Luca Guandalini

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As a continuation of our research on potent and efficacious P-gp-dependent multidrug resistance (MDR) reversers, several new N,N-bis(alkanol)amine aryl esters were designed and synthesized, varying the aromatic moieties or the length of the methylenic chain. The new compounds were tested on doxorubicin-resistant erythroleukemia K562 cells (K562/DOX) in the(More)
DMPP is a well-known nicotinic agonist that does not fit any proposed pharmacophore for nicotinic binding and represents a unique ligand among the hundreds of nicotinic agonists studied in the past decades. A systematic modulation of the chemical structure of DMPP, aimed to establish its structure-affinity relationships, is reported. The research has(More)
Histone deacetylase inhibitors (HDACi) induce tumour cell cycle arrest and/or apoptosis, and some of them are currently used in cancer therapy. Recently, we described a series of powerful HDACi characterized by a 1,4-benzodiazepine (BDZ) ring hybridized with a linear alkyl chain bearing a hydroxamate function as Zn(++)--chelating group. Here, we explored(More)
A series of new histone deacetylase inhibitors were designed and synthesized based on hybridization between SAHA or oxamflatin and 5-phenyl-1,4-benzodiazepines. The compounds were tested for their enzyme inhibitory activity on HeLa nuclear extracts, and on human recombinant HDAC1 and HDAC6. Antiproliferative activity was tested on different cancer cells(More)
The growing interest in nicotinic receptors, because of their wide expression in neuronal and non-neuronal tissues and their involvement in several important CNS pathologies, has stimulated the synthesis of a high number of ligands able to modulate their function. These membrane proteins appear to be highly heterogeneous, and still only incomplete(More)
As a continuation of previous research on a new series of potent and efficacious P-gp-dependent multidrug resistant (MDR) reversers with a N,N-bis(cyclohexanol)amine scaffold, we have designed and synthesized several analogs by modulation of the two aromatic moieties linked through ester functions to the N,N-bis(cyclohexanol)amine, aiming to optimize(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Selective hyperpolarization activated, cyclic nucleotide-gated channel (HCN) blockers represent an important therapeutic goal due to the wide distribution and multiple functions of these proteins, representing the molecular correlate of f- and h-current (I(f) or I(h) ). Recently, new compounds able to block differentially the(More)
A series of zatebradine analogues, differing in the basic moiety and in the methylene spacer, have been synthesized; their negative chronotropic activity has been determined in guinea pig atria. The most active compounds have been studied for their blocking properties on the hyperpolarization-activated current If (which is one of the main currents(More)
We have previously described a series of competitive GABA(A) antagonists derived from the low-efficacy partial agonist 5-(4-piperidyl)-3-isoxazolol (4-PIOL, 4). The 2-naphthylmethyl analogue, 4-(2-naphthylmethyl)-5-(4-piperidyl)-3-isoxazolol (5), provided affinity for the GABA(A) receptor site higher than that of the standard GABA(A) receptor antagonist, SR(More)
The transcription of murine cytomegalovirus (MCMV) immediate-early (IE) genes is regulated by a large and complex enhancer containing several consensus binding sites for the ubiquitous transcription factor NF-kappa B. To verify whether MCMV, like the human CMV, can activate NF-kappa B-dependent transcription, we transfected murine embryo fibroblasts cells(More)