Antonella Converso

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Inhibition of phosphodiesterase 9 (PDE9) has been reported to enhance rodent cognitive function and may represent a potential novel approach to improving cognitive dysfunction in Alzheimer's disease. PF-04447943, (6-[(3S,4S)-4-methyl-1-(pyrimidin-2-ylmethyl)pyrrolidin-3-yl]-1-(tetrahydro-2H-pyran-4-yl)-1,5-dihydro-4H-pyrazolo[3,4-d]pyrimidin-4-one), a(More)
A high throughput screening campaign was designed to identify allosteric inhibitors of Chk1 kinase by testing compounds at high concentration. Activity was then observed at K(m) for ATP and at near-physiological concentrations of ATP. This strategy led to the discovery of a non-ATP competitive thioquinazolinone series which was optimized for potency and(More)
Numerous changes occur during aging and Alzheimer's disease (AD) progression, including a decline in cholinergic functioning and cognition, as well as alterations in gene expression and activity in the nitric oxide/cyclic guanosine monophosphate (NO/cGMP) pathway. Donepezil, the current standard of care for Alzheimer's disease, improves cholinergic(More)
The NaV1.7 voltage-gated sodium channel is a highly valued target for the treatment of neuropathic pain due to its expression in pain-sensing neurons and human genetic mutations in the gene encoding NaV1.7, resulting in either loss-of-function (e.g., congenital analgesia) or gain-of-function (e.g., paroxysmal extreme pain disorder) pain phenotypes. We(More)
The development of a C(sp2)-C(sp3) cross-coupling reaction for rapid, parallel synthesis of analogues of two HIV NNRTI clinical candidates is described. This method allowed easy access to the C-ring space using a practical alkylation with commercially available tributyl(iodomethyl)stannane followed by a palladium-catalyzed coupling with a variety of aryl(More)
Elevated plasma homocysteine (Hcy) levels are an independent risk factor for the onset and progression of Alzheimer's disease. Reduction of Hcy to normal levels therefore presents a new approach for disease modification. Hcy is produced by the cytosolic enzyme S-adenosylhomocysteine hydrolase (AHCY), which converts S-adenosylhomocysteine (SAH) to Hcy and(More)
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