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Glycogen synthase kinase 3beta (GSK-3beta) inhibition is expected to be a promising therapeutic approach for treating Alzheimer's disease. Previously we reported a series of 1,3,4-oxadiazole derivatives as potent and highly selective GSK-3beta inhibitors, however, the representative compounds 1a,b showed poor pharmacokinetic profiles. Efforts were made to(More)
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a neurodegenerative disorder leading to a progressive loss of cognitive function and is pathologically characterized by senile plaques and neurofibrillary tangles. Glycogen synthase kinase-3 (GSK-3) is involved in AD pathogenesis. GSK-3 is reported not only to phosphorylate tau, a major component of neurofibrillary tangles, but(More)
Myeloid progenitor cells give rise to a variety of progenies including dendritic cells. However, the mechanism controlling the diversification of myeloid progenitors into each progeny is largely unknown. PU.1 and CCAAT/enhancing binding protein (C/EBP) family transcription factors have been characterized as key regulators for the development and function of(More)
Glycogen synthase kinase-3beta (GSK-3beta) is implicated in abnormal hyperphosphorylation of tau protein and its inhibitors are expected to be a promising therapeutic agents for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease. Here we report design, synthesis and structure-activity relationships of a novel series of oxadiazole derivatives as GSK-3beta inhibitors.(More)
With the aim of discovering a selective kinase inhibitor targeting pan-RAF kinase inhibition, we designed novel 1,3-benzothiazole derivatives based on our thiazolo[5,4-b]pyridine class RAF/VEGFR2 inhibitor 1 and developed a regioselective cyclization methodology for the C-7-substituted 1,3-benzothiazole scaffold utilizing meta-substituted anilines.(More)
Polo-like kinase 1 (PLK1) is a serine/threonine protein kinase involved in key processes during mitosis. Human PLK1 has been shown to be overexpressed in various human cancers, and elevated levels of PLK1 have been associated with poor prognosis, making it an attractive target for anticancer therapy. TAK-960(More)
Neurofibrillary tangles (NFTs) composed of hyperphosphorylated and aggregated tau are common pathological characteristics in Alzheimer's disease (AD) and other tauopathies. Aberrant tau phosphorylation is an early and pivotal event in the pathogenesis of tauopathies, and since GSK-3 is a key factor implicated in aberrant tau phosphorylation, GSK-3(More)
Cathepsin S inhibitors are well-known to be an attractive target as immunological therapeutic agents. Recently, our gene expression analysis identified that cathepsin S inhibitors could also be effective for neuropathic pain. Herein, we describe the efficacy of selective cathepsin S inhibitors as antihyperalgesics in a model of neuropathic pain in rats(More)
Using structure-based drug design, we identified and optimized a novel series of pyrimidodiazepinone PLK1 inhibitors resulting in the selection of the development candidate TAK-960. TAK-960 is currently undergoing Phase I evaluation in adult patients with advanced solid malignancies.
CDC-like kinase phosphorylation of serine/arginine-rich proteins is central to RNA splicing reactions. Yet, the genomic network of CDC-like kinase-dependent RNA processing events remains poorly defined. Here, we explore the connectivity of genomic CDC-like kinase splicing functions by applying graduated, short-exposure, pharmacological CDC-like kinase(More)