against A375P human melanoma cell line was tested and the effect of substituents on the diarylpyrazole scaffold was investigated. The biological results indicated that five synthesized compounds (Ig, Ii, IIc, IIg, and IIh) exhibited similar activity to Sorafenib. In addition, three compounds (IIa, IIb, and IIi) were more potent than Sorafenib. Among all of these derivatives, compound IIa which has dimethylamino and phenolic moieties showed the most potent antiproliferative activity against A375P human melanoma cell line. Virtual screening was carried out through docking of the most potent compound IIa into the domain of V600E-b-Raf and the binding mode was studied.

  14. Design, synthesis, and structure-activity relationship studies of novel thioether pleuromutilin derivatives as potent antibacterial agents.

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    Ling, Chenyu; Fu, Liqiang; Gao, Suo; Chu, Wenjing; Wang, Hui; Huang, Yanqin; Chen, Xiaoyan; Yang, Yushe

    2014-06-12

    A series of novel thioether pleuromutilin derivatives incorporating various heteroaromatic substituents into the C14 side chain have been reported. Structure-activity relationship (SAR) studies resulted in compounds 52 and 55 with the most potent in vitro antibacterial activity among the series (MIC = 0.031-0.063 μg/mL). Further optimization to overcome the poor water solubility of compound 55 resulted in compounds 87, 91, 109, and 110 possessing good in vitro antibacterial activity with increased hydrophilicity. Compound 114, the water-soluble phosphate prodrug of compound 52, was also prepared and evaluated. Among the derivatives, compound 110 showed moderate pharmacokinetic profiles and good in vivo efficacy in both MSSA and MRSA systemic infection models. Compound 110 was further evaluated in CYP450 inhibition assay and displayed intermediate in vitro inhibition of CYP3A4.

  15. New Potential Antimalarial Agents: Design, Synthesis and Biological Evaluation of Some Novel Quinoline Derivatives as Antimalarial Agents.

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    Radini, Ibrahim Ali M; Elsheikh, Tarek M Y; El-Telbani, Emad M; Khidre, Rizk E

    2016-07-14

    A novel series of dihydropyrimidines (DHPMs) 4a-j; 2-oxopyran-3-carboxylate 7a,b; 1-amino-1,2-dihydropyridine-3-carboxylate 8; and 1,3,4-oxadiazole derivatives 12 with quinolinyl residues have been synthesized in fairly good yields. The structure of the newly synthesized compounds was elucidated on the basis of analytical and spectral analyses. In vitro antimalarial evaluation of the synthesized quinoline derivatives against Plasmodium falciparum revealed them to possess moderate to high antimalarial activities, with IC50 values ranging from 0.014-5.87 μg/mL. Compounds 4b,g,i and 12 showed excellent antimalarial activity against to Plasmodium falciparum compared with the antimalarial agent chloroquine (CQ).

  16. Design, synthesis and biological evaluation of urea derivatives from o-hydroxybenzylamines and phenylisocyanate as potential FabH inhibitors.

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    Li, Zi-Lin; Li, Qing-Shan; Zhang, Hong-Jia; Hu, Yang; Zhu, Di-Di; Zhu, Hai-Liang

    2011-08-01

    FabH, β-ketoacyl-acyl carrier protein (ACP) synthase III, is a particularly attractive target, since it is central to the initiation of fatty acid biosynthesis and is highly conserved among Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria. A series of o-hydroxybenzylamines 1-16 and its corresponding new urea derivatives 17-32 were synthesized and fully characterized by spectroscopic methods and elemental analysis. This new urea derivatives class demonstrates strong antibacterial activity. Escherichia coli FabH inhibitory assay and docking simulation indicated that the compounds 1-(5-bromo-2-hydroxybenzyl)-1-(4-fluorophenyl)-3-phenylurea (18) and 1-(5-bromo-2-hydroxybenzyl)-1-(4-chlorophenyl)-3-phenylurea (20) were potent inhibitors of E. coli FabH. Crown Copyright © 2011. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  17. Design, synthesis, molecular docking, anti-Proteus mirabilis and urease inhibition of new fluoroquinolone carboxylic acid derivatives.

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    Abdullah, Mohammed A A; Abuo-Rahma, Gamal El-Din A A; Abdelhafez, El-Shimaa M N; Hassan, Heba A; Abd El-Baky, Rehab M

    2017-02-01

    New hydroxamic acid, hydrazide and amide derivatives of ciprofloxacin in addition to their analogues of levofloxacin were prepared and identified by different spectroscopic techniques. Some of the prepared compounds revealed good activity against the urease splitting bacteria, Proteus mirabilis. The urease inhibitory activity was investigated using indophenol method. Most of the tested compounds showed better activity than the reference acetohydroxamic acid (AHA). The ciprofloxacin hydrazide derivative 3a and levofloxacin hydroxamic acid 7 experienced the highest activity (IC50=1.22μM and 2.20μM, respectively). Molecular docking study revealed high spontaneous binding ability of the tested compounds to the active site of urease. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  18. A novel approach to evaluate the pharmacokinetic biocomparability of a monoclonal antibody derived from two different cell lines using simultaneous crossover design.

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    Han, Chao; McIntosh, Thomas S; Geist, Brian J; Jiao, Trina; Puchalski, Thomas A; Goldberg, Kenneth M; Yang, Tong-Yuan; Pendley, Charles E; Zhou, Honghui; Davis, Hugh M

    2014-01-01

    A parallel study design with a large number of subjects has been a typical path for pharmacokinetic (PK) biocomparability assessment of biotherapeutics with long half-lives and immunogenic propensity, for example, monoclonal antibodies (mAb). A recently published innovative bioanalytical method that can quantify mAb produced from two different cell lines in the same sample opened an avenue to exploring a simultaneous crossover study design for PK biocomparability assessment of biotherapeutics. Siltuximab, a chimeric IgG1 mAb-targeting interleukin-6, was studied as an example. The pharmacokinetic biocomparability of siltuximab derived from mouse myeloma (Sp2/0) cells and Chinese hamster ovary cells was previously assessed and demonstrated in a clinical PK biocomparability study that enrolled more than 140 healthy subjects using a parallel trial design. The biocomparability was successfully shown in six cynomolgus monkeys in a preclinical proof-of-concept study using the new crossover study design supported by the analytical method. The impact of antidrug antibodies on the assessment of biocomparability was minimal. This novel approach opened up a new arena for the evaluation of PK biocomparability of biotherapeutics with unique molecular signatures such as a mAb derived from different cell lines.

