Isabelle Vandenberghe

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Thirty new cycloartane derivatives (1-3, 5-12, 14-32) have been isolated from the leaves of Neoboutonia melleri. Their novelty stems from the loss of one of the C-4 methyl groups (1-3, 5-12, 14-25, and 32) and from the presence of an "extra" carbon atom in the side chain (1-3, 5-12, 14-20, 26-29, and 30-32). Furthermore, compound 32 possesses a rare(More)
Chemotherapy remains mainly used for the treatment of acute myeloid leukemia (AML). However, in the past 3 decades limited progress has been achieved in improving the long-term disease-free survival. Therefore the development of more effective drugs for AML represents a high level of priority. F14512 combines an epipodophyllotoxin core targeting(More)
Acridine derivatives, such as amsacrine, represent a well known class of multi-targeted anti-cancer agents that generally interfere with DNA synthesis and inhibit topoisomerase II. But in addition, these tricyclic molecules often display secondary effects on other biochemical pathways including protein metabolism. In order to identify novel anti-cancer(More)
We have exploited the polyamine transport system (PTS) to deliver selectively a spermine-drug conjugate, F14512 to cancer cells. This study was aimed to define F14512 anticancer efficacy against tumor models and to investigate whether fluorophor-labeled polyamine probes could be used to identify tumors expressing a highly active PTS and that might be(More)
The ubiquitin-proteasome pathway plays a critical role in the degradation of proteins involved in tumor growth and has therefore become a target for cancer therapy. In order to discover novel inhibitors of this pathway, a cellular assay reporter of proteasome activity was established. Human DLD-1 colon cancer cells were engineered to express a 4(More)
Chromosomal rearrangements of the NTRK1 gene, which encodes the high affinity nerve growth factor receptor (tropomyosin related kinase, TRKA), have been observed in several epithelial cancers, such as colon cancer, papillary thyroid carcinoma or non small cell lung cancer. The various NTRK1 fusions described so far lead to constitutive activation of TRKA(More)
Epithelial ovarian cancer is the fourth cause of death among cancer-bearing women and frequently associated with carboplatin resistance, underlining the need for more efficient and targeted therapies. F14512 is an epipodophylotoxin-core linked to a spermine chain which enters cells via the polyamine transport system (PTS). Here, we investigate this novel(More)
To discover original inhibitors of the ubiquitin-proteasome pathway, the authors have developed a cell-based bioluminescent assay and used it to screen collections of plant extracts and chemical compounds. They first established a DLD-1 human colon cancer cell line that stably expresses a 4Ubiquitin-Luciferase (4Ub-Luc) reporter protein, efficiently(More)
The interesting pharmacological properties of neoboutomellerones 1 and 2 were the basis for the assembly of a small library of analogues consisting of natural products isolated from the plant Neoboutonia melleri and of semisynthetic derivatives. As the two enone systems (C23-C24a and C1-C3) and the two hydroxyls groups (C22 and C26) of neoboutomellerones(More)
BACKGROUND Actinic keratoses (AK) are pre-malignant cutaneous lesions caused by prolonged exposure to ultraviolet radiation. As AKs lesions are generally accepted to be the initial lesions in a disease continuum that progresses to squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), AK lesions have to be treated. They are also the second most common reason for visits to the(More)