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Suresh P.,Advinus Therapeutics | Srimurugan S.,Advinus Therapeutics | Dere R.T.,Advinus Therapeutics | Ragavan R.V.,Advinus Therapeutics | Gopinath V.S.,Advinus Therapeutics
Tetrahedron Asymmetry | Year: 2013

A series of new chiral binol based [1+1] macrocyclic Schiff bases have been synthesized in high yields in short reaction times via cyclo-condensation of dialdehydes with long tethers and chiral diamines. Macrocyclic Mn(salen) complexes containing N2O2 salen units incorporated with spacers of increased tether lengths were synthesized and characterized. The newly synthesized catalyst system was successfully employed for the enantioselective epoxidation of unfunctionalized olefins with high yields and good enantioselectivity. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Gundala S.R.,University of Georgia | Gundala S.R.,McGill University | Mukkavilli R.,Advinus Therapeutics | Yang C.,University of Georgia | And 7 more authors.
Carcinogenesis | Year: 2014

Phytochemical complexity of plant foods confers health-promoting benefits including chemopreventive and anticancer effects. Isolating single constituents from complex foods may render them inactive, emphasizing the importance of preserving the natural composition of whole extracts. Recently, we demonstrated in vitro synergy among the most abundant bioactive constituents of ginger extract (GE), viz., 6-gingerol (6G), 8-gingerol (8G), 10-gingerol (10G) and 6-shogaol (6S). However, no study has yet examined the in vivo collaboration among ginger phytochemicals or evaluated the importance, if any, of the natural 'milieu' preserved in whole extract. Here, we comparatively evaluated in vivo efficacy of GE with an artificial quasi-mixture (Mix) formulated by combining four most active ginger constituents at concentrations equivalent to those present in whole extract. Orally fed GE showed 2.4-fold higher tumor growth-inhibitory efficacy than Mix in human prostate tumor xenografts. Pharmacokinetic evaluations and bioavailability measurements addressed the efficacy differences between GE and Mix. Plasma concentration-time profiles revealed multiple peaking phenomenon for ginger constituents when they were fed as GE as opposed to Mix, indicating enterohepatic recirculation. Bioavailability of 6G, 8G, 10G and 6S was 1.6-, 1.1-, 2.5- and 3.4-fold higher, respectively, when dosed with GE compared with Mix. In addition, gingerol glucuronides were detected in feces upon intravenous administration confirming hepatobiliary elimination. These data ascribe the superior in vivo efficacy of GE to higher area under the concentration time curves, greater residence time and enhanced bioavailability, of ginger phytochemicals, when fed as a natural extract compared with artificial Mix, emphasizing the usefulness of consuming whole foods over single agents. © The Author 2014. Published by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved. For Permissions, please email:

Gundala S.R.,Georgia State University | Yang C.,Georgia State University | Mukkavilli R.,Advinus Therapeutics | Paranjpe R.,Georgia State University | And 5 more authors.
Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology | Year: 2014

Dietary phytochemicals are excellent ROS-modulating agents and have been shown to effectively enhance ROS levels beyond toxic threshold in cancer cells to ensure their selective killing while leaving normal cells unscathed. Here we demonstrate that hydroxychavicol (HC), extracted and purified from Piper betel leaves, significantly inhibits growth and proliferation via ROS generation in human prostate cancer, PC-3 cells. HC perturbed cell-cycle kinetics and progression, reduced clonogenicity and mediated cytotoxicity by ROS-induced DNA damage leading to activation of several pro-apoptotic molecules. In addition, HC treatment elicited a novel autophagic response as evidenced by the appearance of acidic vesicular organelles and increased expression of autophagic markers, LC3-IIb and beclin-1. Interestingly, quenching of ROS with tiron, an antioxidant, offered significant protection against HC-induced inhibition of cell growth and down regulation of caspase-3, suggesting the crucial role of ROS in mediating cell death. The collapse of mitochondrial transmembrane potential by HC further revealed the link between ROS generation and induction of caspase-mediated apoptosis in PC-3 cells. Our data showed remarkable inhibition of prostate tumor xenografts by ~. 72% upon daily oral administration of 150. mg/kg bw HC by quantitative tumor volume measurements and non-invasive real-time bioluminescent imaging. HC was well-tolerated at this dosing level without any observable toxicity. This is the first report to demonstrate the anti-prostate cancer efficacy of HC in vitro and in vivo, which is perhaps attributable to its selective prooxidant activity to eliminate cancer cells thus providing compelling grounds for future preclinical studies to validate its potential usefulness for prostate cancer management. © 2014 Elsevier Inc.

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