Fernando Ortega-Caballero

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A molecular-diversity-oriented approach for the preparation of well-defined polycationic amphiphilic cyclodextrins (paCDs) as gene-delivery systems is reported. The synthetic strategy takes advantage of the differential reactivity of primary versus secondary hydroxyl groups on the CD torus to regioselectively decorate each rim with cationic elements and(More)
Despite being the most abundant type of biopolymers in Nature, the biological relevance of carbohydrates has systematically been underrated for decades, associating them far less sophisticated functions (structural or energy sourcing) than those unraveled for polynucleotides and proteins. The inherently large and complex diversity of carbohydrates and(More)
alpha- and beta-Cyclodextrin 6(A),6(D)-diacids (1 and 2), beta-cyclodextrin-6-monoacid (14), beta-cyclodextrin 6(A),6(D)-di-O-sulfate (16) and beta-cyclodextrin-6-heptasulfate (19) were synthesised. Acids 1, 2 and 14 were made from perbenzylated alpha- or beta-cyclodextrin, by diisobutylaluminum hydride (DIBAL)-promoted debenzylation, oxidation and(More)
Three new series of potential anthrax toxin inhibitors based on the β-cyclodextrin (βCD) scaffold were developed by exploiting face-selective Cu(I)-catalyzed azide-alkyne 1,3-cycloadditions, amine-isothiocyanate coupling, and allyl group hydroboration-oxidation/hydroxy → amine replacement reactions. The molecular design follows the(More)
An efficient general strategy for the incorporation of functional elements onto the secondary hydroxyl rim of beta-cyclodextrin has been developed and applied to the synthesis of a novel series of C7-symmetric homogeneous macromolecular polycations with improved DNA complexing and delivery properties.
In order to evaluate the ability of multivalent glycosides based on a beta-cyclodextrin core as site-specific molecular carriers, a study on both the inclusion complexation behaviour and lectin binding affinity of branched and hyperbranched beta-cyclodextrins is presented. A series of cluster galactosides constructed on beta-cyclodextrin scaffolds(More)
The vision of multivalency as a strategy limited to achieve affinity enhancements between a protein receptor and its putative sugar ligand (glycotope) has proven too simplistic. On the one hand, binding of a glycotope in a dense glycocalix-like construct to a lectin partner has been shown to be sensitive to the presence of a third sugar entity(More)
In our ongoing program aimed at the design, synthesis, and biological evaluation of novel gem-difluoromethylenated glycosidase inhibitors, gem-4,4-difluoromethylenated iminosugars (5-9) were synthesized. The biological evaluation of these synthetic iminosugars showed that the gem-difluoromethylenyl group generally reduced the inhibition of glycosidases.(More)
[reaction: see text] (6AR,6DR)-6A,6D-Di-C-cyano-beta-cyclodextrin (1) and 6A,6D-di-C-cyano-alpha-cyclodextrin (2) were synthesized and shown to catalyze hydrolysis of aryl glycosides into glucose and phenol with a reaction following Michaelis-Menten kinetics. At pH 8.0 and 59 degrees C hydrolysis of 4-nitrophenyl alpha-glucopyranoside was catalyzed by 1(More)
A series of 2-(3,4-dichlorophenyl)-cyclopent-1-enyl carboxylic acid esters and amides were prepared and tested for binding to the DAT, SERT, and NET. The achiral compounds were easily attained and found to inhibit DAT binding with K(i)-values ranging from 0.095 to 0.00003 mM. Among the compounds tested 2-(3,4-dichlorophenyl)-cyclopent-1-enyl carboxylic acid(More)