Duncan J. Wardrop

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In the course of screening for new small-molecule modulators of cell motility, we discovered that quinocarmycin (also known as quinocarcin) analog DX-52-1 is an inhibitor of epithelial cell migration. While it has been assumed that the main target of DX-52-1 is DNA, we identified and confirmed radixin as the relevant molecular target of DX-52-1 in the cell.(More)
A stereoselective synthesis of agelastatin A, a potent cytotoxin and inhibitor of osteopontin (OPN)-mediated neoplastic transformations, has been accomplished in 14 steps (12 operations) with an approximate overall yield of 8%. Notable features of this route include the direct manner in which the pyrroloketopiperazine A-ring of the target is generated and(More)
Herein, we report the development of an antifiloviral screening system, based on a pseudotyping strategy, and its application in the discovery of a novel group of small molecules that selectively inhibit the Ebola and Marburg glycoprotein (GP)-mediated infection of human cells. Using Ebola Zaire GP-pseudotyped HIV particles bearing a luciferase reporter(More)
The development of a versatile method for the preparation of five- to eight-membered hydroxy lactams that involves the iodine(III)-mediated oxamidation of unsaturated O-alkyl hydroxamates is described. This transformation, which is believed to proceed through the intermediacy of singlet nitrenium and bicyclic N-acyl-N-alkoxyaziridinium ions, is both(More)
The recent outbreak of H7N9 influenza in China is of high concern to public health. H7 hemagglutinin (HA) plays a critical role in influenza entry and thus HA presents an attractive target for antivirals. Previous studies have suggested that the small molecule tert-butyl hydroquinone (TBHQ) inhibits the entry of influenza H3 HA by binding to the stem loop(More)
[structure: see text]. A formal synthesis of the muscarinic M(1) receptor antagonist (-)-TAN1251A (7) from L-tyrosine is described. Central to this venture has been the construction of the 1-azaspiro[4.5]decane skeleton present in the natural product by an N-methoxy-N-acylnitrenium ion-induced spirocyclization. The dienone generated in this transformation,(More)
The diastereoselective total synthesis of the marine natural product (-)-dysibetaine is reported. The key steps in this venture are i) a diastereoselective nitrenium ion spirocyclization, which serves to generate the pyrrolidinone ring and quaternary stereocenter of the target, and ii) use of the 2-methoxycyclohexa-2,5-dienone ring formed during cyclization(More)
The total synthesis of (-)-swainsonine from 2,3-O-isopropylidene-D-erythrose in 12 steps and an overall yield of 28% is reported. The pivotal transformation in our route to this indolizidine alkaloid is the formation of the pyrrolidine ring and C-8a/8 stereodiad through the diastereoselective, bis-cyclofunctionalization of an γ,δ-unsaturated O-alkyl(More)