John G. Montana

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A significant number of the matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) gene family of zinc-dependent enzymes have been implicated in a variety of diseases. This has fuelled considerable interest from the pharmaceutical industry in the identification and development of inhibitors of this class of enzyme. A number of such compounds have entered development over the last(More)
N-(3,5-Dichloro-1-oxido-4-pyridinyl)-8-methoxy-2-(trifluoromethyl)-5-quinoline carboxamide (SCH 351591) has been identified as a potent (IC(50) = 58 nM) and highly selective type 4 phosphodiesterase (PDE4) inhibitor with oral bioactivity in several animal models of lung inflammation. N-(3,5-Dichloro-4-pyridinyl)-8-methoxy-2-(trifluoromethyl)-5-quinoline(More)
Phosphodiesterase (PDE) enzymes are responsible for the inactiviation of cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP) and cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP). Phosphodiesterase 4 (PDE4) is a cAMP specific phosphodiesterase expressed in inflammatory cells such as eosinophils. Inhibition of PDE4 results in an elevation of cAMP in these cells, which in turn(More)
A series of neural networks has been trained, using consensus methods, to recognize compounds that act at biological targets belonging to specific gene families. The MDDR database was used to provide compounds targeted against gene families and sets of randomly selected molecules. BCUT parameters were employed as input descriptors that encode structural(More)
The chemotherapeutic drug cisplatin is associated with severe gastrointestinal toxicity that can last for several days. A recent strategy to treat the nausea and emesis includes the combination of a 5-HT3 receptor antagonist, a glucocorticoid, and an NK1 receptor antagonist. The present studies explore the use of the selective noradrenaline reuptake(More)
Hydrogen bonding interactions play a major role in many chemical and biological processes. This article describes the development of a method for the quantitative estimation of the hydrogen-bonding donor strengths of OH/NH moieties and of the hydrogen bonding acceptor strengths of O/N atoms in different chemical structures. The method is based on the(More)
Phosphodiesterase enzymes are responsible for the inactivation of cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP) and cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP). Phosphodiesterase 4 (PDE4) is a cAMP specific phosphodiesterase expressed in inflammatory cells such as eosinophils. Inhibition of PDE4 results in an elevation of cAMP in these cells, which in turn downregulates(More)
AG-045572 (CMPD1, 1 a) is a nonpeptidic gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) antagonist that has been investigated for the treatment of sex hormone-related diseases. In the context of systematic studies on sila-substituted drugs, the silicon analogue disila-AG-045572 (1 b) and its derivative 2 were prepared in multi-step syntheses and characterized by(More)