Urs Regenass

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The platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF) receptor is a member of the transmembrane growth factor receptor protein family with intrinsic protein-tyrosine kinase activity. We describe a potent protein-tyrosine kinase inhibitor (CGP 53716) that shows selectivity for the PDGF receptor in vitro and in the cell. The compound shows selectivity for inhibition of(More)
Analogues of staurosporine were synthesized and their ability to inhibit protein kinases was examined. Staurosporine is a potent but non-selective inhibitor of in vitro protein kinase C(PKC) activity (IC50 6.0 nM). The derivative CGP 41 251 had reduced PKC activity with an IC50 of 50 nM but showed a high degree of selectivity when assayed for inhibition of(More)
Inhibitors of the polyamine biosynthetic enzyme S-adenosylmethionine decarboxylase (SAMDC), derived from methylglyoxal-bis(guanylhydrazone) (MGBG), have been shown to have significant antitumor activity in several human solid tumor systems (U. Regenass et al., Cancer Res., 52:4712-4718, 1992). From an ongoing effort to synthesize derivatives with increased(More)
Endothelin receptors (ETRs) are often overexpressed in ovarian tumors, which can be resistant to conventional therapies. Thus, we investigated whether blockage of the ETR pathways using the dual ETR antagonist macitentan combined with taxol or cisplatinum can produce therapy for orthotopically growing multidrug-resistant (MDR) human ovarian carcinoma. In(More)
Methylglyoxal bis(guanylhydrazone) (MGBG) has been studied clinically as an antitumor and antileukemic agent and is recognized as a potent but nonspecific inhibitor of the key polyamine biosynthetic enzyme, S-adenosylmethionine decarboxylase (SAMDC). A series of four SAMDC inhibitors with structural features similar to MGBG have been found to have improved(More)
The anti-tumor activity of partially purified tumor necrosis factor (TNF) was analysed in combination with chemotherapeutic drugs against intradermally transplanted Meth A sarcoma. Tumors were allowed to grow until they reached an average diameter of about 8 mm. TNF was given once i.v. (16,000 units as determined on L-M cells) and the chemotherapeutic(More)
[(Alkylamino)methyl]acrylophenones and (alkylamino)propiophenones, bearing a spacer moiety such as the benzyloxy or (benzoylsulfonyl)oxy group in the 4-position, represent a novel class of inhibitors of the epidermal growth factor (EGF) receptor protein tyrosine kinase with a high degree of selectivity versus other tyrosine and serine/threonine kinases. The(More)
Potential treatments for ovarian cancers that have become resistant to standard chemotherapies include modulators of tumor cell survival, such as endothelin receptor (ETR) antagonist. We investigated the therapeutic efficacy of the dual ETR antagonist, macitentan, on human ovarian cancer cells, SKOV3ip1 and IGROV1, growing orthotopically in nude mice. Mice(More)
PURPOSE The objective of the study was to determine whether astrocytes and brain endothelial cells protect glioma cells from temozolomide through an endothelin-dependent signaling mechanism and to examine the therapeutic efficacy of the dual endothelin receptor antagonist, macitentan, in orthotopic models of human glioblastoma. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN We(More)
Chromosome counts were performed on 1,100 cells from 17 malignant breast carcinomas and on 168 cells of four normal tissue samples after amethopterin treatment and G-banding. Karyotypes were established from 216 cells of 11 tumor-derived cultures and from 47 cells of four nonmalignant tissue-derived cultures. Karyotypes of cells from nonmalignant samples(More)