Learn More
Quantitative Structure-Activity Relationship (QSAR) models are used increasingly to screen chemical databases and/or virtual chemical libraries for potentially bioactive molecules. These developments emphasize the importance of rigorous model validation to ensure that the models have acceptable predictive power. Using k nearest neighbors (kNN) variable(More)
A series of novel podophyllotoxin derivatives containing structural modifications at C-4 (7-14), C-4' (16-17), and the methylenedioxy A-ring (23-28) was synthesized and tested for inhibition of HIV replication. Four of these compounds (25-28) were previously reported to show EC(50) values of <0.001 microg/mL and therapeutic index (TI) values >120. Three of(More)
A number of curcumin analogues were prepared and evaluated as potential androgen receptor antagonists against two human prostate cancer cell lines, PC-3 and DU-145, in the presence of androgen receptor (AR) and androgen receptor coactivator, ARA70. Compounds 4 [5-hydroxy-1,7-bis(3,4-dimethoxyphenyl)-1,4,6-heptatrien-3-one], 20(More)
A series of linear peptides (6a-6o) were designed based on the known non-covalent 20S proteasome inhibitors TMC-95A and compound 5 via a fragment-based approach. These compounds were synthesized and evaluated against the chymotrypsin-like activity of the human 20S proteasome. Three of them (6d, 6e and 6k) were potent inhibitors with IC50 values at the(More)
The natural diterpenoid andrographolide (1) exhibits various biological activities. Seventeen derivatives of 1 were prepared via esterification and etherification of 14-dehydroxy-11,12-didehydroandrographolide (2). Most derivatives demonstrated significant inhibition against tumor cell growth. The most active compounds, 3b and 3c, had GI50 values of(More)
Lignans are widely distributed in nature and display an impressive range of biological activities. The extensive pharmaceutical use of lignans is linked to their antitumor, antiviral, hepatoprotective, and platelet activating factor (PAF) antagonistic activities, among many others. This review article highlights selected pharmacologically active lignans,(More)
As part of a continuing search for potential anticancer drug candidates in the 2-phenyl-4-quinolone series, 3',6-substituted 2-phenyl-4-quinolone-3-carboxylic acid derivatives and their salts were synthesized and evaluated. Preliminary screening showed that carboxylic acid analogs containing a m-fluoro substituted 2-phenyl group displayed the highest in(More)
Protein tyrosine phosphatase 1B (PTP1B) is a promising therapeutic target for type 2 diabetes. Herein, we report the evolution of a previously identified 3-phenylpropanoic acid-based PTP1B inhibitor to an orally active lead compound. A series of 3-phenylpropanoic acid-based PTP1B inhibitors were synthesized, and three of them,(More)
Fifteen new diarylheptanoids were synthesized and evaluated for antagonistic activity against androgen receptor (AR)-mediated reporter gene transcription using DU145, PC-3, and LNCaP prostate cancer cell lines. Most compounds showed activity in a 5alpha-dihydrotestosterone (DHT)-induced reporter gene expression assay in DU145 cells transfected with(More)
Natural products have made significant contribution to cancer chemotherapy over the past decades and remain an indispensable source of molecular and mechanistic diversity for anticancer drug discovery. More often than not, natural products may serve as leads for further drug development rather than as effective anticancer drugs by themselves. Generally,(More)