Luke R Zehnder

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A novel class of heat shock protein 90 (Hsp90) inhibitors was discovered by high-throughput screening and was subsequently optimized using a combination of structure-based design, parallel synthesis, and the application of medicinal chemistry principles. Through this process, the biochemical and cell-based potency of the original HTS lead were substantially(More)
A series of novel enhancer of zeste homolog 2 (EZH2) inhibitors was designed based on the chemical structure of the histone methyltransferase (HMT) inhibitor SAH (S-adenosyl-l-homocysteine). These nucleoside-based EZH2 inhibitors blocked the methylation of nucleosomes at H3K27 in biochemical assays employing both WT PRC2 complex as well as a Y641N mutant(More)
The structure-based design, chemical synthesis, and biological evaluation of novel MTAP substrates are described. These compounds incorporate various C5'-moieties and are shown to have different k(cat)/K(m) values compared with the natural MTAP substrate (MTA).
A series of novel pyridine-3-propanoic acids was synthesized. A structure-activity relationship study of these compounds led to the identification of potent dual PPARalpha/gamma agonists with varied isoform selectivity. Based on the results of efficacy studies in diabetic (db/db) mice, and the desired pharmacokinetic parameters, compounds (S)-14 and (S)-19(More)
A detailed account regarding a formal [3 + 3] cycloaddition method using 4-hydroxy-2-pyrones and 1,3-diketones is described here. This formal cycloaddition reaction or annulation reaction is synthetically useful for constructing 2H-pyranyl heterocycles. The usage of alpha,beta-unsaturated iminium salts is significant in controlling competing reaction(More)
A new enhancer of zeste homolog 2 (EZH2) inhibitor series comprising a substituted phenyl ring joined to a dimethylpyridone moiety via an amide linkage has been designed. A preferential amide torsion that improved the binding properties of the compounds was identified for this series via computational analysis. Cyclization of the amide linker resulted in a(More)
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