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The binding selectivity of the muscarinic antagonist tripitramine has been tested on the five cloned human muscarinic receptor subtypes (Hm1 to Hm5) expressed in chinese hamster ovary (CHO-K1) cells. The results indicate that tripitramine binds to the muscarinic Hm2 receptor with a Ki value of 0.27 +/- 0.02 nM. Tripitramine distinguishes Hm2 vs. Hm4 by a(More)
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the most common cause of dementia, clinically characterized by loss of memory and progressive deficits in different cognitive domains. An emerging disease-modifying approach to face the multifactorial nature of AD may be represented by the development of Multi-Target Directed Ligands (MTDLs), i.e., single compounds which may(More)
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a multifactorial syndrome with several target proteins contributing to its etiology. To confront AD, an innovative strategy is to design single chemical entities able to simultaneously modulate more than one target. Here, we present compounds that inhibit acetylcholinesterase and NMDA receptor activity. Furthermore, these(More)
1. Experiments were carried out in human detrusor strips to characterize muscarinic receptor subtypes involved in the prejunctional regulation of acetylcholine (ACh) release from cholinergic nerve terminals, and in the postjunctional smooth muscle contractile response. 2. In detrusor strips preincubated with [3H]-choline, electrical field stimulation (600(More)
The multifactorial mechanistic nature of cancer calls for the development of multifunctional therapeutic tools, i.e., single compounds able to interact with multiple altered pathogenetic pathways. Following this rationale, we designed compounds able to irreversibly block epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR), and to induce apoptosis in tumor cell lines.(More)
Trypanosomiases and Leishmaniases are neglected tropical diseases that affect the less developed countries. For this reason, they did not and still do not have high visibility in Western societies. The name neglected diseases also refers to the fact that they often received little interest at the level of public investment, research and development. The(More)
A library of 11 entries, featuring a 2,5-diamino-1,4-benzoquinones nucleus as spacer connecting two aromatic prion recognition motifs, was designed and evaluated against prion infection. Notably, 6-chloro-1,2,3,4-tetrahydroacridine 10 showed an EC(50) of 0.17 μM, which was lower than that displayed by reference compound BiCappa. More importantly, 10(More)
To map the structure of a ligand-gated ion channel, we used the photolabile polyamine-containing toxin MR44 as photoaffinity label. MR44 binds with high affinity to the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor in its closed channel conformation. The binding stoichiometry was two molecules of MR44 per receptor monomer. Upon UV irradiation of the receptor-ligand(More)