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The conformation of oligomers of beta-amino acids of the general type Ac-[beta-Xaa]n-NHMe (beta-Xaa = beta-Ala, beta-Aib, and beta-Abu; n = 1-4) was systematically examined at different levels of ab initio molecular orbital theory (HF/6-31G*, HF/3-21G). The solvent influence was considered employing two quantum-mechanical self-consistent reaction field(More)
The serine protease trypsin was converted into a site-specific protease which hydrolyzes peptides between dibasic residues. Trypsin exhibits a high S1 specificity for Arg and Lys residues. However, the S1' specificity of trypsin is very broad, with only a slight preference for hydrophobic residues in P1'. We replaced Lys60 with Glu and Asp to introduce a(More)
We describe a straightforward synthesis of 9-substituted 3-aminooxazolidinopiperidin-2-ones 4. Some derivatives were prepared for use in peptide synthesis as rigidified surrogates of the Ala-Pro dipeptide. Analysis of the amide derivatives 14 by NMR experiments and molecular mechanics/dynamics calculations shows that the major isomer 14a has a stronger(More)
Several experimental findings indicate that the adhesion molecule N-cadherin participates in distinct processes of embryogenesis that spatiotemporarily correlate with high sensitivity to thalidomide. Therefore, we suppose that thalidomide might interfere with N-cadherin-mediated interactions. This hypothesis is supported by protein-ligand docking studies(More)
Dehydrodidemnin B (DDB or aplidine), a potent antitumoral natural product currently in phase II clinical trials, exists as an approximately 1:1 mixture of two slowly interconverting conformations. These are sufficiently long-lived so as to allow their resolution by HPLC. NMR spectroscopy shows that this phenomenon is a consequence of restricted rotation(More)
A series of substituted 4-phenyl-1,4-dihydropyridines 2a-m was tested for their inhibitory effects on L-triiodothyronine (L-T3) uptake by human HepG2 hepatoma cells. The most potent compounds were the nitro-substituted derivatives 2,6-dimethyl-4-(4'-nitrophenyl)-1,4-dihydropyridine-3,5-dicarboxylic acid 3-ethyl ester 5-methyl ester (2m) and the well-known(More)
Contrary to common protease substrates, the hydrolysis of 4-guanidinophenyl esters of the Boc-Xaa-OGp type by trypsin and trypsin-like proteases performs easily and independently of the structure and chirality of the acyl moiety. The hydrolysis of this new class of substrate mimetics, previously called inverse substrates, is enabled by the highly specific(More)
A series of substituted 3-amino-5-phenoxythiophenes was synthesized starting from malodinitrile and carbon disulfide. The resulting dicyanoketenedithiolate reacts via Thorpe-Dieckmann cyclization with halogen methanes bearing electron-withdrawing groups to give thiophene-2-thiolates, which can be transformed into(More)
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