Federica Ferrigno

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We disclose the development of a novel series of 2-phenyl-2H-indazole-7-carboxamides as poly(ADP-ribose)polymerase (PARP) 1 and 2 inhibitors. This series was optimized to improve enzyme and cellular activity, and the resulting PARP inhibitors display antiproliferation activities against BRCA-1 and BRCA-2 deficient cancer cells, with high selectivity over(More)
The Hedgehog (Hh-) signaling pathway is a key developmental pathway which gets reactivated in many human tumors, and smoothened (Smo) antagonists are emerging as novel agents for the treatment of malignancies dependent on the Hh-pathway, with the most advanced compounds demonstrating encouraging results in initial clinical trials. A novel series of potent(More)
A potent series of substituted 2-phenyl-2H-indazole-7-carboxamides were synthesized and evaluated as inhibitors of poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP). This extensive SAR exploration culminated with the identification of substituted 5-fluoro-2-phenyl-2H-indazole-7-carboxamide analog 48 which displayed excellent PARP enzyme inhibition with IC(50)=4nM,(More)
Safety in the food industry is gaining more and more importance every passing day. In recent years, several outbreaks of Salmonella have occurred in chocolate products. Traceability and HACCP system are important instruments for the food safety management. Traceability is useful to properly and efficiently handle a recall, but by itself it has no effects on(More)
Trifluoroacetylthiophene carboxamides have recently been reported to be class II HDAC inhibitors, with moderate selectivity. Exploration of replacements for the carboxamide with bioisosteric pentatomic heteroaromatic like 1,3,4-oxadiazoles, 1,2,4-oxadiazoles and 1,3-thiazoles, led to the discovery that 2-trifluoroacetylthiophene 1,3,4-oxadiazole derivatives(More)
We describe an extensive SAR study in the 6-[4-fluoro-3-(substituted)benzyl]-4,5-dimethylpyridazin-3(2H)-one series which led to the identification of potent PARP-1 inhibitors, capable of inhibiting the proliferation of BRCA-1 deficient cancer cells in the low nanomolar range, and displaying >100-fold selectivity over the BRCA wild type counterparts. The(More)
Histone deacetylases (HDACs) regulate chromatin status and gene expression, and their inhibition is of significant therapeutic interest. To date, no biological substrate for class IIa HDACs has been identified, and only low activity on acetylated lysines has been demonstrated. Here, we describe inhibitor-bound and inhibitor-free structures of the histone(More)
We report the synthesis and biological evaluation of N-[(1-aryl-1H-indazol-5-yl)methyl]amide derivatives as Smoothened antagonists and inhibitors of the Hedgehog pathway. Identification of the lead structure 1 by HTS, followed by SAR study on the amide and aryl portions led to the discovery of antagonists with nanomolar activity.
The identification of a new series of P. falciparum growth inhibitors is described. Starting from a series of known human class I HDAC inhibitors a SAR exploration based on growth inhibitory activity in parasite and human cells-based assays led to the identification of compounds with submicromolar inhibition of P. falciparum growth (EC50 < 500 nM) and good(More)
5-(Trifluoroacetyl)thiophene-2-carboxamides were found to be potent and selective class II HDAC inhibitors. This paper describes their further development and the investigation on the cause for the lack of cell-based activity. A rapid screening assay was set up which enabled the identification of more metabolic stable compounds as potent and selective class(More)