James R Cochrane

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The first total synthesis of mycocyclosin, a diketopiperazine natural product isolated from M. tuberculosis, is described. While direct oxidative coupling of tyrosine phenolic groups was unsuccessful, construction of the highly strained bicyclic framework was successfully accomplished through an intramolecular Miyaura-Suzuki cross-coupling to generate the(More)
Metabolic reprogramming toward aerobic glycolysis unavoidably induces methylglyoxal (MG) formation in cancer cells. MG mediates the glycation of proteins to form advanced glycation end products (AGEs). We have recently demonstrated that MG-induced AGEs are a common feature of breast cancer. Little is known regarding the impact of MG-mediated carbonyl stress(More)
The total synthesis of the potent antifungal and antibiotic cyclic depsipeptide LI-F04a and its side chain epimer was accomplished using macrolactonization to assemble the cyclic peptide core, followed by attachment of the 15-guanidino-3-hydroxypentadecanoyl (GHPD) side chain. The side chain was assembled by Yamaguchi-Hirao alkylation of both enantiomers of(More)
We report the synthesis of new water-soluble cryptophane host molecules that can be used for the preparation of (129)Xe NMR-based biosensors. We show that the cryptophane-223 skeleton can be modified to introduce a unique secondary alcohol to the propylenedioxy linker. This chemical functionality can then be exploited to introduce a functional group that is(More)
The structures of the naturally occurring antimicrobial lipodepsipeptides circulocin γ and circulocin δ have been reported to comprise a common cyclic depsipeptide core attached to 3-hydroxy,ω-guanidino fatty acid chains differing in length by two methylene units, but analysis of the reported data suggested that the originally reported structures had(More)
The Ag(I)-promoted coupling of amino acids and peptides with amino ester thioamides generates peptide imides without epimerisation. The peptide imides undergo regioselective hydrolysis under mild conditions to generate native peptides. This method was employed to prepare the pentapeptide thymopentin in the N→C direction, in high yield and purity.
A class of hemicryptophane cages that adopt imploded conformations in solution and in the solid state has been described and studied by NMR spectroscopy and X-ray crystallography. It is reported that the degree of collapse of the molecular cavity can be controlled by changing the stereochemistry of the chiral elements of the hemicryptophanes, leading to a(More)
The synthesis of eight enantiopure molecular cages (four diastereomeric pairs of enantiomers) comprising a helically chiral cyclotriveratrylene (CTV) unit, three axially chiral binaphthol linkages, and three centrally asymmetric carbon atoms of a trialkanolamine core, is described. These new cages constitute a novel family of hemicryptophanes, which combine(More)
The cyclic peptide core of the antifungal and antibiotic cyclic depsipeptide LI-F04a was synthesised by using a modified Yamaguchi macrolactonization approach. Alternative methods of macrolactonization (e.g., Corey-Nicolaou) resulted in significant epimerization of the C-terminal amino acid during the cyclization reaction. The D-stereochemistry of the(More)