Edward J. J. Grabowski

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A highly efficient synthesis of sitagliptin, a potent and selective DPP-4 inhibitor for the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM), has been developed. The key dehydrositagliptin intermediate 9 is prepared in three steps in one pot and directly isolated in 82% yield and >99.6 wt % purity. Highly enantioselective hydrogenation of dehydrositagliptin 9,(More)
A practical, efficient synthesis of 1, a hepatitis C virus RNA replication inhibitor, is described. Starting with the inexpensive diacetone glucose, the 12-step synthesis features a novel stereoselective rearrangement to prepare the key crystalline furanose diol intermediate. This is followed by a highly selective glycosidation to couple the C-2 branched(More)
A one-pot synthesis of substituted imidazoles is described. The cornerstone of this methodology involves the thiazolium-catalyzed addition of an aldehyde to an acyl imine to generate the corresponding alpha-ketoamide in situ followed by ring closure to the imidazole in a one-pot sequence. The extension of this methodology to the one-pot synthesis of(More)
[reaction: see text] The stereoselective displacement of a variety of chiral benzylic alcohols with triethylmethanetricarboxylate (TEMT) under Mitsunobu conditions (DEAD, PMe(3)) has been demonstrated to proceed in good yield (70-94%) and with a high degree of inversion. Subsequent saponification and decarboxylation of the products thus obtained provide(More)
A direct asymmetric hydrogenation of unprotected enamino esters and amides is described. Catalyzed by Rh complexes with Josiphos-type chiral ligands, this method gives beta-amino esters and amides in high yield and high ee (93-97% ee). No acyl protection/deprotection is required.
Pure (Z)-enamines readily prepared from beta-ketoesters and amides using (S)-phenylglycine amide were hydrogenated with very high diastereoselectivities (up to 200:1) using heterogeneous catalysis. Hydrogenolytic cleavage of the (S)-phenylglycine amide afforded the corresponding chiral beta-aminoesters and amides. The high geometrical purity of the(More)
A large-scale, chromatography-free synthesis of a potent and selective Cathepsin K inhibitor 1 is reported. The key asymmetric center was installed by addition of (R)-pantolactone to the in situ-generated ketene 4a. The final step of the convergent synthesis of 1 was completed via Suzuki coupling of aryl bromide 7a with unprotected aryl piperazine boronic(More)