Stephen E Johnston

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We report the outcome of a high-throughput small-molecule screen to identify novel, nontoxic, inhibitors of Trypansoma cruzi, as potential starting points for therapeutics to treat for both the acute and chronic stages of Chagas disease. Two compounds were identified that displayed nanomolar inhibition of T. cruzi and an absence of activity against host(More)
Growing evidence suggests that microbes can influence the efficacy of cancer therapies. By studying colon cancer models, we found that bacteria can metabolize the chemotherapeutic drug gemcitabine (2',2'-difluorodeoxycytidine) into its inactive form, 2',2'-difluorodeoxyuridine. Metabolism was dependent on the expression of a long isoform of the bacterial(More)
New antibiotics with novel targets are greatly needed. Bacteria have numerous essential functions, but only a small fraction of such processes-primarily those involved in macromolecular synthesis-are inhibited by current drugs. Targeting metabolic enzymes has been the focus of recent interest, but effective inhibitors have been difficult to identify. We(More)
Macrocycles are of increasing interest as chemical probes and drugs for intractable targets like protein-protein interactions, but the determinants of their cell permeability and oral absorption are poorly understood. To enable rational design of cell-permeable macrocycles, we generated an extensive data set under consistent experimental conditions for more(More)
Evidence suggests that specific mutations of isocitrate dehydrogenases 1 and 2 (IDH1/2) are critical for the initiation and maintenance of certain tumor types and that inhibiting these mutant enzymes with small molecules may be therapeutically beneficial. In order to discover mutant allele-selective IDH1 inhibitors with chemical features distinct from(More)
We report a new series of 8-membered benzo-fused lactams that inhibit cellular lipid uptake from HDL particles mediated by Scavenger Receptor, Class B, Type I (SR-BI). The series was identified via a high-throughput screen of the National Institutes of Health Molecular Libraries Small Molecule Repository (NIH MLSMR), measuring the transfer of the(More)
To the Editor: Drug repurposing, the application of an existing therapeutic to a new disease indication, holds promise of rapid clinical impact at a lower cost than de novo drug development. So far, there has not been a systematic effort to identify such opportunities, limited in part by the lack of a comprehensive library of clinical compounds suitable for(More)
The effectiveness of the potent antifungal drug fluconazole is being compromised by the rise of drug-resistant fungal pathogens. While inhibition of Hsp90 or calcineurin can reverse drug resistance in Candida, such inhibitors also impair the homologous human host protein and fungal-selective chemosensitizers remain rare. The MLPCN library was screened to(More)
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