Nicola A. Colabufo

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Starting from the previously reported 5-HT 7 receptor agents 4-7 with N-(1,2,3,4-tetrahydronaphthalen-1-yl)-4-aryl-1-piperazinehexanamide structure, the 1-(2-methylthiophenyl)-, 1-(2-diphenyl)-, 1-(2-isopropylphenyl)-, and 1-(2-methoxyphenyl)piperazine derivatives 8-31 were designed with the primary aim to obtain new compounds endowed with suitable(More)
New 1-[omega-(2,3-dihydro-1H-inden-1-yl)- and (2,3-dihydro-5-methoxy-1H-inden-1-yl)alkyl]- and 1-[omega-(1,2,3,4-tetrahydronaphthalen-1-yl)- and (6-methoxy- or 6-fluoro-1,2,3,4-tetrahydronaphthalen-1-yl)alkyl] derivatives of 3,3-dimethylpiperidine were synthesized, as homologous compounds of an existing series of sigma ligands, in order to carry out sigma(More)
Although multidrug resistance (MDR) proteins are known to play a role in drug resistance and modification pharmacodynamic characteristics of certain conventional chemotherapeutics, information about their interactions with tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) remains fragmentary and somewhat controversial. The chronic administration of TKIs in many clinical(More)
Here we report the synthesis of N-(1,2,3,4-tetrahydronaphthalen-1-yl)-4-aryl-1-piperazinealkylamides 16-29 that were designed to elucidate both structure-affinity and -activity relationships for the 5-HT7 receptor, by targeting the substituent in 2-position of the aryl linked to the piperazine ring. The affinities of 16-29 for 5-HT7, 5-HT1A, 5-HT2A, and D2(More)
The goal of the present paper is to establish and validate the link between cancer diagnosis and therapy by microRNAs detection. The induction in vitro of some specific microRNAs after treatment with MDR ligands has been outlined. Starting from the results obtained by in vitro induction of MDCK and MDCK-MDR1 cells treated by a MDR1 ligand, a new scenario in(More)
CSCs are responsible for the high rate of recurrence and chemoresistance of different types of cancer. The current antineoplastic agents able to inhibit bulk replicating cancer cells and radiation treatment are not efficacious toward CSCs since this subpopulation has several intrinsic mechanisms of resistance. Among these mechanisms, the expression of(More)
Two series of compounds that are structurally related to benzomorphans, derived by structural modification of arylpiperazines with high 5-HT1A affinity and moderate sigma affinity, were prepared in order to increase sigma affinity and selectivity. All new compounds are N-substituted-omega-(1,2,3,4-tetrahydronaphthalen-1-yl)- or(More)
ABC transporters protect the brain by transporting neurotoxic compounds from the brain back into the blood. P-glycoprotein (P-gp) is the most investigated ABC (efflux) transporter, as it is implicated in neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease. Altered function of P-gp can be studied in vivo, using Positron Emission Tomography (PET). To date,(More)
The development of small molecules as P-gp modulating agents and SAR studies on these ligands represented the aim of the present work. A series of 6,7-dimethoxytetrahydroisoquinoline derivatives was prepared and their ability to inhibit P-gp activity has been evaluated. The basic nucleus of these compounds, common to the best P-gp inhibitors such as(More)
Multidrug resistance (MDR) is a complex phenomenon principally due to the overexpression of some transmembrane proteins belonging to the ATP binding cassette (ABC) transporter family. Among these transporters, P-glycoprotein (P-gp) is mostly involved in MDR and its overexpression is the major cause of cancer therapy failure. The classical approach used to(More)