Naj A Sharif


Affiliation: Alcon Research
Country: USA


  1. Sharif N. Serotonin-2 receptor agonists as novel ocular hypotensive agents and their cellular and molecular mechanisms of action. Curr Drug Targets. 2010;11:978-93 pubmed
    ..Thus, functional 5HT(2A) receptors are present in human ocular cells involved in IOP reduction and this correlates with the ability of 5HT(2A) agonists to lower IOP in Cynomolgus monkeys, a surrogate for human subjects. ..
  2. Sharif N, Kelly C, Crider J, Williams G, Xu S. Ocular hypotensive FP prostaglandin (PG) analogs: PG receptor subtype binding affinities and selectivities, and agonist potencies at FP and other PG receptors in cultured cells. J Ocul Pharmacol Ther. 2003;19:501-15 pubmed
  3. Sharif N, McLaughlin M, Kelly C. AL-34662: a potent, selective, and efficacious ocular hypotensive serotonin-2 receptor agonist. J Ocul Pharmacol Ther. 2007;23:1-13 pubmed
  4. Sharif N, Xu S, Hellberg P, Pang I, Gamache D, Yanni J. Human conjunctival epithelial cell responses to platelet-activating factor (PAF): signal transduction and release of proinflammatory cytokines. Mol Vis. 2009;15:1153-61 pubmed
    ..Therefore, HCECs in culture represent suitable in vitro models for the investigation of the role of PAF in human ocular allergic and inflammatory diseases and for the discovery of therapeutically useful PAF antagonists. ..
  5. Sharif N, Williams G, Kelly C. Bimatoprost and its free acid are prostaglandin FP receptor agonists. Eur J Pharmacol. 2001;432:211-3 pubmed
    ..Furthermore, AL-8810 ((5Z, 13E)-(9S,11S,15R)-9,15-dihydroxy-11-fluoro-15-(2-indanyl)-16,17,18,19,20-pentanor-5,13-prostadienoic acid), an FP receptor antagonist, blocked the bimatoprost-induced [Ca(2+)](i) mobilization. ..
  6. Sharif N, Kelly C, Crider J. Agonist activity of bimatoprost, travoprost, latanoprost, unoprostone isopropyl ester and other prostaglandin analogs at the cloned human ciliary body FP prostaglandin receptor. J Ocul Pharmacol Ther. 2002;18:313-24 pubmed
    ..0 - 2.1 microM; n = 3). These studies have demonstrated, for the first time, agonist activities of the currently known and marketed ocular hypotensive prostaglandin analogs at the cloned human ciliary body FP prostaglandin receptor. ..
  7. Sharif N, Kelly C, Williams G. Bimatoprost (Lumigan((R))) is an agonist at the cloned human ocular FP prostaglandin receptor: real-time FLIPR-based intracellular Ca(2+) mobilization studies. Prostaglandins Leukot Essent Fatty Acids. 2003;68:27-33 pubmed
    ..Therefore, the prodrug bimatoprost and its hydrolytic product, bimatoprost free acid, bind to and activate the human ocular FP prostaglandin receptor to mobilize [Ca(2+)](i), thus behaving as FP receptor agonists. ..
  8. Sharif N, Wiernas T. Platelet-activating factor-induced intracellular signaling and release of cytokines and prostaglandin E2 in immortalized human corneal epithelial cells. J Ocul Pharmacol Ther. 2010;26:21-9 pubmed publisher
    ..Other consequences of PAF receptor activation in CEPI-17-CL4 cells are the generation of PGE(2) and certain proinflammatory cytokines such as GM-CSF, and increasing cell proliferation. ..
  9. Sharif N, Crider J, Xu S, Williams G. Affinities, selectivities, potencies, and intrinsic activities of natural and synthetic prostanoids using endogenous receptors: focus on DP class prostanoids. J Pharmacol Exp Ther. 2000;293:321-8 pubmed
    ..9-8.2, n = 5-9). The pharmacological properties of some natural and numerous DP class synthetic prostanoids have been determined using endogenous receptors. ..

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  1. Sharif N, Xu S. Binding affinities of ocular hypotensive beta-blockers levobetaxolol, levobunolol, and timolol at endogenous guinea pig beta-adrenoceptors. J Ocul Pharmacol Ther. 2004;20:93-9 pubmed
    ..These data indicated that while levobetaxolol and betaxolol possessed a 193-233-fold selectivity for beta(1)-receptors, levobunolol exhibited a 140-fold beta(2)-receptor selectivity and (l)-timolol was essentially nonselective...
  2. Sharif N, McLaughlin M, Kelly C, Xu S, Crider J, Williams G, et al. Preclinical pharmacology of AL-12182, a new ocular hypotensive 11-oxa prostaglandin analog. J Ocul Pharmacol Ther. 2006;22:291-309 pubmed
  3. Sharif N, McLaughlin M, Kelly C, Katoli P, Drace C, Husain S, et al. Cabergoline: Pharmacology, ocular hypotensive studies in multiple species, and aqueous humor dynamic modulation in the Cynomolgus monkey eyes. Exp Eye Res. 2009;88:386-97 pubmed publisher