Damien Valette

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Human cytochrome P450 aromatase catalyzes with high specificity the synthesis of estrogens from androgens. Aromatase inhibitors (AIs) such as exemestane, 6-methylideneandrosta-1,4-diene-3,17-dione, are preeminent drugs for the treatment of estrogen-dependent breast cancer. The crystal structure of human placental aromatase has shown an androgen-specific(More)
Methods for functionalizing carbon-hydrogen bonds are featured in a new synthesis of the tricyclic core architecture that characterizes the indoxamycin family of secondary metabolites. A unique collaboration between three laboratories has engendered a design for synthesis featuring two sequential C-H functionalization reactions, namely a diastereoselective(More)
A triflimide-activated oxazaborolidine catalyst successfully promoted the asymmetric Diels-Alder reaction of 9-methylanthracene with methacrolein in high regio- and enantioselectivity. The cycloadduct obtained was subsequently used as a chiral template to access secondary and tertiary allylic alcohols in good to high enantiomeric excess via a cycloreversion(More)
[reactions: see text] Palladium hydroxide on carbon (Pearlman's catalyst) effectively catalyzes direct arylation reactions of aryl iodides and bromides, providing excellent arylation-to-hydrodehalogenation ratios (>30:1) with broad scope for both intra- and intermolecular arylation processes. Studies aimed at determining the nature of the active catalyst(More)
Siloxy group migration: A rhodium(II) carbenoid approach has been developed for the synthesis of alkynoates. This transformation combines the addition of enol ethers at the vinylogous position of β-siloxy-substituted vinyldiazo derivatives with a siloxy group migration to give the products as single diastereomers.
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