Synthesis And In-Vitro Cell Viability/Cytotoxicity Studies Of Novel Pyrrolobenzodiazepine Derivatives, 2017 East Tennessee State University
Synthesis And In-Vitro Cell Viability/Cytotoxicity Studies Of Novel Pyrrolobenzodiazepine Derivatives, John M. Jarrett
Undergraduate Honors Theses
Pyrrolobenzodiazepines (PBDs) are a group of naturally occurring compounds that were discovered in the cultures of Streptomyces in the 1960s. Some natural PBDs discovered in these cultures, such as anthramycin and sibiromycin, were shown to possess a broad spectrum of anti-tumor activity. Since cancer is still a leading cause of death globally, the development of novel anti-proliferative derivatives of PBDs is essential for human welfare worldwide. Further synthesis and structure-activity relationship (SAR) studies of the parent natural products and their tetracyclic analogs will lead to the discovery of drug candidates. In this work, thirteen PBD analogues were synthesized using no ...
Discovery Of Thienoquinolone Derivatives As Selective And Atp Non-Competitive Cdk5/P25 Inhibitors By Structure-Based Virtual Screening, Arindam Chatterjee, Stephen J. Cutler, Robert J. Doerksen, Ikhlas A. Khan, John S. Williamson
Calpain mediated cleavage of CDK5 natural precursor p35 causes a stable complex formation of CDK5/p25, which leads to hyperphosphorylation of tau. Thus inhibition of this complex is a viable target for numerous acute and chronic neurodegenerative diseases involving tau protein, including Alzheimer’s disease. Since CDK5 has the highest sequence homology with its mitotic counterpart CDK2, our primary goal was to design selective CDK5/p25 inhibitors targeting neurodegeneration. A novel structure-based virtual screening protocol comprised of e-pharmacophore models and virtual screening workflow was used to identify nine compounds from a commercial database containing 2.84 million compounds. An ATP ...
Cytotoxic And Antimicrobial Effects Of Silver-Containing Surfaces, 2017 Rowan University
Cytotoxic And Antimicrobial Effects Of Silver-Containing Surfaces, Sarah Goderecci
Theses and Dissertations
This study examines applications of sputtered silver coatings as alternatives to traditional antibiotic treatments. Given the increase in reports of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, new treatments and coatings for in-dwelling medical devices such as catheters and orthopedic implants are necessary. Silver oxide films were deposited onto Ti surfaces to examine the efficacy of such coatings against a variety of bacterial species both in vitro and in vivo. Bacterial growth studies showed that coatings exhibited antimicrobial activity against a range of bacterial species acting either in a bacteriostatic or bactericidal mechanism, depending on the target. Limited toxicity to in vitro mammalian cells was ...
Docking Studies Of Isoform-Selectivity Of Phosphatidylinositol 3-Kinase (Pi3k) Inhibitors, 2017 University of Nebraska at Omaha
Docking Studies Of Isoform-Selectivity Of Phosphatidylinositol 3-Kinase (Pi3k) Inhibitors, Kaitlin Goettsch
Student Research and Creative Activity Fair
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 ...
Improving Binding Affinity Through Cyclization, 2017 Virginia Commonwealth University
Improving Binding Affinity Through Cyclization, Kaylee M. Newcomb, Nicolas Abrigo
Undergraduate Research Posters
Cancer chemotherapy results in systematic damage as the drugs used are also toxic to benign tissue. Sensitizing a cancer cell to therapy by interfering with the DNA repair mechanisms would decrease overall toxicity, as the necessary dosage of chemotherapy drugs would be lowered. The Hartman lab developed a peptide (8.6) that binds with a KD of 1 μM to the C-terminal domain of breast cancer associated protein (BRCA1), blocking homologous recombination. The crystal structure of the peptide shows the tyrosine and threonine residues are close together, suggesting that by cyclizing these positions, the peptide may already be constrained into ...
Phage Display To Identify Functional Resistance Mutations To Rigosertib, 2017 Claremont McKenna College
Phage Display To Identify Functional Resistance Mutations To Rigosertib, Nedim Filipovic
CMC Senior Theses
In vitro protein selection has had major impacts in the field of protein engineering. Traditional screens assay individual proteins for specific function. Selection, however, analyzes a pool of mutants and yields the best variants. Phage display, a successful selection technique, also provides a reliable link between variant phenotype and genotype. It can also be coupled with high throughput sequencing to map protein mutations; potentially highlighting vital mutations in variants. We propose to apply this technique to cancer therapy. RAF, a serine/threonine kinase, is critical for cell regulation in mammals. RAF can be activated by oncogenic RAS, found in over ...