  19. Design, synthesis of some new (2-aminothiazol-4-yl)methylester derivatives as possible antimicrobial and antitubercular agents.

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    Karuvalam, Ranjith P; Haridas, Karickal R; Nayak, Susanta K; Row, Tayur N Guru; Rajeesh, P; Rishikesan, R; Kumari, N Suchetha

    2012-03-01

    A series of (2-aminothiazol-4-yl)methylester (5a-t) derivatives were synthesized in good yields and characterized by (1)H NMR, (13)C NMR, mass spectral and elemental analyses. The crystal structure of 5a was evidenced by X-ray diffraction study. The compounds were evaluated for their preliminary in vitro antibacterial, antifungal activity and were screened for antitubercular activity against Mycobacterium tuberculosis H37Rv strain. The synthesized compounds displayed interesting antimicrobial activity. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  20. Design, synthesis and structure activity relationship of potent pan-PIM kinase inhibitors derived from the pyridyl carboxamide scaffold.

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    Nishiguchi, Gisele A; Burger, Matthew T; Han, Wooseok; Lan, Jiong; Atallah, Gordana; Tamez, Victoriano; Lindvall, Mika; Bellamacina, Cornelia; Garcia, Pablo; Feucht, Paul; Zavorotinskaya, Tatiana; Dai, Yumin; Wong, Kent

    2016-05-01

    The Pim proteins (1, 2 and 3) are serine/threonine kinases that have been found to be upregulated in many hematological malignancies and solid tumors. As a result of overlapping functions among the three isoforms, inhibition of all three Pim kinases has become an attractive strategy for cancer therapy. Herein we describe our efforts in identifying potent pan-PIM inhibitors that are derived from our previously reported pyridyl carboxamide scaffold as part of a medicinal chemistry strategy to address metabolic stability. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  1. Design, semisynthesis and cytotoxic activity of novel ester derivatives of betulinic acid-1,2,4 oxadiazoles.

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    Challa, Krishna; Bhargavi, M Vijaya; Krupadanam, G L David

    2016-12-01

    Taking into consideration of the biological activity of betulinic acid derivatives containing a oxadiazole ring, the semisynthetic betulinic acid-1,2,4-oxadiazole esters (14-25) were synthesized starting from betulinic acid (1) and 5-(bromomethyl)-3-aryl-1,2,4-oxadiazoles (2-13) and final compounds were tested for cytotoxic activity on three human cancer cell lines in vitro. All tested compounds showed good cytotoxic activity. The structures of synthesized compounds are established based on infrared (IR), nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), and mass spectrometry.

  2. Design and synthesis of novel 1,4-benzodiazepine derivatives and their biological evaluation as cholinesterase inhibitors.

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    Mohamed, Lamia Wagdy; El-Yamany, Mohamed F

    2012-08-01

    A new series of 1,4-benzodiazepine-2,5-dione structurally related to cyclopenin has been synthesized. The new compounds were assayed in vivo and in vitro for their ability to inhibit acetylcholinesterase enzyme and were found to have potent reversible anticholinesterase activity when tested in vitro for isolated frog rectus abdominis and guinea pig ileum in addition to increasing brain cholinesterase level in rats when percentage inhibition were tested in vivo, moreover compounds 5a, 5b, 5c and 5g were the most active. LD(50) was performed for these derivatives and they displayed high safety margin.

  3. Design, synthesis, pharmacological evaluation and molecular dynamics of β-amino acids morphan-derivatives as novel ligands for opioid receptors.

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    Nieto, Carlos T; Gonzalez-Nunez, Veronica; Rodríguez, Raquel E; Diez, David; Garrido, Narciso M

    2015-08-28

    Structure-Activity Relationship (SAR) is a current approach in the design of new pharmacological agents. We previously reported the synthesis of a novel analogue of morphine, a 2-azabicyclo[3.3.1]nonane, which contains a β-amino acid. This bicyclic core exhibits two distinctive chemical handles for further elaboration, which allowed us to create a library of morphan-containing compounds by in silico molecular docking on the μ opioid receptor. Lead candidates were synthesized and biological tests were performed to evaluate their ability to bind to opioid receptors. The four top compounds, three phenyl esters and an N-phenylethyl morphan derivative, were selected for Molecular Dynamics simulations to get topological and thermodynamic information. Aromatic morphan derivatives displayed an interacting domain which fits into a hydrophobic cleft and the effect of the substituents in their affinity was explained by the differences in the calculated binding free energies. Our results indicate that the 3D arrangement of the aromatic ring in the morphine derivatives is not a key issue for a specific ligand - μ receptor interaction. Thus, these morphan derivatives represent a new class of opioid receptor ligands which may be of great use in the clinical practice.

  4. System analysis approach to deriving design criteria (loads) for Space Shuttle and its payloads. Volume 1: General statement of approach

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    Ryan, R. S.; Bullock, T.; Holland, W. B.; Kross, D. A.; Kiefling, L. A.

    1981-01-01

    Space shuttle, the most complex transportation system designed to date, illustrates the requirement for an analysis approach that considers all major disciplines simultaneously. Its unique cross coupling and high sensitivity to aerodynamic uncertainties and high performance requirements dictated a less conservative approach than those taken in programs. Analyses performed for the space shuttle and certain payloads, Space Telescope and Spacelab, are used a examples. These illustrate the requirements for system analysis approaches and criteria, including dynamic modeling requirements, test requirements control requirements and the resulting design verification approaches. A survey of the problem, potential approaches available as solutions, implications for future systems, and projected technology development areas are addressed.

