Sandra K. Wittmann

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The transcription factor Tal1 is a critical activator or repressor of gene expression in hematopoiesis and leukaemia. The mechanism by which Tal1 differentially influences transcription of distinct genes is not fully understood. Here we show that Tal1 interacts with the peptidylarginine deiminase IV (PADI4). We demonstrate that PADI4 can act as an(More)
Current research leads to the assumption that drugs affecting more than one target could result in a more efficient treatment of diseases and fewer safety concerns. Administration of drugs inhibiting only one branch of the arachidonic acid cascade is usually accompanied by side effects. We therefore designed and synthesized a library of hybrid molecules(More)
Soluble epoxide hydrolase (sEH) is a bifunctional enzyme that possesses an epoxide hydrolase and lipid phosphatase activity (sEH-P) at two distinct catalytic domains. While the physiological role of the epoxide hydrolase domain is well understood, the consequences of the phosphatase activity remain unclear. Herein we describe the bacterial expression of the(More)
The arachidonic acid cascade is a key player in inflammation, and numerous well-established drugs interfere with this pathway. Previous studies have suggested that simultaneous inhibition of 5-lipoxygenase (5-LO) and soluble epoxide hydrolase (sEH) results in synergistic anti-inflammatory effects. In this study, a novel prototype of a dual 5-LO/sEH(More)
Arachidonic acid (AA) is metabolized to diverse bioactive lipid mediators. Whereas the 5-lipoxygenase-activating protein (FLAP) facilitates AA conversion by 5-lipoxygenase (5-LOX) to pro-inflammatory leukotrienes (LTs), the soluble epoxide hydrolase (sEH) degrades anti-inflammatory epoxyeicosatrienoic acids (EETs). Accordingly, dual FLAP/sEH inhibition(More)
Metabolic syndrome (MetS) is a multifactorial disease cluster that consists of dyslipidemia, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes mellitus, and obesity. MetS patients are strongly exposed to polypharmacy; however, the number of pharmacological compounds required for MetS treatment can be reduced by the application of multitarget compounds. This study(More)
Starting with (20S)-20-(p-toluenesulfonyl)oxymethyl-pregna-1, 5-dien-3 alpha-ol (4), we synthesized three vitamin D analogs in 10 to 11 steps: 1 alpha, 26-dihydroxy-27-nor-vitamin D3 (1), its 3-epi analog (2), and 2 beta-methoxy-1 alpha, 26-dihydroxy-27-nor-vitamin D3 (3). We tested the derivatives in the murine mesenchymal cell line C3H1OT1/2. All(More)
The pharmacophore concept is commonly employed in virtual screening for hit identification. A pharmacophore is generally defined as the three-dimensional arrangement of the structural and physicochemical features of a compound responsible for its affinity to a pharmacological target. Given a number of active ligands binding to a particular target in the(More)
Human 5-lipoxygenase (5-LO-WT) initiates the leukotriene (LT) biosynthesis. LTs play an important role in diseases like asthma, atherosclerosis and in many types of cancer. In this study, we investigated the 5-LO isoforms 5-LO∆13, 5-LO∆4 and 5-LOp12, lacking the exons 13, 4 or a part of exon 12, respectively. We were able to detect the mRNA of the isoforms(More)
The leukotriene A4 hydrolase (LTA4H) is a bifunctional enzyme, containing a peptidase and a hydrolase activity both activities having opposing functions regulating inflammatory response. The hydrolase activity is responsible for the conversion of leukotriene A4 to pro-inflammatory leukotriene B4, and hence, selective inhibitors of the hydrolase activity are(More)