Akhter Molla

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We describe here N-phenylpyrrolidine-based inhibitors of HCV NS5A with excellent potency, metabolic stability, and pharmacokinetics. Compounds with 2S,5S stereochemistry at the pyrrolidine ring provided improved genotype 1 (GT1) potency compared to the 2R,5R analogues. Furthermore, the attachment of substituents at the 4-position of the central N-phenyl(More)
A wide variety of peptides in terms of length and sequence can be expressed at the surface of the bacterium Escherichia coli by genetic insertion into a 'permissive' site of the outer membrane protein LamB, used as a carrier. The resulting hybrid proteins essentially keep their biological activities with inserts of up to about 60 amino acid residues, and of(More)
LamB, an outer membrane protein from Escherichia coli K12, is involved in the transport of maltose and maltodextrins across the outer membrane and constitutes a receptor for a number of bacteriophages. A recent folding model proposes that LamB spans the outer membrane through a number of transmembranous segments separated by regions exposed either to the(More)
A genetic procedure has been previously established to expose a foreign epitope at the surface of Escherichia coli by using the outer membrane LamB protein as a carrier. A portion of the pre-S2 region of hepatitis B virus, residues 132-145, has been inserted at amino acid position 153 of the LamB protein, in a cell surface exposed loop. In the present(More)
The sequence of the lamB gene from Salmonella typhimurium was determined. It encodes the precursor to the LamB protein from S. typhimurium (pre-LamBS.t.; 452 residues) which presents extensive homologies with the pre-LamB protein from Escherichia coli (pre-LamBE.c.; 446 residues). The first third of pre-LamBS.t. is the most conserved, with 4% changes and(More)
The ectodomain of HIV-1 gp41 mediates the fusion of viral and host cellular membranes. The peptide-based drug Enfuvirtide(1) is precedent that antagonists of this fusion activity may act as anti HIV-agents. Here, NMR screening was used to discover non-peptide leads against this target and resulted in the discovery of a new benzamide 1 series. This series is(More)
Two new proteins of approximately 70 amino acids in length, corresponding to an unnaturally-linked N- and C-helix of the ectodomain of the gp41 protein from the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) type 1, were designed and characterized. A designed tripeptide links the C-terminus of the C-helix with the N-terminus of the N-helix in a circular permutation so(More)
In our program to discover non-nucleoside, small molecule inhibitors of genotype 1 HCV polymerase, we investigated a series of promising analogs based on a benzothiadiazine screening hit that contains an ABCD ring system. After demonstrating that a methylsulfonylamino D-ring substituent increased the enzyme potency into the low nanomolar range, we explored(More)
A series of gem-dialkyl naphthalenone derivatives with varied alkyl substitutions were synthesized and evaluated according to their structure-activity relationship. This investigation led to the discovery of potent inhibitors of the hepatitis C virus at low nanomolar concentrations in both enzymatic and cell-based HCV genotype 1a assays.
A novel high-throughput strand transfer assay has been developed, using Microarray Compound Screening (microARCS) technology, to identify inhibitors of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) integrase. This technology utilizes agarose matrices to introduce a majority of the reagents throughout the assay. Integration of biotinylated donor DNA with fluorescein(More)