Timothy J Allison

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HIV/AIDS continues to be a menace to public health. Several drugs currently on the market have successfully improved the ability to manage the viral burden in infected patients. However, new drugs are needed to combat the rapid emergence of mutated forms of the virus that are resistant to existing therapies. Currently, approved drugs target three of the(More)
The gammadelta T cell receptors (TCRs) and alphabeta TCRs are similar in both sequence and structure; however, gammadelta+ and alphabeta+ T cells are not merely similar lymphocytes with subtly different receptors. These cell types differ in several ways, including the types of antigens recognized, the mechanism of antigen presentation and recognition and(More)
This report documents the first example of a specific inhibitor of protein kinases with preferential binding to the activated kinase conformation: 5H-benzo[4,5]cyclohepta[1,2-b]pyridin-5-one 11r (MK-8033), a dual c-Met/Ron inhibitor under investigation as a treatment for cancer. The design of 11r was based on the desire to reduce time-dependent inhibition(More)
Although eradicated from nature more than two decades ago, the threat of smallpox has reemerged because of concerns over its use as a biological weapon. We present the structure of the poxvirus L1 protein, a molecule that is conserved throughout the poxvirus family and is nearly identical in vaccinia virus and in variola virus, which causes smallpox. L1 is(More)
Phosphoinositide-dependent kinase 1 (PDK1) is a critical activator of multiple prosurvival and oncogenic protein kinases and has garnered considerable interest as an oncology drug target. Despite progress characterizing PDK1 as a therapeutic target, pharmacological support is lacking due to the prevalence of nonspecific inhibitors. Here, we benchmark(More)
We have developed a novel series of pyrrolidine derived BACE-1 inhibitors. The potency of the weak initial lead structure was enhanced using library-based SAR methods. The series was then further advanced by rational design while maintaining a minimal ligand binding efficiency threshold. Ultimately, the co-crystal structure was obtained revealing that these(More)
A macrocyclic inhibitor of beta-secretase was designed by covalently cross-linking the P1 and P3 side chains of an isophthalamide-based inhibitor. Macrocyclization resulted in significantly improved potency and physical properties when compared to the initial lead structures. More importantly, these macrocyclic inhibitors also displayed in vivo amyloid(More)
BACE-1 (beta-site amyloid precursor protein cleaving enzyme), a prominent target in Alzheimer's disease drug discovery efforts, was surveyed using Tethering technology to discover small molecule fragment ligands that bind to the enzyme active site. Screens of a library of >15000 thiol-containing fragments versus a panel of BACE-1 active site cysteine(More)
This letter describes replacements for the P3 amide moiety present in previously reported tertiary carbinamine macrolactones. Although P-gp efflux issues associated with these amide-macrolactones were solved and full brain penetration was measured in one case, potency was compromised in the process.
The receptor tyrosine kinase c-Met is implicated in oncogenesis and is the target for several small molecule and biologic agents in clinical trials for the treatment of cancer. Binding of the hepatocyte growth factor to the cell surface receptor of c-Met induces activation via autophosphorylation of the kinase domain. Here we describe the structural basis(More)