Grégory Pieters

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There is an urgent need to develop new therapeutic approaches for the treatment of severe neurological trauma, such as stroke and spinal cord injuries. However, many drugs with potential neuropharmacological activity, such as adenosine, are inefficient upon systemic administration because of their fast metabolization and rapid clearance from the(More)
A combination of hydrophobic and electrostatic interactions drives the self-assembly of a large number of small molecules on the surface of a monolayer-protected gold nanoparticle. The hydrophobic interactions originate from the insertion of an aromatic unit in the hydrophobic part of the monolayer. This is evidenced by a shift in the emission wavelength of(More)
The activation of C-H bonds has revolutionized modern synthetic chemistry. However, no general strategy for enantiospecific C-H activation has been developed to date. We herein report an enantiospecific C-H activation reaction followed by deuterium incorporation at stereogenic centers. Mechanistic studies suggest that the selectivity for the α-position of(More)
An efficient H/D exchange method allowing the deuteration of pyridines, quinolines, indoles, and alkyl amines with D2 in the presence of Ru@PVP nanoparticles is described. By a general and simple procedure involving mild reaction conditions and simple filtration to recover the labeled product, the isotopic labeling of 22 compounds proceeded in good yield(More)
The present approach to heterohelicenes provides original [5]oxa- and thiahelicenes, where both oxygen and sulfur atoms are located at the end of the inner helix. Quantum chemical calculations are carried out to determine the pathway for interconversion between two enantiomers and demonstrate that the energy barrier is strongly dependent on the nature of(More)
The synthesis and properties of new chiral polycyclic architectures that display both helicity and a saddle-type shape are described. The enantiomers have been separated, and their absolute configuration was determined by VCD and ECD. The unprecedented molecular architecture is based on a cyclooctatriene core surrounded by an association of benzo[c]fluorene(More)
Once introduced in the organism, the interaction of nanoparticles with various biomolecules strongly impacts their fate. Here we show that nanoparticles made of the squalene derivative of gemcitabine (SQGem) interact with lipoproteins (LPs), indirectly enabling the targeting of cancer cells with high LP receptors expression. In vitro and in vivo experiments(More)
The reversible "catch-and-release" of small molecules from the surface of monolayer-protected gold nanoparticles is described. The valency of the system (i.e., the number of molecules bound to the surface) can be controlled through the addition and removal of metal ions from the monolayer. Both the change in valency and the release rate of the molecules are(More)