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Shan Qian, Tao He, Wei Wang, Yanying He, Man Zhang, Lingling Yang, Guobo Li, Zhouyu Wang
Indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase 1 (IDO1)-mediated kynurenine pathway of tryptophan degradation is identified as an important immune effector pathway in the tumor cells to escape a potentially effective immune response. IDO1 is an attractive target for anticancer therapy and the discovery of IDO1 inhibitors has been intensely ongoing in both academic research laboratories and pharmaceutical organizations. Our study discovered that 1H-indazole was a novel key pharmacophore with potent IDO1 inhibitory activity. A series of new 1H-indazole derivatives were synthesized and determined the enzyme inhibitory activities, and the compound 2g exhibited the highest activity with an IC50 value of 5...
October 6, 2016: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
Chao Ding, Shaopeng Chen, Cunlong Zhang, Guangnan Hu, Wei Zhang, Lulu Li, Yu Zong Chen, Chunyan Tan, Yuyang Jiang
By merging the critical pharmacophore of EGFR/HER2 and HDAC inhibitors into one compound, a novel series of EGFR, HER-2, and HDAC multitarget inhibitors were synthesized. Compounds 9a-l contained 4-anilinoquinazolines with C-6 triazole-linked long alkyl chains of hydroxamic acid and displayed excellent inhibition against these enzymes (compound 9d exhibited the best inhibitory potency on wild-type EGFR, HDAC1, and HDAC6 with IC50 values 0.12nM, 0.72nM and 3.2nM individually). Furthermore, compounds 9b and 9d potently inhibited proliferation of five human cancer cell lines (with IC50 values between 0...
October 10, 2016: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
Bini Mathew, Judith Varady Hobrath, Larry Ross, Michele C Connelly, Hava Lofton, Malini Rajagopalan, R Kiplin Guy, Robert C Reynolds
A variety of commercial analogs and a newer series of Sulindac derivatives were screened for inhibition of M. tuberculosis (Mtb) in vitro and specifically as inhibitors of the essential mycobacterial tubulin homolog, FtsZ. Due to the ease of preparing diverse analogs and a favorable in vivo pharmacokinetic and toxicity profile of a representative analog, the Sulindac scaffold may be useful for further development against Mtb with respect to in vitro bacterial growth inhibition and selective activity for Mtb FtsZ versus mammalian tubulin...
2016: PloS One
Balasundaram Preethi, Veerappapillai Shanthi, Karuppasamy Ramanathan
BACKGROUND: Salmonella typhimurium is the main cause of gastrointestinal illness in humans, and treatment options are decreasing because drug-resistant strains have emerged. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to use computational drug repurposing to identify a novel candidate with an effective mechanism of action to circumvent the drug resistance. METHODS: We used the Mantra 2.0 database to initially screen drug candidates that share similar gene expression profiles to those of quinolones...
October 19, 2016: BioDrugs: Clinical Immunotherapeutics, Biopharmaceuticals and Gene Therapy
Samuele Maramai, Sandra Gemma, Simone Brogi, Giuseppe Campiani, Stefania Butini, Holger Stark, Margherita Brindisi
D3 receptors represent a major focus of current drug design and development of therapeutics for dopamine-related pathological states. Their close homology with the D2 receptor subtype makes the development of D3 selective antagonists a challenging task. In this review, we explore the relevance and therapeutic utility of D3 antagonists or partial agonists endowed with multireceptor affinity profile in the field of central nervous system disorders such as schizophrenia and drug abuse. In fact, the peculiar distribution and low brain abundance of D3 receptors make them a valuable target for the development of drugs devoid of motor side effects classically elicited by D2 antagonists...
2016: Frontiers in Neuroscience
Yeon Sun Lee, Michael Remesic, Cyf Ramos-Colon, Sara M Hall, Alexander Kuzmin, David Rankin, Frank Porreca, Josephine Lai, Victor J Hruby
Nerve injury and inflammation cause up-regulation of an endogenous opioid ligand, dynorphin A (Dyn A), in the spinal cord resulting in hyperalgesia via the interaction with bradykinin receptors (BRs). This is a non-opioid neuroexcitatory effect that cannot be blocked by opioid antagonists. Our systematic structure-activity relationships study on Dyn A identified lead ligands 1 and 4, along with the key structural feature (i.e. amphipathicity) for the BRs. However, the ligands showed very low metabolic stability in plasma (t1/2 <1h) and therefore, in order to improve their metabolic stabilities with retained biological activities, various modifications were performed...
October 6, 2016: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
Claire E Weston, Andreas Kraemer, Felix Colin, Özkan Yildiz, Matthias G J Baud, Franz-Josef Meyer-Almes, Matthew J Fuchter
Photopharmacological agents exhibit light-dependent biological activity and may have potential in the development of new antimicrobial agents/modalities. Amidohydrolase enzymes homologous to the well known human histone deacetylases (HDACs) are present in bacteria, including resistant organisms responsible for a significant number of hospital acquired infections and deaths. We report photopharmacological inhibitors of these enzymes, using two classes of photoswitch embedded in the inhibitor pharmacophore: azobenzenes and arylazopyrazoles...
