Defense Date

2009

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Medicinal Chemistry

First Advisor

Yan Zhang

Abstract

The chemokine receptor CCR5 has been implicated in the pathogenesis of prostate cancer. A novel natural product, anibamine, was isolated and found to be a micromolar inhibitor of the receptor. Anibamine was used as a new anti-prostate cancer lead compound. To discover the pharmacophore, analogs of anibamine were designed using the “deconstruction-reconstruction-elaboration” approach and synthesized. The establishment of a stereoselective route to only one isomer was explored, to increase yield and eliminate elaborate purification procedures. Analogs were found to have anti-prostate cancer activity at levels higher than the parent compound. The molecular modeling studies of the deconstructed analogs indicate that due to the psuedo-symmetry of the parent compound, the binding conformation of the deconstructed analogs may not be very different from each other. All this information together may help identify a next generation lead compound for anti-prostate cancer treatment.

Rights

© The Author

Is Part Of

VCU University Archives

Is Part Of

VCU Theses and Dissertations

Date of Submission

December 2009

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