Paul D. O'Shea

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A practical, kilogram-scale chromatography-free synthesis of mPGE synthase I inhibitor MK-7285 is described. The route features a convergent assembly of the core phenanthrene unit via amide-directed ortho-metalation and proximity-induced anionic cyclization, followed by imidazole synthesis and late-stage cyanation.
In this manuscript we wish to report the discovery of MK-7246 (4), a potent and selective CRTH2 (DP2) antagonist. SAR studies leading to MK-7246 along with two synthetic sequences enabling the preparation of this novel class of CRTH2 antagonist are reported. Finally, the pharmacokinetic and metabolic profile of MK-7246 is disclosed.
A facile and general protocol for the preparation of 2-amino-1,3,4-oxadiazoles is reported. This method relies on a tosyl chloride/pyridine-mediated cyclization of a thiosemicarbazide, which is readily prepared by acylation of a given hydrazide with the appropriate isothiocyanate. Cyclization of the thiosemicarbazide consistently outperforms the analogous(More)
Practical, chromatography-free syntheses of 5-lipoxygenase inhibitor MK-0633 p-toluenesulfonate (1) are described. The first route used an asymmetric zincate addition to ethyl 2,2,2-trifluoropyruvate followed by 1,3,4-oxadiazole formation and reductive amination as key steps. An improved second route features an inexpensive diastereomeric salt resolution of(More)
[Reaction: see text] Addition of lithium bis(trimethylsilyl)amide to perfluorinated ketones 1a-j affords (E)-N-TMS-ketimines 2a-j that are reduced in situ to afford racemic perfluoromethylated amine hydrochloride salts 3a-j in 54-97% yields. Solvolysis of the N-Si bond in MeOH leads to formation of bench-stable, isolable N-H imine Z/E isomer mixtures along(More)
In this report, we disclose our findings regarding the remarkable effect of a low-level impurity found in the solvent used for a ruthenium-catalyzed direct arylation reaction. This discovery allowed for the development of a robust and high-yield arylation protocol that was demonstrated on a multikilogram scale using carboxylate as the cocatalyst. Finally, a(More)
N-H ketoimines 3a-3v are readily prepared in high yield via organometallic addition to nitriles and isolated as corresponding bench-stable hydrochloride salts. Homogeneous asymmetric hydrogenation of unprotected N-H ketoimines 3a-3v using Ir-(S,S)-f-binaphane as catalyst provides chiral amines 4a-4v in 90-95% yield with enantioselectivities up to 95% ee.
This paper brings together the concepts of molecular complexity and crowdsourcing. An exercise was done at Merck where 386 chemists voted on the molecular complexity (on a scale of 1-5) of 2681 molecules taken from various sources: public, licensed, and in-house. The meanComplexity of a molecule is the average over all votes for that molecule. As long as(More)
A large-scale, chromatography-free synthesis of a potent and selective Cathepsin K inhibitor 1 is reported. The key asymmetric center was installed by addition of (R)-pantolactone to the in situ-generated ketene 4a. The final step of the convergent synthesis of 1 was completed via Suzuki coupling of aryl bromide 7a with unprotected aryl piperazine boronic(More)