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Pharmacy staff profile

Dr Andrea Vernall

PositionLecturer
QualificationsBSc(Hons) PhD
Research summaryChemical biology and drug discovery

Research

My research focuses on the design, synthesis and biological analysis of molecules that target receptors in the human body that are implicated in various diseases and conditions. I have particular experience in using organic synthesis, medicinal chemistry and chemical biology as a means to develop biological tools to probe receptor structure and function. This information can then be used to design safer and more efficacious drugs.

Publications

Lamichhane, R., Galvin, H., Hannaway, R. F., de la Harpe, S. M., Munro, F., Tyndall, J. D. A., Vernall, A. J., McCall, J. L., Husain, M., & Ussher, J. E. (2019). Type I interferons are important co-stimulatory signals during T cell receptor mediated human MAIT cell activation. European Journal of Immunology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/eji.201948279

Singh, S., Oyagawa, C. R. M., Macdonald, C., Grimsey, N. L., Glass, M., & Vernall, A. J. (2019). Chromenopyrazole-based high affinity, selective fluorescent ligands for cannabinoid type 2 receptor. ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters, 10, 209-214. doi: 10.1021/acsmedchemlett.8b00597

Oyagawa, C. R. M., de la Harpe, S. M., Saroz, Y., Glass, M., Vernall, A. J., & Grimsey, N. L. (2018). Cannabinoid Receptor 2 signalling bias elicited by 2,4,6-trisubstituted 1,3,5-triazines. Frontiers in Pharmacology, 9, 1202. doi: 10.3389/fphar.2018.01202

Cooper, A. G., Oyagawa, C. R. M., Manning, J. J., Singh, S., Hook, S., Grimsey, N. L., Glass, M., Tyndall, J. D. A., & Vernall, A. J. (2018). Development of selective, fluorescent cannabinoid type 2 receptor ligands based on a 1,8-naphthyridin-2-(1H)-one-3-carboxamide scaffold. MedChemComm, 9(12), 2055-2067. doi: 10.1039/c8md00448j

Singh, S., Cooper, S. L., Glenn, J. R., Beresford, J., Percival, L. R., Tyndall, J. D. A., … Vernall, A. J. (2018). Synthesis of novel (benzimidazolyl)isoquinolinols and evaluation as adenosine A1 receptor tools. RSC Advances, 8(29), 16362-16369. doi: 10.1039/C7RA13148H

Journal - Research Article

Lamichhane, R., Galvin, H., Hannaway, R. F., de la Harpe, S. M., Munro, F., Tyndall, J. D. A., Vernall, A. J., McCall, J. L., Husain, M., & Ussher, J. E. (2019). Type I interferons are important co-stimulatory signals during T cell receptor mediated human MAIT cell activation. European Journal of Immunology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/eji.201948279

Singh, S., Oyagawa, C. R. M., Macdonald, C., Grimsey, N. L., Glass, M., & Vernall, A. J. (2019). Chromenopyrazole-based high affinity, selective fluorescent ligands for cannabinoid type 2 receptor. ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters, 10, 209-214. doi: 10.1021/acsmedchemlett.8b00597

Oyagawa, C. R. M., de la Harpe, S. M., Saroz, Y., Glass, M., Vernall, A. J., & Grimsey, N. L. (2018). Cannabinoid Receptor 2 signalling bias elicited by 2,4,6-trisubstituted 1,3,5-triazines. Frontiers in Pharmacology, 9, 1202. doi: 10.3389/fphar.2018.01202

Singh, S., Cooper, S. L., Glenn, J. R., Beresford, J., Percival, L. R., Tyndall, J. D. A., … Vernall, A. J. (2018). Synthesis of novel (benzimidazolyl)isoquinolinols and evaluation as adenosine A1 receptor tools. RSC Advances, 8(29), 16362-16369. doi: 10.1039/C7RA13148H

Cooper, A. G., Oyagawa, C. R. M., Manning, J. J., Singh, S., Hook, S., Grimsey, N. L., Glass, M., Tyndall, J. D. A., & Vernall, A. J. (2018). Development of selective, fluorescent cannabinoid type 2 receptor ligands based on a 1,8-naphthyridin-2-(1H)-one-3-carboxamide scaffold. MedChemComm, 9(12), 2055-2067. doi: 10.1039/c8md00448j

Cooper, A. G., MacDonald, C., Glass, M., Hook, S., Tyndall, J. D. A., & Vernall, A. J. (2018). Alkyl indole-based cannabinoid type 2 receptor tools: Exploration of linker and fluorophore attachment. European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, 145, 770-789. doi: 10.1016/j.ejmech.2017.11.076

Cooper, A., Singh, S., Hook, S., Tyndall, J. D. A., & Vernall, A. J. (2017). Chemical tools for studying lipid-binding class A G protein-coupled receptors. Pharmacological Reviews, 69(3), 316-353. doi: 10.1124/pr.116.013243

Rizwan, S. B., & Vernall, A. J. (2017). To prohibit or regulate psychoactive substances: Has New Zealand got the right approach? BMJ, 356, j1195. doi: 10.1136/bmj.j1195

Stoddart, L. A., Vernall, A. J., Briddon, S. J., Kellam, B., & Hill, S. J. (2015). Direct visualisation of internalization of the adenosine A3 receptor and localization with arrestin3 using a fluorescent agonist. Neuropharmacology, 98, 68-77. doi: 10.1016/j.neuropharm.2015.04.013

Vernall, A. J., Hill, S. J., & Kellam, B. (2014). The evolving small-molecule fluorescent-conjugate toolbox for Class A GPCRs. British Journal of Pharmacology, 171(5), 1073-1084. doi: 10.1111/bph.12265

Vernall, A. J., Stoddart, L. A., Briddon, S. J., Ng, H. W., Laughton, C. A., Doughty, S. W., … Kellam, B. (2013). Conversion of a non-selective adenosine receptor antagonist into A3-selective high affinity fluorescent probes using peptide-based linkers. Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry, 11(34), 5673-5682. doi: 10.1039/c3ob41221k

Vernall, A. J., Stoddart, L. A., Briddon, S. J., Hill, S. J., & Kellam, B. (2012). Highly potent and selective fluorescent antagonists of the human adenosine A3 receptor based on the 1,2,4-triazolo[4,3-a]quinoxalin-1-one scaffold. Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, 55(4), 1771-1782. doi: 10.1021/jm201722y

Stoddart, L. A., Vernall, A. J., Denman, J. L., Briddon, S. J., Kellam, B., & Hill, S. J. (2012). Fragment screening at adenosine-A3 receptors in living cells using a fluorescence-based binding assay. Chemistry & Biology, 19(9), 1105-1115. doi: 10.1016/j.chembiol.2012.07.014

Vernall, A. J., Cassidy, P., & Alewood, P. F. (2009). A single α-helical turn stabilized by replacement of an internal hydrogen bond with a covalent ethylene bridge. Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 48(31), 5675-5678. doi: 10.1002/anie.200901059

Vernall, A. J., Ballet, S., & Abell, A. D. (2008). Cross-metathesis and ring-closing metathesis reactions of amino acid-based substrates. Tetrahedron, 64(18), 3980-3997. doi: 10.1016/j.tet.2008.02.043

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