Amino Acid Catabolism In Staphylococcus Aureus And The Function Of Carbon Catabolite Repression, 2017 University of Nebraska Medical Center
Amino Acid Catabolism In Staphylococcus Aureus And The Function Of Carbon Catabolite Repression, Cortney R. Halsey, Shulei Lei, Jacqueline K. Wax, Mckenzie K. Lehman, Austin S. Nuxoll, Laurey Steinke, Marat Sadykov, Robert Powers, Paul D. Fey
Faculty Publications -- Chemistry Department
Staphylococcus aureus must rapidly adapt to a variety of carbon and nitrogen sources during invasion of a host. Within a staphylococcal abscess, preferred carbon sources such as glucose are limiting, suggesting that S. aureus survives through the catabolism of secondary carbon sources. S. aureus encodes pathways to catabolize multiple amino acids, including those that generate pyruvate, 2-oxoglutarate, and oxaloacetate. To assess amino acid catabolism, S. aureus JE2 and mutants were grown in complete defined medium containing 18 amino acids but lacking glucose (CDM). A mutation in the gudB gene, coding for glutamate dehydrogenase, which generates 2-oxoglutarate from glutamate, significantly reduced ...
Fluorogenic Protein Labeling Using A Genetically Encoded Unstrained Alkene, 2017 University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Fluorogenic Protein Labeling Using A Genetically Encoded Unstrained Alkene, Xin Shang, X. Song, C. Faller, R. Lai, H. Li, R. Cerny, Wei Niu, Jiantao Guo
Faculty Publications -- Chemistry Department
We developed a new fluorogenic bioorthogonal reaction that is based on the inverse electron-demand Diels–Alder reaction between styrene (an unstrained alkene) and a simple tetrazine. The reaction forms a new fluorophore with no literature precedent. We have identified an aminoacyl-tRNA synthetase/tRNA pair for the efficient and site-specific incorporation of a styrene-containing amino acid into proteins in response to amber nonsense codon. Fluorogenic labeling of purified proteins and intact proteins in live cells were demonstrated. The fluorogenicity of the styrene–tetrazine reaction can be potentially applied to the study of protein folding and function under physiological conditions with low ...
Fidelity Of Implementation: An Overlooked Yet Critical Construct To Establish Effectiveness Of Evidence-Based Instructional Practices, 2017 University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Fidelity Of Implementation: An Overlooked Yet Critical Construct To Establish Effectiveness Of Evidence-Based Instructional Practices, Marilyne Stains, Trisha Vickrey
Faculty Publications -- Chemistry Department
The discipline-based education research (DBER) community has been invested in the research and development of evidence-based instructional practices (EBIPs) for decades. Unfortunately, investigations of the impact of EBIPs on student outcomes typically do not characterize instructors’ adherence to an EBIP, often assuming that implementation was as intended by developers. The validity of such findings is compromised, since positive or negative outcomes can be incorrectly attributed to an EBIP when other factors impacting implementation are often present. This methodological flaw can be overcome by developing measures to determine the fidelity of implementation (FOI) of an intervention, a construct extensively studied in ...
Peptidylarginine Deiminase 1-Catalyzed Histone Citrullination Is Essential For Early Embryo Development, 2016 Nanjing Medical University
Peptidylarginine Deiminase 1-Catalyzed Histone Citrullination Is Essential For Early Embryo Development, Xiaoqian Zhang, Xiaoqiu Liu, Mei Zhang, Tingting Li, Aaron Muth, Paul R. Thompson, Scott A. Coonrod, Xuesen Zhang
Thompson Lab Publications
Peptidylarginine deiminase (PADI) enzymes are increasingly being associated with the regulation of chromatin structure and gene activity via histone citrullination. As one of the PADI family members, PADI1 has been mainly reported to be expressed in the epidermis and uterus, where the protein in keratinocytes is thought to promote differentiation by citrullinating filament proteins. However, the roles of PADI1 in preimplantation development have not been addressed. Using a PADI1-specific inhibitor and Padi1-morpholino knockdown, we found that citrullination of histone tails at H4R3 and H3R2/8/17 were markedly reduced in the 2- and 4-cell embryos. Consistent with this observation, early ...
Synthesis Of Orthogonally Protected Thioamide Dipeptides For Use In Solid-Phase Peptide Synthesis, 2016 Institute of Technology, Tallaght
Synthesis Of Orthogonally Protected Thioamide Dipeptides For Use In Solid-Phase Peptide Synthesis, Fintan Kelleher, Kim Manzor
Orthogonally protected thioamide-containing dipeptides were efficiently and cleanly prepared from the precursor dipeptides using Curphey’s method (P4S10, hexamethyldisiloxane (HMDO), reflux, DCM) in 67-96% isolated yield. This was in contrast to the use of Lawesson’s or Berzelius’ reagents where significant issues with reaction non-completion, decomposition and purification were observed. Subsequent clean removal of the dipeptides’ t-butyl ester protecting groups gave thioamide dipeptide acids which were suitable for use in solid-phase peptide synthesis (SPPS).
