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A series of new 2-arylethenylquinoline derivatives (4a1-4a12, 4b1-4b8, 4c1-4c4, 4d1-4d3 and 4e1-4e9) were designed, synthesized, and evaluated as potential multifunctional agents for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease (AD). In vitro studies showed that these synthetic compounds inhibited self-induced Aβ1-42 aggregation effectively ranged from 23.6% to(More)
A series of bisaryldiketene derivatives were designed and synthesized as a new class of specific G-quadruplex ligands. The ligand-quadruplex interactions were further evaluated by FRET, ITC, and PCR stop assay. In contrast to most of the G-quadruplex ligands reported so far, which comprise an extended aromatic ring, these compounds are neither polycyclic(More)
Discovery of potent and selective ligands for telomeric G-quadruplex DNA is a challenging work. Through a combination approach of pharmacophore model construction, model validation, database virtual screening, chemical synthesis and interaction evaluation, we discovered and confirmed triaryl-substituted imidazole TSIZ01 to be a new telomeric G-quadruplex(More)
A series of 7,8-dehydrorutaecarpine derivatives were synthesized and characterized as potential multifunctional agents for treatment of Alzheimer's disease (AD). All of these synthetic compounds showed high acetylcholinesterase (AChE) inhibitory activity with IC50 values ranged from 0.60 to 196.7 nM, and good selectivity for AChE over butyrylcholinesterase(More)
A series of isaindigotone derivatives and analogues were designed, synthesized and evaluated as dual inhibitors of cholinesterases (ChEs) and self-induced β-amyloid (Aβ) aggregation. The synthetic compounds had IC(50) values at micro or nano molar range for cholinesterase inhibition, and some compounds exhibited strong inhibitory activity for AChE and high(More)
A series of mansonone F (MF) derivatives were designed and synthesized. These compounds were found to be strong inhibitors for topoisomerases, with much more significant inhibition for topoisomerase II rather than topoisomerase I. The best inhibitor showed 20 times stronger anti-topoisomerase II activity than a positive control Etoposide. The cytotoxic(More)
BACKGROUND G-quadruplexes are promising therapeutic targets for small molecules. In general, the introduction of steady positive charges through the in situ alkylation of nitrogen atoms within potential G-quadruplex ligands can significantly improve their quadruplex binding and stabilization abilities. However, our previous studies on bisaryldiketene(More)
G-quadruplex structures are a new class of attractive targets for DNA-interactive anticancer agents. The primary building block of this structure is the G-quartet, which is composed of four coplanar guanines and serves as the major binding site for small molecules. NMR studies and molecular dynamics simulations have suggested that the planarity of G-quartet(More)
Target-guided synthesis is an approach to drug discovery that allows the target to self-assemble its own binding agents. So far, target-guided synthesis and especially in situ click chemistry have attracted extensive attention and have led to the identification of highly potent inhibitors for proteins. In this study, we expand the application of in situ(More)
A novel 2,4,5-triaryl-substituted imidazole (IZCM-1) has been found to display distinct and specific fluorescence enhancement upon binding to parallel G-quadruplexes. Such a sensitive and topology-specific probe is able to light up without affecting the topology or thermal stability of the G-quadruplex sample. Thus, these advantages distinguish IZCM-1 from(More)