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The total syntheses of (-)-cylindrocyclophane A (1), a naturally occurring, cytotoxic [7.7]paracyclophane, and its enantiomer have been achieved in an enantiodivergent manner starting from a chiral propargyl alcohol building block using Smith's cross metathesis/ring-closing metathesis protocol as the key step. The biological evaluation of both enantiomers… (More)
A versatile, highly enantiocontrolled entry to the spiro-beta-lactam core of chartellines has been developed by expanding the scope of oxidative nitrogen atom transfer methodology based on chiral Rh-nitrenoid species.
An enantiocontrolled synthesis of (+)-AG-041R (1), a potent gastrin/CCK-B receptor antagonist, has been achieved employing a chiral rhodium(II)-catalyzed, oxidative intramolecular aza-spiroannulation as the key step.
Identification of small-molecule ligands for a protein of interest can facilitate the analysis of the protein's functions in biological systems. Small-molecule microarrays have allowed for rapid detection of such ligand-protein interactions in a high-throughput manner, although a label on a protein is needed to observe these interactions. By combining SPR… (More)
Osteoclasts, bone-resorptive multinucleated cells derived from hematopoietic stem cells, are associated with many bone-related diseases, such as osteoporosis. Osteoclast-targeting small-molecule inhibitors are valuable tools for studying osteoclast biology and for developing antiresorptive agents. Here, we have discovered that methyl-gerfelin (M-GFN), the… (More)
We have developed a unique photo-cross-linking approach for immobilizing a variety of small molecules in a functional-group-independent manner. Our approach depends on the reactivity of the carbene species generated from trifluoromethylaryldiazirine upon UV irradiation. It was demonstrated in model experiments that the photogenerated carbenes were able to… (More)
Mature bone-resorbing osteoclasts (OCs) mediate excessive bone loss seen in several bone disorders, including osteoporosis. Here, we showed that reveromycin A (RM-A), a small natural product with three carboxylic groups in its structure, induced apoptosis specifically in OCs, but not in OC progenitors, nonfunctional osteoclasts, or osteoblasts. RM-A… (More)
Bis(arylmethylidene)acetone derivatives are an important class of curcumin analogues that exhibit various biological and pharmacological activities. We herein report that GO-Y086, a biotinylated bis(arylmethylidene)acetone, inhibits cancer cell growth. We also show that GO-Y086 specifically interacts with the nuclear protein KSRP/FUBP2 by covalent… (More)
Pironetin is a potent inhibitor of tubulin assembly and arrests cell cycle progression in M phase. Analyses of its structure-activity relationships suggested that pironetin covalently binds tubulin. To determine the binding site of pironetin, we synthesized biotinylated pironetin, which inhibited tubulin assembly both in vitro and in situ. The biotinylated… (More)