Gervais Bérubé

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We located the binding sites of doxorubicin (DOX) and N-(trifluoroacetyl) doxorubicin (FDOX) with bovine serum albumin (BSA) and human serum albumins (HSA) at physiological conditions, using constant protein concentration and various drug contents. FTIR, CD and fluorescence spectroscopic methods as well as molecular modeling were used to analyse drug(More)
Amino acids were transformed and coupled to chlorambucil, a well-known chemotherapeutic agent, in an attempt to create new anticancer drugs with selectivity for breast cancer cells. Among the amino acids available, tyrosine was selected to act as an estrogenic ligand. It is hypothesized that tyrosine, which shows some structural similitude with estradiol,(More)
The synthesis of a series of 17β-estradiol-platinum(II) hybrid molecules is reported. The hybrids are made of a PEG linking chain of various length and a 2-(2'-aminoethyl)pyridine ligand. They are prepared from estrone in only 5 chemical steps with an overall yield of 22%. The length of the PEG chain does not influence the solubility of the compounds as it(More)
The binding sites of antitumor drug doxorubicin (DOX) and its analogue N-(trifluoroacetyl) doxorubicin (FDOX) with tRNA were located, using FTIR, CD, fluorescence spectroscopic methods and molecular modeling. Different binding sites are involved in drug-tRNA adducts with DOX located in the vicinity of A-29, A-31, A-38, C-25, C-27, C-28, G-30 and U-41, while(More)
Nitrogen mustards, an important class of drugs for cancer therapy, are known as DNA alkylating agents. The nitrogen mustards are highly reactive and, as a consequence, lack of selectivity and produce several adverse side effects. In order to minimize these undesirable effects, the attachment of nitrogen mustards to a steroidal hormone with affinity for its(More)
L-para-Tyrosine was linked to ortho-hydroxyaniline, meta-hydroxyaniline and para-hydroxyaniline giving three distinct tyrosinamide molecules. The new extended amino acid derivatives were constructed to imitate, in part, the estradiol (E(2), the natural female sex hormone) nucleus. The resulting tyrosinamides were then linked to chlorambucil either directly,(More)
Doxorubicin (DOX) is an important medicine for the treatment of breast cancer, which is the most frequently diagnosed and the most lethal cancer in women worldwide. However, the clinical use of DOX is impeded by serious toxic effects such as cardiomyopathy and congestive heart failure. Covalently linking DOX to estrogen to selectively deliver the drug to(More)
A series of 7α-linked testosterone dimers were made and tested for biological activity on both androgen-dependent (LNCaP) and androgen-independent (DU-145 and PC3) prostate cancer cell lines. The synthesis proceeds through the formation of a trans-4-(17β-acetoxy-4-androsten-3-one-7α-yl)-but-2-enoic acid 4-hydroxy-alkyl ester intermediate of various length(More)
We have recently reported the synthesis of a platinum(II) complex, made of estradiol, the female sex hormone, and a cisplatin analog, an anticancer drug, linked together by an eleven carbon atoms chain. The novel estradiol-Pt(II) hybrid molecule was synthesized in nine chemical steps with 10% overall yield. This new compound has been tested in vitro on(More)
A rapid and efficient synthesis of a series of C2-symmetric 17beta-estradiol homo-dimers is described. The new molecules are linked at position 17alpha of the steroid nucleus with either an alkyl chain or a polyethylene glycol chain. They are made from estrone in only five chemical steps with an overall yield exceeding 30%. The biological activity of these(More)
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