Hassan Y. Ebrahim

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Receptor tyrosine kinases are key regulators of cellular growth and proliferation. Dysregulations of receptor tyrosine kinases in cancer cells may promote tumorigenesis by multiple mechanisms including enhanced cell survival and inhibition of cell death. Araguspongines represent a group of macrocyclic oxaquinolizidine alkaloids isolated from the marine(More)
The hepatocyte growth factor (HGF)/mesenchymal-epithelial transition factor (c-Met) signaling axis has gained considerable attention as an attractive molecular target for therapeutic blockade of cancer. Inspired by the chemical structure of S (-)-oleocanthal, a natural secoiridoid from extra-virgin olive oil with documented anticancer activity against(More)
The mechanisms involved in the increased Na(+)-dependent nutrient uptake across intestine of diabetic animals are poorly understood. Here we have studied the effect of acute (7d) and chronic (30-40d) diabetes on the autoradiographic localization of 3H-L-valine accumulation by rat jejunal villi and on enterocyte migration rate. In control rats,(More)
1. The effects of streptozotocin-induced diabetes mellitus on active jejunal glucose uptake in vivo, and on galactose movement across the brush-border (phlorhizin-sensitive) and basolateral (phlorhizin-insensitive) membranes of isolated upper and mid-villus enterocytes has been studied. 2. Chronic diabetes increased unidirectional phlorhizin-sensitive(More)
The effects of chronic diabetes mellitus of 4-5 weeks duration on the potential difference across the brush border membrane of rat small intestine (Vm) and on Na+-dependent uptake of D-glucose by jejunal brush border vesicles have been studied. Diabetes increased Vm in the jejunum from a mean value of -47.2 mV in control tissue to -57.4 mV in diabetic(More)
Marine natural products (MNPs) are recognized for their structural complexity, diversity, and novelty. The vast majority of MNPs are pharmacologically relevant through their ability to modulate macromolecular targets underlying human diseases. Angiogenesis is a fundamental process in cancer progression and metastasis. Targeting angiogenesis through(More)
Barrett's oesophagus predisposes to oesophageal adenocarcinoma. In vitro, laminin, a component of the epithelial basement membrane (BM), is important in regulation of cell differentiation. There is limited information on the distribution of laminin chains in the upper gastrointestinal tract (GIT) and none in Barrett's oesophagus. This study aimed to(More)
Sipholenol A is a natural sipholane triterpenoid isolated from the Red Sea sponge, Callyspongia siphonella. Previous studies showed the antimigratory and antiproliferative activities of the semisynthetic sipholenol A esters against breast cancer cell lines. This study investigated the effects of sipholenol A-4-O-3',4'-dichlorobenzoate (SPA) on the growth,(More)
Oleanolic acid (OA), a pentacyclic triterpene acid widely distributed in food and traditional herbal remedies, exhibits diverse therapeutic effects. OA has been subjected to various chemical modifications to optimize its anticancer effect. Among other analogs, 3-O-[N-(p-fluorobenzenesulfonyl)-carbamoyl]-oleanolic acid (PFOA) was semisynthesized from OA.(More)
Bioassay-guided fractionation of Terminalia bentzoe L. leaves methanol extract identified the known triterpene oleanolic acid (1) as its major breast cancer cell migration inhibitor. Further chemical optimization afforded five new (9-12 and 15) and seven known (4-8, 13, and 14) semisynthetic analogues. All compounds were tested for their ability to inhibit(More)