Nobuyoshi Morita

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A concise synthesis of maremycins A and D1 has been accomplished via cycloaddition of a chiral cyclic nitrone with ( E)-3-ethylidene-1-methylindolin-2-one as a key step. This synthesis clarifies the stereochemistry of the maremycins and is suitable for large-scale synthesis for biological screening.
The total syntheses of tetrapeptides tubulysins D (1 b), U (1 c), and V (1 d), which are potent tubulin polymerization inhibitors, are described. The synthesis of Tuv (2), an unusual amino acid constituent of tubulysins, includes an 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition reaction of chiral nitrone D-6 derived from D-gulose with N-acryloyl camphor sultam (-)-9 employing(More)
The synthesis and biological evaluation of stereoisomers in tubulysin D are described. The stereoselective synthesis of all possible stereoisomers of C-11 and C-13 positions in tubulysin D was achieved by employing 1'-epi-Tuv-Me, 3'-epi-Tuv-Me, and ent-Tuv-Me and their biological properties were evaluated. It is clear that the stereochemistries of the C-11(More)
Ethyl glyoxylate O-tert-butyldimethylsilyloxime (8), on treatment with 2.2 equiv of BF3 x OEt2, generated N-boranonitrone E, which underwent intermolecular cycloaddition with alkenes 18 to afford isoxazolidines 19 in moderate to high yields. The cycloaddition of N-boranonitrone E with most of the alkenes gave 3,5-trans isoxazolidines as the major isomers(More)
The cycloaddition of nitrones with α,β-unsaturated carbonyl compounds (enones) afforded predominantly 4-acylisoxazolidines, whereas the cycloaddition of the corresponding oximes afforded 5-iminoisoxazolidines. This inverse regioselection is due to HOMO activation by the oxime functionality.
This article describes in detail the first total synthesis of grandisine alkaloids, grandisines B, D, and F, which show affinity for the human delta-opioid receptor. The key steps in this synthesis are construction of the isoquinuclidinone moiety of 2 by intramolecular imine formation and the tetracyclic ring system of 4 by stereoselective ring closure of(More)
A convergent synthesis of diversely substituted benzofuran neolignans (8) is described employing a single p-sulfinyl group on the phenols (3) as an ambident functional group for two types of carbon-carbon bond-forming reactions: (i) the direct synthesis of the dihydrobenzofuran skeletons through an aromatic Pummerer-type reaction and (ii) the(More)