Vlad E. Gregor

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Neuroblastoma, an embryonal tumour of the peripheral sympathetic nervous system, accounts for approximately 15% of all deaths due to childhood cancer. High-risk neuroblastomas are rapidly progressive; even with intensive myeloablative chemotherapy, relapse is common and almost uniformly fatal. Here we report the detection of previously unknown mutations in(More)
High throughput screening of our small molecule combinatorial library identified a class of benzoylnaphthalenehydrazones with modest affinity for the human glucagon receptor. Optimization of this initial hit through a series of targeted libraries and traditional medicinal chemistry led to ligands with nanomolar affinities. Pharmacological evaluation(More)
Aminoglycoside antibiotics target an internal RNA loop within the bacterial ribosomal decoding site. Here, we describe the synthesis and SAR of novel 3,5-diamino-piperidine derivatives as aminoglycoside mimetics, and show they act as inhibitors of bacterial translation and growth.
The introduction of lipophilic groups onto the ring nitrogen of nipecotic acid and guvacine, two known GABA uptake inhibitors, afforded potent, orally-active anticonvulsant drugs. A series of compounds is reported which explores the structure-activity relationships (SAR) in this series. Among the areas explored: side-chain SAR (aromatic-, heterocyclic-, and(More)
We report the structure-guided discovery, synthesis, and initial characterization of 3,5-diamino-piperidinyl triazines (DAPT), a novel translation inhibitor class that targets bacterial rRNA and exhibits broad-spectrum antibacterial activity. DAPT compounds were designed as structural mimetics of aminoglycoside antibiotics which bind to the bacterial(More)
Inhibition of brain acetylcholinesterase (AChE) can provide relief from the cognitive loss associated with Alzheimer's disease (AD). However, unwanted peripheral side effects often limit the usefulness of the available anticholinesterases. Recently, we identified a dihydroquinazoline compound, PD 142676 (CI 1002) that is a potent anticholinesterase and a(More)
A series of alkylidene hydrazide derivatives containing an alkoxyaryl moiety was optimized. The resulting hydrazide-ethers were competitive antagonists at the human glucagon receptor. Pharmacokinetic experiments showed fast clearance of most of the compounds tested. A representative compound [4-hydroxy-3-cyanobenzoic acid(More)
The first syntheses of fluorine-18 labeled inhibitors of GABA reuptake [(R,S)-1-[2-[4-[18F]fluorophenyl]phenyl]methoxyethyl]piperidine- 3-carboxylic acid, (R,S)-1-[2-[(4-[18F]trifluoromethyl)phenyl][(4- trifluoromethyl)phenyl]-methoxyethyl]piperidine-3-carboxylic acid] are described. These N-substituted nipecotic acid derivatives were prepared in(More)
Highly potent human glucagon receptor (hGluR) antagonists have been prepared employing both medicinal chemistry and targeted libraries based on modification of the core (proximal) dimethoxyphenyl group, the benzyl ether linkage, as well as the (distal) benzylic aryl group of the lead 2, 3-cyano-4-hydroxybenzoic acid(More)
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