Richard P. Hsung

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Resveratrol, a nontoxic polyphenol, has been shown to inhibit tumor growth in a xenograft mouse model of neuroblasoma. However, resveratrol is rapidly metabolized, mainly to its glucuronidated and sulfated derivatives. This study demonstrates that resveratrol alone, and not the glucuronidated or sulfated metabolites, is taken up into tumor cells, induces a(More)
[reaction: see text] Total syntheses of (+/-)-rhododaurichromanic acids A and B and methyl (+/-)-daurichromenic ester are described here. Despite the complex appearances of these compounds, their syntheses are completed in six steps with a 15% overall yield as a mixture by featuring our formal oxa-[3 + 3] cycloaddition methodology.
[reaction: see text] A 19-step stereoselective total synthesis of (+/-)-tangutorine is described here. The total synthesis features an intramolecular aza-[3 + 3] formal cycloaddition strategy and also a Heck coupling for constructing the C2-C3 bond. This work provides a novel approach toward the indoloquinolizidine family of alkaloids.
The ABD-ring of phomactin A was synthesized using an intramolecular formal oxa-[3 + 3] cycloaddion of an alpha,beta-unsaturated iminium salt tethered to a 1,3-diketone. This represents the first time that the 12-membered ring has been formed simultaneously with the 1-oxadecalin and should afford a facile route to the challenging structure of phomactin A.(More)
A computation docking study of the highly potent, non-nitrogen containing, acetylcholinesterase inhibitor (+)-arisugacin A is presented. The model suggests that (+)-arisugacin A is a dual binding site covalent inhibitor of AChE. These findings are examined in the context of Alzheimer's disease-modifying therapeutic design. (+)-Arisugacin A's revealed mode(More)
A general approach to synthesis of dihydroxanthone derivatives is described here. In vitro evaluation of these dihydroxanthones demonstrated that some derivatives possess moderate anti-cholinesterase activities and better selectivities than tacrine for acetylcholinesterase over butyrylcholinesterase. Structural effects on anti-cholinesterase activities were(More)
The feasibility of trapping the vinyl copper intermediate generated in situ from azide-[3 + 2] cycloadditions and viability of employing these triazoles as unique templates for ring-closing metathesis are described here; this work effectively combines the two powerful reactions for the first time to construct various de novo fused and bridged triazoles that(More)
Evidence is described here to support that a highly stereoselective 6pi-electron electrocyclic ring closure of 1-azatrienes is a key step in formal [3 + 3] cycloaddition or annulation reactions of chiral vinylogous amides with alpha,beta-unsaturated iminium salts. This would represent the first highly stereoselective 6pi-electron electrocyclic ring closure(More)