Laboratory of Medicinal Chemistry

Antwerpen, Belgium

Laboratory of Medicinal Chemistry

Antwerpen, Belgium

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Donia M.,University of Catania | Maksimovic-Ivanic D.,University of Belgrade | Mijatovic S.,University of Belgrade | Mojic M.,University of Belgrade | And 8 more authors.
Cell Cycle | Year: 2011

The No-derivative of the HIV protease inhibitor saquinavir (Saq-No) is a nontoxic variant of the parental drug with enhanced anticancer activity on several cell lines. However, it is still unclear whether the p53 status of the target cell might influence the sensitivity to Saq-NO. In this study we evaluated the in vitro and in vivo activity of Saq-NO on the p53-deficient hormone resistant prostate cancer PC-3 cells. We demonstrate that the absence of functional p53 is not essential for the capacity of Saq-NO to reduce prostate cancer cell growth. In contrast to its previously described cytostatic action in B16 and C6 cell lines, Saq-NO exerted cytotoxic effects in PC-3 cells leading to dominant induction of apoptosis and enhanced production of proapoptotic Bim. In addition, differently from saquinavir, Saq-NO restored TRAIL sensitivity that was correlated with increased expression of DR5 independent from ROS/RNS production and YY1 repression. NFκB activation may be responsible of the Saq-NO induced DR5 expression. Moreover, Saq-NO but not saquinavir, exerted synergistic activity with conventional cytostatic therapy. In agreement with these in vitro studies, Saq-NO inhibited the in vivo growth of PC-3 cells xenotransplants to a greater extent than the parental compound. Taken together, these data indicate that Saq-NO possesses powerful and suitable in vitro and in vivo chemotherapeutic potential to be further studied as a novel drug for the treatment of prostate cancer in the clinical setting. © 2011 Landes Bioscience.


Castellano S.,University of Salerno | Spannhoff A.,University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center | Milite C.,University of Salerno | Dal Piaz F.,University of Salerno | And 13 more authors.
Journal of Medicinal Chemistry | Year: 2012

Arginine methylation is a common post-translational modification that is crucial in modulating gene expression at multiple critical levels. The arginine methyltransferases (PRMTs) are envisaged as promising druggable targets, but their role in physiological and pathological pathways is far from being clear due to the limited number of modulators reported to date. In this effort, enzyme activators can be invaluable tools useful as gain-of-function reagents to interrogate the biological roles in cells and in vivo of PRMTs. Yet the identification of such molecules is rarely pursued. Herein we describe a series of aryl ureido acetamido indole carboxylates (dubbed "uracandolates"), able to increase the methylation of histone (H3) or nonhistone (polyadenylate-binding protein 1, PABP1) substrates induced by coactivator-associated arginine methyltransferase 1 (CARM1), both in in vitro and cellular settings. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report of compounds acting as CARM1 activators. © 2012 American Chemical Society.


Dilly S.,Laboratory of Medicinal Chemistry | Dilly S.,University of Liège | Dilly S.,University of Bordeaux Segalen | Liegeois J.-F.,Laboratory of Medicinal Chemistry
Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling | Year: 2016

The resurgence of interest in 5-HT1A receptors as a therapeutic target requires the existence of highly selective 5-HT1A ligands. To date, WAY-100635 has been the prototypical antagonist of these receptors. However, this compound also has significant affinity for and activity at D4 dopamine receptors. In this context, this work was aimed at better understanding the 5-HT1A/D4 selectivity of WAY-100635 and analogues from a structural point of view. In silico investigations revealed two key interactions for the 5-HT1A/D4 selectivity of WAY-100635 and analogues. First, a hydrogen bond only found with the Ser 7.36 of D4 receptor appeared to be the key for a higher D4 affinity for newly synthesized aza analogues. The role of Ser 7.36 was confirmed as the affinity of aza analogues for the mutant D4 receptor S7.36A was reduced. Then, the formation of another hydrogen bond with the conserved Ser 5.42 residue appeared to be also critical for D4 binding. © 2016 American Chemical Society.


Lad N.,Piramal Enterprises Ltd | Sharma R.,Piramal Enterprises Ltd | Marquez V.E.,Laboratory of Medicinal Chemistry | Mascarenhas M.,Piramal Enterprises Ltd
Tetrahedron Letters | Year: 2013

The base-mediated cyclization of N,O-dimesylate derivatives of cyclic and acyclic amino alcohols provides a simple access to five- and six-member sultams: isothiazolidine-1,1-dioxides and thiazinane-1,1-dioxides respectively. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.


