Amy M. Deveau

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Tryprostatin A 1 and B 2 are indole alkaloid-based fungal products that act in the G2/M phase of the cell cycle. Tryprostatin A and B as well as their two enantiomers and four diastereomers have been synthesized via a common strategy. As a measure of cytotoxicity, these eight stereoisomers were assayed for their growth inhibitory properties in human breast,(More)
Tryprostatin A is an inhibitor of breast cancer resistance protein, consequently a series of structure-activity studies on the cell cycle inhibitory effects of tryprostatin A analogues as potential antitumor antimitotic agents have been carried out. These analogues were assayed for their growth inhibition properties and their ability to perturb the cell(More)
[structure: see text] Synthesis of gamma-amino acids, important building blocks in bioorganic and natural product chemistry, is accomplished using a stereoselective carbon-carbon bond construction of the chiral amine. Alkyl iodides and chiral hydrazones with protected alcohol functionality are coupled via highly diastereoselective photolytic Mn-mediated(More)
The synthesis and biological activity of amino acid functionalized beta-carboline derivatives, which are structurally related to azatoxin and the tryprostatins, are reported. These compounds were assayed for their growth inhibition properties in H520 and PC3 cell lines and were examined for their abilities to inhibit topoisomerase II-mediated DNA relaxation.
Since the mu opioid receptor (MOR) is known to be involved in the therapeutically relevant pathways leading to the manifestation of pain and addiction, we are currently studying the specific structural characteristics that promote antagonism at the MOR. The opiates 6beta-naltrexol and 6beta-naltrexamide function as neutral antagonists in in vitro and in(More)
Starting from d- or l-tryptophan, we have synthesized and characterized six compounds 2.29-2.31a and b that belong to a class of nitrogen heterocycles: the carboline-based homodimers. Each individual homodimer features a 1,3-trans relationship on each side of the central diketopiperazine core, but differs in absolute stereochemistry and also in substitution(More)
Naltrexol and its C₆ α and β desoxy, iodo, mesyl, tosyl, trifyl, dimethylcarbamyl, and diphenylcarbamyl derivatives were studied in their energy-minimized C ring chair-like and boat-like conformations using B3LYP/6-31G** and SM5.4/A to estimate aqueous solvation free energy. The results were compared to experimental opioid receptor binding affinities. The(More)
UNLABELLED Staphylococcus aureus is a common human bacterial pathogen that causes skin and soft tissue infections. Methicillin-resistant Staph. aureus (MRSA) are increasingly drug-resistant, and thus there is great need for new therapeutics to treat Staph. aureus infections. Attention has focused on potential utility of natural products, such as extracts of(More)
In an effort to better understand the conformational preferences that inform the biological activity of naltrexone and related naltrexol derivatives, a new synthesis of the restricted analog 3-OBn-6β,14-epoxymorphinan 4 is described. 4 was synthesized starting from naltrexone in 50% overall yield, proceeding through the OBn-6α-triflate intermediate 8. Key(More)
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