Giulio Ferino

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The evolution of bio- and cheminformatics associated with the development of specialized software and increasing computer power has produced a great interest in theoretical in silico methods applied in drug rational design. These techniques apply the concept that "similar molecules have similar biological properties" that has been exploited in Medicinal(More)
Cytidine deaminase (EC 3.5.4.5, CDA), an enzyme of the pyrimidine salvage pathways, is responsible for the degradation and inactivation of several cytidine-based antitumor drugs such as cytarabine, gemcitabine, decitabine, and azacytidine. Thus, CDA inhibitors are highly sought after as compounds to be co-administered with said drugs to improve their(More)
G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) regulate a wide range of physiological functions and hold great pharmaceutical interest. Using the β(2)-adrenergic receptor as a case study, this article explores the applicability of docking-based virtual screening to the discovery of GPCR ligands and defines methods intended to improve the screening performance. Our(More)
A series of 3-aryl-4-hydroxycoumarin derivatives was synthesized with the aim to find out the structural features for the MAO inhibitory activity and selectivity. Methoxy and/or chloro substituents were introduced in the 3-phenyl ring, whereas the position 6 in the coumarin moiety was not substituted or substituted with a methyl group or a chloro atom due(More)
In prostate cancer (PCa), prognostic (predictive) factors are particularly important given the marked heterogeneity of this disease at clinical, morphologic, and biomolecular levels. Blood contains a treasure of previously unstudied biomarkers that could reflect the ongoing physiological state of all tissue. The serum prostate-specific antigen (PSA)(More)
Neurodegenerative disorders are becoming more prevalent given the increase in the aging population. This has inspired active research in the development of new drugs that could mark an important advance in the treatment of complex diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. With the aim of finding new MAO-B-selective inhibitors, we report the synthesis,(More)
Monoamine oxidase (MAO) is an important drug target for the treatment of neurological disorders. Several 3-arylcoumarin derivatives were previously described as interesting selective MAO-B inhibitors. Preserving the trans-stilbene structure, a series of 2-arylbenzofuran and corresponding 3-arylcoumarin derivatives were synthesized and evaluated as(More)
Monoamine oxidase (MAO) is an important drug target for the treatment of neurological disorders. Series of 3-indolyl and 3-thiophenylcoumarins were synthesized and evaluated as inhibitors of the two human MAO isoforms, hMAO-A and hMAO-B. In general, the derivatives were found to be selective hMAO-B inhibitors with IC(50) values in the nanoMolar (nM) to(More)
The aim of this study is to describe and compare the supramolecular interactions, in the solid state, of chloro-, bromo-, and iodobenzothiophene diols. The compounds were obtained through organo-catalyzed reactions starting from 3-substituted halobenzothiophene carbaldehydes. Energies of the noncovalent interactions were obtained by density functional(More)
Coumarins show biological activity and are widely exploited for their therapeutic effects. Although a great number of coumarins substituted by heterocyclic moieties have been prepared, few studies have been carried out on coumarins containing pyridine heterocycle, which is known to modulate their physiological activities. We prepared and characterized three(More)