Dissecting Structure-Encoded Determinants Of Allosteric Cross-Talk Between Post-Translational Modification Sites In The Hsp90 Chaperones, Gabrielle Stetz, Amanda Tse, Gennady M. Verkhivker
Mathematics, Physics, and Computer Science Faculty Articles and Research
Post-translational modifications (PTMs) represent an important regulatory instrument that modulates structure, dynamics and function of proteins. The large number of PTM sites in the Hsp90 proteins that are scattered throughout different domains indicated that synchronization of multiple PTMs through a combinatorial code can be invoked as an important mechanism to orchestrate diverse chaperone functions and recognize multiple client proteins. In this study, we have combined structural and coevolutionary analysis with molecular simulations and perturbation response scanning analysis of the Hsp90 structures to characterize functional role of PTM sites in allosteric regulation. The results reveal a small group of conserved PTMs ...
Donated Chemical Probes For Open Science, 2018 Goethe University
Donated Chemical Probes For Open Science, Susanne Muller, Paul R. Thompson, Anke Mueller-Fahrnow
Open Access Articles
Potent, selective and broadly characterized small molecule modulators of protein function (chemical probes) are powerful research reagents. The pharmaceutical industry has generated many high-quality chemical probes and several of these have been made available to academia. However, probe-associated data and control compounds, such as inactive structurally related molecules and their associated data, are generally not accessible. The lack of data and guidance makes it difficult for researchers to decide which chemical tools to choose. Several pharmaceutical companies (AbbVie, Bayer, Boehringer Ingelheim, Janssen, MSD, Pfizer, and Takeda) have therefore entered into a pre-competitive collaboration to make available a large number of ...
Photochemical Control Of Protein Arginine Deiminase (Pad) Activity, 2018 University of Massachusetts Medical School
Photochemical Control Of Protein Arginine Deiminase (Pad) Activity, Santanu Mondal, Sangram S. Parelkar, Mitesh Nagar, Paul R. Thompson
Thompson Lab Publications
Protein Arginine deiminases (PADs) play an important role in the pathogenesis of various diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, lupus, ulcerative colitis and breast cancer. Therefore, the development of PAD-inhibitors has drawn significant research interest in recent years. Herein, we describe the development of the first photoswitchable PAD-inhibitors. These compounds possess an azobenzene photoswitch to optically control PAD activity. Screening of a series of inhibitors structurally similar to BB-Cl-Amidine afforded compounds 1 and 2 as the most promising candidates for the light-controlled inhibition of PAD2; the cis-isomer of 1 is 10-fold more potent than its trans-isomer, whereas the trans-isomer of ...
Real-Time Recording Of The Cellular Effects Of The Anion Transporter Prodigiosin., 2018 Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
Real-Time Recording Of The Cellular Effects Of The Anion Transporter Prodigiosin., Shane Cheung, Dan Wu, Harrison C. Daly, Nathalie Busschaert, Marina Morgunova, Jeremy C. Simpson, Dimitri Scholz, Philip A. Gale, Donal F. O'Shea
The unraveling of the cellular effects of anion transporters is key to their potential development as apoptosis-inducing or autophagy-disrupting therapeutics. Here, we conducted a systematic study of the cellular responses to the anion transporter prodigiosin by using a pH on/off responsive near-infrared (NIR)-fluorescent probe in HeLa and LAMP1-GFP-transfected HeLa cell lines. The sequence of localized and global cellular acidity changes and the resulting outcomes induced by the anion transporter were visualized with high temporal and spatial resolution. The results show that prodigiosin causes the pH within the lysosomal lumen to rise, after which a non-organelle-specific increase in acidity ...
Organocatalyzed Synthesis Of Epoxides From Chalcones Utilizing Amino Acids, 2018 Western Michigan University
Organocatalyzed Synthesis Of Epoxides From Chalcones Utilizing Amino Acids, Sabrina N. Kegeler
The epoxide functional group is important throughout the chemical and pharmaceutical industries, as well as in nature. In the chemical industry, epoxides are present in resins and fragrances. In the pharmaceutical industry, epoxide-containing compounds are used as intermediates in the manufacturing of drugs. In nature, many natural products contain epoxide groups and are used for medicinal purposes, and for models to create synthetic molecules.
One approach to epoxide synthesis involves the use of an alkene precursor, a base, and an oxidizing agent. This is where my investigations began. The first step was to optimize the epoxidation reaction, examining substrate scope ...
