Mahmoud A. Al-Sha'er

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Heat shock protein (Hsp90α) has been recently implicated in cancer, prompting several attempts to discover and optimize new Hsp90α inhibitors. Towards this end, we docked 83 diverse Hsp90α inhibitors into the ATP-binding site of this chaperone using several docking-scoring settings. Subsequently, we applied our newly developed computational(More)
Heat shock protein (Hsp90α) has been recently implicated in cancer prompting several attempts to discover and optimize new Hsp90α inhibitors. Toward this end, we explored the pharmacophoric space of 83 Hsp90α inhibitors using six diverse sets of inhibitors to identify high-quality pharmacophores. Subsequently, genetic algorithm and multiple linear(More)
Urokinase plasminogen activator (uPA)-a serine protease-is thought to play a central role in tumor metastasis and angiogenesis and, therefore, inhibition of this enzyme could be beneficial in treating cancer. Toward this end, we explored the pharmacophoric space of 202 uPA inhibitors using seven diverse sets of inhibitors to identify high-quality(More)
Phosphoinositide 3-kinase gamma (PI3Kγ) is member of a family of enzymes involved in cancer pathogenesis. Accordingly, considerable efforts have been carried out to develop new PI3Kγ inhibitors. Towards this end we explored the pharmacophoric space of PI3Kγ using three diverse sets of inhibitors. Subsequently, we employed genetic algorithm-based QSAR(More)
Cyclin-dependent kinase 1 (CDK1) is a valid anticancer target. With this in mind we applied a modeling workflow by combining pharmacophore modeling and QSAR analysis followed by in silico screening towards the discovery of novel inhibitory CDK1 scaffolds. Virtual screening identified 10 low micromolar inhibitory leads: 8 from the National Caner Institute(More)
Recent research suggested the involvement of migration inhibitor factor (MIF) in cancer and inflammatory diseases, which prompted several attempts to develop new MIF inhibitors. Accordingly, we investigated the pharmacophoric space of 79 MIF inhibitors using seven diverse subsets of inhibitors to identify plausible binding hypotheses (pharmacophores).(More)
Inhibitor kappa-B kinase-beta (IKK-β) controls the activation of nuclear transcription factor kappa-B and has been linked to inflammation and cancer. Therefore, inhibitors of this kinase should have potent anti-inflammatory and anticancer properties. Accordingly, we explored the pharmacophoric space of 218 IKK-β inhibitors to identify high-quality binding(More)
As incidence rate of type II diabetes mellitus continues to rise, there is a growing need to identify novel therapeutic agents with improved efficacy and reduced side effects. Dipeptidyl peptidase IV (DPP IV) is a multifunctional protein involved in many physiological processes. It deactivates the natural hypoglycemic incretin hormone effect. Inhibition of(More)
Eight selected sulfonamide drugs were investigated as inhibitors of heat shock protein 90 (Hsp90). The investigation included simulated docking experiments to fit the selected compounds within the binding pocket of Hsp90. The selected molecules were found to readily fit within the ATP-binding pocket of Hsp90 in low-energy poses. The sulfonamides torsemide,(More)
The pharmacophoric features of the virtual co-crystallized protein of 17 Akt1 proteins were downloaded from the protein data bank, and explored to end up with 132 generated pharmacophores that had been evaluated using the decoy list composed of 1724 compounds. The areas under the curve of the Receiver-Operating Characteristic (ROC-AUC) were sorted, and the(More)