Marco Giovanni Persico

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We reported previously that Bcl-2 is paradoxically down-regulated in paclitaxel-resistant cancer cells. We reveal here that paclitaxel directly targets Bcl-2 in the loop domain, thereby facilitating the initiation of apoptosis. Molecular modeling revealed an extraordinary similarity between the paclitaxel binding sites in Bcl-2 and beta-tubulin, leading us(More)
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is an emerging global epidemic, and no effective cure is yet available. Interferon-alpha (INFalpha) and pegylated INFs, in combination or otherwise with ribavirin, have proven to be effective in no more than 50% of chronically infected patients. New and better therapeutic strategies are therefore needed. HCV nonstructural(More)
Malaria is a major health problem in poverty-stricken regions where new antiparasitic drugs are urgently required at an affordable price. We report herein the design, synthesis, and biological investigation of novel antimalarial agents with low potential to develop resistance and structurally based on a highly conjugated scaffold. Starting from a new hit,(More)
Pyrrolobenzoxazepinones (PBOs) represent a new class of human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) nonnucleoside reverse transcriptase (RT) inhibitors (NNRTIs) whose prototype is 5. Molecular modeling studies based on the X-ray structures of HIV-1 RT prompted the synthesis of novel analogues which were tested as anti-HIV agents. The PBO derivatives(More)
We used small molecule screening to discover compounds and mechanisms for overcoming E6 oncogene-mediated drug resistance. Using high-throughput screening in isogenic cell lines, we identified compounds that potentiate doxorubicin's lethality in E6-expressing colon cancer cells. Such compounds included quaternary ammonium salts, protein synthesis(More)
Antimalarial agents structurally based on novel pharmacophores, synthesized by low-cost synthetic procedures and characterized by low potential for developing resistance are urgently needed. Recently, we developed an innovative class of antimalarials based on a polyaromatic pharmacophore. Hybridizing the 4-aminoquinoline or the 9-aminoacridine system of(More)
GBP1 and PIM1 are known to interact with a molar ratio 1:1. GBP1:PIM1 binding initiates a signaling pathway that induces resistance to common chemotherapeutics such as paclitaxel. Since GBP1 is a large GTPase which undergoes conformational changes in a nucleotide-dependent manner, we investigated the effect of GTP/GDP binding on GBP1:PIM1 interaction by(More)
PBO (pyrrolobenzoxazepinone) derivatives are non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NNRTIs), which display a selective interaction with the catalytic ternary complex of HIV-1 reverse transcriptase (RT) and its substrates. In order to develop novel PBOs with improved resistance profiles, we synthesised additional PBO derivatives, specifically(More)
The design, synthesis, and antiplasmodial activity of antimalarial heterodimers based on the 1,4-bis(3-aminopropyl)piperazine linker is reported. In this series key structural elements derived from quinoline antimalarials were coupled to fragments capable of coordinating metal ions. Biological evaluation included determination of activity against(More)
Protein conformational fluctuations are critical for biological functions, although the relationship between protein motion and function has yet to be fully explored. By a thorough bioinformatics analysis of cholinesterases (ChEs), we identified specific hot spots, responsible for protein fluctuations and functions, and those active-site residues that play(More)