The Development Of Benzimidazole-Based Clickable Probes For The Efficient Labeling Of Cellular Protein Arginine Deiminases (Pads), 2018 University of Massachusetts Medical School
The Development Of Benzimidazole-Based Clickable Probes For The Efficient Labeling Of Cellular Protein Arginine Deiminases (Pads), Venkatesh V. Nemmara, Venkataraman Subramanian, Aaron Muth, Santanu Mondal, Ari J. Salinger, Aaron J. Maurais, Ronak Tilvawala, Eranthie Weerapana, Paul R. Thompson
Thompson Lab Publications
Citrullination is the post-translational hydrolysis of peptidyl-arginines to form peptidyl-citrulline, a reaction that is catalyzed by the protein arginine deiminases (PADs), a family of calcium-regulated enzymes. Aberrantly increased protein citrullination is associated with a slew of autoimmune diseases (e.g., rheumatoid arthritis (RA), multiple sclerosis, lupus, and ulcerative colitis) and certain cancers. Given the clear link between increased PAD activity and human disease, the PADs are therapeutically relevant targets. Herein, we report the development of next generation cell permeable and "clickable" probes (BB-Cl-Yne and BB-F-Yne) for covalent labeling of the PADs both in vitro and in cell-based systems. Using advanced ...
In Vitro Label Free Screening Of Chemotherapeutic Drugs Using Raman Micro-Spectroscopy: Towards A New Paradigm Of Spectralomics., 2018 Technological University Dublin
In Vitro Label Free Screening Of Chemotherapeutic Drugs Using Raman Micro-Spectroscopy: Towards A New Paradigm Of Spectralomics., Zeineb Farhane, Haq Nawaz, Franck Bonnier, Hugh Byrne
This overview groups some of the recent studies highlighting the potential application of Raman micro-spectroscopy as an analytical technique in preclinical development to predict drug mechanism of action and in clinical application as a companion diagnostic and in personalised therapy due to its capacity to predict cellular resistance and therefore to optimise chemotherapeutic treatment efficacy.
Notably, the anthracyclines, Doxorubicin and Actinomycin D, elicit similar spectroscopic signatures of subcellular interaction characteristic of the mode of action of intercalation. Although Cisplatin and Vincristine show markedly different signatures, at low exposure doses, their signatures at higher doses show marked similarities to those elicited ...
Ferrocenylchalcone-Uracil Conjugates: Synthesis And Cytotoxic Evaluation, 2018 Guru Nanak Dev University
Ferrocenylchalcone-Uracil Conjugates: Synthesis And Cytotoxic Evaluation, Amandeep Singh, Vishu Mehra, Neda Sadeghiani, Saghar Mozaffari, Keykavous Parang, Vipan Kumar
Pharmacy Faculty Articles and Research
Huisgen’s azide-alkyne cycloaddition reaction was employed to synthesize a series of 1H-1,2,3-triazole-tethered uracil-ferrocenyl chalcone conjugates with the aim of evaluating their in vitro anti-proliferative efficacy on human leukemia (CCRF-CEM) and human breast adenocarcinoma (MDA-MB-468) cell lines. Cytotoxic evaluation studies identified a number of synthesized conjugates that inhibited the proliferation of leukemia cancer cells by ~70% after 72 h. The selected synthesized conjugates were found to be significantly less cytotoxic against normal kidney cell line (LLC-PK1) when compared with CCRF-CEM cancer cells.
Indole Anion Cycloadditions With Methyl Coumalate, 2018 Iowa State University
Indole Anion Cycloadditions With Methyl Coumalate, George A. Kraus, Huangchao Yu
The reaction of the anion of indoles with methyl coumalate followed by selective opening of the lactone led to the preparation of tricyclic intermediates for indole alkaloid synthesis.
Greer Studies, Teaches How To Improve Medicines, 2018 CUNY Bernard M Baruch College
Greer Studies, Teaches How To Improve Medicines, Aldemaro Romero Jr.
Publications and Research
“As a child, I was interested in asking questions. Like why different substances work the way they do and why they have some effect on our bodies. I was fascinated by hydrogen-peroxide and how it decomposes when you pour it on the wound. I would ask why it happens, what is the reason?” That’s how Dr. Edyta Greer explains how she became interested in science. A native of Poland, Greer received her master’s from Warsaw University and her doctorate from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Today she is an associate professor in the ...
Development Of A Novel Carboplatin Like Cytoplasmic Trackable Near Infrared Fluorophore Conjugate Via Strain-Promoted Azide Alkyne Cycloaddition., 2018 Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
Development Of A Novel Carboplatin Like Cytoplasmic Trackable Near Infrared Fluorophore Conjugate Via Strain-Promoted Azide Alkyne Cycloaddition., Eolann Kitteringham, Dan Wu, Shane Cheung, Brendan Twamley, Donal F. O'Shea, Darren M. Griffith
The successful design and pre-clicked synthesis of a non-toxic and cytosol trackable carboplatin-like near infrared fluorophore conjugate via strain-promoted azide alkyne cycloaddition (SPAAC) is reported. Reaction of cis-[Pt(2-azidopropane-1,3-diamine)(cbdca)] (cbdca = cyclobutane-1,1-dicarboxylato) and a bicyclo[6.1.0]non-4-yne near-infrared (NIR) azadipyrromethene fluorophore gave the corresponding clicked Pt-Fluorophore conjugate. The X-ray crystal structure of cis-[Pt(2-azidopropane-1,3-diamine)(cbdca)] was determined featuring the azide on the bidentate 1,3-diaminopropane ligand. The Pt-fluorophore conjugate is the first example of a Pt conjugate clicked via strain-promoted azide alkyne cycloaddition (SPAAC) where the reactive azide handle is on the amine ...
