Giulio Poli

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Molecular docking strategies are one of the most widely used techniques for predicting the binding mode of a ligand and for obtaining new hits in virtual screening studies. In order to improve the accuracy of this approach, we tested the reliability of applying a consensus docking protocol by combining ten different docking procedures. The analysis was(More)
Fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH) is the principal responsible for the termination of anandamide signaling, a major actor of the endocannabinoid system. The indirect stimulation of endocannabinoid responses achieved through FAAH inhibition can represent a valid pharmacological strategy for the treatment of neurodegenerative and neuroinflammatory diseases(More)
Inhibitors of human lactate dehydrogenase 5 (hLDH5) are promising therapeutic agents against cancer. This enzyme is generally found to be overexpressed in most invasive cancer cells and is linked to their vitality especially under hypoxic conditions. In this study, with the aim of identifying new hLDH5 inhibitors, a receptor-based pharmacophore modeling(More)
Signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3) plays an essential role in cell growth regulation and survival. An aberrant STAT3 activation and/or expression is implied in various solid and blood tumors as well as in other pathologies like rheumatoid arthritis and pulmonary fibrosis, thus making the search for STAT3 inhibitors a growing field of(More)
Since the time of its identification, the natural compound largazole rapidly caught the attention of the medicinal chemistry community for its impressive potency as an inhibitor of histone deacetylases (HDACs) and its strong antiproliferative activity against a broad panel of cancer cell lines. The design of largazole analogues is an expanding field of(More)
In this paper, a receptor-based virtual screening study for the identification of estrogen receptor β (ERβ) ligands was developed. Starting from a commercial database of 400,000 molecules, only six compounds resulted to be potential active ligands of ERβ. Interestingly, all the six molecules possess scaffolds that had already been reported in known ERβ(More)
Five new diterpenes (1-5) and a megastigmane derivative (6) were isolated from the aerial parts of Euphorbia laurifolia, along with several known compounds. Their structures were elucidated by NMR, MS, and ECD and by chemical methods. A chemical proteomics drug affinity responsive target stability (DARTS) approach to investigate the lathyrane diterpene 1,(More)
Src family kinases (SFKs) are a group of non-receptor tyrosine kinases whose activity is involved in the regulation of cellular morphology, motility, proliferation and survival. An aberrant activation and expression of these kinases contribute to the pathogenesis and progression of a broad range of diseases, such as a large number of solid tumors, various(More)
Monoacylglycerol lipase is a serine hydrolase that plays a major role in the degradation of the endocannabinoid neurotransmitter 2-arachidonoylglycerol. A wide number of MAGL inhibitors are reported in literature; however, many of them are characterised by an irreversible mechanism of action and this behavior determines an unwanted chronic MAGL(More)