Andrew Fensome

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We have continued to explore the 3,3-dialkyl-5-aryloxindole series of progesterone receptor (PR) modulators looking for new agents to be used in female healthcare: contraception, fibroids, endometriosis, and certain breast cancers. Previously we reported that subtle structural changes with this and related templates produced functional switches between(More)
The functional activity of 6-aryl benzoxazinone-based progesterone (PR) antagonists changed to PR agonism when the 2-carbonyl group was replaced by a 2-thiocarbonyl moiety. Based on this finding novel 6-aryl benzoxazine-2-thiones were synthesized and evaluated as PR agonists in various in vitro and in vivo assays. Several analogues had sub-nanomolar in(More)
Atrial fibrillation is the most prevalent form of cardiac arrhythmia. Current treatments extend the atrial effective refractory period by nonselective blockade of cardiac ion channels. An alternative approach selectively targeting the Kv1.5 ion channel offers the opportunity for therapeutic benefit with decreased risk of adverse cardiovascular events.(More)
Progesterone receptor (PR) modulators have evolved both structurally and mechanistically over the past half-century. Classical steroidal PR agonists continue to play an important role in women's health such as in oral contraception and post-menopausal hormone therapy whereas steroid-based PR antagonists and selective PR modulators are being evaluated(More)
Kinases constitute an important class of therapeutic targets being explored both by academia and the pharmaceutical industry. The major focus of this effort was directed toward the identification of ATP competitive inhibitors. Although it has long been recognized that the intracellular concentration of ATP is very different from the concentrations utilized(More)
Progesterone receptor (PR) agonists have several important applications in women's health, such as in oral contraception and post-menopausal hormone therapy. Currently, all PR agonists used clinically are steroids. Because of their interactions with other steroid receptors, steroid-metabolizing enzymes, or other steroid-signaling pathways, these drugs can(More)
During the course of our studies on 3,3-disubstituted-5-aryloxindoles derived progesterone receptor (PR) antagonists we discovered that changing the amide funtionality to a thio-amide resulted in compounds displaying potent PR agonist activity. In this communication, the synthesis, structure activity relationships (SAR) and in vivo activity of various(More)
Progesterone, acting primarily via the progesterone receptor (PR), plays an essential role in the regulation of female reproduction. Steroidal progestins (i.e., PR agonists) are commonly used in women's health, such as in contraception and hormone therapy and for the treatment of gynecological disorders. Recent studies in women and in nonhuman primates also(More)
A series of 1,4-dihydro-2H-[d][3,1]-benzoxazin-2-one and 1,3-dihydro-[3H]-indol-2-one containing 6- or 5-, respectively, appended substituted pyrrole moieties were synthesized and evaluated for their ability to modulate the activity of the progesterone receptor (PR). Key structural changes to the pyrrole moieties of these molecules were shown to have a(More)
We previously disclosed that 6-aryl benzoxazin-2-ones were PR modulators. In a continuation of this work we examined the SAR of new 6-arylamino benzoxazinones and found the targets 1-25, with an extra amino linker between the pendent 6-aryl groups and benzoxazinone or benzoxazine-2-thione core, were PR antagonists. A series of compounds with substituents at(More)