Mijatovic S.,University of Belgrade | Maksimovic-Ivanic D.,University of Belgrade | Timotijevic G.,University of Belgrade | Miljkovic D.,University of Belgrade | And 8 more authors.
Free Radical Biology and Medicine | Year: 2010

The new chemical entity GIT-27NO was created by the covalent linkage of a NO moiety to the anti-inflammatory isoxazoline VGX-1027. The compound has been shown to possess powerful anticancer effects both in vitro and in vivo. However, its effects on nonsolid and metastatic forms of tumors have not yet been investigated. We have studied the effects of GIT-27NO on the highly invasive mouse mammary TA3Ha cell line in vitro and in vivo. In contrast to the conventional exogenous NO donor sodium nitroprusside, GIT-27NO successfully enhanced intracellular NO concentration in TA3Ha cells. Intracellular accumulation of NO was followed by marked decrease in TA3Ha cell viability accompanied by typical apoptotic features. Interestingly, inverted membrane phosphatidylserine residues, reduced volume of nucleus, condensed chromatin, and terminal fragmentation of DNA were associated with inhibited caspase-3 activity and transcription of the genes encoding caspase-3, -8, and -9. In parallel, GIT-27NO rapidly but transiently prevented the loss of p53 through phosphorylation on Ser 20 and provided the necessary signals for the execution of downstream processes without p53 de novo synthesis. The caspase-independent apoptotic-like death process triggered by GIT-27NO could be mediated by markedly down-regulated expression of the antiapoptotic Bcl-2 molecule observed in TA3Ha cells exposed to GIT-27NO. In agreement with these in vitro data, GIT-27NO efficiently suppressed the growth of the ascites form and associated lethality of tumor induced by TA3Ha cells in mice. © 2010 Elsevier Inc.


Kitsati N.,Laboratory of Biological Chemistry | Fokas D.,Laboratory of Medicinal Chemistry | Ouzouni M.-D.,Laboratory of Medicinal Chemistry | Mantzaris M.D.,Laboratory of Biological Chemistry | And 2 more authors.
Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry | Year: 2012

Naturally occurring cinnamic acid derivatives are ubiquitously distributed in the plant kingdom, and it has been proposed that their consumption contributes to the maintenance of human health. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying their health keeping effects remain unknown. In the present investigation, we evaluated the capacity of several cinnamic acid derivatives (trans-cinnamic, p-coumaric, caffeic and ferulic acids, as well as caffeic acid-methyl and -propyl esters) to protect cells from oxidative stress-induced DNA damage. It was observed that effective protection was based on the ability of each compound to (i) reach the intracellular space and (ii) chelate intracellular "labile" iron. These results support the notion that numerous lipophilic iron chelating compounds, present abundantly in plant-derived diet components, may protect cells in conditions of oxidative stress and in this way be important contributors toward maintenance of human health. © 2012 American Chemical Society.


Saporito R.A.,John Carroll University | Norton R.A.,New York University | Garraffo M.H.,Clinical Mass Spectrometry Core | Spande T.F.,Laboratory of Medicinal Chemistry
Experimental and Applied Acarology | Year: 2015

The opisthonotal (oil) glands of oribatid mites are the source of a wide diversity of taxon-specific defensive chemicals, and are likely the location for the more than 90 alkaloids recently identified in oribatids. Although originally recognized in temperate oribatid species, alkaloids have also been detected in related lineages of tropical oribatids. Many of these alkaloids are also present in a worldwide radiation of poison frogs, which are known to sequester these defensive chemicals from dietary arthropods, including oribatid mites. To date, most alkaloid records involve members of the superfamily Oripodoidea (Brachypylina), although few species have been examined and sampling of other taxonomic groups has been highly limited. Herein, we examined adults of more than 60 species of Nearctic oribatid mites, representing 46 genera and 33 families, for the presence of alkaloids. GC–MS analyses of whole body extracts led to the detection of 15 alkaloids, but collectively they occur only in members of the genera Scheloribates (Scheloribatidae) and Protokalumma (Parakalummidae). Most of these alkaloids have also been detected previously in the skin of poison frogs. All examined members of the oripodoid families Haplozetidae and Oribatulidae were alkaloid-free, and no mites outside the Oripodoidea contained alkaloids. Including previous studies, all sampled species of the cosmopolitan oripodoid families Scheloribatidae and Parakalummidae, and the related, mostly tropical families Mochlozetidae and Drymobatidae contain alkaloids. Our findings are consistent with a generalization that alkaloid presence is widespread, but not universal in Oripodoidea. Alkaloid presence in tropical, but not temperate members of some non-oripodoid taxa (in particular Galumnidae) deserves further study. © 2015 Springer International Publishing Switzerland


