Matthias D Mertens

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A coumarin-tetrahydroquinoline hydride 8 was synthesized as a chemical tool for fluorescent labeling. The rigidified tricyclic coumarin structure was chosen for its suitable fluorescence properties. The connection of 8 with a vinyl sulfone building block was accomplished by convergent synthesis thereby leading to the coumarin-based, tripeptidomimetic(More)
The preparation of novel fluorinated allylamines and their use as key fragments for the stereoselective synthesis of hydroxyethyl secondary amine (HEA)-type peptidomimetics is described. Our strategy employs chiral sulfinyl imines as synthesis intermediates, by treatment of hemiaminal precursors with two equivalents of vinylmagnesium bromide. The subsequent(More)
Besides their extracellular activity crucial for several pathophysiological conditions, human cysteine cathepsins, in particular cathepsins K and S, represent important intracellular targets for drug development. In the present study, a prototypic dipeptide nitrile inhibitor structure was equipped with a coumarin moiety to function as a fluorescent reporter(More)
A novel coumarin-derived thiol probe, based on the thiol-promoted cleavage of a quenching 2,4-dinitrobenzenesulfonyl group is described. The probe shows a sensitive fluorescence turn-on and sufficient solubility in aqueous environments. As a proof of concept, a new assay for AChE activity was developed as a useful addition to the established Ellman method.(More)
The synthesis of two fluorescent coumarin-type chiral derivatization agents (4 and 11) is reported. A chiral side chain was introduced at position 7 of the coumarin via Mitsunobu reaction. The two coumarins bear in this side chain either a free amino group or a carboxyl group, making them useful for further transformations. Conjugates of chiral prototype(More)
Cysteine cathepsins play an important role in many (patho)physiological conditions. Among them, cathepsins L, S, K and B are subjects of several drug discovery programs. Besides their role as drug targets, cysteine cathepsins are additionally considered to be possible biomarkers for inflammation and cancer. Herein, we describe the design, synthesis,(More)
In this study, alkynyl-coumarinyl ethers were developed as inhibitors of human monoamine oxidase B (MAO-B). A series of 31 new, ether-connected coumarin derivatives was synthesized via hydroxycoumarins, whose phenolic group at position 6, 7 or 8 was converted by means of the Mitsunobu reaction. The majority of the final products were produced from primary(More)
The sulfonylation of quinazolin-4(3H)-ones and related tetrahydrobenzothieno[2,3-d]pyrimidin-4(3H)-ones with mesyl, tosyl, and p-cyanobenzenesulfonyl chloride was studied. A hydrogen substituent at 2-position directed the sulfonyl group to the N-3 position, while alkylsulfanyl or amino substituents led to sulfonylation of the carbonyl oxygen. The latter(More)
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