Christopher G Evans

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Alzheimer disease is a neurological disorder that is characterized by the presence of fibrils and oligomers composed of the amyloid beta (Abeta) peptide. In models of Alzheimer disease, overexpression of molecular chaperones, specifically heat shock protein 70 (Hsp70), suppresses phenotypes related to Abeta aggregation. These observations led to the(More)
Heat shock protein 70 (Hsp70) is a highly conserved molecular chaperone that plays multiple roles in protein homeostasis. In these various tasks, the activity of Hsp70 is shaped by interactions with co-chaperones, such as Hsp40. The Hsp40 family of co-chaperones binds to Hsp70 through a conserved J-domain, and these factors stimulate ATPase and(More)
Nine neurodegenerative disorders are caused by the abnormal expansion of polyglutamine (polyQ) regions within distinct proteins. Genetic and biochemical evidence has documented that the molecular chaperone, heat shock protein 70 (Hsp70), modulates polyQ toxicity and aggregation, yet it remains unclear how Hsp70 might be used as a potential therapeutic(More)
Molecular chaperones, such as Hsp70 and Hsp90, are responsible for a variety of protective, anti-apoptotic functions. While inhibitors of Hsp90, such as geldanamycin and its derivative 17-AAG, are well known and important anti-cancer leads, Hsp70 has received less attention. Interesting lead candidates for Hsp70 share a dihydropyrimidine core; however, the(More)
Chemical inducers of dimerization (CIDs) are employed in a wide range of biological applications to control protein localization, modulate protein-protein interactions and improve drug lifetimes. These bifunctional chemical probes are assembled from two synthetic modules, which each provide affinity for a distinct protein target. FK506 and its derivatives(More)
The four-component Hantzsch reaction provides access to pharmaceutically important dihydropyridines. To expand the utility of this method, we have developed a route under organocatalytic conditions with good yields and excellent ee's. Through catalyst screening, we found that a BINOL-phosphoric acid allowed enantioselective synthesis of six-membered(More)
A 19-year-old woman was admitted to receive a kidney transplant from a nonliving donor. At the time of transplantation, she was taking oral phenytoin 300 mg every morning, 100 mg at noon, and 300 mg every evening (total of 700 mg/day) to treat seizures secondary to hemodialysis. Immediately after the transplantation, phenytoin treatment was resumed, and(More)