Zack G Zachariassen

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The cyclopentapeptide CXCR4 antagonist FC131 (cyclo(-Arg(1)-Arg(2)-2-Nal(3)-Gly(4)-D-Tyr(5)-), 2; 2-Nal = 3-(2-naphthyl)alanine) represents an excellent starting point for development of novel drug-like ligands with therapeutic potential in HIV, cancer, stem-cell mobilization, inflammation, and autoimmune diseases. While the structure-activity relationships(More)
We report the anticancer activity from screening of a series of synthetic β(2,2)-amino acid derivatives that were prepared to confirm the pharmacophore model of short cationic antimicrobial peptides with high anti-Staphylococcal activity. The most potent derivatives against human Burkitt's lymphoma (Ramos) cells displayed IC(50) values below 8 μM, and low(More)
We here report an experimentally verified binding mode for the known tripeptidomimetic CXCR4 antagonist KRH-1636 (1). A limited SAR study based on the three functionalities of 1 was first conducted, followed by site-directed mutagenesis studies. The receptor mapping showed that both the potency and affinity of 1 were dependent on the transmembrane residues(More)
Structure-activity relationship studies of the cyclopentapeptide CXCR4 antagonists (cyclo(-l-/d-Arg(1)-Arg(2)-2-Nal(3)-Gly(4)-d-Tyr(5)-)) suggest that the l-/d-Arg(1)-Arg(2)-2-Nal(3) tripeptide sequence contained within these cyclopentapeptides serves as a recognition motif for peptidic CXCR4 antagonists. Starting by dissecting the cyclopentapeptide(More)
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