Synthesis Of Polymeric Bismuth Chlorido Hydroxamato Complexes; X-Ray Crystal Structure And Antibacterial Activity Of A Novel Bi(Lll) Salicylhydroxamato Complex, 2016 Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
Synthesis Of Polymeric Bismuth Chlorido Hydroxamato Complexes; X-Ray Crystal Structure And Antibacterial Activity Of A Novel Bi(Lll) Salicylhydroxamato Complex, Donal M. Keoghan, Lauren E. Fagan, Thayse Marques Passos, Helge Müller-Bunz, Bríd Quilty, Darren M. Griffith
Pharmaceutical and Medicinal Chemistry Articles
Reaction of salicylhydroxamic acid (Sha) and 2-aminophenyl hydroxamic acid (2-NH2-pha) with BiCl3 affords the corresponding novel polymeric bismuth chlorido hydroxamato complexes; [BiCl2(-Sha-1H)]∞ and [BiCl3(--Pha-1H)]∞ respectively. The X-ray crystal structure of the THF-solvated polymeric bismuth chlorido salicylhydroxamato complex, [BiCl2(-Sha-1H)(THF)]∞ was solved, confirming the polymeric structure of this class of compounds and the (O,μ-O’)-bidentate bridging coordination mode of the hydroxamato ligand. The antibacterial activity of the THF-free polymeric bismuth chlorido salicylhydroxamato complex, [BiCl2(-Sha-1H)]∞, was investigated against a broad panel of bacteria, further highlighting the antibacterial properties of Bi-based compounds against Gram-positive and Gram-negative pathogenic and ...
Novel Improved Synthesis Of Hsp70 Inhibitor, Pifithrin-Μ. In Vitro Synergy Quantification Of Pifithrin-Μ Combined With Pt Drugs In Prostate And Colorectal Cancer Cells., 2016 Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
Novel Improved Synthesis Of Hsp70 Inhibitor, Pifithrin-Μ. In Vitro Synergy Quantification Of Pifithrin-Μ Combined With Pt Drugs In Prostate And Colorectal Cancer Cells., Aoife M. Mckeon, Alan Egan, Jay Chandanshive, Helena Mcmahon, Darren M. Griffith
Pharmaceutical and Medicinal Chemistry Articles
We describe a novel improved approach to the synthesis of the important and well-known heat shock protein 70 inhibitor (HSP70), pifithrin-μ, with corresponding and previously unreported characterisation. The first example of a combination study comprising HSP70 inhibitor pifithrin-μ and cisplatin or oxaliplatin is reported. We have determined, using the Chou-Talalay method, (i) moderate synergistic and synergistic effects in co-treating PC-3 prostate cancer cells with pifithrin-μ and cisplatin and (ii) significant synergistic effects including strong synergism in cotreating HT29 colorectal cancer cells with oxaliplatin and pifithrin-μ.
Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry Based Isotopic Abundance Ratio Analysis Of Biofield Energy Treated Methyl-2-Napthylether (Nerolin), Mahendra Trivedi
Mahendra Kumar Trivedi
Synthesis Of A Small Molecule Nitrosocysteine Inhibitor To Reduce The Activity Of Caspase-1, 2016 DePaul University
Synthesis Of A Small Molecule Nitrosocysteine Inhibitor To Reduce The Activity Of Caspase-1, Catherine A. Shamblen, Caitlin E. Karver
Caspase-1 is an enzyme that is overactive in autoimmune and autoinflammatory diseases cleaving pro-interleukin-1β to the cytokine interleukin-1β (IL-1β), which leads to inflammatory symptoms. The inhibition of caspase-1 will cause a decrease in the concentration of interleukin-1β (IL-1β), resulting in the reduction of inflammatory symptoms. Recent research has revealed that the appending of a nitric oxide (NO) or nitroxyl (HNO) donating group to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) reduced, or avoided, the side effects caused by currently available treatments. A small molecule based on a known caspase-1 inhibitor with a nitrosocysteine appended on was synthesized to look at the effect of ...
