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Herein we report on the multicomponent synthesis of a novel imidazole-based compound, able to act efficiently as a minimalist β-strand mimic. Biological evaluation proved its ability to impair the LDLR-PCSK9 protein-protein interaction, disclosing it as the first small molecule exerting a PCSK9-mediated hypocholesterolemic effect.
We present here spirocyclic lactam derivatives, embodying D-Phe and L-Ala amino acids as the central core and acting as tetrapeptide and hexapeptide mimetics. An efficient route for their synthesis is demonstrated by using the strategic combination of Seebach's self-reproduction of chirality chemistry and the Pictet-Spengler condensation as key steps. The(More)
trans-6-Aminocyclohept-3-enols 18 and ent-18 are new designed polyfunctionalized chiral building blocks for piperidine alkaloids synthesis and are prepared in high yields from the enzymatically derived cyclohept-3-ene-1,6-diol monoacetate (-)-8. Efficient highly enantioselective syntheses of cis-4-hydroxypipecolic acid (1) and piperidines 3 and 4, in both(More)
Kinetic resolution of N-Boc-piperidine-2-ethanol (2), a case of remote stereocenter discrimination, was accomplished by sequential transesterification mediated by two enzymes, Lipase PS and porcine pancreatic lipase, showing opposite enantioselectivity. The gram-scale availability of the two enantiomeric N-Boc alcohols 2a (R) and 2c (S) enlarges their(More)
New pyrroloisoquinoline-based tetrapeptides were synthesized in enantiomerically pure form, and their conformational features were studied by NMR, IR, and molecular-modeling techniques. The presence of a reverse turn was observed in both structures, with the C1 stereochemistry playing a central role in determining stable conformations. In particular, all of(More)
The synthesis of a novel Phe-Ala dipeptide mimic, built up on a diazaspirocyclic lactam core, is presented. This new scaffold was evaluated for conformational mimicry of reverse turn by combining molecular modeling, IR, NMR, and X-ray diffraction experiments. All these tools agree on the presence of a strong intramolecular hydrogen bond, thus demonstrating(More)
A representative series of structural analogs of the antimitotic tripeptides hemiasterlins have been designed and synthesized, as potential inhibitors of tubulin polymerization. Relying also on a computational approach, we aimed to explore unknown extensive changes at the C-fragment, by incorporating the conformationally required double bond into five- and(More)
A dynamic combinatorial library of thiocolchicine-podophyllotoxin derivatives based on the disulfide bond exchange reaction is described. The influence of a biological target on the composition of the reaction mixture has been demonstrated. Use of high-resolution ESI mass spectrometry to evaluate the composition of the mixture shows promise for the design(More)
This paper reports the synthesis of a series of evodiamine derivatives. We assayed the ability to inhibit cell growth on three human tumour cell lines (H460, MCF-7 and HepG2) and we evaluated the capacity to interfere with the catalytic activity of topoisomerase I both by the relaxation assay and the occurrence of the cleavable complex. Moreover, whose(More)
[reaction: see text] Total synthesis of aloperine and 6-epi-aloperine is reported. The crucial steps of the synthetic strategy are an aza-annulation reaction and an intermolecular Diels-Alder reaction. The synthetic plan proceeds from commercially available piperidine-2-ethanol.