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A shape-based Gaussian docking function is constructed which uses Gaussian functions to represent the shapes of individual atoms. A set of 20 trypsin ligand-protein complexes are drawn from the Protein Data Bank (PDB), the ligands are separated from the proteins, and then are docked back into the active sites using numerical optimization of this function.(More)
A series of (6,7-dimethoxy-2,4-dihydroindeno[1,2-c]pyrazol-3-yl)phenylamines has been optimized to preserve both potent kinase inhibition activity against the angiogenesis target, the receptor tyrosine kinase of Platelet-Derived Growth Factor-BB (PDGF-BB), and to improve the broad tumor cell antiproliferative activity of these compounds. This series(More)
Collagens are integral structural proteins in animal tissues and play key functional roles in cellular modulation. We sought to discover collagen model peptides (CMPs) that would form triple helices and self-assemble into supramolecular fibrils exhibiting collagen-like biological activity without preorganizing the peptide chains by covalent linkages. This(More)
A series of beta-carboxamido-phosphon(in)ic acids (2) was identified as a new structural motif for obtaining potent inhibitors of human mast cell chymase. For example, 1-naphthyl derivative 5f had an IC50 value of 29 nM and (E)-styryl derivative 6g had an IC50 value of 3.5 nM. An X-ray structure for 5f.chymase revealed key interactions within the enzyme(More)
The serine protease cathepsin G (EC; Cat G), which is stored in the azurophilic granules of neutrophils (polymorphonuclear leukocytes) and released on degranulation, has been implicated in various pathological conditions associated with inflammation. By employing high-throughput screening, we identified beta-ketophosphonic acid 1 as a moderate(More)
2-Aroyl-4-(omega-aminoacyl)- (4) and 4-aroyl-2-(omega-aminoacyl)pyrroles (9) represent a new, structurally novel class of anticonvulsant agents. Compounds of type 4 were prepared by Friedel-Crafts acylation of a 2-aroylpyrrole with an omega-chloroacyl chloride followed by displacement of the chloro group by a primary or secondary amine. Compounds of type 9(More)