  5. System analysis approach to deriving design criteria (Loads) for Space Shuttle and its payloads. Volume 2: Typical examples

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    Ryan, R. S.; Bullock, T.; Holland, W. B.; Kross, D. A.; Kiefling, L. A.

    1981-01-01

    The achievement of an optimized design from the system standpoint under the low cost, high risk constraints of the present day environment was analyzed. Space Shuttle illustrates the requirement for an analysis approach that considers all major disciplines (coupling between structures control, propulsion, thermal, aeroelastic, and performance), simultaneously. The Space Shuttle and certain payloads, Space Telescope and Spacelab, are examined. The requirements for system analysis approaches and criteria, including dynamic modeling requirements, test requirements, control requirements, and the resulting design verification approaches are illustrated. A survey of the problem, potential approaches available as solutions, implications for future systems, and projected technology development areas are addressed.

  6. Derivation of occupational exposure levels (OELs) of low-toxicity isometric biopersistent particles: How can the kinetic lung overload paradigm be used for improved inhalation toxicity study design and OEL-derivation?

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    Pauluhn, Jürgen

    2014-12-20

    Convincing evidence suggests that poorly soluble low-toxicity particles (PSP) exert two unifying major modes of action (MoA), in which one appears to be deposition-related acute, whilst the other is retention-related and occurs with particle accumulation in the lung and associated persistent inflammation. Either MoA has its study- and cumulative dose-specific adverse outcome and metric. Modeling procedures were applied to better understand as to which extent protocol variables may predetermine any specific outcome of study. The results from modeled and empirical studies served as basis to derive OELs from modeled and empirically confirmed directions. This analysis demonstrates that the accumulated retained particle displacement volume was the most prominent unifying denominator linking the pulmonary retained volumetric particle dose to inflammogenicity and toxicity. However, conventional study design may not always be appropriate to unequivocally discriminate the surface thermodynamics-related acute adversity from the cumulative retention volume-related chronic adversity. Thus, in the absence of kinetically designed studies, it may become increasingly challenging to differentiate substance-specific deposition-related acute effects from the more chronic retained cumulative dose-related effects. It is concluded that the degree of dissolution of particles in the pulmonary environment seems to be generally underestimated with the possibility to attribute to toxicity due to decreased particle size and associated changes in thermodynamics and kinetics of dissolution. Accordingly, acute deposition-related outcomes become an important secondary variable within the pulmonary microenvironment. In turn, lung-overload related chronic adversities seem to be better described by the particle volume metric. This analysis supports the concept that 'self-validating', hypothesis-based computational study design delivers the highest level of unifying information required for the risk

  7. Design, synthesis and biological evaluation of new 2-benzoxazolinone derivatives as potential cholinesterase inhibitors for therapy of alzheimer's disease.

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    Szymański, P; Janik, A; Zurek, E; Mikiciuk-Olasik, E

    2011-06-01

    Currently acetylcholinesterase inhibitor (AChEI) therapy is one of the most frequently used methods in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease; tacrine, donepezil, rivastygmine and galantamine are applied in different stages of AD. In the present study, we propose a new series of 2-benzoxazolinone derivatives as potential cholinesterase inhibitors. These compounds were synthesized by condensation of 6-chloro acetyl-2-benzoxa zolinone with the corresponding amine and evaluated as acetylcholinesterase inhibitors using the colorimetric Ellman's method. Selectivity and the IC50 values were determined for the received derivatives. All tested compounds exhibited the inhibitory activity towards acetylcholinesterase (AChE) and butyrylcholinesterase (BChE). Compound 3e showed stronger activity than the standard tacrine, and compound 3a showed activity similar to that of tacrine for AChE. Compounds 3a, 3b, 3c, and 3e showed stronger activity than the standard donepezil towards the inhibition of BChE, and the compound 3e showed stronger activity than donepezil towards AChE.

  8. Design, synthesis and evaluation of N-substituted saccharin derivatives as selective inhibitors of tumor-associated carbonic anhydrase XII.

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    D'Ascenzio, Melissa; Carradori, Simone; De Monte, Celeste; Secci, Daniela; Ceruso, Mariangela; Supuran, Claudiu T

    2014-03-15

    A series of N-alkylated saccharin derivatives were synthesized and tested for the inhibition of four different isoforms of human carbonic anhydrase (CA, EC 4. 2.1.1): the transmembrane tumor-associated CA IX and XII, and the cytosolic CA I and II. Most of the reported derivatives inhibited CA XII in the nanomolar/low micromolar range, hCA IX with KIs ranging between 11 and 390 nM, whereas they were inactive against both CA I (KIs >50 μM) and II (K(I)s ranging between 39.1 nM and 50 μM). Since CA I and II are off-targets of antitumor carbonic anhydrase inhibitors (CAIs), the obtained results represent an encouraging achievement for the development of new anticancer candidates without the common side effects of non-selective CAIs. Moreover, the lack of an explicit zinc binding function on these inhibitors opens the way towards the exploration of novel mechanisms of inhibition that could explain the high selectivity of these compounds for the inhibition of the transmembrane, tumor-associated isoforms over the cytosolic ones. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  9. Design, synthesis and biological evaluation of benzamide and phenyltetrazole derivatives with amide and urea linkers as BCRP inhibitors.

