Mookda Pattarawarapan

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We designed a minilibrary of 55 small molecule peptidomimetics based on beta-turns of the neurotrophin growth factor polypeptides neurotrophin-3 (NT-3) and nerve growth factor (NGF). Direct binding, binding competition, and biological screens identified agonistic ligands of the ectodomain of the neurotrophin receptors TrkC and TrkA. Agonism is intrinsic to(More)
A program to identify small molecules that mimic or disrupt protein-protein interactions led us to design the peptidomimetics 1-3. Solid-phase syntheses of 1-3 were developed. The purities of the crude materials isolated from the resin tend to be highest for the S- and N-compounds 2 and 3 and better than in the corresponding syntheses of peptidomimetics A.(More)
beta-Turn peptidomimetics 1 were designed to mimic hot spots of neurotrophin-3 (NT-3) and others. Solid-phase syntheses of these were developed, though limitations were encountered with scale-up. Consequently, an alternative design with 2 was investigated. 1 and 2 favored distorted type I beta-turn conformations in solution. It was found that peptidomimetic(More)
Methodology is presented for assembling fluorescently labeled bivalent molecules from monovalent constituents, without side chain protection or coupling agents. To illustrate the procedure, a series of bivalent peptidomimetics directed toward the Trk receptors were prepared and screened via fluorescent activated cell sorting scan assays.
Neurotrophins are a family of growth factors that regulate the peripheral and central nervous system. We designed and tested a mini-library of small molecules peptidomimetics based on beta-turns of the neurotrophin growth factor polypeptides NT-3, which is the natural ligand for TrkC receptors. Biological studies identified a peptidomimetic 2Cl that(More)
[formula: see text] Efficient solid-phase SN2 macrocyclization reactions were sought to facilitate preparations of focused libraries of beta-turn mimetics. A very efficient, but undesired, cyclization reaction to give five-membered ring lactams 4 was identified in attempts to use O-nucleophiles. Subsequent studies focused exclusively on S-nucleophiles.(More)
Currently, high-performance liquid chromatographic (HPLC) methods are mainly used to measure antiretroviral plasma concentrations in HIV-infected patients. Although the utility of routine therapeutic drug monitoring (TDM) as an additional tool to optimize long-term antiretroviral therapy is unclear, if TDM is to be widely used, the availability of simple,(More)
We report a novel one-step immunochromatographic strip test for the rapid, qualitative detection of nevirapine in plasma samples from human immunodeficiency virus-infected patients. The sensitivity was 100% (95% confidence interval [95% CI], 97.8 to 100%), and the specificity was 99.5% (95% CI, 97.2 to 99.9%). The limit of detection was 25 ng/ml.(More)
1,1-Dichloro-2,2-bis(p-chlorophenyl) ethylene (p,p'-DDE) is the major metabolite of insecticide 2,2-bis(p-chlorophenyl)-1,1,1-trichloroethane (p,p'-DDT) and a persistent organic pollutant (POPs) with concerns regarding its bioaccumulation and persistence in the environment and food chain. In the present study, an indirect competitive enzyme-linked(More)