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Here, we report the design of new analogues of spirooxoindolepyrrolidine nucleus as modulators of p53 activity. Compounds (3R,7aR)-6-(4-chlorobenzyl)-1H-spiro[imidazo[1,5-c]thiazole-3,3'-indoline]-2',5,7(6H,7aH)-trione (9c) and (3R,7aR)-5'-methyl-6-(3,4,5-trimethoxybenzyl)-1H-spiro[imidazo[1,5-c]thiazole-3,3'-indoline]-2',5,7(6H,7aH)-trione (10d) are the(More)
Prolactin-releasing peptides (PrRPs) are two novel bioactive peptides of 20 and 31 residues, dubbed respectively PrRP20 and PrRP31, isolated from bovine hypothalamic tissues as ligands of the orphan seven-transmembrane domain receptor Hgr3. The first biological activity identified for these peptides was the release of prolactin. Recent data on biological(More)
Temporins are naturally occurring peptides with promising features, which could lead to the development of new drugs. Temporin-1Tl (TL) is the strongest antimicrobial peptide, but it is toxic on human erythrocytes and this fact makes the design of synthetic analogues with a higher therapeutic index vital.We studied the structure-activity relationships of a(More)
The increasing resistance of bacteria and fungi to the available antibiotic/antimycotic drugs urges for a search for new anti-infective compounds with new modes of action. In line of this, natural CAMPs represent promising and attractive candidates. Special attention has been devoted to frog-skin temporins, because of their short size (10-14 residues long)(More)
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a complex disease that seems to depend on several pathophysiological processes. Because of its varied clinical presentation, natural history, and response to therapeutic interventions, MS can be considered to be a group of diseases that have not been yet characterized, thus resulting in difficult evaluation of prognosis. In the(More)
Alpha-melanocyte-stimulating hormone (alpha-MSH) is an endogenous linear tridecapeptide with potent anti-inflammatory effects. We firstly demonstrated that alpha-MSH and its C-terminal sequence Lys-Pro-Val [alpha-MSH(11-13)] have antimicrobial effects against two major and representative pathogens: Staphylococcus aureus and Candida albicans. Successively,(More)
2,3'-Cyclic nucleotide-3'-phosphodiesterase (CNP) is a myelin-associated protein, an enzyme abundantly present in the central nervous system of mammals and some vertebrates. In vitro, CNP specifically catalyzes the hydrolysis of 2',3'-cyclic nucleotides to produce 2'-nucleotides, but the physiologically relevant in vivo substrate is still unknown. Recently,(More)
Analogues of the previously described spiro[imidazo[1,5-c]thiazole-3,3'-indoline]-2',5,7(6H,7aH)-trione p53 modulators were prepared to explore new structural requirements at the thiazolidine domain for the antiproliferative activity and p53 modulation. In cell, antiproliferative activity was evaluated against two human tumor cell lines. Derivative(More)
The melanocortin receptors are involved in many physiological functions, including pigmentation, sexual function, feeding behavior, and energy homeostasis, making them potential targets to treat obesity, sexual dysfunction, etc. Understanding the basis of the ligand-receptor interactions is crucial for the design of potent and selective ligands for these(More)
In this work, the naturally occurring antimicrobial peptides temporin A (TA) and L (TL) are studied by spectroscopic (CD and NMR) techniques and molecular dynamics simulation. We analyzed the interactions of TA and TL with sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) and dodecylphosphocholine (DPC) micelles, which mimic bacterial and mammalian membranes, respectively. In(More)