Prasanna G Alluri

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The isolation of ligands for large numbers of proteins is an important goal in proteomics. Whereas peptide libraries are rich sources of protein-binding molecules, native peptides have certain undesirable properties, such as sensitivity to proteases that make them less than ideal for some applications. We report here the construction and characterization of(More)
Endocrine therapy is the mainstay of treatment in estrogen receptor-positive breast cancers and significantly reduces disease recurrence and breast cancer-related mortality. However, acquired resistance to therapy has been noted in nearly one-third of women treated with tamoxifen and other endocrine therapies. Mutations in the estrogen receptor have long(More)
Triple-negative breast cancers (TNBC) are defined by their failure to express the estrogen receptor, progesterone receptor, and HER2/neu protein markers. This basic feature is clinically relevant because it indicates that these cancers cannot be managed with endocrine or anti-HER2 systemic therapies. Furthermore, most TNBC cases are also characterized as(More)
Antibodies are by far the most versatile, valuable, and widely used protein-binding agents. They are essential tools in biological research and are increasingly being developed as therapeutic reagents. However, antibodies have a number of practical limitations, and it would be desirable in many applications to replace them with simpler, more robust(More)
Pharmacologic agents capable of activating the expression of specific genes would be valuable tools in biological research and could potentially be useful therapeutically. Efforts to develop a general solution to this problem have focused on the discovery of cell permeable mimics of native transcription factors comprised of linked DNA-binding and activation(More)
Epigenetic modifications such as histone acetylation play a central role in the transcriptional regulation of many oncogenic drivers. Accumulating evidence suggests that pharmacological modulation of certain key epigenetic reader proteins such as BRD2/3/4 may serve as an attractive strategy for treatment of many cancers, including tamoxifen-resistant breast(More)
Transcriptional coactivator-binding peptoids were isolated from a large combinatorial library. One of these molecules is shown to function as a potent activation domain surrogate in mammalian cells. Up to a 900-fold increase in expression of a Gal4-responsive reporter gene is observed when a steroid conjugate of the peptoid is incubated with HeLa cells(More)
Increased rates of locoregional recurrence have been observed in triple-negative breast cancer despite chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Thus, approaches that combine therapies for radiosensitization in triple-negative breast cancer are critically needed. We characterized the radiation therapy response of 21 breast cancer cell lines and paired this(More)
Hairpin poly(amide)s (HPs) are sequence specific DNA-binding compounds that have engendered considerable interest as potential pharmacological agents to manipulate the expression of specific genes. However, recent reports have indicated that the ability of HP conjugates to pass through cell membranes is sensitive to the cell type employed and the nature of(More)
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