Adriana Chilin

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Casein kinase 2 (CK2) is an ubiquitous, essential, and highly pleiotropic protein kinase whose abnormally high constitutive activity is suspected to underlie its pathogenic potential in neoplasia and other diseases. Recently, using different virtual screening approaches, we have identified several novel CK2 inhibitors. In particular, we have discovered that(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)
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)
A new furoquinolinone derivative, namely 4-hydroxymethyl-1,6,8-trimethylfuro[2,3-h]quinolin-2(1H)-one (HOFQ), was synthesized and its biological activity studied. By UVA activation, HOFQ induced strong antiproliferative effects in Ehrlich ascite cells, which lost their ability to transmit the tumor by transplantation. HOFQ exhibited poor genotoxicity and(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)
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)
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)
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)
Some benzopsoralens, carrying a hydroxymethyl or a diethylaminomethyl group at the 3, 5, 8, and 11 positions, were prepared, and their biological activity was compared with that of 4-(hydroxymethyl)benzopsoralen (BP). 5-(Hydroxymethyl)benzopsoralen (7b), 11-(hydroxymethyl)benzopsoralen (7c), and 11-(diethylaminomethyl)benzopsoralen (8c) induced marked(More)
Cell cycle experiments with our previously reported 4-biphenylaminoquinazoline (1-3) multityrosine kinase inhibitors revealed an activity profile resembling that of known tubulin polymerization inhibitors. Novel 4-biarylaminoquinazoline analogues of compound 2 were synthesized and evaluated as inhibitors of several tyrosine kinases and of tubulin. Although(More)