David G. Twigg

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Operationally simple, stereocontrolled semisyntheses of the anticancer rotenoids elliptone and 12aβ-hydroxyelliptone, isolated from Derris elliptica and Derris trifoliata, respectively, are described. Inspired by the work of Singhal, elliptone was prepared from rotenone via a dihydroxylation-oxidative cleavage, chemoselective Baeyer-Villiger oxidation, and(More)
Biflavonoids are associated with a variety of biologically useful properties. However, synthetic biflavonoids are poorly explored within drug discovery. There is considerable structural diversity possible within this compound class and large regions of potentially biologically relevant biflavonoid chemical space remain untapped or underexplored. Herein, we(More)
Flavonoids are a large family of compounds associated with a broad range of biologically useful properties. In recent years, synthetic compounds that contain two flavonoid units linked together have attracted attention in drug discovery and development projects. Numerous flavonoid dimer systems, incorporating a range of monomers attached via different(More)
Fragment-based lead generation has proven to be an effective means of identifying high-quality lead compounds for drug discovery programs. However, the fragment screening sets often used are principally comprised of sp(2) -rich aromatic compounds, which limits the structural (and hence biological) diversity of the library. Herein, we describe strategies for(More)
The Hiyama cross-coupling reaction is a powerful method for carbon-carbon bond formation. To date, the substrate scope of this reaction has predominantly been limited to sp(2)-sp(2) coupling reactions. Herein, the palladium-catalysed Hiyama type cross-coupling of vinyldisiloxanes with benzylic and allylic bromides, chlorides, tosylates and mesylates is(More)
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