Norton P. Peet

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Botulinum neurotoxins (BoNTs) are the most potent of known toxins and are listed as category A biothreat agents by the U.S. CDC. The BoNT-mediated proteolysis of SNARE proteins inhibits the exocytosis of acetylcholine into neuromuscular junctions, leading to life-threatening flaccid paralysis. Currently, the only therapy for BoNT intoxication (which results(More)
Members of the resistance-nodulation-division (RND) family of efflux pumps, such as AcrAB-TolC of Escherichia coli, play major roles in multidrug resistance (MDR) in Gram-negative bacteria. A strategy for combating MDR is to develop efflux pump inhibitors (EPIs) for use in combination with an antibacterial agent. Here, we describe MBX2319, a novel(More)
The design and syntheses of androstenedione derivatives with bridges spanning the 2,19-, 3,19-, 4,19- and 6, 19-positions are described. 2,19-Bridged compounds bearing hydroxyl groups on the two-carbon bridge (3a and 3b) were designed as stable carbon analogs of potential lactol intermediates in the enzymatic conversion of androgens to estrogens. Compounds(More)
Hydroxylated 2,19-methylene-bridged androstenediones were designed as potential mimics of enzyme oxidized intermediates of androstenedione. These compounds exhibited competitive inhibition with low micromolar affinities for aromatase. These inhibitory constants (Ki values) were 10 times greater than the 2,19-methylene-bridged androstenedione constant (Ki =(More)
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