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)
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)
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)
HER2 oncogene overexpression has been associated either with proliferation or differentiation and apoptosis. The role of p53 on these different chances was investigated. Wild type (wt) p53-IGROV1 cells showed growth inhibition and apoptosis after HER2 transfection, whereas no anti-proliferative effect was observed in its mutated p53 sub-line unless wt p53(More)
In this study, a Whelk-O1 chiral stationary phase immobilized on 2.5 μm silica particles was employed in nanoLC. Two nanocolumns (180 and 250 mm long, 75 μm id) with a single polymeric organic monolithic outlet frit were packed under high-pressure ultrasonic-assisted packing procedure. The monolithic outlet frit was prepared by thermal polymerization of(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 Cannabinoid Receptor 1 (CB1) binding site for the selective allosteric modulator ORG27569 is here identified through an integrate approach of consensus pocket prediction, mutagenesis studies and Mass Spectrometry. This unprecedented ORG27569 pocket presents the structural features of a Cholesterol Consensus Motif, a cholesterol interacting region already(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)
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)
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)