Conformational Dynamics And Stability Associated With Magnesium Or Calcium Binding To Dream In The Regulation Of Interactions Between Dream And Dna Or Presenilins, 2016 Florida International University
Conformational Dynamics And Stability Associated With Magnesium Or Calcium Binding To Dream In The Regulation Of Interactions Between Dream And Dna Or Presenilins, Khoa Ngoc Pham
FIU Electronic Theses and Dissertations
Downstream regulatory element antagonist modulator (DREAM) is involved in various interactions with targets both inside and outside of the nucleus. In the cytoplasm, DREAM interacts with the C-terminal fragments of presenilins to facilitate the production of β-amyloid plaques in Alzheimer’s disease. In the nucleus, Ca2+ free DREAM directly binds to specific downstream regulatory elements of prodynorphin/c-fos gene to repress the gene transcription in pain modulation. These interactions are regulated by Ca2+ and/or Mg2+ association at the EF-hands in DREAM. Therefore, understanding the conformational dynamics and stability associated with Ca2+ and/or Mg ...
Enzyme-Mediated And Mechanistic Investigations Of Tetrahydroisoquinoline Synthesis Through The Pictet-Spengler Reaction, Jordan Elise Fauser
College of Science and Health Theses and Dissertations
Tetrahydroisoquinolines (THI) are biologically active natural products with applications to a variety of diseases. These compounds also act as precursors for other pharmacologically active natural products. In this investigation, a new synthetic approach for generation of halogenated THIs was proposed. Using cross-linked tyrosinase aggregate, halogenated tyrosine and tyramine were oxidized to form halogenated catechols such as halogenated L-DOPA and dopamine. In a one-pot synthetic approach, the enzyme oxidation reaction was coupled to the Pictet-Spengler reaction, through the addition of an aldehyde, to generate halogenated THIs. The Pictet-Spengler reaction was catalyzed by the phosphate buffer in the reaction solution. The role ...
Optimizing Sequence Coverage For A Moderate Mass Protein In Nano-Electrospray Ionization Quadrupole Time-Of-Flight Mass Spectrometry, 2016 University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Optimizing Sequence Coverage For A Moderate Mass Protein In Nano-Electrospray Ionization Quadrupole Time-Of-Flight Mass Spectrometry, Ryan E. Matsuda, Venkata Kolli, Megan Woods, Eric D. Dodds, David S. Hage
David Hage Publications
Sample pretreatment was optimized to obtain high sequence coverage for human serum albumin (HSA, 66.5 kDa) when using nano-electrospray ionization quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometry (nESI-Q-TOF-MS). Use of the final method with trypsin, Lys-C and Glu-C digests gave a combined coverage of 98.8%. The addition of peptide fractionation resulted in 99.7% coverage. These results were comparable to those obtained previously with matrixassisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF-MS). The sample pretreatment/nESI-Q-TOF-MS method was also used with collision-induced dissociation to analyze HSA digests and to identify peptides that could be employed as internal mass calibrants in future ...
Abrogation Of Collagen-Induced Arthritis By A Peptidyl Arginine Deiminase Inhibitor Is Associated With Modulation Of T Cell-Mediated Immune Responses, Joanna Kawalkowska, Anne-Marie Quirke, Fatemeh Ghari, Simon Davis, Venkataraman Subramanian, Paul R. Thompson, Richard O. Williams, Roman Fischer, Nicholas B. La Thangue, Patrick J. Venables
Open Access Articles
Proteins containing citrulline, a post-translational modification of arginine, are generated by peptidyl arginine deiminases (PAD). Citrullinated proteins have pro-inflammatory effects in both innate and adaptive immune responses. Here, we examine the therapeutic effects in collagen-induced arthritis of the second generation PAD inhibitor, BB-Cl-amidine. Treatment after disease onset resulted in the reversal of clinical and histological changes of arthritis, associated with a marked reduction in citrullinated proteins in lymph nodes. There was little overall change in antibodies to collagen or antibodies to citrullinated peptides, but a shift from pro-inflammatory Th1 and Th17-type responses to pro-resolution Th2-type responses was demonstrated by serum ...
Crystal Protein Cry5b As A Novel And Powerful Anthelmintic, 2016 University of Massachusetts Medical School
Crystal Protein Cry5b As A Novel And Powerful Anthelmintic, David Koch, Zeynep Mirza, Yan Hu, Thanh-Thanh Nguyen, Gary R. Ostroff, Raffi V. Aroian
UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science Research Retreat
Soil-transmitted helminths (STHs), most notably, hookworms, whipworms, and Ascaris, are nematodes that infect more than 1.5 billion of the poorest people and are amongst the leading causes of morbidity worldwide. Only two classes of de-worming drugs (anthelmintics) are available for treatment, and only one is commonly used in mass drug administrations. New anthelmintics are urgently needed to overcome emerging resistance and to produce higher cure rates. Crystal (Cry) proteins, in particular Cry5B, made by Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) are promising new candidates. Cry5B has excellent anthelmintic properties against many free-living and parasitic nematodes, including in vivo efficacy against multiple STH ...