Venkataramanarao Rao

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A labeled variant of MSH(4), a tetrapeptide that binds to the human melanocortin 4 receptor (hMC4R) with low microM affinity, was prepared by solid-phase synthesis methods, purified, and characterized. The labeled ligand, Eu-DTPA-PEGO-His-dPhe-Arg-Trp-NH(2), exhibited a K(d) for hMC4R of 9.1+/-1.4 microM, approximately 10-fold lower affinity than the(More)
A scaffold bearing eight terminal alkyne groups was synthesized from sucrose, and copies of an azide-terminated Gd-DOTA complex were attached via copper(I)-catalyzed azide-alkyne cycloaddition. The resulting contrast agent (CA) was administered by gavage to C3H mice. Passage of the CA through the gastrointestinal (GI) tract was followed by T1-weighted(More)
A flexible molecular scaffold bearing varying numbers of terminal alkyne groups was synthesized in five steps from solanesol. R(CO)-MSH(4)-NH(2) ligands, which have a relatively low affinity for binding at the human melanocortin 4 receptor (hMC4R), were prepared by solid phase synthesis and were N-terminally acylated with 6-azidohexanoic acid. Multiple(More)
In a study directed towards development of novel Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulators (SERMs), 1-(4-(2-(dialkylamino)ethoxy)benzyl)-6-(4-hydroxypiperidin-1-yl)-2-naphthol and corresponding aryl methyl ethers were synthesized and bioevaluated against the estrogen-responsive human MCF-7 breast cancer cell line. The phenolic analogs displayed little or no(More)
In(OTf)3 catalyzed microwave-assisted alkenylation of methoxyphenols was investigated. Exclusive formation of either indenes or chromenes was observed depending on the position of the methoxy group on phenol. The structures of 1H-inden-4-ol derivatives (4a-e) and 4H-chromene derivatives (5a-j) were established by NMR ((1)H & (13)C) and high-resolution mass(More)
A spherical molecular scaffold bearing eight terminal alkyne groups was synthesized in one step from sucrose. One or more copies of a tetrapeptide azide, either N(3)(CH(2))(5)(CO)-His-DPhe-Arg-Trp-NH(2) (MSH4) or N(3)(CH(2))(5)(CO)-Trp-Met-Asp-Phe-NH(2) (CCK4), were attached to the scaffold via the copper(I)-catalyzed azide-alkyne cycloaddition (CuAAC)(More)
A molecular scaffold bearing eight terminal alkyne groups was synthesized from sucrose. Eight copies of an azide-terminated, azo-linked precursor to 5-aminosalicylic acid were attached to the scaffold via copper(I)-catalyzed azide-alkyne cycloaddition. The resulting compound was evaluated in a DSS model of colitis in BALB/c mice against sulfasalazine as a(More)
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