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This article describes recent advances in the development and biological evaluation of small molecule inhibitors for the serine/threonine kinase Akt (PKB). Akt plays a pivotal role in cell survival and proliferation through a number of downstream effectors. Recent studies indicate that unregulated activation of the PI3K/Akt pathway is a prominent feature of(More)
BACKGROUND We evaluated the viability of I(Kur) as a target for maintenance of sinus rhythm in patients with a history of atrial fibrillation through the testing of MK-0448, a novel I(Kur) inhibitor. METHODS AND RESULTS In vitro MK-0448 studies demonstrated strong inhibition of I(Kur) with minimal off-target activity. In vivo MK-0448 studies in normal(More)
This article describes recent advances in the development and biological evaluation of allosteric and ATP-competitive small molecule inhibitors for the serine/threonine kinase Akt (protein kinase B, PKB). Unregulated activation of the PI3K/Akt/PTEN pathway is a prominent feature of many human cancers and Akt is over-expressed or activated in all major(More)
This article describes recent advances in the development and biological evaluation of small molecule inhibitors for the serine/threonine kinase Akt (PKB). Akt plays a pivotal role in cell survival and proliferation through a number of downstream effectors. Recent studies indicate that unregulated activation of the PI3K/Akt pathway is a prominent feature of(More)
Administration of Neuropeptide S (NPS) has been shown to produce arousal, that is, independent of novelty and to induce wakefulness by suppressing all stages of sleep, as demonstrated by EEG recordings in rat. Medicinal chemistry efforts have identified a quinolinone class of potent NPSR antagonists that readily cross the blood-brain barrier. We detail here(More)
A variety of data accumulated during the past 10 years indicates that vascular endothelial growth factor-mediated angiogenesis is a key process in the growth of solid tumours. Efficacious and specific modulation of that signalling event through the inhibition of the cognate tyrosine kinase kinase insert domain-containing receptor (Flk-1) has been reported.(More)