Brett D. Williams

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The control of the timing of gaping in the clam Austrovenus stutchburyi does not involve a circadian mechanism. The lack of a circadian timer is shown by the uniform pattern in gaping in constant conditions (CC) regardless of the relationship between the tidal cycle and the day/night cycle at the time of collection; it is also shown by the fact that, in(More)
A senility syndrome, with weight loss and priapism, occurs in CBAT6/T6 mice, an exceptionally long-lived strain. Instead of dying at the expected time, these mice get senile weight loss and priapism and go on living. We have postulated that a mutant death clock kills the wrong neurons. Crosses with the NZW and C57BL/6 strains show causation by a single(More)
The cyclization of trans-δ-hydroxy enones to cyclic mixed ketals routinely requires superstoichiometric strong acid. By operating under a photoisomerization regime, the cyclization of trans-δ-hydroxy enones proceeds under catalytic Brønsted acid to provide cyclic ketals or unsaturated spiroketals in a highly diastereoselective fashion. A one-pot, two-step(More)
The evolution of an enantioselective total synthesis of (+)-18-epi-latrunculol A, a congener of the marine-sponge-derived latrunculins A and B, is reported. Key steps include a late-stage Mitsunobu macrolactonization to construct the 16-membered macrolactone, a mild Carreira alkynylation to unite the northern and southern hemispheres, a diastereoselective,(More)
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