Andrew G Cole

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We identified a series of structurally novel SCD (Delta9 desaturase) inhibitors via high-throughput screening and follow-up SAR studies. Modification of the central bicyclic scaffold has proven key to our potency optimization effort. The most potent analog (8g) had IC(50) value of 50 pM in a HEPG2 SCD assay and has been shown to be metabolically stable and(More)
Secreted extracellular acid sphingomyelinase (sASM) activity has been suggested to promote atherosclerosis by enhancing subendothelial aggregation and retention of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) with resultant foam cell formation. Compounds that inhibit sASM activity, at neutral pH, may prevent lipid retention and thus would be expected to be(More)
In a high-throughput screen of four million compounds from combinatorial libraries for small-molecule modulators of the chemokine receptor CXCR3, two classes of receptor agonists, based on tetrahydroisoquinoline and piperidinyl diazepanone templates, were identified. Several of these compounds stimulated calcium flux in HEK293 cells expressing the(More)
OBJECTIVE All gamma-chain cytokines signal through JAK-3 and JAK-1 acting in tandem. We undertook this study to determine whether the JAK-3 selective inhibitor WYE-151650 would be sufficient to disrupt cytokine signaling and to ameliorate autoimmune disease pathology without inhibiting other pathways mediated by JAK-1, JAK-2, and Tyk-2. METHODS JAK-3(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE The chemokine receptor CXCR3 directs migration of T-cells in response to the ligands CXCL9/Mig, CXCL10/IP-10 and CXCL11/I-TAC. Both ligands and receptors are implicated in the pathogenesis of inflammatory disorders, including atherosclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis. Here, we describe the molecular mechanism by which two synthetic(More)
The identification and evaluation of aryl-[1,4]diazepane ureas as functional antagonists of the chemokine receptor CXCR3 are described. Specific examples exhibit IC(50) values of approximately 60 nM in a calcium mobilization functional assay, and dose-dependently inhibit CXCR3 functional response to CXCL11 (interferon-inducible T-cell alpha(More)
A novel series of adenosine A(2A) receptor antagonists was identified by high-throughput screening of an encoded combinatorial compound collection. The initial hits were optimized for A(2A) binding affinity, A(1) selectivity, and in vitro microsomal stability generating orally available 2-aminoimidazo[4,5-b]pyridine-based A(2A) antagonist leads.
The discovery and synthesis of a series of 2-amino-5-benzoyl-4-(2-furyl)thiazoles as adenosine A(2A) receptor antagonists from a small-molecule combinatorial library using a high-throughput radioligand-binding assay is described. Antagonists were further characterized in the A(2A) binding assay and an A(1) selectivity assay. Selected examples exhibited(More)
A series of trisubstituted purinones was synthesized and evaluated as A(2A) receptor antagonists. The A(2A) structure-activity relationships at the three substituted positions were studied and selectivity against the A(1) receptor was investigated. One antagonist 12o exhibits a K(i) of 9nM in an A(2A) binding assay, a K(b) of 18nM in an A(2A) cAMP(More)
In this Letter we describe the optimization of an aminopurine lead (1) with modest potency and poor overall kinase selectivity which led to the identification of a series of potent, selective JNK inhibitors. Improvement in kinase selectivity was enabled by introduction of an aliphatic side chain at the C-2 position. CC-359 (2) was selected as a potential(More)