Leanne Cutler

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This work examines the inter-relationship between the unbound drug fractions in blood and brain homogenate, passive membrane permeability, P-glycoprotein (Pgp) efflux ratio, and log octanol/water partition coefficients (cLogP) in determining the extent of central nervous system (CNS) penetration observed in vivo. The present results demonstrate that(More)
The bromo and extra C-terminal domain (BET) family of bromodomains are involved in binding epigenetic marks on histone proteins, more specifically acetylated lysine residues. This paper describes the discovery and structure-activity relationships (SAR) of potent benzodiazepine inhibitors that disrupt the function of the BET family of bromodomains (BRD2,(More)
Generation and deposition of the amyloid beta (Abeta) peptide following proteolytic processing of the amyloid precursor protein (APP) by BACE-1 and gamma-secretase is central to the aetiology of Alzheimer's disease. Consequently, inhibition of BACE-1, a rate-limiting enzyme in the production of Abeta, is an attractive therapeutic approach for the treatment(More)
BACE-1 inhibition has the potential to provide a disease-modifying therapy for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease. Optimization of a first generation of BACE-1 inhibitors led to the discovery of novel hydroxyethylamines (HEAs) bearing a tricyclic nonprime side. These derivatives have nanomolar cell potency and are orally bioavailable.
The bromodomain and extraterminal (BET) protein BRD2-4 inhibitors hold therapeutic promise in preclinical models of hematologic malignancies. However, translation of these data to molecules suitable for clinical development has yet to be accomplished. Herein we expand the mechanistic understanding of BET inhibitors in multiple myeloma by using the chemical(More)
The objective of this study was to establish the optimal blood concentrations of the potent P-glycoprotein (P-gp) inhibitor GF120918 (Elacridar) required to achieve maximal knockout of this efflux transporter in the blood-brain barrier (BBB) of mice, rats, and guinea pigs. Genetic mdr1a/b(-/-) knockout mice and "chemical" P-gp knockout mice, rats, and(More)
The novel 8-piperazinyl-2,3-dihydropyrroloisoquinoline template was synthesized in nine steps. The template was N-substituted to give a series of compounds showing binding to human cloned 5-HT1A, 5-HT1B and 5-HT1D receptors with pKi's greater than 9 and selectivities up to 1000-fold against other serotonin, dopamine and adrenergic receptors. Several(More)
Our first generation of hydroxyethylamine BACE-1 inhibitors proved unlikely to provide molecules that would lower amyloid in an animal model at low oral doses. This observation led us to the discovery of a second generation of inhibitors having nanomolar activity in a cell-based assay and with the potential for improved pharmacokinetic profiles. In this(More)
We describe the discovery of a series of pyrazole amide EP(1) receptor antagonists with good aqueous solubility and CNS penetration. In order to achieve solubility we investigated the incorporation of a basic group in the region of the molecule previously occupied by a carboxylic acid, which was known to be a key element of the pharmacophore. This study led(More)
A series of α7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptor full-agonists with a 1,3,4-oxadiazol-2-amine core has been discovered. Systematic exploration of the structure-activity relationships for both α7 potency and selectivity with respect to interaction with the hERG channel are described. Further profiling led to the identification of compound 22, a potent full(More)