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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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
Six new 1-alkylazacycloalkan-2-one esters of ketorolac (1-6) were synthesized and evaluated as potential dermal prodrugs. In vitro experiments were carried out to evaluate their chemical and enzymatic stability and permeation through excised human skin. Furthermore, partition coefficients n-octanol-water of ketorolac and its esters were determined to obtain(More)
A series of trisubstituted naphthalimides have been synthesized and evaluated as telomeric G-quadruplex ligands by biophysical methods. Affinity for telomeric G-quadruplex AGGG(TTAGGG)(3) binding was first screened by fluorescence titrations. Subsequently, the interaction of the telomeric G-quadruplex with compounds showing the best affinity has been(More)