Characterization Of Pharmaceutical Cocrystals And Salts By Dynamic Nuclear Polarization-Enhanced Solid-State Nmr Spectroscopy, 2018 Iowa State University and Ames Laboratory
Characterization Of Pharmaceutical Cocrystals And Salts By Dynamic Nuclear Polarization-Enhanced Solid-State Nmr Spectroscopy, Li Zhao, Michael P. Hanrahan, Genetech, Inc., Aaron J. Rossini
Ames Laboratory Accepted Manuscripts
Multicomponent solids such as cocrystals have emerged as a way to control and engineer the stability, solubility, and manufacturability of solid active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs). Cocrystals are typically formed by solution- or solid-phase reactions of APIs with suitable cocrystal coformers, which are often weak acids. One key structural question about a given multicomponent solid is whether it should be classified as a salt, where the basic API is protonated by the acid, or as a cocrystal, where the API and coformer remain neutral and engage in hydrogen bonding interactions. It has previously been demonstrated that solid-state NMR spectroscopy is a ...
Preparation Of Polymeric Materials From Bio-Renewable Sources, 2018 Rowan University
Preparation Of Polymeric Materials From Bio-Renewable Sources, Jason Douglas Smith
Theses and Dissertations
The focus of this project was to develop methodologies for the preparation of novel polymeric materials from bio-renewable sources. In order to complete this task we needed (a) unfettered access to bio-based materials and ways to convert them to value needed chemicals, as well as, (b) reaction protocols that would allow greater diversity during the synthesis of polymeric compounds so as to affect the properties of these materials.
Our research group has a background in converting plant-based materials like cellulose into value added chemicals employing catalytic reactions. The polymerization of these monomers was then conducted utilizing the Baylis-Hillman reaction. The ...
Comparison Of Partially And Fully Chemically-Modified Sirna In Conjugate-Mediated Delivery In Vivo, 2018 University of Massachusetts Medical School
Comparison Of Partially And Fully Chemically-Modified Sirna In Conjugate-Mediated Delivery In Vivo, Matthew R. Hassler, Anton A. Turanov, Julia F. Alterman, Reka A. Haraszti, Andrew H. Coles, Maire F. Osborn, Dimas Echeverria, Mehran Nikan, William E. Salomon, Loic Roux, Bruno M. D. C. Godinho, Sarah M. Davis, David V. Morrissey, Phillip D. Zamore, S. Ananth Karumanchi, Melissa J. Moore, Neil Aronin, Anastasia Khvorova
Open Access Articles
Small interfering RNA (siRNA)-based drugs require chemical modifications or formulation to promote stability, minimize innate immunity, and enable delivery to target tissues. Partially modified siRNAs (up to 70% of the nucleotides) provide significant stabilization in vitro and are commercially available; thus are commonly used to evaluate efficacy of bio-conjugates for in vivo delivery. In contrast, most clinically-advanced non-formulated compounds, using conjugation as a delivery strategy, are fully chemically modified (100% of nucleotides). Here, we compare partially and fully chemically modified siRNAs in conjugate mediated delivery. We show that fully modified siRNAs are retained at 100x greater levels in various ...
Discovery And Development Of A Three-Component Oxidopyrylium Cycloaddition And Its Application Towards Alpha-Hydroxytropolone Synthesis, 2018 The Graduate Center, City University of New York
Discovery And Development Of A Three-Component Oxidopyrylium Cycloaddition And Its Application Towards Alpha-Hydroxytropolone Synthesis, Michael P. D'Erasmo
All Dissertations, Theses, and Capstone Projects
Historically, natural products have provided unique research opportunities and challenges for organic synthesis, chemical biology, and medicinal chemistry due to their molecular complexity and effects on physiological systems. The total synthesis of natural products has not only produced novel reaction methods and strategies capable of efficiently generating complex structural motifs but also granted access to sufficient quantities of otherwise scarce natural product material for clinical evaluation. These synthetic efforts have facilitated the formation of a transdisciplinary partnership between chemistry, biology, and medicine that has been paramount in elucidating the chemical and pharmaceutical utility of natural products. Chapter I of this ...
