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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)
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.
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)
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)
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.
Microwave assisted Diels-Alder cycloaddition of 5-Br-N-benzylpyridinone (2) with methyl acrylate is described to gain an easy access to 7-bromo-2-benzyl-3-oxo-2-aza-5 or 6-carbomethoxy bicyclo[2.2.2]oct-7-enes (3)-(6). The preparation of the ibogaine analogue 20-desethyl-(20-endo)-hydroxymethyl-11-demethoxyibogaine (17) is described by stereoselective… (More)
Synthesis of 7-heteroaryl-2-azabicyclo[2.2.2]oct-7-enes by cycloaddition and subsequent cross-coupling reaction is described. Binding affinity of these novel compounds towards the characteristic receptorial targets of ibogaine is illustrated.