David F C Moffat

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Concerns are broadly defined as dispositions to desire the occurrence or non-occurrence of a given kind of situation. In this thesis we present an information-level analysis of the mechanisms that render the concerns of intelligent agency in the symbolic, situated, and “emotional” programming paradigms – to give an account of the functions, constraints and(More)
The therapeutic and toxic effects of drugs are often generated through effects on distinct cell types in the body. Selective delivery of drugs to specific cells or cell lineages would, therefore, have major advantages, in particular, the potential to significantly improve the therapeutic window of an agent. Cells of the monocyte-macrophage lineage represent(More)
A novel series of HDAC inhibitors demonstrating class I subtype selectivity and good oral bioavailability is described. The compounds are potent enzyme inhibitors (IC₅₀ values less than 100 nM), and improved activity in cell proliferation assays was achieved by modulation of polar surface area (PSA) through the introduction of novel linking groups.(More)
In this paper, we examine the Global Game Jam Theme and the reaction of the 'jammers' to the release. The Theme is one of the main drivers for creative aspect of the Game Jam, it sets the tone of the games that are developed at the Jam. This paper introduces an experiment which uses 'sentiment analysis' to gauge the positive or negative reaction to the(More)
The series of 2-amino-4-aryl-5-chloropyrimidines was discovered to be potent for both VEGFR-2 and CDK1. Described here are the chemistry for analogue synthesis, SAR study, and its kinase selectivity prolifing. The full rat PK data and in vivo efficacy study are also included.
A range of functionalised indolocarbazoles, related to the natural product K-252a, have been prepared, starting from a readily available bridged cyclopentene. Sequences of transformations, involving initial hydroboration-oxidation to give a ketone, or by dihydroxylation and cyclic sulfate formation, enable the preparation of diverse indolocarbazole(More)
Inhibition of histone deacetylase activity represents a promising new modality in the treatment of a number of cancers. A novel HDAC series demonstrating inhibitory activity in cell proliferation assays is described. Optimisation based on the introduction of basic amine linkers to effect good drug distribution to tumour led to the identification of a(More)
We have developed a series of 4-thiophenoxy-N-(3,4,5-trialkoxyphenyl) pyrimidine-2-amines as potent and selective inhibitors of p56lck tyrosine kinase activity. In particular, the most potent inhibitor shows cellular activity in T-cell receptor (TCR) stimulated models of cytokine release, which suggests an immunomodulatory role for this class of inhibitor.
A novel series of 4-aryl-5-cyano-2-aminopyrimidines were synthesized and found to have potent VEGF-R2 kinase inhibitory activity. Structure-activity relationships were investigated and compound 14a was shown to be efficacious in a mouse model of corneal neovascularization.
The preparation of the selective VEGF-R2 kinase inhibitor 10 (JNJ-17029259) is described in which the key precursor, 4-(5-isoxazolyl)benzonitrile, undergoes clean transformation to the corresponding cumylamine derivative with CeCl(3)-MeLi in THF. This high-yielding cerium mediated transformation is robust, reproducible, and readily scalable based on a(More)