Hong-Jen Lee

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Viral proteases are essential for pathogenesis and virulence of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV). Little information is available on SARS-CoV papain-like protease 2 (PLP2), and development of inhibitors against PLP2 is attractive for antiviral therapy. Here, we report the characterization of SARS-CoV PLP2 (from residues 1414 to 1858)(More)
DPP8 belongs to the family of prolyl dipeptidases, which are capable of cleaving the peptide bond after a penultimate proline residue. Unlike DPP-IV, a drug target for type II diabetes, no information is available on the crystal structure of DPP8, the regulation of its enzymatic activity, or its substrate specificity. In this study, using analytical(More)
Type 2 diabetes has rapidly reached an epidemic proportion becoming a major threat to global public health. PPAR agonists have emerged as a leading class of oral antidiabetic drugs. We report a structure biology analysis of novel indole-based PPAR agonists to explain the structure-activity relationships and present a critical analysis of reasons for change(More)
A series of substituted pyrrolidine-2,4-dicarboxylic acid amides were synthesized as potential antidiabetic agents, and many of them showed good in vitro DPP-IV inhibition (IC50 = 2-250 nM) with selectivity over DPP-II, DPP8, and FAP enzymes. Selected compounds 8c and 11a showed in vivo plasma DPP-IV inhibition after oral administration in Wistar rats.
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