Lorenzo Botta

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A hit optimization protocol applied to the first nonnucleoside inhibitor of the ATPase activity of human DEAD-box RNA helicase DDX3 led to the design and synthesis of second-generation rhodanine derivatives with better inhibitory activity toward cellular DDX3 and HIV-1 replication. Additional DDX3 inhibitors were identified among triazine compounds.(More)
Hematopoietic cell kinase (Hck) is a member of the Src-family of non-receptor tyrosine kinases, which plays many roles in signalling pathways involved in the regulation of cell processes. Hck is expressed in cells of hematopoietic origin, specifically myelomonocytic cells and B lymphocytes. It participates in phagocytosis, adhesion, migration, regulation of(More)
Targeting cellular cofactors instead of viral enzymes represents a new strategy to combat infectious diseases, which should help to overcome the problem of viral resistance. Recently, it has been revealed that the cellular ATPase/RNA helicase X-linked DEAD-box polypeptide 3 (DDX3) is an essential host factor for the replication of several viruses such as(More)
The SGK1 kinase is pivotal in signal transduction pathways operating in cell transformation and tumor progression. Here, we characterize in depth a novel potent and selective pyrazolo[3,4-d]pyrimidine-based SGK1 inhibitor. This compound, named SI113, active in vitro in the sub-micromolar range, inhibits SGK1-dependent signaling in cell lines in a dose- and(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Published observations on serum and glucocorticoid regulated kinase 1 (Sgk1) knockout murine models and Sgk1-specific RNA silencing in the RKO human colon carcinoma cell line point to this kinase as a central player in colon carcinogenesis and in resistance to taxanes. METHODS By in vitro kinase activity inhibition assays, cell cycle and(More)
Quinolone-3-carboxamides 11 bearing at position 5, 6, 7, or 8 diverse substituents such as halides, alkyl, aryl, alkoxy, and aryloxy groups differing in their steric/electronic properties, were prepared. The new compounds were tested in vitro for CB1 and CB2 receptor affinity in comparison with the reference compounds rimonabant and SR144528. The tested(More)
A fast and efficient protocol for the generation of substituted 5-arylidene rhodanines in a sequential one-pot two-step process combining the "Holmberg method" and the Knoevenagel condensation under microwave-assisted conditions has been developed. The final compounds 11a-k have been obtained in high yield and purity after a simple precipitation from(More)
The protein kinase Src is frequently over-activated in advanced cancers where it modulates the signaling transduction cascade of several growth factors. The feasibility of combination treatment of Src inhibitors with chemotherapy is currently under investigation. We evaluated the anti-tumoral effect of paclitaxel (PTX) in combination with S13, a tyrosine(More)
The serum/glucocorticoid-inducible kinase 1 (Sgk1) has demonstrated antiapoptotic function and the capability to regulate cell survival, proliferation, and differentiation. A pivotal role of Sgk1 in carcinogenesis and in resistance to anticancer therapy has been suggested. With the aim of identifying new Sgk1 modulators, 322 pyrazolo-pyrimidine derivatives(More)
An efficient synthesis of 3-substituted crotonaldehydes via alkyne-enol ether cross-metathesis in the presence of CuSO(4) and in aqueous medium was developed. Crotonaldehydes were obtained in good yields from terminal aryl-alkynes as well as from terminal alkyl-alkynes. All of the reactions were carried out under microwave irradiation and were completed in(More)