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Tau is an axonal microtubule-associated protein involved in microtubule assembly and stabilization. Mutations in Tau cause frontotemporal dementia and parkinsonism linked to chromosome 17 (FTDP-17), and tau aggregates are present in Alzheimer's disease and other tauopathies. The mechanisms leading from tau dysfunction to neurodegeneration are still debated.(More)
During Drosophila oogenesis, germline stem cell (GSC) identity is maintained largely by preventing the expression of factors that promote differentiation. This is accomplished via the activity of several genes acting either in the GSC or in its niche. The translational repressors Nanos and Pumilio act in GSCs to prevent differentiation, probably by(More)
A series of novel pyridazine analogues were prepared and the structure-activity relationship of their behavior as inhibitors of PTP1B was evaluated. Most of the analogues had potencies in the low micromolar range. The in vitro kinetics of this compound series demonstrated that they were reversible non-competitive binders. This indicates that there may exist(More)
Herein, we describe the design, synthesis, and SAR of a series of unique small molecule macrocycles that show spectrum selective kinase inhibition of CDKs, JAK2, and FLT3. The most promising leads were assessed in vitro for their inhibition of cancer cell proliferation, solubility, CYP450 inhibition, and microsomal stability. This screening cascade revealed(More)
Discovery of the activating mutation V617F in Janus Kinase 2 (JAK2(V617F)), a tyrosine kinase critically involved in receptor signaling, recently ignited interest in JAK2 inhibitor therapy as a treatment for myelofibrosis (MF). Herein, we describe the design and synthesis of a series of small molecule 4-aryl-2-aminopyrimidine macrocycles and their(More)
A series of 2-anilinothiazolones were prepared as inhibitors of 11beta-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase type 1 (11beta-HSD1). The most potent compounds contained a 2-chloro or 2-fluoro group on the aniline ring with an isopropyl substituent on the 5-position of the thiazolone ring (compounds 2 and 3, respectively). The binding mode was determined through the(More)
Thiazolones with an exo-norbornylamine at the 2-position and an isopropyl group on the 5-position are potent 11beta-HSD1 inhibitors. However, the C-5 center was prone to epimerization in vitro and in vivo, forming a less potent diastereomer. A methyl group was added to the C-5 position to eliminate epimerization, leading to the discovery of(More)
Dysregulation of the PI3K/mTOR pathway, either through amplifications, deletions, or as a direct result of mutations, has been closely linked to the development and progression of a wide range of cancers. Moreover, this pathway activation is a poor prognostic marker for many tumor types and confers resistance to various cancer therapies. Here, we describe(More)
Protein design is currently used for the creation of new proteins with desirable traits. In our lab, we focus on the synthesis of proteins with high essential amino acid content, having potential application in animal nutrition. One of the limitations we face in this endeavor is the achievement of stable proteins in spite of a highly biased amino acid(More)