Maria Fardis

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The polyketides FK506 (tacrolimus) and FK520 (ascomycin) are potent immunosuppressants that function by inhibiting calcineurin phosphatase through formation of an FKBP12-FK506/520-calcineurin ternary complex. They also have calcineurin-independent neuroregenerative properties in cell culture and animal models of nervous system disorders. Based on the(More)
The polyketide macrolactone FK506 inhibits the growth of Plasmodium falciparum in culture and the enzymatic (peptidyl-prolyl cis-trans isomerase [PPIase]) and chaperone activities of a recently identified P. falciparum FK506-binding protein (PfFKBP35). However, the potent immunosuppressive properties of FK506 exclude it from consideration as an antimalarial(More)
A ketolide was prepared from 14,15-dehydroerythromycin A by two different routes. The first approach involving oxidation of the 3-OH of 3-descladinosyl-14,15-dehydroerythromycin A 2'-O-acetate gave unexpectedly high levels of 3,11-double oxidation. This may be due to greater formation of the 9,12-hemiketal in 14,15-dehydroerythromycin A and concomitant(More)
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