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We present the results from a Comparative Molecular Field Analysis (CoMFA) and docking study of a diverse set of 36 estrogen receptor ligands whose relative binding affinities (RBA) with respect to 17beta-Estradiol were available in both isoforms of the nuclear estrogen receptors (ER alpha, ER beta). Initial CoMFA models exhibited a correlation between the(More)
Subtype selective dopamine receptor ligands have long been sought after as therapeutic and/or imaging agents for the treatment and monitoring of neurologic disorders. We report herein on a combined structure- and ligand-based approach to explore the molecular mechanism of the subtype selectivity for a large class of D₂-like dopamine receptor ligands (163(More)
Neuroactive steroids are among the most efficacious modulators of the mammalian GABA-A receptor. Previous work has proposed that receptor potentiation is mediated by steroid interactions with a site defined by the residues alpha1Asn407/Tyr410 in the M4 transmembrane domain and residue alpha1Gln241 in the M1 domain. We examined the role of residues in the(More)
To provide insight of their inhibition mechanism and facilitate the design of more potent ligands, a series of 59 isatin sulfonamide analogues were docked to the X-ray structure of caspase-3, one of the important cysteine aspartyl-specific execution proteases in apoptosis, and their binding conformations were analyzed by 3D-QSAR studies. Comparative(More)
Neuropsychiatric disorders represent a substantial social and health care issue. The National Institutes of Health estimates that greater than 2 million adults suffer from neuropsychiatric disorders in the USA. These individuals experience symptoms that can include auditory hallucinations, delusions, unrealistic beliefs and cognitive dysfunction. Although(More)
This study was aimed at developing a triazine-based modular platform for targeted PET imaging. We synthesized mono- or bis-cyclo(RGDfK) linked triazine-based conjugates specifically targeting integrin αvβ3 receptors. The core molecules could be easily linked to targeting peptide and radiolabeled bifunctional chelator. The spacer core molecule was(More)
We previously reported on the synthesis of substituted phenyl-4-hydroxy-1-piperidyl indole analogues with nanomolar affinity at D2 dopamine receptors, ranging from 10- to 100-fold selective for D2 compared to the D3 dopamine receptor subtype. More recently, we evaluated a panel of aripiprazole analogues, identifying several analogues that also exhibit D2 vs(More)
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