Veronica Salmaso

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Structure-based drug design (SBDD) has matured within the last two decades as a valuable tool for the optimization of low molecular weight lead compounds to highly potent drugs. The key step in SBDD requires knowledge of the three-dimensional structure of the target-ligand complex, which is usually determined by X-ray crystallography. In the absence of(More)
Molecular recognition is a crucial issue when aiming to interpret the mechanism of known active substances as well as to develop novel active candidates. Unfortunately, simulating the binding process is still a challenging task because it requires classical MD experiments in a long microsecond time scale that are affordable only with a high-level(More)
New 7-amino-2-phenylpyrazolo[4,3-d]pyrimidine derivatives, substituted at the 5-position with aryl(alkyl)amino- and 4-substituted-piperazin-1-yl- moieties, were synthesized with the aim of targeting human (h) adenosine A1 and/or A2A receptor subtypes. On the whole, the novel derivatives 1-24 shared scarce or no affinities for the off-target hA2B and hA3(More)
A novel series of variously substituted N-[3-(9H-carbazol-9-yl)-2-hydroxypropyl]-arylsulfonamides has been synthesized and assayed for β-Secretase (BACE1) inhibitory activity. BACE1 is a widely recognized drug target for the prevention and treatment of Alzheimer's Disease (AD). The introduction of benzyl substituents on the nitrogen atom of the(More)
In this review, we present a survey of the recent advances carried out by our research groups in the field of ligand-GPCRs recognition process simulations recently implemented at the Molecular Modeling Section (MMS) of the University of Padova. We briefly describe a platform of tools we have tuned to aid the identification of novel GPCRs binders and the(More)
Molecular docking is a powerful tool in the field of computer-aided molecular design. In particular, it is the technique of choice for the prediction of a ligand pose within its target binding site. A multitude of docking methods is available nowadays, whose performance may vary depending on the data set. Therefore, some non-trivial choices should be made(More)
A small library of 7-pyrrolo[3,2-f]quinolinones was obtained by introducing benzoyl, sulfonyl and carbamoyl side chains at the 3-N position, and their cytotoxicity against a panel of leukemic and solid tumor cell lines was evaluated. Most of them showed high antiproliferative activity with GI50s ranging from micro-to sub-nanomolar values, and these values(More)
Peptides have gained increased interest as therapeutic agents during recent years. The high specificity and relatively low toxicity of peptide drugs derive from their extremely tight binding to their targets. Indeed, understanding the molecular mechanism of protein-peptide recognition has important implications in the fields of biology, medicine, and(More)
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