Novel Fluconazole Derivatives With Promising Antifungal Activity, 2018 University of Kentucky
Novel Fluconazole Derivatives With Promising Antifungal Activity, Nishad Thamban Chandrika, Sanjib K. Shrestha, Huy X. Ngo, Kaitlind C. Howard, Sylvie Garneau-Tsodikova
Pharmaceutical Sciences Faculty Publications
The fungistatic nature and toxicity concern associated with the azole drugs currently on the market have resulted in an increased demand for new azole antifungal agents for which these problematic characteristics do not exist. The extensive use of azoles has resulted in fungal strains capable of resisting the action of these drugs. Herein, we report the synthesis and antifungal activities of novel fluconazole (FLC) analogues with alkyl-, aryl-, cycloalkyl-, and dialkyl-amino substituents. We evaluated their antifungal activity by MIC determination and time-kill assay as well as their safety profile by hemolytic activity against murine erythrocytes as well as cytotoxicity against ...
A High Throughput Approach For The Generation Of Orthogonally Interacting Protein Pairs, 2018 University of Nebraska-Lincoln
A High Throughput Approach For The Generation Of Orthogonally Interacting Protein Pairs, Justin Lawrie, Xi Song, Wei Niu, Jiantao Guo
Faculty Publications -- Chemistry Department
In contrast to the nearly error-free self-assembly of protein architectures in nature, artificial assembly of protein complexes with pre-defined structure and function in vitro is still challenging. To mimic nature’s strategy to construct pre-defined three-dimensional protein architectures, highly specific proteinprotein interacting pairs are needed. Here we report an effort to create an orthogonally interacting protein pair from its parental pair using a bacteria-based in vivo directed evolution strategy. This high throughput approach features a combination of a negative and a positive selection. The newly developed negative selection from this work was used to remove any protein mutants that retain ...
E‑Cigarette Airflow Rate Modulates Toxicant Profiles And Can Lead To Concerning Levels Of Solvent Consumption, 2018 Portland State University
E‑Cigarette Airflow Rate Modulates Toxicant Profiles And Can Lead To Concerning Levels Of Solvent Consumption, Tetiana Korzun, Maryana Lazurko, Tetiana Korzun, Ian Munhenzva, Kelley Barsanti, Yilin Huang, R. Paul Jensen, Jorge O. Escobedo, Wentai Luo, David H. Peyton, Robert M. Strongin
Chemistry Faculty Publications and Presentations
Electronic cigarettes enabling enhanced airflow have grown in popularity in recent years. The objective of this study is to show that flow rates modulate the levels of specific aerosol toxicants produced in electronic cigarettes. Flow rates used in various laboratory investigations involving e-cigarettes have varied widely to date, and can thus promote interlaboratory variability in aerosol product profiles. The thermal decomposition of hydroxyacetone and glycolaldehyde is less favorable at lower temperatures, supporting the observations of these products at higher flow rates/lower heating coil temperatures. Higher temperatures promote the formation of acetaldehyde from hydroxyacetone and formaldehyde from both hydroxyacetone and ...
The Forensic Characterization Of Bacterial And Fungal Organisms In Traditional Chinese Medicine, 2018 Virginia Commonwealth University
The Forensic Characterization Of Bacterial And Fungal Organisms In Traditional Chinese Medicine, Julia Grzymkowski, Christopher J. Ehrhardt, Justin L. Poklis, Michelle R. Peace
Undergraduate Research Posters
There has been an increase in use of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in the United States because they are less expensive and believed to be more effective with less adverse effects in comparison to traditional pharmaceutics. Therefore, sales have increased in the US, despite articles and case studies demonstrating the dangers, such as injury and death, related to TCM, stemming from improper labelling, toxic contaminants, and, in some cases, the presence of pathogenic bacteria. The aim of this study was to perform a survival experiment to demonstrate the importance of proper herbal brewing technique and to conduct a molecular and ...
Application Of The Sandmeyer Reaction Towards Synthesis Of Selectivetoll-Like Receptor 7 & 8 Antagonists, 2018 University of Colorado, Boulder
Application Of The Sandmeyer Reaction Towards Synthesis Of Selectivetoll-Like Receptor 7 & 8 Antagonists, Rachel Anderson
Undergraduate Honors Theses
Toll-like receptors (TLRs) are an important part of the innate immune system responsible for detecting signs of microbial invasion and cell damage and initiating the immune response. Overactivation of TLRs, presumably by inappropriate detection of endogenous ligands, has been linked to chronic inflammation and autoimmunity. Current therapeutics are broad-spectrum and inhibit the overall function of the immune system. In this work, a library of dual-TLR7/8 antagonists were prepared with the goal of engineering TLR7 specificity, then tested against HEK 293 cells expressing either TLR 7 or 8. An antagonist with IC50 0.22 ± 0.33 μM against TLR 8 ...