Jacek W. Morzycki

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This review article presents advances in cholesterol chemistry since 2000. Various transformations (chemical, enzymatic, electrochemical, etc.) of cholesterol are presented. A special emphasis is given to cholesterol oxidation reactions, but also substitution of the 3β-hydroxyl group, addition to the C5-C6 double bond, C-H functionalization, and C-C bond(More)
We describe here an application of the practical, simple, and reliable approach for the determination of the absolute configuration of sterically demanding tert/tert vic-diols. According to this method, it is only necessary to mix dimolybdenum tetraacteate and a chiral diol in DMSO and record the CD spectra in the 250-650 nm spectral range. From the sign of(More)
Saponin OSW-1 (5e-G2; 3 beta,16 beta,17 alpha-trihydroxycholest-5-en-22-one 16-O-{O-[2-O-(4-methoxybenzoyl)-beta-D-xylopyranosyl]-(1-->3)-2-O-acetyl-alpha-arabinopyranoside}) analogues: with modified side chain (5a/d-G2), 22-deoxo-23,24,25,26,27-pentanor- (14), 22-deoxo-23-oxa- (17), glycosylated with various monosaccharides (5e-G4/G6/G8), and OSW-1(More)
This review article is a tribute to the numerous chemists whose relentless effort for the last quarter of a century resulted in the isolation, identification, and finally the chemical synthesis of a family of bis-steroidal pyrazine alkaloids of marine origin. In the task of defeating cancer, the search for bioactive substances among the naturally occurring(More)
A pH sensitive fluorescence probe piranine trisulfonate, entrapped inside small unilamellar liposomes formed with egg yolk phosphatidylcholine, was applied to investigate effect of polyene antibiotic amphotericin B (AmB) on proton transport across lipid membranes. Time dependencies of fluorescence-monitored pH changes inside lipid vesicles, upon sudden(More)
Twelve years ago a group of cholestane glycosides was isolated from the bulbs of Ornithogalum saundersiae, a species of the lily family without any medicinal folklore background. Similar glycosides were recently isolated from Galtonia candicans. The major component of the mixture of saponins, OSW-1, exhibited sub-nanomolar antineoplastic activity. While(More)
Analogues of the potent cytotoxic saponin OSW-1 were prepared from the readily available steroidal 16β,17α,22-triol. The new 22-deoxo-23-oxa analogues of OSW-1 were screened against eight cancer cell lines and normal human fibroblasts. The analogues proved to be slightly less active than OSW-1 but also less toxic to normal cells. They induce concentration-(More)
Syntheses of "glycospirostanes" from 3beta-hydroxy-23,24-dinor-5alpha-cholano-22,16-lactone and 3alpha-hydroxy-23,24-dinor-5beta-cholano-22,16-lactone were performed. The key step of these syntheses was ring-closing metathesis of the corresponding C,O-diallyl derivative. Further elaboration of the six-membered ring F consisted of allylic hydroxylation with(More)
In this work, we describe the synthesis and solid-state dynamics of isomeric molecular rotors 7E and 7Z, consisting of two androstane steroidal frameworks linked by the D rings by triple bonds at their C17 positions to a 1,4-phenylene rotator. They are also linked by the A rings by an alkenyl diester bridge to restrict the conformational flexibility of the(More)