Jean Luc Boucher

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Nitric oxide (NO) is a recently discovered mediator produced by mammalian cells. It plays a key role in neurotransmission, control of blood pressure, and cellular defense mechanisms. Nitric oxide synthases (NOSs) catalyze the oxidation of L-arginine to NO and L-citrulline. NOSs are unique enzymes in that they possess on the same polypeptidic chain a(More)
We examined the role of innate cells in acquired resistance to the natural murine parasitic nematode, Nippostrongylus brasiliensis. Macrophages obtained from lungs as late as 45 d after N. brasiliensis inoculation were able to transfer accelerated parasite clearance to naive recipients. Primed macrophages adhered to larvae in vitro and triggered increased(More)
Neuropilin-1/-2 (+33 NRPs), VEGF-A165 co-receptors, are over-expressed during cancer progression. Thus, NRPs targeted drug development is challenged using a multistep in silico/in vitro screening procedure. The first fully non-peptidic VEGF-A165/NRPs protein-protein interaction antagonist (IC50=34 μM) without effect on pro-angiogenic kinases has been(More)
The inhibitory effects of anions, such as N(3)(-), NO(2)(-), BO(4)(3-), SCN(-), CH(3)COO(-), SO(4)(2-), ClO(4)(-), H(2)PO(4)(-), CN(-), I(-), Br(-), Cl(-) and F(-), on the hydrolysis of L-arginine (L-Arg) by rat liver arginase (RLA) have been studied. From all these anions, only F(-) exhibited a clear inhibitory effect at the mM level. Inhibition of RLA by(More)
Nilutamide is a non-steroidal anti-androgen drug proposed in the treatment of metastatic prostatic carcinoma. Its therapeutic effects are overshadowed by the occurrence of adverse reactions, mediated by mechanisms that remain elusive. To elucidate possible mechanisms for nilutamide toxicity, we investigated the metabolism of nilutamide in rat lung(More)
The asymmetric synthesis of an unprotected alpha-amino boronic acid analog of L-arginine 1a (boroarg-OH. 2 HCl) and its N alpha-acetyl derivative 1b (Ac-boroarg-OH. HCl) is described. These compounds were evaluated as substrates and inhibitors of recombinant nitric oxide synthases (NOS). Boroarg-OH 1a selectively inhibited inducible NOS (IC50 = 50 microM)(More)
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