October 18, 2016: ACS Infectious Diseases
Angel R de Lera, A Ganesan
The modern drug discovery process has largely focused its attention in the so-called magic bullets, single chemical entities that exhibit high selectivity and potency for a particular target. This approach was based on the assumption that the deregulation of a protein was causally linked to a disease state, and the pharmacological intervention through inhibition of the deregulated target was able to restore normal cell function. However, the use of cocktails or multicomponent drugs to address several targets simultaneously is also popular to treat multifactorial diseases such as cancer and neurological disorders...
2016: Clinical Epigenetics
Chao Yang, Iris L K Wong, Kai Peng, Zhen Liu, Peng Wang, Tingfu Jiang, Tao Jiang, Larry M C Chow, Sheng Biao Wan
In the present study, a total of 25 novel ningalin B analogues were synthesized and evaluated for their P-gp modulating activity in a P-gp overexpressed breast cancer cell line LCC6MDR. Preliminary structure-activity study shows that A ring and its two methoxy groups are important pharmacophores for P-gp inhibiting activity. Among all derivatives, 23 is the most potent P-gp modulator with EC50 of 120-165 nM in reversing paclitaxel, DOX, vinblastine and vincristine resistance. It is relatively safe to use with selective index at least greater than 606 compared to verapamil...
September 22, 2016: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Anupam G Banerjee, Nirupam Das, Sushant A Shengule, Piyoosh A Sharma, Radhey Shyam Srivastava, Sushant Kumar Shrivastava
A series of novel hybrids comprising of 1,3,4-oxadiazole/thiadiazole and 1,2,4-triazole tethered to 5,6-diphenyl-1,2,4-triazin-3(2H)-one were designed, synthesised and evaluated as COX-2 inhibitors for the treatment of inflammation. The synthesised hybrids were characterised using FT-IR, 1H NMR, 13C NMR, elemental (C,H,N) analyses and assessed for their anti-inflammatory potential by in vitro albumin denaturation assay. Compounds exhibiting activity comparable to indomethacin and celecoxib were further evaluated for in vivo anti-inflammatory activity...
October 11, 2016: Bioorganic Chemistry
Andrea Cappelli, Chiara Nannicini, Alessia Chelini, Marco Paolino, Germano Giuliani, Maurizio Anzini, Antonio Giordani, Chiara Sabatini, Gianfranco Caselli, Laura Mennuni, Francesco Makovec, Gianluca Giorgi, Salvatore Vomero, Maria Cristina Menziani
Two new fluorophenylindenone derivatives were designed as potential p38α MAPK modulators by preserving the key interactions of the vicinal pyridine/fluorophenyl pharmacophore with the enzyme protein. Interestingly, these two fluorophenylindenone isomers showed divergent activities, with compound 6 behaving as an inhibitor and 5 as a putative activator. These results were rationalized by docking studies and molecular dynamics simulations in terms of stabilization of DFG loop, by compound 5 in a conformation more accessible to phosphorylation...
October 4, 2016: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
Mohammad Uzzal Hossain, Arafat Rahman Oany, Shah Adil Ishtiyaq Ahmad, Md Anayet Hasan, Md Arif Khan, Md Al Ahad Siddikey
Chagas is a parasitic disease with major threat to public health due to its resistance against commonly available drugs. Trypanothione reductase (TryR) is the key enzyme to develop this disease. Though this enzyme is well thought-out as potential drug target, the accurate structure of enzyme-inhibitor complex is required to design a potential inhibitor which is less available for TryR. In this research, we aimed to investigate the advanced drug over the available existing drugs by designing inhibitors as well as to identify a new enzyme-inhibitor complex that may act as a template for drug design...
October 7, 2016: Computational Biology and Chemistry
Prabhu Thirusangu, V Vigneshwaran, T Prashanth, B R Vijay Avin, Vikas H Malojirao, H Rakesh, Shaukath Ara Khanum, Riaz Mahmood, B T Prabhakar
Hypoxia is a feature of all solid tumours, contributing to tumour progression. Activation of HIF-1α plays a critical role in promoting tumour angiogenesis and metastasis. Since its expression is positively correlated with poor prognosis for cancer patients, HIF-1α is one of the most convincing anticancer targets. BP-1T is a novel antiproliferative agent with promising antiangiogenic effects. In the present study, the molecular mechanism underlying cytotoxic/antiangiogenic effects of BP-1T on tumour/non-tumour angiogenesis was evaluated...
