Paolo Melchiorre

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[structure: see text]. The first general and highly enantioselective organocatalytic Friedel-Crafts alkylation of indoles with simple alpha,beta-unsaturated ketones has been accomplished. Central to these studies has been the identification of a new catalyst amine salt, in which both the cation and the anion are chiral, that exhibits high reactivity and(More)
Catalysis with chiral secondary amines (asymmetric aminocatalysis) has become a well-established and powerful synthetic tool for the chemo- and enantioselective functionalization of carbonyl compounds. In the last eight years alone, this field has grown at such an extraordinary pace that it is now recognized as an independent area of synthetic chemistry,(More)
The structural complexity and well-defined three-dimensional architecture of natural molecules are generally correlated with specificity of action and potentially useful biological properties. This complexity has inspired generations of synthetic chemists to design novel enantioselective strategies for assembling challenging target structures and(More)
Endomorphin-1 (Tyr-Pro-Trp-PheNH2) has been proposed as the most potent endogenous ligand of the mu-opioid receptors. In this paper, we describe the synthesis of some endomorphin-1 based tetrapeptides in which a residue of the sequence Tyr-Pro-Trp-PheNH2 is replaced by the corresponding beta-isomer. These novel peptides showed different affinities for the(More)
Low sensitivity toward traces of moisture and high tolerance of different functional groups make indium tribromide suitable for carrying out multistep synthetic sequences. In particular, we have realized a 1,4-conjugated addition of indoles/thiols to alpha,beta-unsaturated ketones mediated by a catalytic amount (10 mol %) of InBr(3) obtaining the desired(More)
[reaction: see text] The asymmetric aminolytic kinetic resolution (AKR) of racemic terminal epoxides using carbamates as the nucleophile catalyzed by (salen)Co(III) complex provides a practical and straightforward method for the synthesis of both aliphatic and aromatic N-Boc- or N-Cbz-protected 1,2-amino alcohols in almost enantiomerically pure form (ee >/=(More)