Iftiin Hassan-Mohamed

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BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE The Eph receptor tyrosine kinases and their ephrin ligands are key players in tumorigenesis and many reports have correlated changes in their expression with a poor clinical prognosis in many solid tumours. Agents targeting the Eph-ephrin system might emerge as new tools useful for the inhibition of different components of cancer(More)
The Eph receptor-ephrin system is an emerging target for the development of novel antiangiogenetic agents. We recently identified lithocholic acid (LCA) as a small molecule able to block EphA2-dependent signals in cancer cells, suggesting that its (5β)-cholan-24-oic acid scaffold can be used as a template to design a new generation of improved EphA2(More)
Eph receptors are the largest class of kinase receptors and, together with their ligands ephrins, they have a primary role in embryogenesis. Their expression has been found deregulated in several cancer tissues and, in many cases, abnormal levels of these proteins have been correlated to a poor prognosis. Recently, the Eph-ephrin system was found to be(More)
SCOPE The Eph-ephrin system comprises emerging proteins involved in many pathophysiological processes. The pharmacological activity of the main metabolites derived from the intake of some classes of (poly)phenolic compounds, such as caffeoylquinic acids, flavan-3-ols, and ellagitannins, on the Eph-ephrin interaction was evaluated at physiological(More)
The Eph-ephrin system plays a critical role in tumor growth and vascular functions during carcinogenesis. We had previously identified cholanic acid as a competitive and reversible EphA2 antagonist able to disrupt EphA2-ephrinA1 interaction and to inhibit EphA2 activation in prostate cancer cells. Herein, we report the synthesis and biological evaluation of(More)
The Eph-ephrin system, including the EphA2 receptor and the ephrinA1 ligand, plays a critical role in tumor and vascular functions during carcinogenesis. We previously identified (3α,5β)-3-hydroxycholan-24-oic acid (lithocholic acid) as an Eph-ephrin antagonist that is able to inhibit EphA2 receptor activation; it is therefore potentially useful as a novel(More)
The EPH receptor A2 (EPHA2) represents an attractive anticancer target. With the aim to identify novel EPHA2 receptor antagonists, a virtual screening campaign, combining shape-similarity and docking calculations, was conducted on a set of commercially available compounds. A combined score, taking into account both ligand- and structure-based results, was(More)
Lithocholic acid (LCA), a physiological ligand for the nuclear receptor FXR and the G-protein-coupled receptor TGR5, has been recently described as an antagonist of the EphA2 receptor, a key member of the ephrin signalling system involved in tumour growth. Given the ability of LCA to recognize FXR, TGR5, and EphA2 receptors, we hypothesized that the(More)
The Eph receptor-ephrin system is an emerging target for the development of novel anti-angiogenic therapies. Research programs aimed at developing small-molecule antagonists of the Eph receptors are still in their initial stage as available compounds suffer from pharmacological drawbacks, limiting their application in vitro and in vivo. In the present work,(More)
Amino acid conjugates of lithocholic acid (LCA) have been recently described as effective disruptors of the EphA2-ephrin-A1 interaction able to inhibit EphA2 phosphorylation in intact cells and thus able to block prometastatic responses such as cellular retraction and angiogenesis. However, these LCA-based compounds were significantly more potent at(More)
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