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Reconstituted collagen hydrogels are often used for in vitro studies of cell-matrix interaction and as scaffolds for tissue engineering. Understanding the mechanical and transport behaviours of collagen hydrogels is therefore extremely important, albeit difficult due to their very high water content (typically >99.5%). In the present study the mechanical… (More)
A library of 1,4-benzodiazepines has been synthesized and evaluated against Trypanosoma brucei, a causative parasite of Human African trypanosomiasis. Benzodiazepines possessing a P2- transporter motif were found to have MIC values as low as 0.78 μM.
Objective. To evaluate polypropylenimine dendrimers (generations 1-5: DAB 4, DAB 8, DAB 16, DAB 32, and DAB 64) as gene delivery systems. Methods. DNA binding was evaluated by measuring the reduced fluorescence of ethidium bromide, and molecular modelling of dendrimer-DNA complexes also was performed. Cell cytotoxicity was evaluated against the A431 cell… (More)
Despite recent advances in prostate cancer treatments, disease recurrence is common and associated with significant morbidity and mortality. The need for more effective antitumor agents has led researchers to target signaling pathways that drive tumorigenesis by modulating or bypassing androgen receptor signaling--attenuation or blockade of which current… (More)
Three novel flavonols, myricetin-3'-O-(6"-p-coumaroyl)glucoside and two epimeric macrocyclic derivatives, as well as the known myricetin-3-O-rhamnoside and pentagalloyl glucose, have been isolated from the wild water lily Nymphaea lotus L. and identified using 2D NMR. This is the first report of such a macrocycle from any source.
The design, synthesis, and evaluation of the potency of new isoform-selective inhibitors of sphingosine kinases 1 and 2 (SK1 and SK2), the enzyme that catalyzes the phosphorylation of d-erythro-sphingosine to produce the key signaling lipid, sphingosine 1-phosphate, are described. Recently, we reported that 1-(4-octylphenethyl)piperidin-4-ol (RB-005) is a… (More)
Resveratrol, a natural compound endowed with multiple health-promoting effects, has received much attention given its potential for the treatment of cardiovascular, inflammatory, neurodegenerative, metabolic and age-related diseases. However, the translational potential of resveratrol has been limited by its specificity, poor bioavailability and uncertain… (More)
New antitumor 12-alkoxy-benzo[c]phenanthridinium derivatives were obtained in high yields through multistep syntheses. Analysis of DNA binding and human DNA topoisomerase I inhibitory activities demonstrates that new compounds, combining 2, 6, and 12 substitutions, interact strongly with DNA and exhibit important topoisomerase I inhibition. The… (More)
The synthesis and properties of 80 short minor groove binders related to distamycin and the thiazotropsins are described. The design of the compounds was principally predicated upon increased affinity arising from hydrophobic interactions between minor groove binders and DNA. The introduction of hydrophobic aromatic head groups, including quinolyl and… (More)
Rhinophyma is thought to represent the most severe expression of acne rosacea for which surgery is the mainstay of treatment. The use of Versajet Hydrosurgery System has not been previously described for the treatment of this condition. We present six patients with moderate to severe rhinophyma ranging from 41 to 77 years of age who were treated… (More)