Vivek C Abraham

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The ability of a cancer cell to avoid apoptosis is crucial to tumorigenesis and can also contribute to chemoresistance. The Bcl-2 family of prosurvival proteins (Bcl-2, Bcl-X(L), Bcl-w, Mcl-1, and A1) plays a key role in these processes. We previously reported the discovery of ABT-263 (navitoclax), a potent small-molecule inhibitor of Bcl-2, Bcl-X(L), and(More)
Prioritization of compounds based on human hepatotoxicity potential is currently a key unmet need in drug discovery, as it can become a major problem for several lead compounds in later stages of the drug discovery pipeline. The authors report the validation and implementation of a high-content multiparametric cytotoxicity assay based on simultaneous(More)
Efficient elucidation of the biological mechanism of action of novel compounds remains a major bottleneck in the drug discovery process. To address this need in the area of oncology, we report the development of a multiparametric high-content screening assay panel at the level of single cells to dramatically accelerate understanding the mechanism of action(More)
The ability of a cancer cell to avoid apoptosis is crucial to tumorigenesis and can also contribute to chemoresistance. The Bcl-2 family of prosurvival proteins (Bcl-2, Bcl-XL, Bcl-w, Mcl-1, and A1) plays a key role in these processes. We previously reported the discovery of ABT-263 (navitoclax), a potent small-molecule inhibitor of Bcl-2, Bcl-XL,(More)
Degradation of podocyte structural integrity and function are hallmarks of proteinuric chronic kidney disease. In vivo, injury of podocytes manifests itself in the form of disruption of foot process morphology and associated cytoskeletal architecture, de-differentiation, and loss of adhesion to the glomerular basement membrane. Given the critical role(More)
Adenosine (ADO) is an important regulatory purine nucleoside that accumulates at sites of inflammation and tissue injury including in diseases associated with renal pathology. Endogenous levels of ADO may be increased by inhibiting the ADO-metabolizing enzyme, ADO kinase (AK). AK inhibitors have demonstrated protection in rodent models of diabetic(More)
Cancer cells are highly reliant on NAD+-dependent processes, including glucose metabolism, calcium signaling, DNA repair, and regulation of gene expression. Nicotinamide phosphoribosyltransferase (NAMPT), the rate-limiting enzyme for NAD+ salvage from nicotinamide, has been investigated as a target for anticancer therapy. Known NAMPT inhibitors with potent(More)
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