Kevin D Moeller

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A new amino acid derived fluorescent linker for attaching molecules to the surface of a microelectrode array has been developed. Molecules to be monitored on an array are attached to the C-terminus of the linker, the N-terminus is then used to attach the linker to the array, and the side chain is used to synthesize a fluorescent tag. The fluorescent group(More)
Peptides have been site-selectively placed on microelectrode arrays with the use of both thiol-based conjugate additions and Cu(I)-coupling reactions between thiols and aryl halides. The conjugate addition reactions used both acrylate and maleimide Michael acceptors. Of the two methods, the Cu(I)-coupling reactions proved far superior because of their(More)
A lactam-based peptidomimetic for the Phe7-Phe8 region of substance P has been synthesized. The synthesis used an anodic amide oxidation to selectively functionalize the C5-position of a 3-phenylproline derivative. The resulting proline derivative was coupled to a Cbz-protected phenylalanine, and an intramolecular reductive amination strategy used to(More)
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)
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)
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 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)
The suitability of different purification methods for preparation of plasmid DNA for transfection into eukaryotic cells was systematically investigated. The reporter plasmid, pRSVcat, was prepared using several methods, and residual impurities in the preparations were quantitated. Transfection with these preparations was performed with several cell lines(More)
[reaction: see text] During efforts to develop chip-based Heck reaction chemistry, it was discovered that normal solution-phase Heck reactions can be dramatically accelerated using electrochemistry. The acceleration makes room temperature Heck reactions proceed at synthetically useful rates in the absence of added ligand. Presumably, the current passed(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)