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Catechin derivatives with different alkyl chain length and aromatic ring substitutions at the 3-hydroxyl group were synthesized from epigallocatechin (EGC) and (+)-catechin (C) and their anti-influenza viral activity were evaluated in vitro and in ovo. Pronounced antiviral activity was observed for derivatives carrying moderate chain length (7-9 carbons) as(More)
(R)-Lacosamide ((R)-2, (R)-N-benzyl 2-acetamido-3-methoxypropionamide) has recently gained regulatory approval for the treatment of partial-onset seizures in adults. Whole animal pharmacological studies have documented that (R)-2 function is unique. A robust strategy is advanced for the discovery of interacting proteins associated with function and toxicity(More)
The neuronal circuit remodels during development as well as in human neuropathologies such as epilepsy. Neurite outgrowth is an obligatory step in these events. We recently reported that alterations in the phosphorylation state of an axon specification/guidance protein, the collapsin response mediator protein 2 (CRMP2), play a major role in the(More)
A series of potent inhibitors of tyrosinase and their structure-activity relationships are described. N-Benzylbenzamide derivatives (1-21) with hydroxyl(s) were synthesized and tested for their tyrosinase inhibitory activity. With this series, compound 15 provided a potent tyrosinase inhibition: it effectively inhibited the oxidation of l-DOPA catalyzed by(More)
The anti-epileptic drug (R)-lacosamide ((2R)-2-(acetylamino)-N-benzyl-3-methoxypropanamide (LCM)) modulates voltage-gated sodium channels (VGSCs) by preferentially interacting with slow inactivated sodium channels, but the observation that LCM binds to collapsin response mediator protein 2 (CRMP-2) suggests additional mechanisms of action for LCM. We(More)
Yuying Wang, Joel M. Brittain, Brian W. Jarecki, Ki Duk Park, Sarah M. Wilson, Bo Wang, Rachel Hale, Samy O. Meroueh, Theodore R. Cummins, and Rajesh Khanna Running head: CRMP-2 modifies LCM’s actions on Na channels From the Departments of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Chemistry, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Center for Computational Biology, and(More)
We have advanced a novel strategy to search for lacosamide ((R)-1) targets in the brain proteome where protein binding is expected to be modest. Our approach used lacosamide agents containing affinity bait (AB) and chemical reporter (CR) units. The affinity bait moiety is designed to irreversibly react with the target, and the CR group permits protein(More)
The novel antiepileptic drug, (R)-N-benzyl 2-acetamido-3-methoxypropionamide ((R)-lacosamide, Vimpat(®) ((R)-1)), was recently approved in the US and Europe for adjuvant treatment of partial-onset seizures in adults. (R)-1 preferentially enhances slow inactivation of voltage-gated Na(+) currents, a pharmacological process relevant in the hyperexcitable(More)
Chronic pain affects the life of millions of people. Current treatments have deleterious side effects. We have advanced a strategy for targeting protein interactions which regulate the N-type voltage-gated calcium (CaV2.2) channel as an alternative to direct channel block. Peptides uncoupling CaV2.2 interactions with the axonal collapsin response mediator(More)
We have advanced a useful strategy to elucidate binding partners of ligands (drugs) with modest binding affinity. Key to this strategy is attaching to the ligand an affinity bait (AB) and a chemical reporter (CR) group, where the AB irreversibly attaches the ligand to the receptor upon binding and the CR group is employed for receptor detection and(More)