Francis A Mennona

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A series of N-[4-(3-pyridinyl)butyl]-5,5-disubstituted-pentadienamides was prepared and evaluated for PAF-antagonist activity. Compounds were assayed in vitro in a PAF-binding assay employing washed, whole dog platelets as the receptor source and in vivo after intravenous or oral administration for their ability to prevent PAF-induced bronchoconstriction in(More)
A series of binary (aryloxy)propanolamines has been prepared and examined in vitro and in vivo for beta-adrenoreceptor blocking activity. These symmetrical compounds consist of two (S)-(phenyloxy)propanolamine pharmacophores coupled through alkylenedioxy or poly(oxyethylenedioxy) linking units of varying lengths. Examples of such binary compounds linked(More)
Benzimidazole and indane are the two key fragments in our potent and selective MCH-1 receptor (MCHR1) antagonists. To identify novel linkers connecting the two fragments, we investigated diamino-cycloalkane-derived analogs and discovered highly potent antagonists with cis-1,4-diaminocyclohexane as a unique spacer in this chemical class. Structural overlay(More)
A series of N-(N-benzylpyroglutamyl)-4-substituted-L-phenylalanine derivatives was prepared as VLA-4/VCAM antagonists. Analogues substituted by electron deficient benzoylamino groups bearing bulky ortho substituents had low-nM potency in an ELISA assay and low-microM activity in a cell based assay.
A series of N-[4-(3-pyridinyl)butyl] 3-substituted propenyl carboxamide derivatives bearing an unsaturated bicyclic moiety in the 3-position was prepared and evaluated for PAF (platelet activating factor) antagonist activity. These compounds represent conformationally constrained direct analogues of the corresponding potent 5-aryl-pentadienecarboxamides(More)
To resolve the metabolite redox cycling associated with our earlier clinical compound 2, we carried out lead optimization of lead molecule 1. Compound 4 showed improved lipophilic ligand efficiency and demonstrated robust glucose lowering in diet-induced obese mice without a liability in predictive preclinical drug safety studies. Thus, it was selected as a(More)
Several acyloxy and alkyl derivatives of ellipticine have been prepared. In addition, a modified synthesis leading to the hitherto unobtainable 8,9-dimethoxy- and 8,9-methylenedioxyellipticines is described. Some of the derivatives described herein exhibit antitumor activity. However, none of the compounds showed activity superior to that of the(More)
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