Adolfo Le Pera

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N-Nosyl-alpha-amino acid methyl esters are methylated quantitatively with diazomethane. After proper deprotection of the amino function by treatment with the reagent system mercaptoacetic acid/sodium methoxide, the obtained N-methyl amino acid methyl esters are coupled with N-Fmoc amino acid chlorides to afford the corresponding dipeptides. The obtained(More)
In this paper we describe an analytical method for the determination of p-phenylenediamine (PPDA) in hair dyes. In the adopted methodology the analyte is transformed into the corresponding imine derivative by treatment with benzaldehyde, and then analyzed by gas chromatography (GC) combined to mass spectrometry (MS), operating in SIM conditions. The direct(More)
A facile and convenient approach to 17-ketosteroids is described. Treatment of steroids containing the C-17-dihydroxy acetone side chain with an excess of sodium methoxide in dry 1,4-dioxane under reflux, affords high yields of the corresponding 17-ketosteroids that are recovered as pure products, without the need of further purification.
In this paper we describe a reductive amination procedure that can be employed in the preparation of a novel class of pseudopeptides in which a specific amide bond is replaced by a CH(Ar)NH group. The developed methodology, performed using NaBH(3)CN and TiCl(4), is characterized by the formation of diastereomeric intermediates in a relative 1:1 ratio. It(More)
[reaction: see text] This article reports a straightforward and unprecedented process of AlCl3-assisted oxaziridine ring opening by nitrogen containing nucleophiles, in a totally anhydrous milieu. Under these conditions, nucleophiles exclusively attack the carbon atom of the three-membered heterocycles, obtained from methyl esters of natural alpha-amino(More)
A reference analytic methodology was developed for the determination of human salivary glucose concentration. The technique involves the glucose derivatization with acetic anhydride and subsequent analysis of glucose penta-acetylated by gas chromatography combined with mass spectrometry. Glucose concentration in the biological fluid depends on the(More)
A novel procedure for the deprotection of the carboxyl group of amino acid methyl esters is presented. The process is carried out by the reagent system aluminium trichloride/N,N-dimethylaniline that can successfully be applied to unblock the carboxyl moiety either of N-Fmoc-protected amino acid methyl esters and N-Fmoc-protected short dipeptide methyl(More)
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