Zefferino L Santucci

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The cysteine proteases of the trypanosomatid parasitic protozoa have been validated as targets for chemotherapy of Chagas' disease and leishmaniasis. Metal complexes of gold, platinum, iridium, palladium, rhodium and osmium have been reported to have activity against a variety of trypanosomatids, but the molecular target of these compounds has not been(More)
CXCR4 is widely expressed in multiple cell types, and is involved in neonatal development, hematopoiesis, and lymphocyte trafficking and homing. Disruption of the CXCL12/CXCR4 interaction has been implicated in stem cell mobilization. Additionally CXCR4 is a co-receptor for HIV. Selective small molecule antagonists of CXCR4 therefore have therapeutic(More)
In order to enter and infect human cells HIV must bind to CD4 in addition to either the CXCR4 or the CCR5 chemokine receptor. AMD11070 was the first orally available small molecule antagonist of CXCR4 to enter the clinic. Herein we report the molecular pharmacology of AMD11070 which is a potent inhibitor of X4 HIV-1 replication and the gp120/CXCR4(More)
The viral resistance of marketed antiviral drugs including the emergence of new viral resistance of the only marketed CCR5 entry inhibitor, maraviroc, makes it necessary to develop new CCR5 allosteric inhibitors. A mutagenesis/modeling approach was used (a) to remove the potential hERG liability in an otherwise very promising series of compounds and (b) to(More)
Gold(III) compounds have been examined for potential anti-cancer activity. It is proposed that the molecular targets of these compounds are thiol-containing biological molecules such as the cathepsin cysteine proteases. These enzymes have been implicated in many diseases including cancer. The catalytic mechanism of the cathepsin cysteine proteases is(More)
The preparation of a series of [Ru(III)(tacn)(eta(2)-dtc)(eta(1)-dtc)][PF(6)] (tacn = 1,4,7-triazacyclononane; dtc = dimethyldithiocarbamate, diethyldithiocarbamate, pyrrolidinedithiocarbamate, l-prolinedithiocarbamate, l-prolinemethyl ester dithiocarbamate, l-N-methylisoleucinedithiocarbamate) complexes, 5-11, is described. Complex 5 reacts with NO to form(More)
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