Jinxia Nancy Deng

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Constitutive activation of the Signal Transducers and Activators of Transcription 3 (Stat3) meditated signaling pathway is very important for cell growth and survival. Compelling evidence from mechanistic studies with antisense, RNA interference (RNAi), peptides, and small molecular inhibitors indicate that blocking Stat3 signaling can lead to successful(More)
Human apurinic/apyrimidinic endonuclease 1 (APE1) is an important enzyme in the base excision repair (BER) pathway that is essential for the repair of abasic sites in the genome. Evidence for APE1 as an attractive therapeutic target in anticancer drug development has been demonstrated by studies that link overexpression of APE1 in many cancers to resistance(More)
We present here a dynamic receptor-based pharmacophore model representing the complementary features of the active site region of HIV-1 integrase (IN), which was developed from a series of representative conformations of IN. Conformations of IN were sampled through a molecular dynamics study of the catalytic domain of an IN monomer, and an ensemble of(More)
We extended the previously described dynamic pharmacophore model studies of HIV-1 integrase (IN) by considering more key residues in the active site, including Mg2+. First, we applied a Monte Carlo sampling method to map the complementary features of the IN binding surface. Two types of dynamic pharmacophore models were generated. One considers Mg2+ as part(More)
The integration of viral cDNA into the host genome is an essential step in the HIV-1-life cycle and is mediated by the virally encoded enzyme, integrase (IN). Inhibition of this process provides an attractive strategy for antiviral drug design. The discovery of beta-diketo acid inhibitors played a major role in validating IN as a legitimate antiretroviral(More)
The natural ovarian hormone progesterone functions as an effective neuroprotective agent. However, in its native state it is not an efficient therapeutic compound because of its poor bioavailability. Thus, for practical therapeutic usage it became necessary to develop orally active progestogens for use in hormone therapy. We have shown that not all(More)
Integrin alphavbeta3 has been implicated in multiple aspects of tumor progression and metastasis. Many tumors have high expression of alphavbeta3 that correlates with tumor progression. Therefore, alphavbeta3 receptor is an excellent target for drug design and delivery. We have discovered a series of novel alphavbeta3 antagonists utilizing common feature(More)
HIV-1 integrase is one of the three essential enzymes required for viral replication and has great potential as a novel target for anti-HIV drugs. Although tremendous efforts have been devoted to understanding this protein, the conformation of the catalytic core domain around the active site, particularly the catalytic loop overhanging the active site, is(More)
For over 40 years, the fluoropyrimidine 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) has remained the central agent in therapeutic regimens employed in the treatment of colorectal cancer and is frequently combined with the DNA-damaging agents oxaliplatin and irinotecan, increasing response rates and improving overall survival. However, many patients will derive little or no(More)
BACKGROUND Recently, there has been a surge of interest in developing compounds selectively targeting mitochondria for the treatment of neoplasms. The critical role of mitochondria in cellular metabolism and respiration supports this therapeutic rationale. Dysfunction in the processes of energy production and metabolism contributes to attenuation of(More)