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    Gujarati, Nehaben A; Zeng, Leli; Gupta, Pranav; Chen, Zhe-Sheng; Korlipara, Vijaya L

    2017-10-15

    Breast cancer resistant protein (BCRP/ABCG2), a 72kDa plasma membrane transporter protein is a member of ABC transporter superfamily. Increased expression of BCRP causes increased efflux and therefore, reduced intracellular accumulation of many unrelated chemotherapeutic agents leading to multidrug resistance (MDR). A series of 31 benzamide and phenyltetrazole derivatives with amide and urea linkers has been synthesized to serve as potential BCRP inhibitors in order to overcome BCRP-mediated MDR. The target derivatives were tested for their cytotoxicity and reversal effects in human non-small cell lung cancer cell line H460 and mitoxantrone resistant cell line H460/MX20 using the MTT assay. In the benzamide series, compounds 6 and 7 exhibited a fold resistance of 1.51 and 1.62, respectively at 10µM concentration which is similar to that of FTC, a known BCRP inhibitor. Compounds 27 and 31 were the most potent analogues in the phenyltetrazole series with amide linker with a fold resistance of 1.39 and 1.32, respectively at 10µM concentration. For the phenyltetrazole series with urea linker, 38 exhibited a fold resistance of 1.51 which is similar than that of FTC and is the most potent compound in this series. The target compounds did not exhibit reversal effect in P-gp overexpressing resistant cell line SW620/Ad300 suggesting that they are selective BCRP inhibitors. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  10. Design and synthesis of novel 3-substituted-indole derivatives as selective H3 receptor antagonists and potent free radical scavengers.

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    Tang, Li; Zhao, Liying; Hong, Lingjuan; Yang, Fenyan; Sheng, Rong; Chen, Jianzhong; Shi, Ying; Zhou, Naimin; Hu, Yongzhou

    2013-10-01

    A series of novel 3-substituted-indole derivatives with a benzyl tertiary amino moiety were designed, synthesized and evaluated as H3 receptor antagonists and free radical scavengers for Alzheimer's disease therapy. Most of these synthesized compounds exhibited moderate to potent antagonistic activities in CREs driven luciferase assay. In particular, compound 2d demonstrated the most favorable H3 receptor antagonistic activity with the IC50 value of 0.049μM. Besides, it also displayed high binding affinity to H3 receptor (Ki=4.26±2.55nM) and high selectivity over other three histamine receptors. Moreover, 2d and other two 3-substituted indole derivatives 1d and 3d exerted potent ABTS radical cation scavenging capacities similar to melatonin. Above results illustrate that 2d is an interesting lead for extensive optimization to explore new drug candidate for AD therapy. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  11. Design, synthesis, and pharmacological evaluation of 5-oxo-1,2,4-oxadiazole derivatives as AT1 antagonists with antihypertension activities.

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    Zhu, Weibo; Bao, Xiaolu; Ren, He; Liao, Pingyong; Zhu, Wei; Yan, Yijia; Wang, Li; Chen, Zhilong

    A series of new 5-oxo-1,2,4-oxadiazole derivatives with 1, 4-disubsituted or 1, 5-disubsituted indole group was designed, synthesized, and pharmacologically evaluated. These derivatives displayed high affinities to the AT1 receptor at the same order of magnitude to losartan. The methyl ester with 1, 4-disubsituted indole group, 1 (5.01 ± 1.67 nM) showed high antihypertension activity on spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHRs). Its maximal response lowered 30 mmHg of mean blood pressure (MBP) at 10 mg/kg after oral administration, which was better than irbesartan, and the antihypertensive effect lasted beyond 24 h. These results made 1 deserve further investigation.

  12. Design, synthesis and biological evaluation of coumarin derivatives as novel acetylcholinesterase inhibitors that attenuate H2O2-induced apoptosis in SH-SY5Y cells.

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    Yao, Dahong; Wang, Jing; Wang, Guan; Jiang, Yingnan; Shang, Lei; Zhao, Yuqian; Huang, Jian; Yang, Shilin; Wang, Jinhui; Yu, Yamei

    2016-10-01

    A novel series of coumarin derivatives were designed, synthesized and investigated for inhibition of cholinesterase, including acetyl cholinesterase (AChE) and butyrylcholinesterase (BuChE). This biological study showed that these compounds containing piperazine ring had significant inhibition activities on AChE rather than BuChE. Further study suggested that 9x, as one of this kind of structure derivative, showed the strongest inhibition activity on AChE with an IC50 value of 34nM. Moreover, molecular docking, flow cytometry (FCM), and western blot assay suggested that 9x could induce cytoprotective autophagy to attenuate H2O2-induced cell death in human neuroblastoma SH-SY5Y cells. These findings highlight a new approach for the development of a novel potential neuroprotective compound targeting AChE with autophagy-inducing activity in future Alzheimer's disease (AD) therapy. Copyright © 2016. Published by Elsevier Inc.

  13. Design and synthesis of 3,4-methylenedioxy-6-nitrophenoxyacetylhydrazone derivatives obtained from natural safrole: new lead-agents with analgesic and antipyretic properties.

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    Bezerra-Netto, Heleno J C; Lacerda, Daniel I; Miranda, Ana Luisa P; Alves, Hélio M; Barreiro, Eliezer J; Fraga, Carlos A M

    2006-12-01

    In this work, we reported the synthesis and evaluation of the analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and antipyretic properties of new 2-(6-nitro-benzo[1,3]dioxol-5-yloxy)-acetylhydrazone derivatives (3), designed exploring molecular hybridization and isosteric replacement approaches between nimesulide (1) and carbanalogue NAH series (2) developed at LASSBio. Target compounds were synthesized in very good yields exploiting abundant Brazilian natural product safrole (4) as starting material. The evaluation of the antinociceptive properties of this series led us to discover a new potent prototype of analgesic and antipyretic agent, that is, NAH derivative 3c, named LASSBio-891, which showed to be more potent than dipyrone used as standard.

  14. In vitro and in vivo evaluation of Alexa Fluor 680-bombesin[7-14]NH2 peptide conjugate, a high-affinity fluorescent probe with high selectivity for the gastrin-releasing peptide receptor.

