Hiromi Yabunaka

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To elucidate the inhibitory action of acetogenins, the most potent inhibitors of mitochondrial complex I, we synthesized an acetogenin analogue which possesses a ubiquinone ring (i.e., the physiological substrate of complex I) in place of the alpha,beta-unsaturated gamma-lactone ring of natural acetogenins, and named it Q-acetogenin. Our results indicate(More)
We synthesized novel ubiquinone analogs by hybridizing the natural ubiquinone ring (2,3-dimethoxy-5-methyl-1,4-benzoquinone) and hydrophobic phenoxybenzamide unit, and named them hybrid ubiquinones (HUs). The HUs worked as electron transfer substrates with bovine heart mitochondrial succinate-ubiquinone oxidoreductase (complex II) and ubiquinol-cytochrome c(More)
To elucidate the role of the hydrophobic alkyl tail of acetogenins in the inhibitory action, we synthesized an acetogenin derivative possessing the shortest tail (i.e., methyl group) and examined its inhibitory activity against bovine heart mitochondrial complex I. Our results indicated that the alkyl tail, which is one of the common structural features of(More)
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