Simon P. Mackay

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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)
The mitotic kinesin Eg5 is critical for the assembly of the mitotic spindle and is a promising chemotherapy target. Previously, we identified S-trityl-L-cysteine as a selective inhibitor of Eg5 and developed triphenylbutanamine analogues with improved potency, favorable drug-like properties, but moderate in vivo activity. We report here their further(More)
The carboline ring system is an important pharmacophore found in a number of biologically important targets. Development of synthetic routes for the preparation of these compounds is important in order to prepare a range of analogues containing the carboline heterocyclic moiety. A manganese dioxide mediated one-pot method starting with an activated alcohol(More)
BACKGROUND Tuberculosis (TB) is a disease which kills two million people every year and infects approximately over one-third of the world's population. The difficulty in managing tuberculosis is the prolonged treatment duration, the emergence of drug resistance and co-infection with HIV/AIDS. Tuberculosis control requires new drugs that act at novel drug(More)
A convergent and stereoselective synthesis of chiral cyclopentyl- and cyclohexylamine derivatives of nucleoside Q precursor (PreQ0) has been accomplished. This synthetic route allows for an efficient preparation of 4-substituted analogues with interesting three-dimensional character, including chiral cyclopentane-1,2-diol and -1,2,3-triol derivatives. This(More)
A range of minor groove binders (MGBs) and the intermediates formed in their synthesis was screened against infectious agents including bacteria and parasites. Activity was found against Trypanosoma brucei. Of particular interest is a molecule which does not contain a typical basic flexible tail group found in MGBs, but instead has an unprotected carboxylic(More)
With rapid scientific advances in the postgenomic era, pharmacogenomics has developed into an important area of translational medicine research. Pharmacogenetics studies the variability in drug response between different patient genotypes. By using patient genomic information, this bench-to-bedside research approach aims to develop more effective targeting(More)
The sequence selectivity of small molecules binding to the minor groove of DNA can be predicted by "in silico footprinting". Any potential ligand can be docked in the minor groove and then moved along it using simple simulation techniques. By applying a simple scoring function to the trajectory after energy minimization, the preferred binding site can be(More)
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