PubMed | Laboratory of Medicinal Chemistry, University of Hradec Kralove, University of St. Andrews and National Institute of Mental Health
Type: Journal Article | Journal: ChemMedChem | Year: 2016

Novel indolotacrine analogues were designed, synthesized, and evaluated as potential drugs for the treatment of Alzheimers disease. By using a multitarget-directed ligand approach, compounds were designed to act simultaneously as cholinesterase (ChE) and monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitors. The compounds were also evaluated for antioxidant, cytotoxic, hepatotoxic, and blood-brain barrier (BBB) permeability properties. Indolotacrine 9b (9-methoxy-2,3,4,6-tetrahydro-1H-indolo[2,3-b]quinolin-11-amine) showed the most promising results in the in vitro assessment; it is a potent inhibitor of acetylcholinesterase (AChE IC50 : 1.5m), butyrylcholinesterase (BChE IC50 : 2.4m) and MAOA (IC50 : 0.49m), and it is also a weak inhibitor of MAOB (IC50 : 53.9m). Although its cytotoxic (IC50 : 5.50.4m) and hepatotoxic (IC50 : 1.220.11m) profiles are not as good as those of the standard 7-methoxytacrine (IC50 : 634 and 11.500.77m, respectively), the overall improvement in the inhibitory activities and potential to cross the BBB make indolotacrine 9b a promising lead compound for further development and investigation.


PubMed | University of Perugia, University of Pavia, University of Vigo, University of St. Andrews and 3 more.
Type: | Journal: ACS chemical neuroscience | Year: 2016

The regulation of brain monoamine levels is paramount for cognitive functions, and the monoamine oxidase (MAO A and B) enzymes play a central role in these processes. The aim of this study was to evaluate whether the procognitive properties exerted by propargylamine N-(furan-2-ylmethyl)-N-methylprop-2-yn-1-amine (F2MPA) are related to changes in monoamine content via MAO inhibition. In vivo microdialysis and ex vivo amine metabolite measurement demonstrated region-specific alterations in monoamine metabolism that differ from both of the classic MAO A and MAO B inhibitors, clorgyline and l-deprenyl, respectively. Although all the inhibitors (1 and 4 mg/kg) increased cortical serotonin tissue content, only F2MPA increased the levels of cortical noradrenaline. In the striatum, clorgyline (1 mg/kg), but not F2MPA (1 mg/kg), reduced extracellular levels of dopamine metabolites at rest or stimulated by the intrastriatal application of the MAO substrate 3-methoxytyramine. In vitro, F2MPA exhibited a low affinity toward MAO B and MAO A. Nonetheless, it modified the B form of MAO, forming a flavin adduct structurally similar to that with deprenyl. F2MPA was rapidly metabolized in the presence of rat but not human microsomes, producing a hydroxylated derivative. In conclusion, the effect of F2MPA on cognition may arise from monoaminergic changes in the cortex, but the role of MAO in this process is likely to be negligible, consistent with the poor affinity of F2MPA for MAO.


PubMed | Complutense University of Madrid, University of Hradec Kralove, Hospital Universitario La Paz, Laboratory of Medicinal Chemistry and 3 more.
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Journal of medicinal chemistry | Year: 2016

Novel multifunctional tacrines for Alzheimers disease were obtained by Ugi-reaction between ferulic (or lipoic acid), a melatonin-like isocyanide, formaldehyde, and tacrine derivatives, according to the antioxidant additive approach in order to modulate the oxidative stress as therapeutic strategy. Compound 5c has been identified as a promising permeable agent showing excellent antioxidant properties, strong cholinesterase inhibitory activity, less hepatotoxicity than tacrine, and the best neuroprotective capacity, being able to significantly activate the Nrf2 transcriptional pathway.

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