Hadir Marei

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Abnormal Rac1 signaling is linked to a number of debilitating human diseases, including cancer, cardiovascular diseases and neurodegenerative disorders. As such, Rac1 represents an attractive therapeutic target, yet the search for effective Rac1 inhibitors is still underway. Given the adverse effects associated with Rac1 signaling perturbation, cells have(More)
The small GTPase Rac1 has been implicated in the formation and dissemination of tumours. Upon activation by guanine nucleotide exchange factors (GEFs), Rac1 associates with a variety of proteins in the cell thereby regulating various functions, including cell migration. However, activation of Rac1 can lead to opposing migratory phenotypes raising the(More)
GE 68 ((Rac.)-1-[3-(Phenylethyl)-2-benzofuryl]-2-(propylamino)-ethanol hydrochloride) is structurally related to propafenone, and exerts negative inotropic and negative chronotropic effects similar to the parent drug, but lacks any beta-adrenoceptor blocking activity contrary to propafenone. Thus, the electrophysiological effects of GE 68 were studied in(More)
The small GTPase Rac1 is implicated in various cellular processes that are essential for normal cell function. Deregulation of Rac1 signaling has also been linked to a number of diseases, including cancer. The diversity of Rac1 functioning in cells is mainly attributed to its ability to bind to a multitude of downstream effectors following activation by(More)
The recently synthesized benzofuranylethanolamines GE 68, GE 70, GE 76, RG 16 and RG 25, were studied in guinea-pig isolated papillary muscles and right atria. With regard to their inotropic, chronotropic and beta-adrenoceptor-blocking activity, these compounds were compared with the reference drug propafenone. GE 68, GE 70 and GE 76 were almost equally(More)
GEFs play a critical role in regulating Rac1 signaling. They serve as signaling nodes converting upstream signals into downstream Rac1-driven cellular responses. Through associating with membrane-bound Rac1, GEFs facilitate the exchange of GDP for GTP, thereby activating Rac1. As a result, Rac1 undergoes conformational changes that mediate its interaction(More)
An improved synthesis of the enantiomers of the new benzofurane-type antiarrhythmic compound 1 is described, which makes use of the enantiomerically pure mbe-lactol. Thus, acylation of the benzofurane 4 with acetic anhydride and subsequent bromination gave the bromoacetyl-derivative 6, which, after reduction with LiAlH4, was protected with mbe-lactol to(More)
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