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A new mechanistic class of BoNT/A zinc metalloprotease inhibitors, from Echinacea, exemplified by the natural product d-chicoric acid (I1) is disclosed. A detailed evaluation of chicoric acid's mechanism of inhibition reveals that the inhibitor binds to an exosite, displays noncompetitive partial inhibition, and is synergistic with a competitive active site… (More)
Tissue factor (TF), a rate-limiting enzyme cofactor in activating coagulation, is highly expressed in a wide spectrum of human tumor and tumor stromal cells. Using TF-deficient cancer cells and a conditional TF-knockout mouse model, we show that TF expressed by cancer cells, but not by the host stromal cells, plays a critical role in tumor growth. In the… (More)
Tumor targeting peptides are promising vehicles for site-directed cancer therapy. Pep42, a cyclic 13-mer oligopeptide that specifically binds to glucose-regulated protein 78 (GRP78) and internalized into cancer cells, represents an excellent vehicle for tumor cell-specific chemotherapy. Here, we report the synthesis and evaluation of Pep42-prodrug… (More)
A series of benzylidene cyclopentenedione-based inhibitors, acting through covalent modification of the active site of botulinum neurotoxin A light chain metalloprotease, are reported.
Currently the only therapy for botulinum neurotoxin A (BoNT/A) poisoning is antitoxin. Antidotes that are effective after BoNT/A has entered the motor nerve terminals would dramatically benefit BoNT/A therapy. Inhibition of proteolytic activity of BoNT/A light chain by metalloendoprotease inhibitors (MEIs) is under development. We tested the effects of MEIs… (More)
The development of a sensitive, yet reliable assay for the analysis of botulinum neurotoxin A (BoNT/A) inhibitors is described; using this assay a new protease inhibitor was characterized and found to be one of the most potent inhibitors reported to date.
Botulinum neurotoxins (BoNTs) are the most lethal biotoxins known to mankind and are responsible for the neuroparalytic disease botulism. Current treatments for botulinum poisoning are all protein based and thus have a limited window of treatment opportunity. Inhibition of the BoNT light chain protease (LC) has emerged as a therapeutic strategy for the… (More)
Botulinum neurotoxins are the most toxic proteins currently known. Based on a recently identified potent lead structure, 2,4-dichlorocinnamic acid hydroxamate, herein we report on the structure-activity relationship of a series of hydroxamate BoNT/A inhibitors. Among them, 2-bromo-4-chlorocinnamic acid hydroxamate, 2-methyl-4-chlorocinnamic acid… (More)
Botulinum neurotoxins (BoNTs) are the most toxic proteins currently known. Current treatments for botulinum poisoning are all protein based with a limited window of opportunity. Inhibition of the BoNT light chain protease (LC) has emerged as a new therapeutic strategy for the treatment of botulism as it may provide an effective post-exposure remedy. As… (More)
Botulinum neurotoxins (BoNTs), proteins secreted by the bacteria genus Clostridium, represent a group of extremely lethal toxins and a potential bioterrorism threat. As the current therapeutic options are of a predominantly prophylactic nature and cannot be used en masse, new strategies and ultimately potential treatments are desperately needed to combat… (More)