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Aptamers are short RNA/DNA sequences that are identified through the process of systematic evolution of ligands by exponential enrichment and that bind to diverse biomolecular targets. Aptamers have strong and specific binding through molecular recognition and are promising tools in studying molecular biology. They are recognized as having potential(More)
BACKGROUND A maximum entropy approach is proposed to predict the cytotoxic effects of a panel of colchicine derivatives in several human cancer cell lines. Data was obtained from cytotoxicity assays performed with 21 drug molecules from the same family of colchicine compounds and correlate these results with independent tubulin isoform expression(More)
It was once purported that biological systems were far too 'warm and wet' to support quantum phenomena mainly owing to thermal effects disrupting quantum coherence. However, recent experimental results and theoretical analyses have shown that thermal energy may assist, rather than disrupt, quantum coherent transport, especially in the 'dry' hydrophobic(More)
To explore possible ways in which yew tree tubulin is naturally resistant to paclitaxel. While the yew produces a potent cytotoxin, paclitaxel, it is immune to paclitaxel’s cytotoxic action. Tubulin sequence data for plant species were obtained from Alberta 1000 Plants Initiative. Sequences were assembled with Trinity de novo assembly program and tubulin(More)
Recent studies have shown an overexpression of γ-tubulin in human glioblastomas and glioblastoma cell lines. As the 2-year survival rate for glioblastoma is very poor, potential benefit exists for discovering novel chemotherapeutic agents that can inhibit γ-tubulin, which is known to form a ring complex that acts as a microtubule nucleation center. We(More)
A series of 1,5-diaryl-substituted tetrazole derivatives was synthesized via conversion of readily available diaryl amides into corresponding imidoylchlorides followed by reaction with sodium azide. All compounds were evaluated by cyclooxygenase (COX) assays in vitro to determine COX-1 and COX-2 inhibitory potency and selectivity. Tetrazoles 3a-e showed(More)
Tubulin is the target for numerous small molecule ligands which alter microtubule dynamics leading to cell cycle arrest and apoptosis. Many of these ligands are currently used clinically for the treatment of several types of cancer, and they bind to one of three distinct binding sites within beta-tubulin (paclitaxel, vinca, and colchicine), all of which(More)
The p53 protein, a guardian of the genome, is inactivated by mutations or deletions in approximately half of human tumors. While in the rest of human tumors, p53 is expressed in wild-type form, yet it is inhibited by over-expression of its cellular regulators MDM2 and MDMX proteins. Although the p53-binding sites within the MDMX and MDM2 proteins are(More)
A series of fluorobenzoylated di- and tripeptides as potential leads for the development of molecular probes for imaging of COX-2 expression was prepared according to standard Fmoc-based solid-phase peptide synthesis. All peptides were assessed for their COX-2 inhibitory potency and selectivity profile in a fluorescence-based COX binding assay. Within the(More)