José S. Duca

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The HIV-1 CCR5 co-receptor is a member of the chemokine receptor family of G-protein coupled receptors; for which a number of small molecule antagonists, such as vicriviroc (VCV), have been developed to inhibit HIV-1 R5-tropic replication. In this study, we analyzed an HIV-1 subtype D envelope gene from a clinical trial subject who developed complete(More)
LMX1B encodes a homeodomain-containing transcription factor that is essential during development. Mutations in LMX1B cause nail-patella syndrome, characterized by dysplasia of the patellae, nails, and elbows and FSGS with specific ultrastructural lesions of the glomerular basement membrane (GBM). By linkage analysis and exome sequencing, we unexpectedly(More)
Vicriviroc (VCV) is a small-molecule CCR5 coreceptor antagonist currently in clinical trials for treatment of R5-tropic human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) infection. With this drug in development, identification of resistance mechanisms to VCV is needed to allow optimal outcomes in clinical practice. In this study we further characterized VCV(More)
The 4D-QSAR paradigm has been used to develop a formalism to estimate molecular similarity measures as a function of conformation, alignment, and atom type. It is possible to estimate the molecular similarity of pairs of molecules based upon the entire ensemble of conformational states each molecule can adopt at a given temperature, normally room(More)
Previous efforts by our group have established pyrazolo[1,5-a]pyrimidine as a viable core for the development of potent and selective CDK inhibitors. As part of an effort to utilize the pyrazolo[1,5-a]pyrimidine core as a template for the design and synthesis of potent and selective kinase inhibitors, we focused on a key regulator in the cell cycle(More)
Removal of the N-terminal formyl group from newly synthesized proteins by the enzyme peptide deformylase (PDF) is essential for normal growth of bacteria but not higher organisms. Recently, PDF has been explored as a target for novel antibiotics. Screening a collection of natural products for antimicrobial activity identified actinonin and two matlystatin(More)
An elusive goal in the field of chemoinformatics and molecular modeling has been the generation of a set of descriptors that, once calculated for a molecule, may be used in a wide variety of applications. Since such universal descriptors are generated free from external constraints, they are inherently independent of the data set in which they are employed.(More)
A new class of quinoline-based kinase inhibitors has been discovered that both disrupt cyclin dependent 2 (CDK2) interaction with its cyclin A subunit and act as ATP competitive inhibitors. The key strategy for discovering this class of protein-protein disrupter compounds was to screen the monomer CDK2 in an affinity-selection/mass spectrometry-based(More)
SAR development of indole-based palm site inhibitors of HCV NS5B polymerase exemplified by initial indole lead 1 (NS5B IC(50)=0.9 μM, replicon EC(50)>100 μM) is described. Structure-based drug design led to the incorporation of novel heterocyclic moieties at the indole C3-position which formed a bidentate interaction with the protein backbone. SAR(More)
TNF-alpha converting enzyme (TACE) is a multidomain, membrane-anchored protein that includes a Zn-dependent protease domain. It releases the soluble form of cytokine tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha) from its membrane-bound precursor. TACE is a metalloprotease containing a catalytic glutamic acid, Glu-406, and a Zn(2+) ion ligated to three imidazoles.(More)