October 14, 2016: Angiogenesis
Raquel T Lima, Diana Sousa, Ana M Paiva, Andreia Palmeira, João Barbosa, Madalena Pedro, Madalena M Pinto, Emília Sousa, M Helena Vasconcelos
(1) Background: Our previous studies unveiled the hit thioxanthone TXA1 as an inhibitor of P-glycoprotein (drug efflux pump) and of human tumor cells growth, namely of melanoma cells. Since TXA1 is structurally similar to lucanthone (an autophagy inhibitor and apoptosis inducer) and to N(10)-substituted phenoxazines (isosteres of thioxanthones, and autophagy inducers), this study aimed at further assessing its cytotoxic mechanism and evaluating its potential as an autophagy modulator in A375-C5 melanoma cells; (2) Methods: Flow cytometry with propidium iodide (PI) for cell cycle profile analysis; Terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase dUTP nick end labeling (TUNEL) assay, flow cytometry with Annexin V/PI labeling and Western blot for apoptosis analysis were conducted...
October 10, 2016: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Yaseen A M M Elshaier, Assem Barakat, Bander M Al-Qahtany, Abdullah Mohammed Al-Majid, Mohamed H Al-Agamy
A one-pot reaction was described that results in various pyrazole-thiobarbituric acid derivatives as new pharmacophore agents. These new heterocycles were synthesized in high yields with a broad substrate scope under mild reaction conditions in water mediated by NHEt₂. The molecular structures of the synthesized compounds were assigned based on different spectroscopic techniques. The new compounds were evaluated for their antibacterial and antifungal activity. Compounds 4h and 4l were the most active compounds against C...
October 9, 2016: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Jean-Rémy Marchand, Graziano Lolli, Amedeo Caflisch
The 3-amino-2-methylpyridine derivative 1 was identified as ligand of the BAZ2B bromodomain by automatic docking of nearly 500 compounds, selected on the basis of previous fragment hits. Hit expansion by two in silico approaches, pharmacophore search followed by docking, and substructure search resulted in five additional ligands. The predicted binding mode of the six 3-amino-2-methylpyridine derivatives was validated by protein crystallography. A small displacement of residues 1894-1899 of the ZA loop is observed for two of the six ligands...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Jamil Al-Asri, Gyöngyi Gyémánt, Erika Fazekas, Gábor Lehoczki, Matthias F Melzig, Gerhard Wolber, Jérémie Mortier
Better control of postprandial hyperglycemia can be achieved by delaying the absorption of glucose resulting from carbohydrate digestion. Because α-amylase initiates the hydrolysis of polysaccharides, the design of α-amylase inhibitors can lead to the development of new treatments for metabolic disorders such as type II diabetes and obesity. In this study, a rational computer-aided approach was developed to identify novel α-amylase inhibitors. Three-dimensional pharmacophores were developed based on the binding mode analysis of six different families of compounds that bind to this enzyme...
October 11, 2016: ChemMedChem
Ma'mon M Hatmal, Shadi Jaber, Mutasem O Taha
Ligand-based pharmacophore modeling require relatively long lists of active compounds, while a pharmacophore based on a single ligand-receptor crystallographic structure is often promiscuous. These problems prompted us to combine molecular dynamics (MD) simulation with ligand-receptor contacts analysis as means to develop valid pharmacophore model(s). The particular ligand-receptor complex is allowed to perturb over a few nano-seconds using MD simulation. Subsequently, ligand-receptor contact points (≤2.5 Å) are identified...
October 8, 2016: Journal of Computer-aided Molecular Design
Bilal Nizami, Dominique Sydow, Gerhard Wolber, Bahareh Honarparvar
Regardless of advances in anti-HIV therapy, HIV infection remains an immense challenge due to the rapid onset of mutation instigating drug resistance. Rilpivirine is a second generation di-aryl pyrimidine (DAPY) derivative, known to effectively inhibit wild-type (WT) as well as various mutant HIV-1 reverse transcriptase (RT). In this study, a cumulative 240 ns of molecular dynamic (MD) simulations of WT HIV-1 RT and its corresponding K103N mutated form, complexed with rilpivirine, were performed in solution...
September 9, 2016: Molecular BioSystems
Miguel Quiliano, Adela Mendoza, Kim Y Fong, Adriana Pabón, Nathan E Goldfarb, Isabelle Fabing, Ariane Vettorazzi, Adela López de Cerain, Ben M Dunn, Giovanny Garavito, David W Wright, Eric Deharo, Silvia Pérez-Silanes, Ignacio Aldana, Silvia Galiano
Synthesis of new 1-aryl-3-substituted propanol derivatives followed by structure-activity relationship, in silico drug-likeness, cytotoxicity, genotoxicity, in silico metabolism, in silico pharmacophore modeling, and in vivo studies led to the identification of compounds 22 and 23 with significant in vitro antiplasmodial activity against drug sensitive (D6 IC50 ≤ 0.19 μM) and multidrug resistant (FCR-3 IC50 ≤ 0.40 μM and C235 IC50 ≤ 0.28 μM) strains of Plasmodium falciparum. Adequate selectivity index and absence of genotoxicity was also observed...
September 28, 2016: International Journal for Parasitology, Drugs and Drug Resistance
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