George I Varvounis

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Overexpression of human GSTA1-1 in tumor cells is part of MDR mechanisms. We report on the synthesis of 11 pyrrole derivatives as hGSTA1-1 inhibitors starting from 1-methyl-2-[(2-nitrobenzylsulfanyl]-1H-pyrrole. Molecular modeling revealed two locations in the enzyme H binding site: the catalytic primary one accommodating shorter and longer derivatives and(More)
A new mild method has been devised for generating o-(naphtho)quinone methides via fluoride-induced desilylation of silyl derivatives of o-hydroxybenzyl(or 1-naphthylmethyl) nitrate. The reactive o-(naphtho)quinone methide intermediates were trapped by C, O, N, and S nucleophiles and underwent "inverse electron-demand" hetero-Diels-Alder reaction with(More)
Mental disorders are neuropsychiatric conditions that are marked by unusual or irregular thinking, feelings, or behavior, and lead to distress and/or impaired functions. Major psychiatric conditions are depression, anxiety, and psychoses of various types. Their etiopathogeneses, of a primary or secondary origin, are associated with genetic and environmental(More)
We have designed and synthesized several structural isomers of anthramycin (heterocycles 2, 3, 5, 6, and 8) and found that, in particular, pyrrolobenzodiazepine 8 induces DNA cleavage and formation of small fragments of DNA. The cytotoxic effects of 8 were manifested with both non-transformed primary neuronal/glial cells and transformed Jurkat cells. The(More)
Several novel 1,1-disubstituted-8-hydroxynaphthalen-2(1H)-ones have been efficiently synthesized via a two-step sequence from 2-hydroxy-1-naphthaldehyde oxime. The methodology involves oxidative ring closure and alkoxylation to 3a-alkoxynaphtho[1,8-de][1,2]oxazin-4(3aH)-ones, followed by thermal ring-opening. Both thermal and microwave irradiation(More)
A new method is presented for the regioselective one-pot synthesis of 3-substituted 2,3-dihydrobenzofurans from 2-bromo-1-{2-[(triisopropylsilyl)oxy]phenyl}ethyl nitrate by fluoride-induced desilylation leading to o-quinone methide generation, Michael addition of different C, N, O, and S nucleophiles, and intramolecular 5-exo-tet elimination of a bromide(More)
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