Publications by authors named "Jacqueline Lansen"

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Identification of 4,5-dihydro-1H-pyrazolo[4,3-h]quinazoline derivatives as a new class of orally and selective Polo-like kinase 1 inhibitors.

J Med Chem 2010 May;53(9):3532-51

Nerviano Medical Sciences Srl, Oncology, Viale Pasteur 10, 20014 Nerviano, (Mi), Italy.

Polo-like kinase 1 (Plk1) is a fundamental regulator of mitotic progression whose overexpression is often associated with oncogenesis and therefore is recognized as an attractive therapeutic target in the treatment of proliferative diseases. Here we discuss the structure-activity relationship of the 4,5-dihydro-1H-pyrazolo[4,3-h]quinazoline class of compounds that emerged from a high throughput screening (HTS) campaign as potent inhibitors of Plk1 kinase. Furthermore, we describe the discovery of 49, 8-{[2-methoxy-5-(4-methylpiperazin-1-yl)phenyl]amino}-1-methyl-4,5-dihydro-1H-pyrazolo[4,3-h]quinazoline-3-carboxamide, as a highly potent and specific ATP mimetic inhibitor of Plk1 (IC(50) = 0.007 microM) as well as its crystal structure in complex with the methylated Plk1(36-345) construct. Compound 49 was active in cell proliferation against different tumor cell lines with IC(50) values in the submicromolar range and active in vivo in the HCT116 xenograft model where it showed 82% tumor growth inhibition after repeated oral administration.
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May 2010

Effects of the antimalarial drug dihydroartemisinin (DHA) on rat embryos in vitro.

Reprod Toxicol 2006 Jan 18;21(1):83-93. Epub 2005 Jul 18.

Department of Preclinical Development, Nerviano Medical Sciences S.r.l., Viale Pasteur 10, 20014 Nerviano, Milan, Italy.

Artemisinin derivatives are not currently recommended for use during the first trimester of pregnancy because they cause embryo death and some abnormalities in early pregnancy in animals. We studied the effects of dihydroartemisinin (DHA) in rat whole embryo cultures (WEC). DHA was added to the culture medium for the entire 48-h culture, 1.5 h at the beginning or at the end of the culture at 0.01-2 microg/mL. DHA affected primarily red blood cells during yolk sac hematopoiesis. Higher concentrations and longer exposure inhibited angiogenesis. Tissue damage (cell deaths) and effects on embryo morphology (neural tube, branchial arches, somites and caudal region defects) were attributed to these events. The viability of severely affected embryos beyond the 48-h assay is uncertain. These results help explain findings from animal data and provide evidence that the yolk sac is highly susceptible to artemisinin compounds. Extrapolating results to pregnant women exposed in the first trimester remains difficult. Pharmacovigilance and further studies of the mechanism of damage are needed.
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January 2006