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Synthesis Of A Sulfur Variant For Treatment Of Trypanosomiasis, Carlos Vera-Esquivel Mar 2019

Synthesis Of A Sulfur Variant For Treatment Of Trypanosomiasis, Carlos Vera-Esquivel

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Previous work in our lab has found diphenyl ether benzylamines showed a successful response with a micromolar concentration of our lead compound to treat the deadly Trypanosamiosis rhodesience. Furthermore, mammalian cell lines saw promising resistance towards damages. The goal of this study was to synthesize a diphenyl thio benzylamine variant. This variant was more active toward T. b. rhodesience but showed more toxicity to both rat 10 (IC50 mM) and human cell lines (HFF, HC-04, U-2 OS, and HEK293). The selectivity index (ratio of toxicity to activity in the same concentration units (SI)) varied from 55 ...


Could O-Aminoquinones Of Estrogen Metabolites Serve As Platforms For Redox Cycling?, Rachel Miller Mar 2017

Could O-Aminoquinones Of Estrogen Metabolites Serve As Platforms For Redox Cycling?, Rachel Miller

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The metabolism of estrogen can lead to the formation of two isomeric o-quinones, estrogen-2,3-quinone (E-2,3-Q) and estrogen-3,4-Q (E-3,4-Q). The more reactive E-3,4-Q is genotoxic and can damage DNA by forming apurinic sites; whereas, E-2,3-Q does not form apurinic sites. Estrogen quinones may also be involved in redox cycling to produce reactive oxygen species (ROS), which is another genotoxic pathway. What is not yet clear, is why E-3,4-Q would undergo redox cycling while the non-carcinogenic E-2,3-Q would not. Nitrogen nucleophiles react with the E-3,4-Q at the 1-position. With DNA bases as the ...


Synthesis Of Small Molecule Anti-Trypanosomal Drugs, Samuel Anderson Mar 2017

Synthesis Of Small Molecule Anti-Trypanosomal Drugs, Samuel Anderson

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Demand for novel chemotherapeutic agents that treat Human African Trypanosomaiasis (HAT) persists. A series of compounds sharing a 3,4’diphephyl ether skeleton were prepared for a structure activity relationship (SAR) study evaluating antitrypansomal drug candidates. Trypanocidal assays performed in vitro by the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute identified a lead with an IC50 of 1.35 μg/mL analogous to a compound previously made in our laboratory. A slight improvement in activity (10%) was observed when changing the molecular substitution pattern from 4,4’ to 3,3’; however, the result is equivocal. Furthermore, in vitro test results demonstrated ...


Docking Studies Of Isoform-Selectivity Of Phosphatidylinositol 3-Kinase (Pi3k) Inhibitors, Kaitlin Goettsch Mar 2017

Docking Studies Of Isoform-Selectivity Of Phosphatidylinositol 3-Kinase (Pi3k) Inhibitors, Kaitlin Goettsch

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Phosphatidylinositol 3-kinases (PI3Ks) and their related pathways are reputed targets for drug-based anticancer therapies. Mutations in PI3K genes, expression, and pathways are frequent among multiple cancer types. Four isoforms of PI3Ks exist: α, β, γ, & δ and studies have identified several ligands for each isoform which are capable of serving as inhibitory therapeutic compounds. However, the biochemical efficacy of these molecules varies and the isoform selectivity is not well understood. In this study, we applied in silico docking methods and free energy calculation methods to estimate the binding of reported PI3K ligands against 5 PI3K structures: PI3Kα (PBD ID: 2RD0 ...