Aaron B Beeler

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Fipronil is a phenylpyrazole insecticide that is the active ingredient in the pesticide Icon 6.2 FS which is applied to rice seeds targeting the rice water weevil. An arthropod-selective insecticide, fipronil blocks the GABA-gated chloride channel and is unique in that several of its degradation products have been indicated to be equal or more potent than(More)
Binding of hepatitis C virus (HCV) RNA to core, the capsid protein, results in the formation of the nucleocapsid, the first step in the assembly of the viral particle. A novel assay was developed to discover small molecule inhibitors of core dimerization. This assay is based on time-resolved fluorescence resonance energy transfer (TR-FRET) between anti-tag(More)
Lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) is a key enzyme in the glycolytic pathway of Plasmodium falciparum (pf) and has several unique amino acids, related to other LDHs, at the active site, making it an attractive target for antimalarial agents. Oxamate, a competitive inhibitor, shows high substrate affinity for pfLDH. This class of compounds has been viewed as(More)
The synthesis of complex macrodiolides involving microwave-accelerated transesterification of chiral, nonracemic, hydroxy esters is described. Methodology development studies indicate that both microwave power and reaction temperature play an important role in the efficiency of cyclodimerizations. Hydroxy ester monomer pairs were evaluated using an(More)
In the search for new biologically active molecules, diversity-oriented synthetic strategies break through the limitation of traditional library synthesis by sampling new chemical space. Many natural products can be regarded as intriguing starting points for diversity-oriented synthesis, wherein stereochemically rich core structures may be reorganized into(More)
The synthesis of azaphilone scaffolds that have been further diversified by cross coupling acylation and amine addition is reported. Methodology development also led to novel modifications including C5 acetoxylation and condensations producing isoquinolin-6(7H) structures. Overall, the library synthesis afforded three azaphilone sublibraries, including(More)
In an effort to expand the stereochemical and structural complexity of chemical libraries used in drug discovery, the Center for Chemical Methodology and Library Development at Boston University has established an infrastructure to translate methodologies accessing diverse chemotypes into arrayed libraries for biological evaluation. In a collaborative(More)
Prion diseases are devastating neurodegenerative disorders with no known cure. One strategy for developing therapies for these diseases is to identify compounds that block conversion of the cellular form of the prion protein (PrPC) into the infectious isoform (PrPSc). Most previous efforts to discover such molecules by high-throughput screening methods have(More)
[reaction: see text] An expeditious procedure for the direct formation of stereochemically well-defined macrodiolides is described. Cyclodimerizations of enantioenriched C7 and C8 hydroxy esters 6 in the presence of catalytic amounts of distannoxane transesterification catalysts afford 14- to 22-membered macrodiolides 7-9 bearing up to six stereocenters.(More)