Catherine Fiorilla

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The overexpression of the Mcl-1 protein in cancerous cells results in the sequestering of Bak, a key component in the regulation of normal cell apoptosis. Our investigation of the ability of marine-derived small-molecule natural products to inhibit this protein-protein interaction led to the isolation of several bioactive oxy-polyhalogenated diphenyl(More)
Examination of the saline fermentation products from the marine-derived ascomycete fungal strain CNL-523 (Cryptosphaeria sp.) resulted in the isolation of cryptosphaerolide (1). The new compound is an ester-substituted sesquiterpenoid related to the eremophilane class. The structure of the new compound was assigned by spectroscopic and chemical methods.(More)
Overexpression of the antiapoptotic members of the Bcl-2 family of proteins is commonly associated with cancer cell survival and resistance to chemotherapeutics. Here, we describe the structure-based optimization of a series of N-heteroaryl sulfonamides that demonstrate potent mechanism-based cell death. The role of the acidic nature of the sulfonamide(More)
Bioassay-guided fractionation of two cyanobacterial extracts from Papua New Guinea has yielded hoiamide D in both its carboxylic acid and conjugate base forms. Hoiamide D is a polyketide synthase (PKS)/non-ribosomal peptide synthetase (NRPS)-derived natural product that features two consecutive thiazolines and a thiazole, as well as a modified isoleucine(More)
Bioactivity-guided fractionation of metabolites from the crinoid Holopus rangii led to the discovery of two new phenanthroperylenequinone derivatives, gymnochromes E (1) and F (2). Gymnochrome E showed cytotoxic activity toward the NCI/ADR-Res with an IC(50) of 3.5 microM. It also inhibited histone deacetylase-1 with an IC(50) of 3.3 microM. Gymnochrome F(More)
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