Mao-Sheng Cheng

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Ecdysterone (EDS), a common derivative of ecdysteroid, has shown its effects on alleviating cognitive impairment and improving the cognition and memory. However, the mechanisms remain unknown. Using temporal global forebrain ischemia and reperfusion-induced brain injury as a model system, we investigated the roles of EDS in improving cognitive impairment in(More)
Oleanolic acid and its glycosides are important natural products, possessing various attractive biological activities such as antitumor, antivirus and anti-inflammatory properties. In the present work, fifteen oleanolic acid saponins bearing various saccharide moieties, including 3-monoglycoside, 28-monoglycoside and 3,28-diglycoside, were easily(More)
AIM To decipher the molecular interactions between c-Met and its type I inhibitors and to facilitate the design of novel c-Met inhibitors. METHODS Based on the prototype model inhibitor 1, four ligands with subtle differences in the fused aromatic rings were synthesized. Quantum chemistry was employed to calculate the binding free energy for each ligand.(More)
Heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) is an important anti-inflammatory, antioxidative and cytoprotective enzyme that is regulated by the activation of the major transcription factor, nuclear factor (erythroid-derived 2)-like 2 (Nrf2). In the present study, six stilbene derivatives isolated from Rheum undulatum L. were assessed for their antioxidative potential. In the(More)
CoMFA, CoMSIA and eigenvalue analysis (EVA) were performed to study the structural features of 61 diverse dibenzodioxepinone and dibenzodioxocinone analogues to probe cholesteryl ester transfer protein (CETP) inhibitory activity. Three methods yielded statistically significant models upon assessment of cross-validation, bootstrapping, and progressive(More)
To understand the principles underlying protein folding, many molecular modeling methods are being developed for predicting functional positions. In this work, fully flexible dinucleotides d(pApA), d(pApC), d(pApG), d(pApT), d(pCpA), d(pCpC), d(pCpG), d(pCpT), d(pGpA), d(pGpC), d(pGpG), d(pGpT), d(pTpA), d(pTpC), d(pTpG), and d(pTpT) were first docked onto(More)
The synthesis of ring-contracted derivatives of erythromycin A via intramolecular transesterification under microwave irradiation of 8,9-anhydroerythromycin A 6,9-hemiketal and its derivatives is described. It was found that microwave irradiation could significantly improve the yields and shorten the reaction times under either solvent-containing (method A)(More)
AIM To build a model of 3D-structure of H(+), K(+)-ATPase catalytic subunit for theoretical study and anti-ulcer drug design. METHODS The model was built on the basis of structural data from the Ca(2+)-ATPase. Structurally conserved regions were defined by amino acid sequence comparisons, optimum interconnecting loops were selected from the protein(More)
An efficient selective demethylation and debenzylation method for aryl methyl/benzyl ethers using magnesium iodide under solvent-free conditions has been developed and applied to the synthesis of natural flavone and biphenyl glycosides. A variety of functional groups including glycoside were tolerated under the reaction conditions. Experimental results(More)
The first chemical synthesis of the natural triterpenoid saponin Patrinia-glycoside B-II, namely oleanolic acid 3-O-α-L-rhamnopyranosyl-(1→2)-[β-D-gluco-pyranosyl-(1→3)]-α-L-arabinopyranoside, has been accomplished in a linear 11-step sequence 11 with 9.4% overall yield. The abnormal 1C4 conformation of the arabinose residue was found to occur via(More)