Novel lead optimization strategy of BACE I inhibitors for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease by Quantitative Structure-Activity Relationship (QSAR) and Physiologically-Based Pharmacokinetics (PBPK) modeling
Poster Jan 11, 2017
Jin-Ju Byeon, Min-Ho Park, Seok-Ho Shin, Young G. Shin
Lead optimization is one of the most critical stages of drug discovery. The conventional lead optimization process normally starts with the identification of hit compounds which show decent Ki or IC50 for target proteins. Once identified, hundreds or thousands of derivatives are further synthesized to improve ADME(Absorption Distribution Metabolism Excretion)/PK(Pharmacokinetics) properties without compromising potency. However, this requires significant amounts of DMPK(Drug metabolism and Pharmacokinetics) resources and time due to the various in vitro ADME assays/in vivo PK studies that must be evaluated. Therefore, several in silico approaches have been recently introduced to predict physicochemical properties and ADME properties in a high throughput manner for quick ranking-ordering of compounds by several pharmaceutical scientists using in-house models and global models supplied by commercial software.
In this study, we introduce an innovative in silico-based high throughput lead optimization strategy with QSAR and PBPK modelings using StarDrop™, ADMET predictor® and GastroPlus®.
Depression, Anxiety and Apathy in Young-Onset and Atypical Dementia: A systematic reviewPoster
This study aims to examine the body of empirical studies investigating the prevalence of depression, anxiety, and apathy in atypical and young-onset dementia.
Psychiatric Risk Gene Cacna1c and Early Life Stress: Potential Gene-Environment interactions?Poster
Early life stress (ELS) is highly associated with development of psychopathology
and mood disorders in adulthood. Genetic studies have identified variation in the gene calcium voltage-gated channel subunit alpha1C (CACNA1C) to increase risk for several psychiatric disorders. This poster assessed the expression of Cacna1c following prepubertal stress.
Regulatory T-Cells (Tregs) Within Bone Marrow-Derived Stem Cells (BMSCs) Actively Confer Immunomodulatory and Neuroprotective Effects Against StrokePoster
We found a distinct subpopulation of Tregs within BMSCs. Tregs and BMSCs in co-culture conferred neuroprotection that varied in a dose-dependent manner. Tregs minimized stem cell production of IL-6, a pro-inflammatory cytokine, and inhibited BMSC secretion of FGF-beta, a cytokine related to BMSC proliferation and differentiation. The ratio of Tregs found natively in BMSCs is optimally adapted to provide the maximum neuroprotective benefit of stem cell treatment after ischemic stroke.READ MORE