Frank Himmelsbach

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Genetic alterations in the kinase domain of the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients are associated with sensitivity to treatment with small molecule tyrosine kinase inhibitors. Although first-generation reversible, ATP-competitive inhibitors showed encouraging clinical responses in lung adenocarcinoma(More)
Deregulation of the ErbB (proto-oncogene B of the avian erythroblastosis virus AEV-H strain) receptor network is well recognized as an oncogenic driver in epithelial cancers. Several targeted drugs have been developed, including antibodies and small-molecule kinase inhibitors, each of them characterized by distinct patterns of ErbB receptor interactions.(More)
A new chemical class of potent DPP-4 inhibitors structurally derived from the xanthine scaffold for the treatment of type 2 diabetes has been discovered and evaluated. Systematic structural variations have led to 1 (BI 1356), a highly potent, selective, long-acting, and orally active DPP-4 inhibitor that shows considerable blood glucose lowering in(More)
BI 1356 [proposed trade name ONDERO; (R)-8-(3-amino-piperidin-1-yl)-7-but-2-ynyl-3-methyl-1-(4-methyl-quinazolin-2-ylmethyl)-3,7-dihydro-purine-2,6-dione] is a novel dipeptidyl peptidase (DPP)-4 inhibitor under clinical development for the treatment of type 2 diabetes. In this study, we investigated the potency, selectivity, mechanism, and duration of(More)
Overexpression of the epidermal growth factor receptors (EGFRs) and human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 occurs frequently in human cancers and is associated with aggressive tumor behavior and poor patient prognosis. We have investigated the effects in vitro and in vivo of a new class of inhibitor molecules on the growth of several human cancer cell(More)
Deregulation of the ErbB receptor network is well recognized as an oncogenic driver in epithelial cancers. Several targeted drugs have been developed, including antibodies and small molecule kinase inhibitors, each of them characterized by distinct patterns of ErbB receptor interactions. Understanding the precise pharmacological properties of these(More)
To combat the increased morbidity and mortality associated with the developing diabetes epidemic new therapeutic interventions are desirable. Inhibition of intracellular cortisol generation from cortisone by blocking 11β-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase 1 (11β-HSD1) has been shown to ameliorate the risk factors associated with the metabolic syndrome. A(More)
Growth factor receptor tyrosine kinases (RTK) have been implicated in tumor growth, metastasis and angiogenesis, and are thus considered promising targets for therapeutic intervention in malignant diseases. We present a novel drug discovery strategy to find inhibitors of RTKs based on comparative screening of compound libraries employing functional cellular(More)
A potent, in vivo efficacious 11β hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase type 1 (11β HSD1) inhibitor (11j) has been identified. Compound 11j inhibited 11β HSD1 activity in human adipocytes with an IC50 of 4.3nM and in primary human adipose tissue with an IC80 of 53nM. Oral administration of 11j to cynomolgus monkey inhibited 11β HSD1 activity in adipose tissue.(More)