Michael R Luzung

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In vitro and in vivo characterization of the cyclomarin/cyclomarazine prenyltransferase CymD revealed its ability to prenylate tryptophan prior to incorporation into both cyclic peptides by the nonribosomal peptide synthetase CymA. This knowledge was utilized to bioengineer novel derivatives of these marine bacterial natural products by providing synthetic(More)
The cycloisomerization of 1,5-enynes catalyzed by cationic triphenylphosphinegold(I) complexes produces bicyclo[3.1.0]hexenes. Substitution at all positions of the 1,5-enyne is tolerated, leading to a wide range of bicyclo[3.1.0]hexane structures, including those containing quaternary carbons. Substrates containing a 1,2-disubstituted olefin undergo(More)
Stabilization of cationic intermediates as gold(I)-carbenoids is proposed to be essential in a variety of gold(I)-catalyzed cycloisomerization reactions.1,2 In an effort to gain further insight into the impact of this stabilization, we were inspired by parallels in the reactivity of gold-complexed allenes and allyl cations3 to consider the stepwise(More)
An addition of organozinc nucleophiles to N-acyl activated quinolines and isoquinolines is described. Simple transmetalation with the corresponding Grignard reagents using ZnCl2 forms organozinc compounds which are functional group tolerant and stable to reactive acyl chloride reagents for extended periods. A wide variety of substrates which include(More)
A mild method for the regioselective coupling of propargyl alcohols and allylsilanes is described. The method employs an air- and moisture-tolerant rhenium-oxo complex ((dppm)ReOCl3) as a catalyst for the formation of sp3-carbon-sp3-carbon bonds without the need for prior activation of the propargyl alcohol as a halide or pseudohalide. The stability of the(More)
Tris(triphenylphosphinegold) oxonium tetrafluoroborate, [(Ph3PAu)3O]BF4, catalyzes the rearrangement of 1,5-allenynes to produce cross-conjugated trienes. Experimental and computational evidence shows that the ene reaction proceeds through a unique nucleophilic addition of an allene double bond to a cationic phosphinegold(I)-complexed phosphinegold(I)(More)
Cationic tri-tert-butylphosphinegold(I) serves as a catalyst in the sila-Cope rearrangement of acetylenic allylsilanes. When phenol is employed as a nucleophile, the reaction allows for the stereoselective synthesis of vinylsilanes. Alternatively, use of methanol as a nucleophile leads to cyclic vinylsilanes, which can be viewed as latent vinylsilanes that(More)
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