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    Ma, Lixin; Yu, Ping; Veerendra, Bhadrasetty; Rold, Tammy L; Retzloff, Lauren; Prasanphanich, Adam; Sieckman, Gary; Hoffman, Timothy J; Volkert, Wynn A; Smith, Charles J

    2007-01-01

    Gastrin-releasing peptide (GRP) receptors are overexpressed on several types of human cancer cells, including breast, prostate, small cell lung, and pancreatic cancers. Bombesin (BBN), a 14-amino acid peptide that is an analogue of human GRP, binds to GRP receptors with very high affinity and specificity. The aim of this study was to develop a new fluorescent probe based on BBN having high tumor uptake and optimal pharmacokinetics for specific targeting and optical imaging of human breast cancer tissue. In this study, solid-phase peptide synthesis was used to produce H(2)N-glycylglycylglycine-BBN[7-14]NH(2) peptide with the following general sequence: H(2)N-G-G-G-Q-W-A-V-G-H-L-M-(NH(2)). This conjugate was purified by reversed-phase high-performance liquid chromatography and characterized by electrospray-ionization mass spectra. The fluorescent probe Alexa Fluor 680-G-G-G-BBN[7-14]NH(2) conjugate was prepared by reaction of Alexa Fluor 680 succinimidyl ester to H(2)N-G-G-G-BBN[7-14]NH(2) in dimethylformamide (DMF). In vitro competitive binding assays, using (125)I-Tyr(4)-BBN as the radiolabeling gold standard, demonstrated an inhibitory concentration 50% value of 7.7 +/- 1.4 nM in human T-47D breast cancer cells. Confocal fluorescence microscopy images of Alexa Fluor 680-G-G-G-BBN[7-14]NH(2) in human T-47D breast cancer cells indicated specific uptake, internalization, and receptor blocking of the fluorescent bioprobe in vitro. In vivo investigations in SCID mice bearing xenografted T-47D breast cancer lesions demonstrated the ability of this new conjugate to specifically target tumor tissue with high selectivity and affinity.

  15. Novel molecular combination deriving from natural aminoacids and polyphenols: Design, synthesis and free-radical scavenging activities.

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    Silvia, Vertuani; Baldisserotto, Anna; Scalambra, Emanuela; Malisardi, Gemma; Durini, Elisa; Manfredini, Stefano

    2012-04-01

    Following the recent output of scientific publications in the matter of synergic activity between different antioxidants, we have undertaken the present study with the aim to synthesize new molecules with radical-scavengers activity based on the conjugation of bioactive portions (i.e. phenols, cysteine, methionine or tyrosine), characterized by different structures and mechanisms of action, to promote the simultaneous quenching of different radical species in the site of the oxidative damage. In this context, derivatives of phenolic acid, aminoacids and dopamine have been also prepared. The newly synthesized compounds were evaluated in vitro applying specific and complementary antioxidant test such as DPPH assay and ORAC test. As emerged from the evaluation, prerequisites for the activity of the synthesized molecules were: i) the maintenance of at least two hydroxylic groups on the aromatic moiety of phenolic portion, ii) the presence of a spacer between the aromatic moiety and the carbonilic group.

  16. Rational Design and Synthesis of [5]Helicene-Derived Phosphine Ligands and Their Application in Pd-Catalyzed Asymmetric Reactions

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    Yamamoto, Kosuke; Shimizu, Takashi; Igawa, Kazunobu; Tomooka, Katsuhiko; Hirai, Go; Suemune, Hiroshi; Usui, Kazuteru

    2016-11-01

    A series of novel optically active [5]helicene-derived phosphine ligands (L1, with a 7,8-dihydro[5]helicene core structure- and L2, with a fully aromatic [5]helicene core structure) were synthesized. Despite their structural similarities, L1 and L2 exhibit particularly different characteristics in their use as chiral ligands. L1 was highly effective in the asymmetric allylation of indoles with 1,3-diphenylallyl acetate (up to 99% ee), and in the etherification of alcohols (up to 96% ee). In contrast, L2 was highly effective in the stereocontrol of helical chirality in Suzuki–Miyaura coupling (SMC) reaction (up to 99% ee). Density functional theory analysis was employed to propose a model that accounts for the origin of the enantioselectivity in these reactions.

  17. Reflection and refraction of narrow Gaussian beams with general astigmatism at tilted optical surfaces: a derivation oriented toward lens design.

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    Greco, Vincenzo; Giusfredi, Giovanni

    2007-02-01

    The formulas for the reflection and refraction of a narrow Gaussian beam with general astigmatism at a tilted optical surface are derived by ray-tracing techniques. The propagation direction of the reflected and refracted beams is computed by tracing the central ray of the incident beam, and the characteristic parameters of the respective wavefronts are worked out by applying the formulas developed for the generalized ray tracing. Moreover, the Gaussian form of the reflected and refracted amplitude distributions along the transverse coordinates is determined by requiring the matching of the incident, reflected, and refracted light spots on the optical surface. No limiting assumptions are made regarding the form of the optical interface or the orientation of the incident astigmatic wavefront. In the end, to illustrate a simple application of these formulas, the reflection of a Gaussian beam at a conicoid is considered, and a simple property of the conicoidal mirrors is reported.

  18. Design, synthesis and evaluation of N-benzoylindazole derivatives and analogues as inhibitors of human neutrophil elastase.

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    Crocetti, Letizia; Giovannoni, Maria Paola; Schepetkin, Igor A; Quinn, Mark T; Khlebnikov, Andrei I; Cilibrizzi, Agostino; Piaz, Vittorio Dal; Graziano, Alessia; Vergelli, Claudia

    2011-08-01

    Human neutrophil elastase (HNE) plays an important role in tumour invasion and inflammation. A series of N-benzoylindazoles was synthesized and evaluated for their ability to inhibit HNE. We found that this scaffold is appropriate for HNE inhibitors and that the benzoyl fragment at position 1 is essential for activity. The most active compounds inhibited HNE activity with IC₅₀ values in the submicromolar range. Furthermore, docking studies indicated that the geometry of an inhibitor within the binding site and energetics of Michaelis complex formation were key factors influencing the inhibitor's biological activity. Thus, N-benzoylindazole derivatives and their analogs represent novel structural templates that can be utilized for further development of efficacious HNE inhibitors.

