Kenneth Knott

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The conversion of sphingosine to sphingosine-1-phosphate is catalyzed by sphingosine kinase (SphK), which has been implicated in disease states such as cancer and fibrosis. Because SphK exists as two different isoforms, SphK1 and SphK2, understanding the physiological function of each isoenzyme is important. Of the two isoenzymes, SphK2 is significantly(More)
Replacement of NH3 by a planar amine L to give trans-[PtCl2(L)(L')] (L = NH3, L'= pyridine or substituted pyridine, quinoline, isoquinoline, thiazole; L = L'= pyridine, thiazole), greatly enhances the cytotoxicity of the transplatinum geometry. The "parent" compound trans-[PtCl2(NH3)2] is therapeutically inactive. Modification of the ligands to an [N2O2](More)
Sphingosine kinase (SphK) has emerged as an attractive target for cancer therapeutics due to its role in cell survival. SphK phosphorylates sphingosine to form sphingosine 1-phosphate (S1P), which has been implicated in cancer growth and survival. SphK exists as two different isotypes, namely SphK1 and SphK2, which play different roles inside the cell. In(More)
The synthesis and development of N-terminal peptidic boronic acids as protease inhibitors is reported. N-Terminal peptidic boronic acids interrogate the S' sites of the target protein for selectivity and provide a new strategy that complements the currently known peptidic alpha-amino boronic acids (C-terminal boronic acids). After screening a series of(More)
Cisplatin is one of the primary drugs utilized in the treatment of ovarian cancer. However, despite the initial effectiveness of chemotherapy in suppressing this disease, drug resistance almost invariably develops and cures are relatively rare. While it is generally thought that only compounds of the cis geometry express antitumor activity, a number of(More)
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