Andrea Zaliani

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Several descriptors applied to peptide structure-activity and/or structure-property relationships have been developed in recent years. This report describes new descriptors for the natural amino acids which have been derived from the principal component analysis (PCA) applied on the MS-WHIM 3D-description matrices. MS-WHIM indexes are a collection of 36(More)
Suberoylanilide hydroxamic acid (SAHA) is a hydroxamic acid-containing hybrid polar molecule; SAHA specifically binds to and inhibits the activity of histone deacetylase. Although SAHA, like other inhibitors of histone deacetylase, exhibits antitumor effects by increasing expression of genes regulating tumor survival, we found that SAHA reduces the(More)
The glucose-sensing enzyme glucokinase (GK) plays a key role in glucose metabolism. We report here the effects of a novel glucokinase activator, LY2121260. The activator enhanced GK activity via binding to the allosteric site located in the hinge region of the enzyme. LY2121260 stimulated insulin secretion in a glucose-dependent manner in pancreatic(More)
The recently proposed WHIM (Weighted Holistic Invariant Molecular) approach [Todeschini, R., Lasagni, M. and Marengo, E., J. Chemometrics, 8 (1994) 263] has been applied to molecular surfaces to derive new 3D theoretical descriptors, called MS-WHIM. To test their reliability, a 3D QSAR study has been performed on a series of steroids, comparing the MS-WHIM(More)
An extended reduced graph approach (ErG) is presented that uses pharmacophore-type node descriptions to encode the relevant molecular properties. The basic idea of the method can be described as a hybrid approach of reduced graphs (Gillet et al. J. Chem. Inf. Comput. Sci. 2003, 43, 338-345) and binding property pairs (Kearsley et al. J. Chem. Inf. Comput.(More)
Interleukin-2 inducible T-cell kinase (ITK) is one of five kinases that belong to the Tec kinase family that plays an important role in T-cell and mast cell signaling. Various reports point to a role of ITK in the treatment of allergic asthma. For example, it was shown that mice lacking ITK have reduced airway hyperresponsiveness, inflammation and tracheal(More)
Pott's disease (spinal tuberculosis), a condition characterized by massive resorption of the spinal vertebrae, is one of the most striking pathologies resulting from local infection with Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mt; Boachie-Adjei, O., and R.G. Squillante. 1996. Orthop. Clin. North Am. 27:95-103). The pathogenesis of Pott's disease is not established.(More)
For computational de novo design, a general retrospective validation work is a very challenging task. Here we propose a comprehensive workflow to de novo design driven by the needs of computational and medicinal chemists and, at the same time, we propose a general validation scheme for this technique. The study was conducted combining a suite of already(More)
Inducible arginine oxidation and subsequent NO production by correspondent synthase (iNOS) are important cellular answers to proinflammatory signals. Prolonged NO production has been proved in higher organisms to cause stroke or septic shock. Several classes of potent NOS inhibitors have been reported, most of them targeting the arginine binding site of the(More)