Maria Luisa Gelmi

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A series of isothiazole dioxides was synthesized and evaluated as inhibitors of protein farnesyltransferase from the parasite that causes African sleeping sickness (Trypanosoma brucei). The most potent compound in the series inhibited the parasite enzyme with an IC(50) of 2 microM and blocked the growth of the bloodstream parasite in vitro with an ED(50) of(More)
The effects on tubulin dynamics of paclitaxel, ortataxel and two recently developed taxol derivatives bearing a five-membered heterocyclic ring fused at the 1,14 position were analysed by means of molecular dynamic simulations and the MM-PBSA approach. Tubulin polymerization kinetics and microtubule morphology assays were also conducted, providing support(More)
AIMS The discovery of a specific prorenin receptor (PRR) suggests a biological function of prorenin that is independent of angiotensin I production. In the present study, we investigated the role of PRR on smooth muscle cell (SMC) migration. METHODS AND RESULTS PRR was expressed in human mammary arteries and in cultured human aortic SMCs. Prorenin induced(More)
Bis-2,3-heteroarylmaleimides and polyheterocondensed imides joined through nitrogen atoms of the N,N'-bis(ethyl)-1,3-propanediamine linker were prepared from substituted maleic anhydrides and symmetrical diamines in good to satisfactory yields and short reaction times using microwave heating. The novel molecules were shown to inhibit proliferation of human(More)
The Maf protein family belongs to the activator protein 1 (AP-1) superfamily of transcription factors that bind specific DNA target sequences through a basic region and exploit a leucine zipper (LZ) motif for protein-protein interactions leading to homo- or hetero-dimerization. Mafs unique DNA-binding domain contains a highly conserved extended homology(More)
A very efficient synthesis of orthogonally protected 1H-azepine-4-amino-4-carboxylic acid, abbreviated as Azn, a conformationally restricted analogue of ornithine, was realized. It was obtained on a gram scale in good overall yield in five steps, three of which did not require isolation of the intermediates, starting from the readily available(More)
Peptidomimetics containing the spiroazepinoindolinone scaffold were designed and synthesized in order to ascertain their antiproliferative activity on the DU-145 human prostatic carcinoma cell line. Ethyl 2'-oxa-1,2,3,5,6,7-hexahydrospiro[4H-azepine-4,3'-3H-indole]-1'-carboxylate scaffold was functionalized at nitrogen azepino ring with Aib-(l/d)Trp-OH(More)
In vivo incorporation of monofluorinated noncanonical amino acids into recombinant proteins has been well-established for decades. Proteins fluorinated in this way proved to be useful tools for many practical applications. In contrast, trifluorinated amino acids have been incorporated in only a few peptides and relatively small proteins by using expression(More)
Modulation of smooth muscle cells to a proliferating and migrating phenotype with downregulated alpha-actin expression is observed upon vascular lesion formation. The Id proteins (inhibitors of cell differentiation) play a role in the development of this phenotype. In contrast, synthetic peptides based on a conserved 11-residue Id sequence trigger the(More)
An expedient chemical synthesis of a 75mer peptide corresponding to the DNA binding domain (DBD, 227–301) of the human MafA leucine zipper transcription factor is reported. The application of microwave-assisted solid phase peptide synthesis (MW-SPPS) with a protocol modified respect to the standard one allowed obtaining the desired 75mer peptide in a short(More)