  19. New 2H-chromene-3-carboxamide derivatives: design, synthesis and use as inhibitors of hMAO.

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    Pan, Zhi-Xiang; He, Xu; Chen, Yan-Yan; Tang, Wen-Jian; Shi, Jing-Bo; Tang, Yu-Lan; Song, Bao-An; Li, Jun; Liu, Xin-Hua

    2014-06-10

    A series new 2H-chromene-3-carboxamide derivatives 4a-4t were synthesized and evaluated as monoamine oxidase A and B (MAO-A and MAO-B) inhibitors. Among them, compound 4d (IC50 = 0.93 μM, IC(50 iproniazid) = 7.80 μM) showed the most activity and higher MAO-B selectivity (64.5-fold vs. 1-fold) with respect to the MAO-A isoform. The active compound 4d was also docked into the hMAO-B complex structure active site to determine the probable binding model. The results indicated that conserved residue CYSA 172 was important for ligand binding via hydrogen bond interaction, Pi-Pi interaction was found between the benzene-ring of compound 4d and residue ILEA 199. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  20. Benzoic acid derivatives with improved antifungal activity: Design, synthesis, structure-activity relationship (SAR) and CYP53 docking studies.

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    Berne, Sabina; Kovačič, Lidija; Sova, Matej; Kraševec, Nada; Gobec, Stanislav; Križaj, Igor; Komel, Radovan

    2015-08-01

    Previously, we identified CYP53 as a fungal-specific target of natural phenolic antifungal compounds and discovered several inhibitors with antifungal properties. In this study, we performed similarity-based virtual screening and synthesis to obtain benzoic acid-derived compounds and assessed their antifungal activity against Cochliobolus lunatus, Aspergillus niger and Pleurotus ostreatus. In addition, we generated structural models of CYP53 enzyme and used them in docking trials with 40 selected compounds. Finally, we explored CYP53-ligand interactions and identified structural elements conferring increased antifungal activity to facilitate the development of potential new antifungal agents that specifically target CYP53 enzymes of animal and plant pathogenic fungi. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  1. The Design, Synthesis and Evaluation of Coumarin Ring Derivatives of the Novobiocin Scaffold that Exhibit Anti-proliferative Activity

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    Donnelly, Alison C.; Mays, Jared R.; Burlison, Joseph A.; Nelson, John T.; Vielhauer, George; Holzbeierlein, Jeffrey; Blagg, Brian S. J.

    2009-01-01

    Novobiocin, a known DNA gyrase inhibitor, binds to a nucleotide-binding site located on the C-terminus of Hsp90 and induces degradation of Hsp90-dependent client proteins at ~700 μM in breast cancer cells (SkBr3). Although many analogues of novobiocin have been synthesized, it was only recently demonstrated that monomeric species can exhibit anti-proliferative activity against various cancer cell lines. To further refine the essential elements of the coumarin core, a series of modified coumarin derivatives was synthesized and evaluated for elucidation of structure–activity relationships for novobiocin as an anti-cancer agent. Results obtained from these studies have produced novobiocin analogues that manifest low micromolar activity against several cancer cell lines. PMID:18939877

  2. Design of proportional-derivative-type state feedback controllers for congestion control of transmission control protocol networks

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    Azadegan, Masoumeh; Beheshti, Mohammad T. H.; Tavassoli, Babak

    2015-07-01

    A new proportional-derivative-type state feedback controller is proposed for congestion control of transmission control protocol (TCP) networks. An analytical TCP model is adopted. In the proposed control scheme, it is possible to efficiently control the TCP traffic using only the queue length at the router without the need to know the TCP window size which is not available locally. The results are presented in terms of delay-dependent linear matrix inequality. The proposed method is verified by simulation examples using NS software, and the effectiveness and superiority of our method over other control schemes, such as the proportional-integral, random early detection and generalised minimum variancemethods, are also shown.

  3. Five-membered heteroaromatic ring fused-pyrimidine derivatives: design, synthesis, and hedgehog signaling pathway inhibition study.

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    Zhang, Liandi; Xin, Minhang; Shen, Han; Wen, Jun; Tang, Feng; Tu, Chongxing; Zhao, Xinge; Wei, Ping

    2014-08-01

    A series of novel five-membered heteroaromatic ring fused-pyrimidine derivatives including purines, pyrrolo[2,3-d]pyrimidines, pyrrolo[3,2-d]pyrimidines, thieno[2,3-d]pyrimidines, thieno[3,2-d]pyrimidines and furo[3,2-d]pyrimidines have been identified to be potent inhibitors of hedgehog signaling pathway. The synthesis and SAR of these compounds are described. Among this new series of hedgehog signaling pathway inhibitors, most compounds exhibited significant inhibitory activity compared to vismodegib, indicating that the five-membered heteroaromatic ring fused-pyrimidines stand out as encouraging scaffolds among the currently reported structural skeletons for hedgehog signaling pathway inhibitors, deserving more exploration and further investigation. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  4. Design, synthesis and molecular docking of salicylic acid derivatives containing metronidazole as a new class of antimicrobial agents.

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    Guo, Zhi-Hua; Yin, Yong; Wang, Cong; Wang, Peng-Fei; Zhang, Xing-Tao; Wang, Zhong-Chang; Zhu, Hai-Liang

    2015-09-15

    A series of novel salicylic acid derivatives containing metronidazole as Staphylococcus aureus Tyrosyl-tRNA synthetase (TyrRS) inhibitors have been synthesized and evaluated their biology activities as potential antibacterial agents. Among these compounds, compound 5r exhibited the most potent antibacterial activity against Gram-positive (S. aureus ATCC 6538 and Bacillus subtilis ATCC 6633) and Gram-negative (Escherichia coli ATCC 35218 and Pseudomonas aeruginosa ATCC 13525) with MICs of 0.39-1.57 μg/mL and showed the most potent S. aureus Tyrosyl-tRNA synthetase inhibitory with 2.3 μM. Docking simulation was performed to insert compound 5r into the crystal structure of S. aureus Tyrosyl-tRNA synthetase active site to determine the probable binding model. These results suggested that compound 5r may be a promising antibacterial agent.

