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)
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)
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 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)
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)
Recently, we reported small-molecule chalcones as a novel class of HIV-1 integrase (IN) inhibitors. The most potent compound showed an IC50 value of 2 microM for both IN-mediated 3'-processing and strand transfer reactions. To further utilize the chalcones, we developed pharmacophore models to identify chemical signatures important for biological activity.(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)
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)
The interaction between p53 and murine double minute 2 (MDM2) provides an attractive drug target in oncology. Small molecule inhibitors of this interaction have not only provided strong evidence for blocking the protein-protein interaction, but are also extremely useful as biological probes and ultimately as novel therapeutics. Here, a comprehensive review(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)