Welcoming Bruno Gonçalves to the group

Dr. Bruno Gonçalves was hired to work on the project entitled Multidrug Resistance Reversal in Cancer: Natural Compounds as P-glycoprotein and Breast Cancer Resistance Protein Modulators. This project is financed by the Portuguese Science Foundation (FCT) to discover and develop Read more ›

Optimizing the flavanone core toward new selective nitrogen-containing modulators of ABC transporters

Aim: Naringenin (1), isolated in large amount from the aerial parts of Euphorbia pedroi, was chemically derivatized to yield 18 imine derivatives (2–19) and three alkylated derivatives through a Mannich-type reaction (20–22) that were tested as multidrug resistance (MDR) reversers Read more ›

Optimizing the macrocyclic diterpenic core toward the reversal of multidrug resistance in cancer

Background: From a dataset obtained by chemical derivatization of a macrocyclic diterpenic scaffold, in silico approaches identified which structural features correlate with experimental modulation of P-gp activity. Results/methodology: Ninety-two percent of the strongest MDR modulators were positively identified within the Read more ›

Reversing cancer multidrug resistance: insights into the efflux by ABC transports from in silico studies

One of the greatest threats to cancer treatment is the development, by some tumors, of resistance to the pharmacological action of several structurally unrelated cytotoxic agents—multidrug resistance (MDR). As P-glycoprotein (P-gp) is one of the most studied ATP-dependent efflux pumps Read more ›

Colon Adenocarcinoma Multidrug Resistance Reverted by Euphorbia Diterpenes: Structure-Activity Relationships and Pharmacophore Modeling

Multidrug resistance (MDR) is a limiting step on the success of cancer chemotherapy. The drug efflux mediated by P-gp (P- glycoprotein) is one of the best studied mechanisms of MDR. This paper focuses on the inhibitory P-gp efflux activity, pharmacophore Read more ›

Toward a Better Pharmacophore Description of P-Glycoprotein Modulators, Based on Macrocyclic Diterpenes from Euphorbia Species

Multidrug resistance related to the increased expression of P-glycoprotein (P-gp) by cancer cells is the major contributor for the failure of chemotherapeutic treatments. Starting from pharmacophores and data already published and in macrocyclic diterpenes isolated from Euphorbia species, a comprehensive Read more ›