Kevin D. Moeller

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Anodic olefin coupling reactions using a tosylamine trapping group have been studied. The cyclizations are favored by the use of a less-polar radical cation and more basic reaction conditions. The most significant factor for obtaining good yields of cyclic product is the use of the more basic reaction conditions. The cyclizations allow for the rapid(More)
In principle, the development of the active analog approach to computer-assisted drug design can offer a unique opportunity for dramatically increasing the efficiency of designing new drug candidates by predicting the biologically active conformation of peptide ligands. 1 But how do we know that such molecular modeling predictions are accurate, and can a(More)
A modified synthetic route has been developed so that the steric size of constraints added to the pyroglutamate region of TRH (pGluHisProNH(2)) can be varied. Both an analogue with a smaller ethylene bridge and a larger, more flexible propane bridge in this region have been synthesized. These analogues were synthesized in order to probe why the initial(More)
A building block based approach was used to synthesize a pair of tetracyclic peptidomimetics that constrain all but one of the rotational degrees of freedom of the hypothalamic tripeptide hormone thyroliberin. One of the analogs bound to the thyroliberin endocrine receptor (TRH-R) with an affinity greater than that of an analog without constraints. The(More)
Thyrotropin-releasing hormone (TRH) is a tripeptide (< Glu-His-Pro-NH2) that signals through a G protein-coupled receptor. TRH is a highly flexible molecule that can assume many conformations in solution. To attempt to delineate the biologically active conformation of TRH, we synthesized a pair of conformationally restricted cyclohexyl/Ala2-TRH analogues.(More)
A simplified analog (WU-07047) of the selective Gαq/11 inhibitor YM-254890 has been synthesized, and an initial probe of its activity conducted. In the analog, the two peptide-based linkers in the cyclic YM-254890 have been replaced with hydrocarbon chains. This enables a convergent approach to the synthesis of the analog. Biochemical assays showed that(More)
Pd(0) was generated at preselected sites on an electrochemically addressable chip and then utilized to effect a Heck reaction. The Pd(0) was confined to the preselected electrodes with the use of allylmethyl carbonate. Unlike most mediated electrochemical reactions, the electrolysis in this case was not used to convert a stoichiometric process into a(More)
A Pd(II) reagent has been generated at preselected sites on an electrochemically addressable chip. The reagent was used to effect the Wacker oxidation of an olefin substrate bound to the chip near the electrode. The use of ethyl vinyl ether in the solution above the chip effectively kept the Pd(II) reagent generated at the preselected electrode from(More)
Uterine artery blood flow (UABF) is critical to maintaining uterine perfusion in nonpregnant states and for uteroplacental delivery of nutrients and oxygen to the fetus during pregnancy. Impaired UABF is implicated in infertility and several pregnancy complications including fetal growth restriction, small for gestational age, and preeclampsia. The etiology(More)
Site-selective Cu(I)-catalyzed reactions have been developed on microelectrode arrays. The reactions are confined to preselected electrodes on the arrays using oxygen as the confining agent. Conditions initially developed for the Cu(I)-catalyzed click reaction have proven general for the coupling of amine, alcohol, and sulfur nucleophiles to both vinyl and(More)