Kevin X Rodriguez

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As commercial technology moves further into wearable technologies, cognitive and psychological scientists can capitalize on these devices to facilitate naturalistic research designs while still maintaining strong experimental control. One such wearable technology is Google Glass (Google, Inc.:, which can present wearers with audio and(More)
Streptococcus pyogenes, or group A Streptococcus (GAS), is a human bacterial pathogen that can manifest as a range of diseases from pharyngitis and impetigo to severe outcomes such as necrotizing fasciitis and toxic shock syndrome. GAS disease remains a global health burden with cases estimated at over 700 million annually and over half a million deaths due(More)
In our previous study, we found that (E)-2,4-bis(p-hydroxyphenyl)-2-butenal showed anti-cancer effect, but it showed lack of stability and drug likeness. We have prepared several (E)-2,4-bis(p-hydroxyphenyl)-2-butenal analogues by Heck reaction. We selected two compounds which showed significant inhibitory effect of colon cancer cell growth. Thus, we(More)
A one-pot-three-step method has been developed for the conversion of oxazolino-2H-indazoles into triazolotriazepinoindazolones with three points of diversity. Step one of this process involves a propargyl bromide-initiated ring opening of the oxazolino-2H-indazole (available by the Davis-Beirut reaction) to give an(More)
A phosphorus(III)-mediated formal [4+1]-cycloaddition of 1,2-dicarbonyls and o-quinone methides to provide 2,3-dihydrobenzofurans is described. By exploiting the carbene-like nature of dioxyphospholenes, dihydrobenzofurans bearing a quaternary center at C2 are obtained in 30-92% yield with diastereoselectivities up to ≥20:1. This study highlights the subtle(More)
Copper catalyzed azide-alkyne cycloaddition (CuAAC) chemistry is reported for the construction of previously unknown 5-(1H-1,2,3-triazol-1-yl)-4,5'-bithiazoles from 2-bromo-1-(thiazol-5-yl)ethanones. These novel triazolobithiazoles are shown to have cystic fibrosis (CF) corrector activity and, compared to the benchmark bithiazole CF corrector corr-4a,(More)
A RhII-catalyzed formal [4 + 1]-cycloaddition approach toward spirooxindole cyclopentenones is described. The diastereoselective cyclopropanation of vinyl ketenes with diazooxindoles as C1 synthons initiated a relatively mild formal [1,3]-migration of an intermediate cyclopropyl ketene to provide spirooxindoles in good to excellent yields (36-99%).
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a severely debilitating chronic autoimmune disease that leads to long-term joint damage. Signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3)-targeted small molecules have shown promise as therapeutic drugs for treating RA. We previously identified (E)-2,4-bis(p-hydroxyphenyl)-2-butenal (BHPB), a tyrosine-fructose Maillard(More)
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