Erin T. Pelkey

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Certain proteins contain subunits that enable their active translocation across the plasma membrane into cells. In the specific case of HIV-1, this subunit is the basic domain Tat(49-57) (RKKRRQRRR). To establish the optimal structural requirements for this translocation process, and thereby to develop improved molecular transporters that could deliver(More)
[reaction: see text] Nine fluorescently labeled structurally varied polyguanidino dendrimers based on diamino acid monomeric units were individually synthesized in an efficient, scalable sequence using a trifluoroacetamide protecting group-perguanidinylation strategy. While the dendrimers varied significantly in their ability to enter a human lymphocyte(More)
[reaction: see text]. Short oligomers of arginine function as remarkably efficient molecular transporters of drugs and probe molecules into cells and tissue. Currently, these compounds are prepared on resin through a unidirectional solid-phase synthesis. To extend the utility of these compounds for therapeutic and research applications, a scalable(More)
A regiocontrolled synthesis of unsymmetrical 3,4-diaryl-3-pyrrolin-2-ones has been achieved in three steps from 1,2-diaryl-1-nitroethenes with pyrrole-2-carboxamides (pyrrole Weinreb amides) serving as the key linchpin intermediates. Two different methods for the preparation of the requisite nitroalkenes were investigated: (1) modified Henry reaction(More)
Analogs containing a central 3-pyrrolin-2-one core with different methoxyphenyl and/or indole substituents were prepared and tested for anti-proliferative activity in U-937 cells. The most efficacious analogs were non-rigid, (non-fused) contained methoxyaryl groups located at the 4-position, and contained either methoxyaryl or indole groups located at the(More)
A regiocontrolled synthesis of 3,4-disubstituted pyrrole-2-carboxaldehydes was completed in two steps from acyclic starting materials. A Barton-Zard pyrrole synthesis between N-methoxy-N-methyl-2-isocyanoacetamide and alpha-nitroalkenes or beta-nitroacetates provided N-methoxy-N-methyl pyrrole-2-carboxamides (pyrrole Weinreb amides), which were converted(More)
A flexible synthesis of dibenzo[e,g]isoindol-1-ones has been developed. Dibenzo[e,g]isoindol-1-ones represent simplified benzenoid analogues of biological indolo[2,3-a]pyrrolo[3,4-c]carbazol-5-ones (indolocarbazoles), compounds that have demonstrated a wide range of biological activity. The synthesis of the title compounds involved tetramic acid sulfonates.(More)
The title compound, C(23)H(18)N(2)O(4)S(2), contains a pyrrolo group fused onto the plane of an indole ring with phenyl-sulfonyl and p-toluene-sulfonyl groups bonded to the indole and pyrrolo rings. The angles between the mean planes of the pyrrolo-indole ring and the phenyl-sulfonyl and p-toluene-sulfonyl rings are 73.7 (6) and 80.6 (0)°, respectively. The(More)
A simple and flexible approach to 3-pyrrolin-2-one fused carbazoles is disclosed. The key step involves the BF3-mediated electrophilic substitution of indoles with N-alkyl-substituted 3-aryltetramic acids, which provides access to indole-substituted 3-pyrrolin-2-ones. Scholl-type oxidative cyclizations of these materials led to the formation of the(More)
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