Stella Cascioferro

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A series of N-1H-indazole-1-carboxamides has been synthesized and their effects on both CDK1/cyclin B and the K-562 (human chronic myelogenus leukemia) cell line were evaluated. Using a computational model, we have observed that all the most active compounds 9e, f, i-n exhibited the same binding mode of purvanalol A in the ATP-binding cleft. Although they(More)
3-(1-Phenyl-3-methylpyrazol-5-yl)-2-styrylquinazolin-4(3H)-ones 14a-q and 15a-q were synthesized by refluxing in acetic acid the corresponding 2-methylquinazolinones 12 and 13 with the opportune benzoic aldehyde for 12 h. The synthesized styrylquinazolinones 14a-q and 15a-q were tested in vitro for their antileukemic activity against L1210 (murine(More)
Sortase A is a membrane enzyme responsible for the anchoring of surface-exposed proteins to the cell wall envelope of Gram-positive bacteria. As a well-studied member of the sortase subfamily catalysing the cell wall anchoring of important virulence factors to the surface of staphylococci, enterococci and streptococci, sortase A plays a critical role in(More)
A fundamental step of Gram-positive pathogenesis is the bacterial adhesion to the host tissue involving interaction between bacterial surface molecules and host ligands. This review is focused on antivirulence compounds that target Gram-positive adhesins and on their potential development as therapeutic agents alternative or complementary to conventional(More)
Here, we describe the most promising small synthetic organic compounds that act as potent Sortase A inhibitors and cater the potential to be developed as antivirulence drugs. Sortase A is a polypeptide of 206 amino acids, which catalyzes two sequential reactions: (i) thioesterification and (ii) transpeptidation. Sortase A is involved in the process of(More)
Several new 4-diazopyrazole derivatives 6a-g and 9a-c were obtained by the reaction of 1-(R-substituted-phenyl)-3-(1,3-dimethyl-1H-pyrazol-5-yl)ureas 5a-g and N-(1,3-dimethyl-1H-pyrazol-5-yl)-2-(R-substituted-phenyl)acetamides 8a-c respectively with a sevenfold excess of nitrous acid in acetic acid solution. The compounds were assayed for their activity(More)
BACKGROUND The recognition that chronic infections and infections associated with medical devices are biofilm related has been the impulse for investigating the antibiofilm properties of some diazopyrazoles biologically active as antimicrobials. METHODS The susceptibility of staphylococcal biofilms was determined at concentrations ranging from 25 to 1.5(More)
A FRET-based random screening assay was used to generate hit compounds as sortase A inhibitors that allowed us to identify ethyl 3-oxo-2-(2-phenylhydrazinylidene)butanoate as an example of a new class of sortase A inhibitors. Other analogues were generated by changing the ethoxycarbonyl function for a carboxy, cyano or amide group, or introducing(More)
The ability of several N-phenyl-1H-pyrazole-4-carboxamide derivatives and other pyrazoles opportunely modified at the positions 3, 4 and 5, to reduce the formation of the biofilm in some Staphylococcus aureus strains (ATCC 29213, ATCC 25923 and ATCC 6538) were investigated. All the tested compounds were able, although to a different extent, to reduce the(More)