Miroslav Terinek

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Inhibition of glycosidases has great potential in the quest for highly potent and specific drugs to treat diseases such as diabetes, cancer, and viral infections. One of the most effective ways of designing such compounds is by mimicking the transition state. Here we describe the structural, kinetic, and thermodynamic dissection of binding of two(More)
The acetylcholinesterase inhibitor (-)-huperzine A was synthesized from (S)-4-hydroxycyclohex-2-enone in 17 steps by a route that involved two cyclobutane fragmentations. The first of these employed a retro-aldol cleavage to generate the α-pyridone ring of huperzine A, and the second invoked a novel intramolecular aza-Prins reaction in tandem with(More)
An asymmetric total synthesis of the nootropic alkaloid (-)-huperzine A was completed using a cascade sequence initiated by an intramolecular aza-Prins reaction and terminated by a stereoelectronically guided fragmentation of a cyclobutylcarbinyl cation as the key step in assembling the bicyclo[3.3.1]nonene core of the natural product. Intramolecular [2 +(More)
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