Michael R Mannion

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Gad-1 and Gad-2 are antimicrobial peptide (AMP) sequences encoded by paralogous genes. They are rich in histidine, which suggests that their activity might be pH-dependent. We examined their structure-function relationships with a view to learning how to improve AMP therapeutic ratios. Activity assays with Gram-negative bacteria and cancer cell lines(More)
A series of 1,n-dioxa[n](2,7)pyrenophanes (n = 7-12) with increasingly nonplanar pyrene moieties was synthesized by a 9-10 step sequence starting from 5-hydroxyisophthalic acid. The crystal structure of each member of this series was determined crystallographically. Several spectroscopic properties were found to vary with the extent of the nonplanarity of(More)
The reduction of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) with alkali metals can, in some cases, afford a reductive dimerization process. This process takes place in systems that have the capability of forming a stable anionic subunit and concentrating a high electron density on a specific carbon atom, which will eventually form a new s bond.[1] Such(More)
The reduction of a series of [n](2,7)pyrenophanes (n = 7-10) with lithium or potassium metal shows that the strain in the system, controlled by the length of the tether, determines the nature of the reduction products. The reduction of [7](2,7)pyrenophane (2) and [2]metacyclo[2](2,7)pyrenophane (3) leads to reductive dimerization followed by novel(More)
The development of a palladium-catalyzed decarboxylative coupling reaction of arene carboxylates with olefinic substrates is described. The optimized procedure for decarboxylative palladation employs Pd(O2CCF3)2 as catalyst (0.2 equiv) in the presence of Ag2CO3 (3 equiv) in the solvent 5% DMSO-DMF and proceeds at temperatures of 80-120 degrees C with a wide(More)
A synthetic approach to a set of three inherently chiral [n]cyclophanes, [n](1,6)pyrenophanes (29a-c, n = 8-10) was investigated. Progress toward 29a was thwarted by the failure of the key dithiacyclophane-forming reaction. For the next higher homologue, the synthesis was completed, but the desired [9](1,6)pyrenophane (29b) could only be partially separated(More)
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