Richard A. Bryce

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The synthesis is reported here of two novel series of inhibitors of human NAD(P)H quinone oxidoreductase-1 (NQO1), an enzyme overexpressed in several types of tumor cell. The first series comprises substituted symmetric dicoumarol analogues; the second series contains hybrid compounds where one 4-hydroxycoumarin system is replaced by a different aromatic(More)
A semiempirical quantum mechanical (QM)/molecular mechanical (MM) potential with reformulated QM core-MM charge interactions is introduced, specifically to more accurately model hydrogen bonding at the QM/MM interface. Application of this potential using the PM3 Hamiltonian shows improved prediction of geometry and interaction energy for hydrogen bonded(More)
Elevated Src family kinase (SFK) activity is associated with tumor invasion and metastasis. The SFK inhibitor saracatinib (AZD0530) is currently in phase II trials in patients including those with colorectal cancer (CRC), where links between SFK activity and poor prognosis are particularly striking. Saracatinib is likely to be used clinically in combination(More)
We report molecular dynamics calculations of neuraminidase in complex with an inhibitor, 4-amino-2-deoxy-2,3-didehydro-N-acetylneuraminic acid (N-DANA), with subsequent free energy analysis of binding by using a combined molecular mechanics/continuum solvent model approach. A dynamical model of the complex containing an ionized Glu119 amino acid residue is(More)
trans-Sialidase from Trypanosoma cruzi (TcTS) has emerged as a potential drug target for treatment of Chagas disease. Here, we report the results of virtual screening for the discovery of novel TcTS inhibitors, which targeted both the sialic acid and sialic acid acceptor sites of this enzyme. A library prepared from the Evotec database of commercially(More)
From in silico docking and COMPARE analysis, novel inhibitors of human NAD(P)H quinone oxidoreductase (NQO1) have been identified from the NCI compound database, the most potent of which has an observed IC(50) of 0.7muM. The inhibitors exhibit a diverse range of scaffolds. The ability of docking calculations to predict experimentally determined binding(More)
Comparative molecular dynamics simulations of n-octyl-beta-D-galactopyranoside (beta-C8Gal) and n-octyl-beta-D-glucopyranoside (beta-C8Glc) micelles in aqueous solution have been performed to explore the influence of carbohydrate stereochemistry on glycolipid properties at the atomic level. In particular, we explore the hypothesis that differences in T(m)(More)
Thymidine phosphorylase (TP) is an important target enzyme for cancer chemotherapy because it is expressed at high levels in the hypoxic regions of many tumors and inhibitors of TP have been shown in animal model studies to inhibit angiogenesis and metastasis, and to promote tumor cell apoptosis. The 5-halo-6-[(2'-aminoimidazol-1'-yl)methyl]uracils (3, X =(More)
INTRODUCTION Computational chemistry has become an established and valuable component in structure-based drug design. However the chemical complexity of many ligands and active sites challenges the accuracy of the empirical potentials commonly used to describe these systems. Consequently, there is a growing interest in utilizing electronic structure methods(More)
Trypanosoma cruzi trans-sialidase is a potential target for Chagas disease chemotherapy. From the specific need of T. cruzi to obtain sialic acid through trans-sialidase-mediated transfers from host sources and the lack of alternative to this for the parasite, a good case can be made for T. cruzi trans-sialidase to serve as a potential drug target against(More)