  5. Design, synthesis and biological evaluation of pyrazolylaminoquinazoline derivatives as highly potent pan-fibroblast growth factor receptor inhibitors.

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    Fan, Jun; Dai, Yang; Shao, Jingwei; Peng, Xia; Wang, Chen; Cao, Sufen; Zhao, Bin; Ai, Jing; Geng, Meiyu; Duan, Wenhu

    2016-06-01

    Fibroblast growth factor receptors (FGFRs) are important oncology targets due to the dysregulation of this signaling pathway in a wide variety of human cancers. We identified a series of pyrazolylaminoquinazoline derivatives as potent FGFR inhibitors with low nanomolar potency. The representative compound 29 strongly inhibited FGFR1-3 kinase activity and suppressed FGFR signaling transduction in FGFR-addicted cancer cells; FGFRs-driven cell proliferation was also strongly inhibited regardless of mechanistic complexity implicated in FGFR activation, which further confirmed that 29 was a potent pan-FGFR inhibitor. The flexibility of our structure offered the potential to preserve good affinity for mutant FGFR, which is important for developing TKIs with long-term efficacy. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  6. Benzophenone-nucleoside derivatives as telomerase inhibitors: Design, synthesis and anticancer evaluation in vitro and in vivo.

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    Shi, Jing Bo; Chen, Liu Zeng; Wang, Yang; Xiou, Cheng; Tang, Wen Jian; Zhou, Hai Pin; Liu, Xin Hua; Yao, Qi Zheng

    2016-11-29

    Based on telomerase, thirteen novel phenstatin moiety linked stavudine derivatives (8a∼8e and 11a∼11f) were synthesized. The structures were determined by NMR and TOF-HRMS. The screening results showed that some compounds had better anti-cancer activity in vivo and in vitro. Among them, Compound 8d showed high inhibitory activity against telomerase and showed good antiproliferative activity against SGC-7901 cell with IC50 value 0.77 μM by inducing cell cycle arrest at G2 phase. It also could improve SGC-7901 cell apoptosis, mitochondrial membrane potential assay indicated that the dissipation of MMP might participate in apoptosis induced by title compound. In vivo studies showed that compound 8d displayed potent anticancer activity with inhibition tumor growth. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  7. Rational Design and Synthesis of [5]Helicene-Derived Phosphine Ligands and Their Application in Pd-Catalyzed Asymmetric Reactions

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    Yamamoto, Kosuke; Shimizu, Takashi; Igawa, Kazunobu; Tomooka, Katsuhiko; Hirai, Go; Suemune, Hiroshi; Usui, Kazuteru

    2016-01-01

    A series of novel optically active [5]helicene-derived phosphine ligands (L1, with a 7,8-dihydro[5]helicene core structure- and L2, with a fully aromatic [5]helicene core structure) were synthesized. Despite their structural similarities, L1 and L2 exhibit particularly different characteristics in their use as chiral ligands. L1 was highly effective in the asymmetric allylation of indoles with 1,3-diphenylallyl acetate (up to 99% ee), and in the etherification of alcohols (up to 96% ee). In contrast, L2 was highly effective in the stereocontrol of helical chirality in Suzuki–Miyaura coupling (SMC) reaction (up to 99% ee). Density functional theory analysis was employed to propose a model that accounts for the origin of the enantioselectivity in these reactions. PMID:27824074

  8. Design, Synthesis and Anticonvulsant Activity of 2-(2-Phenoxy) phenyl- 1,3,4-oxadiazole Derivatives.

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    Tabatabai, Sayyed Abbas; Barghi Lashkari, Saoka; Zarrindast, Mohammad Reza; Gholibeikian, Mohammadreza; Shafiee, Abbas

    2013-01-01

    Benzodiazepines are useful drugs for treatment of sleep disorders, anxiety, seizure cases and skeletal muscle cramps. Some derivatives of 2-(2-Phenoxy) phenyl-1, 3, 4-oxadiazole were synthesized as benzodiazepine receptor agonists. Conformational analysis and superimposition of energy minima conformers of the compounds on estazolam, a known benzodiazepine agonist, reveal that the main proposed benzodiazepine pharmacophores were well matched. Anticonvulsant activity of the synthesized compounds, determined by pentylenetetrazole-induced lethal convulsion test, showed that the introduction of an amino substituent in position 5 of 1,3,4- oxadiazole ring generates compound 9 which has a respectable effect. The results are in agreement with SAR of benzodiazepine receptor ligands since the elimination of electronegative substituent in position 2 of phenoxy ring or position 4 of phenyl ring reduces the anticonvulsant activity.

  9. Design, Synthesis and Anticonvulsant Activity of 2-(2-Phenoxy) phenyl- 1,3,4-oxadiazole Derivatives

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    Tabatabai, Sayyed Abbas; Barghi Lashkari, Saoka; Zarrindast, Mohammad Reza; Gholibeikian, Mohammadreza; Shafiee, Abbas

    2013-01-01

    Benzodiazepines are useful drugs for treatment of sleep disorders, anxiety, seizure cases and skeletal muscle cramps. Some derivatives of 2-(2-Phenoxy) phenyl-1, 3, 4-oxadiazole were synthesized as benzodiazepine receptor agonists. Conformational analysis and superimposition of energy minima conformers of the compounds on estazolam, a known benzodiazepine agonist, reveal that the main proposed benzodiazepine pharmacophores were well matched. Anticonvulsant activity of the synthesized compounds, determined by pentylenetetrazole-induced lethal convulsion test, showed that the introduction of an amino substituent in position 5 of 1,3,4- oxadiazole ring generates compound 9 which has a respectable effect. The results are in agreement with SAR of benzodiazepine receptor ligands since the elimination of electronegative substituent in position 2 of phenoxy ring or position 4 of phenyl ring reduces the anticonvulsant activity. PMID:24250678

  10. Design of protease-resistant myelin basic protein-derived peptides by cleavage site directed amino acid substitutions.

