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β-Secretase (memapsin 2; BACE-1) is the first protease in the processing of amyloid precursor protein leading to the production of amyloid-β (Aβ) in the brain. It is believed that high levels of brain Aβ are responsible for the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Therefore, β-secretase is a major therapeutic target for the development of inhibitor(More)
beta-Secretase (memapsin 2, BACE1) is an attractive target for the development of inhibitor drugs to treat Alzheimer's disease (AD). Not only does this protease function at the first step in the pathway leading to the production of amyloid-beta (Abeta), its gene deletion produces only mild phenotypes. In addition, beta-secretase is an aspartic protease(More)
β-Secretase is an attractive target of amyloid-reduction therapy for Alzheimer's disease. Currently, no efficacy data is available from clinical trials of β-secretase inhibitors. Treating young transgenic Tg2576 mice with a brain-penetrating β-secretase inhibitor reduced brain amyloid-β by about 50% and rescued the age-related cognitive decline.(More)
Laulimalide is a cytotoxic natural product that stabilizes microtubules. The compound enhances tubulin assembly, and laulimalide is quantitatively comparable to paclitaxel in its effects on the reaction. Laulimalide is also active in P-glycoprotein overexpressing cells, while isolaulimalide, a congener without the drug's epoxide moiety, was reported to have(More)
We designed, synthesized, and identified UIC-94017 (TMC114), a novel nonpeptidic human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) protease inhibitor (PI) containing a 3(R),3a(S),6a(R)-bis-tetrahydrofuranylurethane (bis-THF) and a sulfonamide isostere which is extremely potent against laboratory HIV-1 strains and primary clinical isolates (50% inhibitory(More)
We have previously reported structure-based design of memapsin 2 (beta-secretase) inhibitors with high potency. Here we show that two such inhibitors covalently linked to a "carrier peptide" penetrated the plasma membrane in cultured cells and inhibited the production of beta-amyloid (Abeta). Intraperitoneal injection of the conjugated inhibitors in(More)
Alzheimer disease is intimately linked to an excess amount of amyloid-β (Aβ) in the brain. Thus, therapeutic inhibition of Aβ production is an attractive clinical approach to treat this disease. Here we provide the first direct experimental evidence that the treatment of Tg2576 transgenic mice with an inhibitor of β-secretase, GRL-8234, rescues the(More)
Reliable and robust prediction of the binding affinity for drug molecules continues to be a daunting challenge. We simulated the binding interactions and free energy of binding of nine protease inhibitors (PIs) with wild-type and various mutant proteases by performing GBSA simulations in which each PI's partial charge was determined by quantum mechanics(More)
We used synthetic peloruside A for the commercial preparation of [³H]peloruside A. The radiolabeled compound bound to preformed tubulin polymer in amounts stoichiometric with the polymer's tubulin content, with an apparent K(d) value of 0.35 μM. A less active peloruside A analogue, (11-R)-peloruside A and laulimalide acted as competitive inhibitors of the(More)
The metalloprotease activity of lethal factor (LF) from Bacillus anthracis (B. anthracis) is a main source of toxicity in the lethality of anthrax infection. Thus, the understanding of the enzymatic activity and inhibition of B. anthracis LF is of scientific and clinical interests. We have designed, synthesized, and studied a peptide inhibitor of LF,(More)