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Two tarantula peptides inhibit activation of multiple sodium channels.
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These peptides are the first high-affinity ligands for tetrodotoxin-resistant peripheral nerve Na( V) channels, but also inhibit other Na(V) channels (IC(50)'s < 100 nM).
Cyclopsychotride A, a biologically active, 31-residue cyclic peptide isolated from Psychotria longipes.
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The peptide was found to dose-dependently increase intracellular Ca2+ at concentrations ranging from 3 to 30 microM, and this response was not blocked by a known NT antagonist.
Discovery of the dual orexin receptor antagonist [(7R)-4-(5-chloro-1,3-benzoxazol-2-yl)-7-methyl-1,4-diazepan-1-yl][5-methyl-2-(2H-1,2,3-triazol-2-yl)phenyl]methanone (MK-4305) for the treatment of
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Though 10 displayed good potency, improved pharmacokinetics, and excellent in vivo efficacy, it formed reactive metabolites in microsomal incubations, leading to replacement of the fluoroquinazoline ring of 10 with a chlorobenzoxazole to provide 3 (MK-4305), a potent dual orexin receptor antagonist that is currently being tested in phase III clinical trials for the treatment of primary insomnia.
Structure-Function Relationships in the Neuropeptide S Receptor
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The results identify the key residues of NPS involved in NPSR activation and suggest a molecular basis for the functional effects of the N107I mutation and for its putative pathophysiological link with asthma.
Enhancement of α-Helicity in the HIV-1 Inhibitory Peptide DP178 Leads to an Increased Affinity for Human Monoclonal Antibody 2F5 but Does Not Elicit Neutralizing Responses in Vitro
The synthetic peptide DP178, derived from the carboxyl-terminal heptad repeat region of human immunodeficiency virus type 1 GP41 protein is a potent inhibitor of viral-mediated fusion and contains
Progress towards the development of a HIV-1 gp41-directed vaccine.
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A rational design approach combining structural characterization with traditional SAR to optimize MAb 2F5 antibody affinities of gp41-based peptide immunogens incorporating variants of both the2F5 epitope and the gp41 ectodomain is described.
Discovery of [(2R,5R)‐5‐{[(5‐Fluoropyridin‐2‐yl)oxy]methyl}‐2‐methylpiperidin‐1‐yl][5‐methyl‐2‐(pyrimidin‐2‐yl)phenyl]methanone (MK‐6096): A Dual Orexin Receptor Antagonist with Potent
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The discovery of a series of α‐methylpiperidine carboxamide dual orexin 1 and orexIn 2 receptor (OX1R/OX2R) antagonists (DORAs) is described, inspired by earlier work from this laboratory in understanding preferred conformational properties for potent Orexin receptor binding.
Conformational analysis of N,N-disubstituted-1,4-diazepane orexin receptor antagonists and implications for receptor binding.
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Synthesis and evaluation of a macrocycle that enforces a similar conformation suggest that this geometry mimics the bioactive conformation.
3-Aminopyrrolidinone farnesyltransferase inhibitors: design of macrocyclic compounds with improved pharmacokinetics and excellent cell potency.
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Optimization of this 3-aminopyrrolidinone series of compounds led to significant increases in potency, providing 83 and 85, the most potent inhibitors of FTase in cells described to date.
Discovery of a Potent, CNS‐Penetrant Orexin Receptor Antagonist Based on an N,N‐Disubstituted‐1,4‐diazepane Scaffold that Promotes Sleep in Rats
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Discovery of a dual (OX1R/OX2R) orexin receptor antagonist featuring a 1,4‐diazepane central constraint that blocks orexIn signaling in vivo is described.
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