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One of the primary objectives in the design of protein inhibitors is to shape the three-dimensional structures of small molecules to be complementary to the binding site of a target protein. In the course of our efforts to discover potent inhibitors of Bcl-2 family proteins, we found a unique folded conformation adopted by tethered aromatic groups in the(More)
Novel transient receptor potential vanilloid 1 (TRPV1) receptor antagonists with various bicyclic heteroaromatic pharmacophores were synthesized, and their in vitro activity in blocking capsaicin activation of TRPV1 was assessed. On the basis of the contribution of these pharmacophores to the in vitro potency, they were ranked in the order of 5-isoquinoline(More)
A series of benzoisoxazoles and benzoisothiazoles have been synthesized and evaluated as inhibitors of receptor tyrosine kinases (RTKs). Structure-activity relationship studies led to the identification of 3-amino benzo[ d]isoxazoles, incorporating a N, N'-diphenyl urea moiety at the 4-position that potently inhibited both the vascular endothelial growth(More)
Pathogens of the genus Candida can cause life threatening infections in immuno-compromised patients. The three-dimensional structures of two closely related secreted aspartic proteinases from C. albicans complexed with a potent (Ki = 0.17 nM) inhibitor, and an analogous enzyme from C. tropicalis reveal variations on the classical aspartic proteinase theme(More)
[reaction: see text]. A highly diastereoselective coupling reaction between TBSOP (3) and trityl sulfenimine 4 was developed which provided influenza neuraminidase inhibitor intermediate 7 in 80% yield and >99% de after crystallization. The reaction was shown to be reversible with the high diastereoselectivity resulting from a favorable H-bonding(More)
The SN2 reaction between glycine and ammonia molecules with magnesium cation Mg2+ as a catalyst has been studied as a model reaction for Mg(2+)-catalyzed peptide bond formation using the ab initio Hartree-Fock molecular orbital method. As in previous studies of the uncatalyzed and amine-catalyzed reactions between glycine and ammonia, two reaction(More)
The design and synthesis of indazolinone containing kinase inhibitors are reported. Regioisomers that showed profound potency variation in previously-reported isoindolinone and aminoindazole systems were surprisingly found to have similar potencies in the case of the indazolinone chemical series. An interpretation using differential hinge hydrogen bonding(More)
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