Michael C Willis

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Selectins participate in the initial events leading to leukocyte extravasation from the blood into tissues. Thus the selectins have generated much interest as targets for antiinflammatory agents. Therapeutic molecules based on the monomeric carbohydrate ligand sialyl Lewis X (SLe(X)) have low affinities and are not specific for a given selectin. Using SELEX(More)
5-Iodouracil-substituted RNA and DNA were crosslinked regiospecifically to associated proteins in yields of 70 to 94% of bound nucleic acid. Irradiation of the iodouracil chromophore with monochromatic, long-wavelength ultraviolet radiation (325 nanometers) eliminates excitation of other nucleic acid and protein chromophores. The combination of high(More)
Alkene and alkyne hydroacylation reactions are archetypal examples of simple addition processes that display excellent atom economy. [1] Both reactions result in the formation of a new CÀC bond and deliver synthetically useful carbonyl-containing products. [2] In recent years, there has been considerable interest in converting these processes into(More)
For over 30 years, rapamycin has generated a sustained and intense interest from the scientific community as a result of its exceptional pharmacological properties and challenging structural features. In addition to its well known therapeutic value as a potent immunosuppressive agent, rapamycin and its derivatives have recently gained prominence for the(More)
By using DABCO·(SO(2))(2), DABSO, as a solid bench-stable SO(2)-equivalent, the palladium-catalysed aminosulfonylation of aryl-, alkenyl- and heteroaryl halides has been achieved. N,N-Dialkylhydrazines are employed as the N-nucleophiles and provide N-aminosulfonamides as the products in good to excellent yields. The reactions are operationally simple to(More)
Sulfonyl-derived functional groups populate a broad range of useful molecules and materials, and despite a variety of preparative methods being available, processes which introduce the most basic sulfonyl building block, sulfur dioxide, using catalytic methods, are rare. Described herein is a simple reaction system consisting of the sulfur dioxide surrogate(More)
A one-pot three-step sequence involving Rh-catalyzed alkene hydroacylation, sulfide elimination and Rh-catalyzed aryl boronic acid conjugate addition gave products of traceless chelation-controlled hydroacylation employing alkyl aldehydes. The stereodefined β-aryl ketones were obtained in good yields with excellent control of enantioselectivity. Good(More)
The addition of Grignard reagents or organolithium reagents to the SO2-surrogate DABSO generates a diverse set of metal sulfinates, suitable for direct conversion to sulfone products. The metal sulfinates can be trapped in situ with a wide range of C-electrophiles, including alkyl, allyl, and benzyl halides, epoxides, and (hetero)aryliodoniums.