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    Burster, Timo; Marin-Esteban, Viviana; Boehm, Bernhard O; Dunn, Shannon; Rotzschke, Olaf; Falk, Kirsten; Weber, Ekkehard; Verhelst, Steven H L; Kalbacher, Hubert; Driessen, Christoph

    2007-11-15

    Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is considered to be a T cell-mediated autoimmune disease. An attractive strategy to prevent activation of autoaggressive T cells in MS, is the use of altered peptide ligands (APL), which bind to major histocompatibility complex class II (MHC II) molecules. To be of clinical use, APL must be capable of resisting hostile environments including the proteolytic machinery of antigen presenting cells (APC). The current design of APL relies on cost- and labour-intensive strategies. To overcome these major drawbacks, we used a deductive approach which involved modifying proteolytic cleavage sites in APL. Cleavage site-directed amino acid substitution of the autoantigen myelin basic protein (MBP) resulted in lysosomal protease-resistant, high-affinity binding peptides. In addition, these peptides mitigated T cell activation in a similar fashion as conventional APL. The strategy outlined allows the development of protease-resistant APL and provides a universal design strategy to improve peptide-based immunotherapeutics.

  11. Determination of 32 cathinone derivatives and other designer drugs in serum by comprehensive LC-QQQ-MS/MS analysis.

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    Swortwood, Madeleine J; Boland, Diane M; DeCaprio, Anthony P

    2013-02-01

    Recently, clandestine drug lab operators have attempted to bypass controlled substances laws and regulations with "designer" compounds chemically and pharmacologically similar to controlled substances. For example, "bath salts" have erupted onto the scene as "legal highs" containing cathinone analogs that have produced severe side effects in users worldwide. These products have sparked concern among law enforcement agencies, and emergency bans have been placed on the sale of such items. Despite the increasing number of designer drugs available, there are few comprehensive screening techniques for their detection and quantification in biological specimens. The liquid chromatography triple quadrupole tandem mass spectrometry (LC-QQQ-MS/MS) method presented here encompasses over thirty important compounds within the phenethylamine, tryptamine, and piperazine designer drug classes. Analytes were determined by LC-QQQ-MS/MS in the multiple-reaction monitoring mode after mixed-mode solid-phase extraction. The bioanalytical method was fully validated according to recommended international guidelines. The assay was selective for all analytes with acceptable accuracy and precision. Limits of quantification were in the range of 1-10 ng/mL for each compound with limits of detection near 10 pg/mL. In order to evaluate its applicability in a forensic toxicological setting, the validated method was used to analyze post-mortem specimens from two cases that were suspected of containing designer drugs. The method was able to identify and quantify seven of these compounds at concentrations as low as 11 ng/mL. The method should have wide applicability for rapid screening of important new drugs of abuse at high sensitivity in both post- and ante-mortem forensic analysis.

  12. DESIGNING AN OPPORTUNITY FUEL WITH BIOMASS AND TIRE-DERIVED FUEL FOR COFIRING AT WILLOW ISLAND GENERATING STATION

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    K. Payette; D. Tillman

    2001-04-01

    During the period January 1, 2001-March 31, 2001, Allegheny Energy Supply Co., LLC (Allegheny) finalized the engineering of the Willow Island cofiring project, completed the fuel characterizations for both the Willow Island and Albright Generating Station projects, and initiated construction of both projects. Allegheny and its contractor, Foster Wheeler, selected appropriate fuel blends and issued purchase orders for all processing and mechanical equipment to be installed at both sites. This report summarizes the activities associated with the Designer Opportunity Fuel program, and demonstrations at Willow Island and Albright Generating Stations. The third quarter of the project involved completing the detailed designs for the Willow Island Designer Fuel project. It also included complete characterization of the coal and biomass fuels being burned, focusing upon the following characteristics: proximate and ultimate analysis; higher heating value; carbon 13 nuclear magnetic resonance testing for aromaticity, number of aromatic carbons per cluster, and the structural characteristics of oxygen in the fuel; drop tube reactor testing for high temperature devolatilization kinetics and generation of fuel chars; thermogravimetric analyses (TGA) for char oxidation kinetics; and related testing. The construction at both sites commenced during this quarter, and was largely completed at the Albright Generating Station site.

  13. Discovery of pyrido[3,4-g]quinazoline derivatives as CMGC family protein kinase inhibitors: Design, synthesis, inhibitory potency and X-ray co-crystal structure.

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    Esvan, Yannick J; Zeinyeh, Wael; Boibessot, Thibaut; Nauton, Lionel; Théry, Vincent; Knapp, Stefan; Chaikuad, Apirat; Loaëc, Nadège; Meijer, Laurent; Anizon, Fabrice; Giraud, Francis; Moreau, Pascale

    2016-08-08

    The design and synthesis of new pyrido[3,4-g]quinazoline derivatives is described as well as their protein kinase inhibitory potencies toward five CMGC family members (CDK5, CK1, GSK3, CLK1 and DYRK1A). The interest for this original tricyclic heteroaromatic scaffold as modulators of CLK1/DYRK1A activity was validated by nanomolar potencies (compounds 12 and 13). CLK1 co-crystal structures with two inhibitors revealed the binding mode of these compounds within the ATP-binding pocket.

  14. Design and synthesis of (S)- and (R)-α-(phenyl)ethylamine-derived NH-type ligands and their application for the chemical resolution of α-amino acids.

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    Takeda, Ryosuke; Kawamura, Akie; Kawashima, Aki; Moriwaki, Hiroki; Sato, Tatsunori; Aceñ