Rosanna Filosa

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We have previously demonstrated that dopamine conjugation to glucose allows it to induce therapeutic effects against Parkinson's disease after intravenous administration. In this paper we demonstrate that, unlike dopamine, the prodrug glu-dopamine is a transportable substrate of glucose transporters. Towards this, the effect of glucose-conjugation on the(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE 1,4-Benzoquinones are well-known inhibitors of 5-lipoxygenase (5-LOX, the key enzyme in leukotriene biosynthesis), but the molecular mechanisms of 5-LOX inhibition are not completely understood. Here we investigated the molecular mode of action and the pharmacological profile of the novel 1,4-benzoquinone derivative(More)
With the aim of identifying novel lead compounds active against emergent human infectious diseases, a series of 2,3-dihydro-4H-pyridinone derivatives has been prepared and evaluated for antiviral activity. Compounds were evaluated in vitro in cell-based assays for cytotoxicity and against a wide spectrum of viruses. In the antiviral screening, several(More)
Human leukemia results from multiple mutations that lead to abnormalities in the expressions and functions of genes that maintain the delicate balance between proliferation, differentiation and apoptosis. Continued research on the molecular aspects of leukemia cells has resulted in the developments of several potentially useful therapeutic agents. Discovery(More)
A series of bisnaphthalimide derivatives were synthesized and evaluated for growth-inhibitory property against HT-29 human colon carcinoma. The N,N'-bis[2-(5-nitro-1,3-dioxo-2,3-dihydro-1H-benz[de]-isoquinolin-2-yl)]propane-2-ethanediamine (9) and the N,N'-Bis[2-(5-nitro-1,3-dioxo-2,3-dihydro-1H-benz[de]-isoquinolin-2-yl)]butylaminoethyl]-2-propanediamine(More)
Embelin (2,5-dihydroxy-3-undecyl-1,4-benzoquinone) possesses anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic properties in vivo, and these features have been related to interference with multiple targets including XIAPs, NFκB, STAT-3, Akt and mTOR. However, interference with these proteins requires relatively high concentrations of embelin (IC₅₀>4 μM) and cannot(More)
In the present study, 2 alternative strategies to optimize ketorolac transdermal delivery, namely, prodrugs (polyoxyethylene glycol ester derivatives, I–IV) and nanostructured lipid carriers (NLC) were investigated. The synthesized prodrugs were chemically stable and easily degraded to the parent drug in human plasma. Ketorolac-loaded NLC with high drug(More)
5-Lipoxygenase (5-LO) is a potential target for pharmacological intervention with various inflammatory and allergic diseases. Starting from the natural dual 5-LO/microsomal prostaglandin E2 synthase (mPGES)-1 inhibitor embelin (2,5-dihydroxy-3-undecyl-1,4-benzoquinone, 2) that suppresses 5-LO activity in human primary leukocytes with IC50 = 0.8-2 μM, we(More)
5-Lipoxygenase (5-LO), an enzyme that catalyzes the initial steps in the biosynthesis of pro-inflammatory leukotrienes, is an attractive drug target for the pharmacotherapy of inflammatory and allergic diseases. Here, we present the discovery and biological evaluation of novel series of 1,4-benzoquinones and respective resorcinol derivatives that(More)
Following the results we previously reported on a series of ethyl 2-phenylthiomethyl 5-hydroxyindole-3-carboxylate derivatives as 5-lipoxygenase (5-LOX) inhibitors, in order to obtain a more selective compound with respect to the previous generation of derivatives, we decided to modify the structure of the core ligand. The first level of structural(More)