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When two socially naive Drosophila males meet, they will fight. However, prior social grouping of males reduces their aggression. We found olfactory communication to be important for modulating Drosophila aggression. Although acute exposure to the male-specific pheromone 11-cis-vaccenyl acetate (cVA) elicited aggression through Or67d olfactory receptor… (More)
The development of efficient reactions for the one-pot construction of bicyclic ring systems bearing two quaternary carbon centres at their bridgehead positions represents a significant challenge to synthetic chemistry. The development of new methods capable of overcoming this challenge is highly desirable, because this motif can be found in a wide range of… (More)
Polo-like kinase 1 (Plk1) is a mitotic serine/threonine kinase and its kinase activity is closely interrelated to cell cycle progression, various types of cancer development and often correlates with poor prognosis. Thus, it is of prime importance to characterize the phenotypes of Plk1 inhibition in cells for drug development and clinical application. Here,… (More)
During the preclinical drug discovery process it remains a challenge to enable early elimination of candidate molecules that may have non-specific, off-target activities. Here, we use whole zebrafish embryo assays coupled with genetic analysis to address this issue. PLK1 (Polo-like kinase 1) is one of the key regulators that control mitotic entry, spindle… (More)
A concise first total synthesis of (±) maoecrystal V (1) is reported. The synthesis features a Wessely oxidative dearomatization of a phenol, an intramolecular Diels-Alder reaction, and a Rh-catalyzed O-H bond insertion as key steps.
A novel and concise approach for the construction of the core structure of maoecrystal V (1) has been developed. Utilizing the lead-mediated arylation of beta-ketoesters and oxidative dearomatization/IMDA reaction as key steps, the two consecutive all-carbon quaternary centers (C-9 and C-10) were constructed in a stereoselective manner. The developed… (More)
In this account, we have highlighted our most recent works towards the total synthesis of bioactive natural products, which have resulted in the development of several novel synthetic methods. Inspired and guided by strategies based on diversity-oriented synthesis, we have successfully applied the novel synthetic methodologies developed in our lab to the… (More)
A novel limonoid, perforanoid A, was isolated, and an asymmetric total synthesis was achieved in 10 steps. The key steps are chiral tertiary aminonaphthol mediated enantioselective alkenylation of an aldehyde to an allylic alcohol, Pd-catalyzed coupling of the allylic alcohol with vinyl ether to form the γ-lactone ring, and cyclopentenone ring formation… (More)
Lewis acid Zn(OTf)(2)-catalyzed tandem annulations of isonitriles and allenic esters which lead to efficient and flexible syntheses of a range of biologically significant maleimides and carbazoles and related compounds are reported. A mechanistic rationale is proposed to account for the observed reactivity.
Schindilactone A (1) and structures 2–4 (Scheme 1a) are representative members of a novel group of nortriterpenoids isolated by Sun and co-workers from the plants of Schisandraceae, which have been used in China for the treatment of rheumatic lumbago and related diseases. Preliminary biological assays indicated that some of them possess biological… (More)