Allen G. Oliver

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The overexpression of the Mcl-1 protein in cancerous cells results in the sequestering of Bak, a key component in the regulation of normal cell apoptosis. Our investigation of the ability of marine-derived small-molecule natural products to inhibit this protein-protein interaction led to the isolation of several bioactive oxy-polyhalogenated diphenyl(More)
The development of multidrug resistant (MDR) and extensively drug resistant (XDR) forms of tuberculosis (TB) has stimulated research efforts globally to expand the new drug pipeline. Nitroaromatic compounds, including 1,3-benzothiazin-4-ones (BTZs) and related agents, are a promising new class for the treatment of TB. Research has shown that the nitroso(More)
Increasing interest in the potent anti-tuberculosis activity and the novel target (QcrB) of imidazo[1,2-a]pyridine-3-carboxamides encouraged extended structure-activity relationship studies of additional scaffolds. This study reports on the in vitro profiling of the imidazo[2,1-b]thiazole-5-carboxamides as a new promising class of anti-tuberculosis(More)
(+)-Nopinone, prepared from naturally occurring (-)-beta-pinene, was converted to the two regioisomeric amino alcohols 3-MAP and 2-MAP in very good yield and excellent isomeric purity. Amino alcohol 3-MAP was synthesized by converting (+)-nopinone to the corresponding alpha-ketooxime. This was reduced to the primary amino alcohol and was converted to the(More)
Despite the vast number of techniques developed for the cyclization of small peptides, cyclization efficiency remains problematic in peptides that lack turn-promoting structures. Here we demonstrate the utility of click chemistry as a macrocyclization tool in the solid-phase synthesis of cyclic tetra-, penta-, hexa-, and heptapeptides. On-resin cyclization(More)
Despite recognition of the looming antibiotic crisis by healthcare professionals, the number of new antibiotics reaching the clinic continues to decline sharply. This study aimed to establish an antibiotic profiling strategy using a panel of clinically relevant bacterial strains to create unique biological fingerprints for all major classes of antibiotics.(More)
Gelatinases (MMP-2 and MMP-9) have been implicated in a number of pathological conditions, including cancer and cardiovascular disease. Hence, small molecule inhibitors of these enzymes are highly sought for use as potential therapeutic agents. 2-(4-Phenoxyphenylsulfonylmethyl)thiirane (SB-3CT) has previously been demonstrated to be a potent and selective(More)
Recent reports of potential physiological roles of hydrogen sulfide have prompted interest in heme-sulfide interactions. Heme-H(2)S and/or heme-HS(-) interactions could potentially occur during endogenous production, transport, signaling events, and catabolism of H(2)S. We have investigated the interaction of the hydrosulfide ion (HS(-)) with iron(More)
Methyl β-D-galactopyranosyl-(1→4)-β-D-xylopyranoside, C(12)H(22)O(10), (II), crystallizes as colorless needles from water with positional disorder in the xylopyranosyl (Xyl) ring and no water molecules in the unit cell. The internal glycosidic linkage conformation in (II) is characterized by a φ' torsion angle (C2'(Gal)-C1'(Gal)-O1'(Gal)-C4(Xyl)) of 156.4(More)