Paola G. S. Murziani

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Werner syndrome provides a convincing model for aspects of the normal ageing phenotype and may provide a suitable model for therapeutic interventions designed to combat the ageing process. Cultured primary fibroblast cells from Werner syndrome patients provide a powerful model system to study the link between replicative senescence in vitro and in vivo(More)
The fluorinated pyrimidine family of nucleosides continues to represent major current chemotherapeutic agents for treating solid tumors. We herein report their phosphate prodrugs, ProTides, as promising new derivatives, which partially bypass the dependence of the current drugs on active transport and nucleoside kinase-mediated activation. They are also(More)
5-Aminopyrazol-4-yl ketones are prepared rapidly and efficiently using microwave dielectric heating from beta-ketonitriles by treatment with N,N'-diphenylformamidine followed by heterocyclocondensation by irradiation with a hydrazine. The inhibitory activity of RO3201195 prepared by this methodology was confirmed in hTERT-immortalized HCA2 and WS dermal(More)
A benzopyranopyridine inhibitor of mitogen-activated protein kinase-activated protein kinase 2 (MK2) is prepared rapidly and efficiently in one step using microwave dielectric heating, whereas a substrate-selective p38 MAPK inhibitor was prepared using conventional heating techniques. The former had MK2 inhibitory activity above 2.5 microM concentration,(More)
A novel phosphoramidate nucleotide prodrug of the anticancer nucleoside analogue 5-fluoro-2'-deoxyuridine (5-FdUrd) was synthesized and evaluated for its cytostatic activity. Whereas 5-FdUrd substantially lost its cytostatic potential in thymidine kinase (TK)-deficient murine leukaemia L1210 and human lymphocyte CEM cell cultures, NUC-3073 markedly kept its(More)
BACKGROUND The pyrazolyl ketone motif of RO3201195, which exhibits good oral bioavailability and high selectivity for p38 MAPK over other kinases, is a key pharmacophore that could find application in the treatment of Werner syndrome. RESULTS AND DISCUSSION Microwave irradiation promotes Knoevenagel condensation of a β-ketonitrile and formamidine, to give(More)
Microwave-assisted synthesis of the pyrazolyl ketone p38 MAPK inhibitor RO3201195 in 7 steps and 15% overall yield, and the comparison of its effect upon the proliferation of Werner Syndrome cells with a library of pyrazolyl ketones, strengthens the evidence that p38 MAPK inhibition plays a critical role in modulating premature cellular senescence in this(More)
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