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Protein kinases (Ser/Thr and Tyr) play a key role in signal transduction pathways. It has been shown that deregulation of the Cdk activity is linked to cell proliferation and cancer. Inhibition of cyclin-dependent kinases (Cdks) is an important target for potential new anti-cancer drugs. Following the discovery of Olomoucine, a wide range of tri-substituted… (More)
A new series of coumarin inhibitors of DNA gyrase B bearing a N-propargyloxycarbamate at C-3' of various 5',5'-dialkylnoviose, including RU79115, were synthesised and their antibacterial activities have been delineated. Introduction of dialkyl substituents at 5'5'-position of noviose leads to coumarin analogues with improved in vitro and in vivo… (More)
There is today a blatant need for new antifungal agents, because of the recent increase in life-threatening infections involving an ever-greater number of fungal strains. Fungi make extensive use of kinases in the regulation of essential processes, in particular the cell cycle. Most fungal kinases, however, are shared with higher eukaryotes. Only the… (More)
The synthesis and biological profile in vitro of a series of coumarin inhibitors of gyrase B bearing a N-propargyloxycarbamate at C-3' of noviose is presented. Replacement of the 5-methylpyrrole-2-carboxylate of coumarin drugs with an N-propargyloxycarbamate bioisostere leads to analogues with improved antibacterial activity. Analysis of crystal structures… (More)
The design, synthesis, and in vitro biological activity of a series of 2-carboxy quinolone antagonists selective for the endothelin A receptor are presented. Introduction of a second acid group in position 3 of the quinolone ring increases dramatically the selectivity for ET(A).
Life-threatening fungal infections are becoming more frequent and involve a greater variety of strains, many of which are drug-resistant. Both public research organisations and the pharmaceutical industry are committed to the development of new drugs to satisfy this increasing medical need. The approach described here exemplifies the efforts directed… (More)
N-Methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA)-induced release of [3H]GABA from mouse striatal neurons in primary culture has been evaluated as a screening method for demonstrating the functional activity of potential NMDA antagonists with respect to a cellular response. Antagonists were chosen for their specificity towards each of the three principal binding sites which have… (More)