Deborah M Ramsey

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Metastasis occurs when cancer cells leave the primary tumor site and migrate to distant parts of the body. The CXCR4-SDF-1 pathway facilitates this migration, and its expression has become the hallmark of several metastatic cancers. Targeted approaches are currently being developed to inhibit this pathway, and several candidates are now in clinical trials.(More)
BACKGROUND Approaches to safely induce tolerance in vascularized composite allotransplantation (VCA) with chimerism through bone marrow transplantation (BMT) are currently being pursued. However, VCA was historically performed sequentially after donor chimerism was established. Delayed VCA is not clinically applicable due to the time constraints associated(More)
Described is the synthesis of two biotinylated derivatives of a cytotoxic macrocycle. Pull-down assays indicate that this macrocycle targets the N-middle domain of Hsp90. Untagged compound can effectively compete away tagged compound-Hsp90 protein complexes, confirming the binding specificity of the macrocycle for Hsp90. The macrocycle is similar in potency(More)
The first total synthesis of Sanguinamide B is reported, prepared via an efficient synthetic strategy. The natural product, trans,trans-Sanguinamide B (1), was generated in a thermodynamic ratio with trans,cis-Sanguinamide B (2) and cis,cis-Sanguinamide B (3). Complete conversion of the cis,cis-Sanguinamide B conformer (3) to the natural product (1) and the(More)
We report the first synthesis of sanguinamide B analogues. Substituting N-methylated (N-Me) amino acids, glycine (Gly), and L- or D-phenylalanine (Phe) into the backbone of sanguinamide B showed that only l- and d-Phe residues controlled the macrocycle conformation. The N-methylated and glycine analogues all had multiple conformations, whereas the L- and(More)
Described is the antibiotic activity of a marine natural product. Psammaplysin F (1) inhibited the growth of four Gram-positive strains by >80% at 50μM, and the amine at position C-20 is responsible for the observed antibacterial activity. When tested against two strains of methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), the minimum inhibitory(More)
Described are mechanistic studies of two Sanguinamide B (San B) derivatives. These compounds were identified as eukaryotic ribosomal inhibitors. Two biotinylated San B derivatives were synthesized and used to capture protein targets in a pull-down assay. LC/MS/MS analysis of the San B-captured targets identified several proteins that comprise eukaryotic(More)
Highly luminescent quantum dots (QDs) that emit in the visible spectrum are of interest to a number of imaging technologies, not least that of biological samples. One issue that hinders the application of luminescent markers in biology is the potential toxicity of the fluorophore. Here we show that hydrothermally synthesized ZnSe(S) QDs have low(More)
We report the synthesis, cytotoxicity, and phenotypic analysis of oxazole and thiazole containing fragments. Evaluating the optimal size and heterocycle for growth inhibition and apoptosis showed that activity required at least two thiazoles sequentially connected. This is the first detailed comparison of biological activity between multi-heterocyclic(More)
Described is a novel organorhodium(I) complex that is cytotoxic to the colon cancer cell line HCT116 and alters cell migration, DNA replication, and DNA condensation. Most importantly, the mechanism observed is not seen for the parent organorhodium dimer complex [{RhCl(COD)}2], RhCl3, or the free ligand/proligands (COD and 1-(n)butyl-3-methylimidazolium(More)