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Many natural products that contain basic nitrogen atoms--for example alkaloids like morphine and quinine-have the potential to treat a broad range of human diseases. However, the presence of a nitrogen atom in a target molecule can complicate its chemical synthesis because of the basicity of nitrogen atoms and their susceptibility to oxidation. Obtaining… (More)
The highly effective and selective isoxazoline insecticide A1443 is known to potently displace [(3)H]ethynylbicycloorthobenzoate ([(3)H]EBOB) binding to house fly head membranes with an IC50 of 0.2 nM in a manner characteristic of GABA-gated chloride channel antagonists. To further define its mode of action, we prepared phenyl-labeled [(3)H]A1443 as… (More)
The Pd- and Ni-promoted decarbonylation of amino acid thioesters proceeds smoothly to yield enamides. The synthesis of the (S)-(Z)-AviMeCys subunit of mersacidin, an MRSA-active lantibiotic, via this approach, is described.
Patellamide A was efficiently synthesized from thiazole 2 via two complementary heterocyclization approaches to form the thiazole and oxazoline rings.
A new route to Cbz-(S)-dolaphenine, a recurring element in bioactive peptidic natural products, has been implemented, which closely parallels the biogenetic pathway. Cyclodehydration of 11 to yield thiazoline 2 allows for a Ni(0)-promoted decarbonylative aromatization to provide the thiazole framework with retention of stereochemistry.