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INTRODUCTION Due to the increase in knowledge about cancer pathways, there is a growing interest in finding novel potential drugs. Quinazoline is one of the most widespread scaffolds amongst bioactive compounds. A number of patents and papers appear in the literature regarding the discovery and development of novel promising quinazoline compounds for cancer(More)
Some new psoralen derivatives were synthesized and evaluated as inhibitors of NF-κB/DNA interaction, with the aim to investigate the structural determinants required to inhibit this interaction. Starting from molecular docking studies, several possible protein binding sites were proposed and several three-dimensional quantitative structure-activity(More)
Tyrosine kinases constitute an eligible class of target for novel drug discovery. They resulted often overexpressed and/or deregulated in several cancer diseases. Thus, the development of novel tyrosine kinases inhibitors is of value, as well as the finding of novel cheminformatic tools for their design. Among the different ways to rationally design novel(More)
A number of dioxolane, dioxane, and dioxepine quinazoline derivatives have been synthetized and evaluated as EGFR inhibitors. Their cytotoxic activity has been tested against two cell lines overexpressing and not expressing EGFR. Most derivatives were able to counteract EGF-induced EGFR phosphorylation, and their potency was comparable to the reference(More)
A new series of N-[4-(2'-oxo-2H-pyrano[2,3-b]quinolin-5'-ylamino)-phenyl]-methanesulfonamides was prepared and analyzed as novel amsacrine-like derivatives. Our preliminary biological evaluation has shown that the replacement of the acridine moiety with the analogous 2-oxo-2H-pyrano[2,3-b]quinoline system drastically reduced both their anticancer activity(More)
Nuclear Factor kappaB (NF-κB) plays a very important role in the control of gene expression and is deeply involved in several human pathologies. Accordingly, molecules targeting NF-κB dependent biological functions are considered of great interest. Virtual screening of furocoumarin libraries against NF-κB p50 allowed to rank compounds in respect to their(More)
In this work the synthesis and the biological evaluation of some novel anilinoquinazoline derivatives carrying modifications in the quinazoline scaffold and in the aniline moiety were reported. Preliminary cytotoxicity studies identified three derivatives, carrying dioxygenated rings fused on the quinazoline portion and the biphenylamino substituent as(More)
Quantitative Structure Activity Relationship (QSAR) is a well known cheminformatic tool for the discovery of novel biologically active compounds. However, when large and heterogeneous datasets are mined, it is not possible to derive a QSAR equation able to predict in a satisfactory manner the activity of the compounds. Thus, QSAR models are often inadequate(More)
We investigated the mechanism of cell death induced by a furoquinolinone derivative, namely, 4-hydroxymethyl-1,6,8-trimethylfuro[2,3-h]quinolin-2(1H)-one (HOFQ), in the dark. Mitochondrial depolarization was found to be a causative event in HOFQ-induced apoptosis that was blunted either by replacing the 4-hydroxymethyl group with a methyl one, or by(More)
Some new 3-substituted quinazolinones were synthesized and evaluated as inhibitors of kinases involved in fibrogenic process. The compounds were tested against a panel of both tyrosine and serine-threonine kinases. The profile of selectivity of some representative compounds was investigated through molecular docking studies. The most interesting compounds(More)