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The target for sordarins in Candida albicans has been elucidated. Kinetic experiments of sordarin inhibition as well as displacement experiments showed that the formation of a sordarin-target complex follows a reversible mechanism. Binding of tritiated drug to the target is enhanced in the presence of ribosomes. Isolation of the target by classical protein(More)
Sordarin derivatives are selective inhibitors of fungal protein synthesis, which specifically impair elongation factor 2 (EF-2) function. We have studied the effect of sordarin on the ribosome-dependent GTPase activity of EF-2 from Candida albicans in the absence of any other component of the translation system. The effect of sordarin turned out to be(More)
BACKGROUND The use of plasma rich in growth factors (PRGF) has been proposed to improve the healing of Achilles tendon injuries, but there is debate about the effectiveness of this therapy. The objective of the present study was to evaluate the histological effects of PRGF, which is a type of leukocyte-poor platelet-rich plasma, on tendon healing. METHODS(More)
GR135402, a sordarin derivative, was isolated in an antifungal screening program. GR135402, sordarin, and derivatives of both compounds were evaluated for their ability to inhibit cell-free translational systems from five different pathogenic fungi (Candida albicans, Candida glabrata, Candida krusei, Candida parapsilosis, and Cryptococcus neoformans). The(More)
Tideglusib is a GSK-3 inhibitor currently in phase II clinical trials for the treatment of Alzheimer disease and progressive supranuclear palsy. Sustained oral administration of the compound to a variety of animal models decreases Tau hyperphosphorylation, lowers brain amyloid plaque load, improves learning and memory, and prevents neuronal loss. We report(More)
eEF1A2 is one of the isoforms of the alpha subunit of the eukaryotic Elongation Factor 1. It is overexpressed in human tumors and is endowed with oncogenic properties, favoring tumor cell proliferation while inhibiting apoptosis. We demonstrate that plitidepsin, an antitumor agent of marine origin that has successfully completed a phase-III clinical trial(More)
The glycogen synthase kinase 3 (GSK-3) is implicated in multiple cellular processes and has been linked to the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease (AD). In the course of our research topic we synthesized a library of potent GSK-3 inhibitors. We utilized the urea scaffold present in the potent and highly selective GSK-3 inhibitor AR-A014418 (AstraZeneca).(More)
The glycogen synthase kinase-3 (GSK-3) has been linked to the pathogenesis of colorectal cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, acute myeloid leukemia (AML), and Alzheimer's disease (AD). The debate on the respective contributions of GSK-3α and GSK-3β to AD pathology and AML is ongoing. Thus, the identification of potent GSK-3α-selective inhibitors,(More)
BACKGROUND Replacement therapies based on the use of convection have value for the removal of inflammatory mediators. Such therapies have been proposed for the management of septic shock, but diffusion has not proved useful in this scenario, unless high-flow membranes are used. The exact role of diffusion in these cases remains to be clarified because(More)