Attila Hunyadi

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BACKGROUND Protoapigenone (PA), a natural flavonoid possessing an unusual p-quinol moiety on its B ring, is a prospective novel lead compound against cancer currently in development, together with WYC0209, a potent synthetic PA analog. Structure activity relationships (SAR) concerning different 1'-O-alkyl side-chains were also studied on two sets of(More)
Phytoecdysteroids are structural analogs of the insect molting hormone ecdysone. Plants comprise rich sources of ecdysteroids in high concentration and with broad structural diversity. Ecdysteroids have a number of proven beneficial effects on mammals but the hormonal effects of ecdysteroids have been proven only in arthropods. Their structures are somewhat(More)
The leaves of the white mulberry tree (Morus alba L.) are used worldwide in traditional medicine as anti-diabetics. Various constituents of mulberry leaves, such as iminosugars (i.e. 1-deoxynojirimicin), flavonoids and related compounds, polysaccharides, glycopeptides and ecdysteroids, have been reported to exert anti-diabetic activity, but knowledge about(More)
Protoapigenone, a natural flavonoid possessing an unusual p-quinol moiety on its B-ring, is a novel prospective anticancer agent with low toxicity that is currently in development. The first economical, one-step synthesis of protoapigenone from apigenin is described on up to gram scale. 13 new 1'-O-alkylflavone analogs were also synthesized, either from(More)
DNA damage caused during cancer treatment can rapidly activate the ataxia telangiectasia-mutated (ATM) and ATM and Rad3-related (ATR)-dependent phosphorylation of Chk2 and Chk1 kinases, which are hallmarks of the DNA damage response (DDR). Pharmacologic inhibition of ATR causes a synthetic lethal effect on ATM- or p53-defective cancers, suggesting that such(More)
Numerous ecdysteroids are isolated from the herb of Serratula wolffii Andrae, a cultivated plant. The isolation procedure includes a variety of low-pressure liquid chromatography, thin-layer chromatography (TLC), gel chromatography, and high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) methods. The progress of separation is monitored by TLC, and the final proof(More)
BACKGROUND Photochemical transformation of certain bioactive compounds for the purpose of obtaining derivatives with increased bioactivity is a prospective area of synthetic chemistry. Ecdysteroids, analogs of the insect molting hormone, which can also exert several beneficial effects in mammals including humans, contain an enone moiety in their B ring,(More)
The leaves of Morus alba L. have a long history in Traditional Chinese Medicine and also became valued by the ethnopharmacology of many other cultures. The worldwide known antidiabetic use of the drug has been suggested to arise from a complex combination effect of various constituents. Moreover, the drug is also a potential antihyperuricemic agent.(More)
Protoflavones represent a less widespread, unique class of natural flavonoids with a non-aromatic B-ring and a hydroxyl group at C-1′. Due to their recently discovered anticancer activity, these compounds have gotten into the focus of biomedical research during the past few years. The present review aims to give a brief summary on the available literature(More)
Allelic deletions of 10q25-26 and 19q13.3-13.4 are the most common genetic alterations in glial tumors. We have identified a balanced t(10;19) reciprocal translocation in the A172 glioblastoma cell line which involves both critical regions on chromosomes 10 and 19. In addition, loss of an entire copy of chromosome 10 has occurred in this cell line(More)