Jordi Muñoz-Muriedas

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INTRODUCTION Drugs that prolong the QT interval on the electrocardiogram present a major safety concern for pharmaceutical companies and regulatory agencies. Despite a range of assays performed to assess compound effects on the QT interval, QT prolongation remains a major cause of attrition during compound development. In silico assays could alleviate such(More)
Drug metabolism is an integral part of the drug development and drug discovery process. It is required to validate the toxicity of metabolites in support of safety testing and in particular provide information on the potential to form pharmacologically active or toxic metabolites. The current methodologies of choice for metabolite structural elucidation are(More)
The comparative binding energy (COMBINE) methodology has been used to identify the key residues that modulate the inhibitory potencies of three structurally different classes of acetylcholinesterase inhibitors (tacrines, huprines, and dihydroquinazolines) targeting the catalytic active site of this enzyme. The extended set of energy descriptors and the(More)
A high-throughput RapidFire mass spectrometry assay is described for the JMJD2 family of Fe(2+), O(2), and α-ketoglutarate-dependent histone lysine demethylases. The assay employs a short amino acid peptide substrate, corresponding to the first 15 amino acid residues of histone H3, but mutated at two positions to increase assay sensitivity. The assay(More)
The interest for acetylcholinesterase as a target for the palliative treatment of Alzheimer's disease has been renewed in the last years owing to the evidences that support the role of this enzyme in accelerating the aggregation and deposition of the beta-amyloid peptide. A large amount of structural information on the acetylcholinesterase enzyme and of its(More)
We investigate the changes in the solvation properties of the natural nucleic acid bases due to the formation of the canonical Watson-Crick hydrogen-bonded complexes. To this end, the changes in the free energy of solvation of the bases induced upon hydrogen-bonded dimerization are analyzed by means of the hydrophobic similarity index, which relies on the(More)
The biological complexity associated with the regulation of histone demethylases makes it desirable to configure a cellular mechanistic assay format that simultaneously encompasses as many of the relevant cellular processes as possible. In this report, the authors describe the configuration of a JMJD3 high-content cellular mechanistic imaging assay that(More)
The acetylcholinesterase (AChE) inhibitory activity of a series of 13-amido derivatives of huprine Y, designed to enlarge the occupancy of the catalytic binding site by mimicking the piridone moiety present in (-)-huperzine A, has been assessed. Although both 13-formamido and 13-methanesulfonamido derivatives are more potent human AChE inhibitors than(More)
Molecular interaction fields such as those computed by the GRID program are widely used in applications such as virtual screening, molecular docking and 3D-QSAR modelling. They characterise molecules according to their favourable interaction sites and therefore enable predictions to be made on how molecules might interact. The fields are, however, comprised(More)
Ion mobility-mass spectrometry (IM-MS) in combination with molecular modeling offers the potential for small molecule structural isomer identification by measurement of their gas phase collision cross sections (CCSs). Successful application of this approach to drug metabolite identification would facilitate resource reduction, including animal usage, and(More)