Raquel L. S. Pereira

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Deregulation of the epigenome is recognized as cause of cancer and epigenetic factors are receiving major attention as therapeutic targets; yet, the molecular mode of action of existing epi-drugs is largely elusive. Here, we report on the decryption of the mechanism of action of UVI5008, a novel epigenetic modifier, that inhibits histone deacetylases,(More)
The stereoselectivity of the Stille cross-coupling of chiral enantiopure haloallenes and alkenylstannanes en route to allenic carotenoids is shown to depend on the nature of the halogen and palladium catalyst as well as on the presence of DMF as coordinating ligand and solvent. The results are consistent with DFT studies (B3LYP/6-31G*) on haloallene model(More)
A collection of analogues of the dimeric natural product psammaplin A that differ in the substitution on the (halo)tyrosine aryl ring, the oxime and the diamine connection has been synthesized. The effects on cell cycle, induction of differentiation and apoptosis of the natural-product inspired series were measured on the human leukaemia U937 cell line.(More)
We recently reported on a series of retinoid-related molecules containing an adamantyl group, a.k.a. adamantyl arotinoids (AdArs), that showed significant cancer cell growth inhibitory activity and activated RXRα (NR2B1) in transient transfection assays while devoid of RAR transactivation capacity. We have now explored whether these AdArs could also bind(More)
Sequential, position-selective, Pd-catalyzed cross-coupling reactions of 2,4-dibromo-5-hydroxymethylthiazole provided the scaffold for the synthesis of GW501516, the most potent PPARbeta/delta agonist yet described, and equally selective analogs at the thiazole-C4 position.
A SAR study has been carried out around a modified scaffold of the natural product psammaplin A obtained by replacing the o-bromophenol unit by an indole ring. A series of indole psammaplin A constructs were generated in a short synthetic sequence that starts with the functionalization of the C3 indole position with in situ generated nitrosoacrylate, and(More)
Deregulation of the epigenome is recognized as cause of cancer and epigenetic factors are receiving major attention as therapeutic targets; yet, the molecular mode of action of existing epi-drugs is largely elusive. Here, we report on the decryption of the mechanism of action of UVI5008, a novel epigenetic modifier, that inhibits histone deacetylases,(More)
Retinoid-related molecules with an adamantyl group (adamantyl arotinoids) have been described with selective activities towards the retinoid receptors as agonists for NR1B2 and NR1B3 (RARbeta,gamma) (CD437, MX3350-1) or RAR antagonists (MX781) that induce growth arrest and apoptosis in cancer cells. Since these molecules induce apoptosis independently of(More)
RAR and RXR agonists: A collection of pyrazine-based RAR/RXR ligands were prepared by a series of palladium catalyzed cross-coupling reactions and characterized. Structure-activity relationships were elucidated. Retinoic acid receptor (RAR) alpha/beta-subtype-selective and retinoid X receptor (RXR) inverse agonist activities are described for pyrazine(More)