Vidyasagar Vuligonda

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The uncoupling protein from brown adipose tissue (UCP1) is a transporter that catalyzes a regulated discharged of the mitochondrial proton gradient. The proton conductance in UCP1 is inhibited by nucleotides and activated by fatty acids. We have recently shown that all-trans-retinoic acid (ATRA) is a high-affinity activator of UCP1. In the present report,(More)
The synthesis and characterization of chiral RXR selective ligands are described. The enantiomeric acids 2 and 3 were synthesized employing an enantioselective cylopropanation procedure as the key step. Compound 2, with an S,S configuration at C-9 and C-10, is a potent RXR agonist devoid of any RAR activity. The R,R enantiomer 3 is a weak RXR agonist and(More)
Agonists of retinoid X receptors (RXRs), which include the natural 9-cis-retinoic acid and synthetic analogs, are potent inducers of growth arrest and apoptosis in some cancer cells. As such, they are being used in clinical trials for the treatment and prevention of solid tumors and are used to treat cutaneous T cell lymphoma. However, the molecular(More)
Treatment of estrogen receptor (ER)-positive MCF-7 human breast cancer cells with retinoic acid (RA) inhibited cell growth and increased cell adhesion to fibronectin. In contrast, ER- MDA-MB-231 cells failed to respond. Western blot analysis showed that tyrosine phosphorylation of two major bands at Mr 125,000 and Mr 68,000 was induced by RA in ER+ MCF-7(More)
Retinoid X Receptor (RXR) specific ligands are currently being investigated for the treatment of metabolic diseases such as type II diabetes. We report the synthesis of conformationally locked retinoids, which are potent RXR selective ligands, and the attempted synthesis of 9-cyclopropyl locked analogs of RA and 9-cis RA.
The synthesis and biological activity of a novel series of tricyclic retinoic acid receptor antagonists are described. These compounds bind with high affinity to the RARs and are potent antagonists of retinoid function in in vitro and in vivo systems.
The synthesis and biological activity of a series of structurally related retinoids with different RAR subtype selectivities are described. These retinoids bind to all three RAR subtypes but in functional transactivation assays, they show RARbeta or RARbeta,gamma selectivity with weak RARalpha activity. The subtype selectivity of these retinoids was found(More)
An efficient synthesis of a potent RAR antagonist is described starting from disubstituted beta-naphthol. The functional groups on 2 and 3 positions of the beta-naphthol 5 were elaborated into benzochromanone 8. The title compound was prepared by Suzuki coupling of the left and right hand pieces.
Hypertriglyceridemia is a major side-effect of retinoid therapy in humans. We previously reported that agonists for the retinoic acid receptors (RARs), but not the retinoid X receptors (RXRs), elevate serum triglycerides in male Fischer rats, and that, surprisingly, the RAR/RXR pan-agonists 9-cis-retinoic acid and AGN 191659(More)
Treatment of estrogen receptor (ER)-positive MCF-7 human breast cancer cells with retinoic acid (RA) inhibited cell growth and increased cell adhesion to fibronectin. In contrast, ER2 MDA-MB-231 cells failed to respond. Western blot analysis showed that tyrosine phosphorylation of two major bands at Mr 125,000 and Mr 68,000 was induced by RA in ER1 MCF-7(More)
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