Antonio Landavazo

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Protein farnesyltransferase (FTase) catalyzes the prenylation of Ras and several other key proteins involved in cell regulation. The mechanism of the FTase reaction was elucidated by pre-steady-state and steady-state kinetic analysis. FTase catalyzed the farnesylation of biotinylated peptide substrate (BiopepSH) by farnesyl pyrophosphate (FPP) to an(More)
Synthetic hallucinogenic tryptamines, especially those originally described by Alexander Shulgin, continue to be abused in the USA. The range of subjective experiences produced by different tryptamines suggests that multiple neurochemical mechanisms are involved in their actions, in addition to the established role of agonist activity at serotonin 2A(More)
Neuropeptide Y (NPY) is one of the most abundant peptide transmitters in the mammalian brain. In the periphery it is costored and coreleased with norepinephrine from sympathetic nerve terminals. However, the physiological functions of this peptide remain unclear because of the absence of specific high-affinity receptor antagonists. Three potent NPY receptor(More)
A series of bupropion (1a) analogues (1b-1ff) were synthesized, and their in vitro and in vivo pharmacological properties evaluated with the goal of developing a 1a analogue that had better properties for treating addictions. Their in vitro pharmacological properties were examined by [(3)H]dopamine ([(3)H]DA), [(3)H]serotonin ([(3)H]5HT), and(More)
Peptide analogs of neuropeptide Y (NPY) with a Tyr-32 and Leu-34 replacement resulted in the decapeptide TyrIleAsnLeuIleTyrArgLeuArgTyr-NH2 (9; Table 1) and a 3700-fold improvement in affinity at Y2 (rat brain; IC50 = 8.2 +/- 3 nM) receptors when compared to the native NPY(27-36) C-terminal fragment. In addition, compound 9 was an agonist at Y1 (human(More)
Gastrin-releasing peptide (GRP) is a 27-amino acid neuroendocrine hormone that may play a role in the pathophysiology of small cell lung carcinoma. GRP and bombesin, a structurally related peptide, stimulate the growth of some cultured cell types. C-terminal GRP peptide analogs were developed that inhibited 6 nM bombesin-induced [3H]thymidine incorporation(More)
Oxidation of nonapeptide dithiol (2) with K3Fe(CN)6 leads to either monomeric disulfide (4) or antiparallel and parallel dimeric disulfides (3a and 3b) depending upon reaction conditions. When exposed to small amounts of thiols or cyanide in aqueous solution, these three species interconvert to an equilibrium mixture of 2:1:8 (3a:3b:4).
As part of our program to study neurotransmitter releasers, we report herein a class of hybrid dopamine reuptake inhibitors that display serotonin releasing activity. Hybrid compounds are interesting since they increase the design potential of transporter related compounds and hence represent a novel and unexplored strategy for therapeutic drug discovery. A(More)
Gastrin-releasing peptide (GRP) is a neuroendocrine hormone that may be involved in the pathophysiology of small cell lung carcinoma. We describe carboxylterminal peptide analogues of GRP and bombesin, a 14-residue amphibian homologue, that were modeled after the antagonist [Leu13-psi(CH2NH)-Leu14]bombesin and retained the psi bond. Three novel peptides(More)
The dopamine (DA), serotonin (5-HT), and norepinephrine (NE) transporter releasing activity and serotonin-2A (5-HT2A) receptor agonist activity of a series of substituted tryptamines are reported. Three compounds, 7b, (+)-7d and 7f, were found to be potent dual DA/5-HT releasers and were >10-fold less potent as NE releasers. Additionally, these compounds(More)