Karen A. Maegley

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BACKGROUND Poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase-1 (PARP-1) facilitates the repair of DNA strand breaks. Inhibiting PARP-1 increases the cytotoxicity of DNA-damaging chemotherapy and radiation therapy in vitro. Because classical PARP-1 inhibitors have limited clinical utility, we investigated whether AG14361, a novel potent PARP-1 inhibitor (inhibition constant <5(More)
Poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP)-1 (EC is a nuclear enzyme that promotes the base excision repair of DNA breaks. Inhibition of PARP-1 enhances the efficacy of DNA alkylating agents, topoisomerase I poisons, and ionizing radiation. Our aim was to identify a PARP inhibitor for clinical trial from a panel of 42 potent PARP inhibitors (K(i),(More)
Despite the biological and medical importance of signal transduction via Ras proteins and despite considerable kinetic and structural studies of wild-type and mutant Ras proteins, the mechanism of Ras-catalyzed GTP hydrolysis remains controversial. We take a different approach to this problem: the uncatalyzed hydrolysis of GTP is analyzed, and the(More)
Novel inhibitors are needed to counteract the rapid emergence of drug-resistant HIV variants. HIV-1 reverse transcriptase (RT) has both DNA polymerase and RNase H (RNH) enzymatic activities, but approved drugs that inhibit RT target the polymerase. Inhibitors that act against new targets, such as RNH, should be effective against all of the current(More)
Human rhinoviruses (HRV), the predominant members of the Picornaviridae family of positive-strand RNA viruses, are the major causative agents of the common cold. Given the lack of effective treatments for rhinoviral infections, virally encoded proteins have become attractive therapeutic targets. The HRV genome encodes an RNA-dependent RNA polymerase (RdRp)(More)
A fluorescence polarization (FP) microplate assay suitable for screening compounds against the ribonuclease H (RNase H) activity of HIV-1 reverse transcriptase has been developed. This homogeneous assay uses a hybrid 18-mer DNA/RNA duplex substrate composed of an RNA oligonucleotide labeled with 6-carboxytetramethyl rhodamine at the 3' end that is annealed(More)
Novel tricyclic benzimidazole carboxamide poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase-1 (PARP-1) inhibitors have been synthesized. Several compounds were found to be powerful chemopotentiators of temozolomide and topotecan in both A549 and LoVo cell lines. In vitro inhibition of PARP-1 was confirmed by direct measurement of NAD+ depletion and ADP-ribose polymer formation(More)
The nuclear enzyme poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP) facilitates the repair of DNA strand breaks and is implicated in the resistance of cancer cells to certain DNA-damaging agents. Inhibitors of PARP have clinical potential as resistance-modifying agents capable of potentiating radiotherapy and the cytotoxicity of some forms of cancer chemotherapy. The(More)
A series of novel compounds have been designed that are potent inhibitors of poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase-1 (PARP-1), and the activity and physical properties have been characterized. The new structural classes, 3,4,5,6-tetrahydro-1H-azepino[5,4,3-cd]indol-6-ones and 3,4-dihydropyrrolo[4,3,2-de]isoquinolin-5-(1H)-ones, have conformationally locked benzamide(More)
The nuclear enzyme poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP-1) facilitates DNA repair, and is, therefore, an attractive target for anticancer chemo- and radio-potentiation. Novel benzimidazole-4-carboxamides (BZ1-6) and tricyclic lactam indoles (TI1-5) with PARP-1 K(i) values of <10 nM have been identified. Whole cell PARP-1 inhibition, intrinsic cell growth(More)