Daniel Obrecht

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Phage display is a powerful method for selecting peptides with novel binding functions. Synthetic peptidomimetic chemistry is a powerful tool for creating structural diversity in ligands as a means to establish structure-activity relationships. Here we illustrate a method of bridging these two methodologies, by starting with a disulfide bridged phage(More)
Data from both our own and literature studies of the biochemistry and inhibition of influenza virus endonuclease was combined with data on the mechanism of action and the likely active site mechanism to propose a pharmacophore. The pharmacophore was used to design a novel structural class of inhibitors, some of which were found to have activities similar to(More)
Antibiotics with new mechanisms of action are urgently required to combat the growing health threat posed by resistant pathogenic microorganisms. We synthesized a family of peptidomimetic antibiotics based on the antimicrobial peptide protegrin I. Several rounds of optimization gave a lead compound that was active in the nanomolar range against(More)
Novel highly potent CXCR4 inhibitors with good pharmacokinetic properties were designed and optimized starting from the naturally occurring beta-hairpin peptide polyphemusin II. The design involved incorporating important residues from polyphemusin II into a macrocyclic template-bound beta-hairpin mimetic. Using a parallel synthesis approach, the potency(More)
The properties and structure-activity relationships (SAR) of a macrocyclic analogue of porcine protegrin I (PG-I) have been investigated. The lead compound, having the sequence cyclo-(-Leu-Arg-Leu-Lys-Lys-Arg-Arg-Trp-Lys-Tyr-Arg-Val-d-Pro-Pro-), shows antimicrobial activity against Gram-positive and -negative bacteria, but a much lower haemolytic activity(More)
We report structural studies in aqueous solution on backbone cyclic peptides that possess potent antimicrobial activity specifically against Pseudomonas sp. The peptides target the β-barrel outer membrane protein LptD, which plays an essential role in lipopolysaccharide transport to the outer membrane. The peptide L27-11 contains a 12-residue loop(More)
Inhibitors of the interaction between the p53 tumor-suppressor protein and its natural human inhibitor HDM2 are attractive as potential anticancer agents. In earlier work we explored designing beta-hairpin peptidomimetics of the alpha-helical epitope on p53 that would bind tightly to the p53-binding site on HDM2. The beta-hairpin is used as a scaffold to(More)
Using a biologically relevant peptide or protein structure as a starting point for lead identification represents one of the most powerful approaches in modern drug discovery. Here, we focus on the protein epitope mimetic (PEM) approach, where folded 3D structures of peptides and proteins are taken as starting points for the design of synthetic molecules(More)