Robert R Wilkening

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OBJECTIVE To test the role of ERbeta in the control of estrogen-dependent thermoregulation in rats. METHODS Test the ability of an ERbeta-selective ligand to suppress the elevation in basal rat tail skin temperature (TST) caused by ovariectomy (OVX). RESULTS ERbeta-19 is a tetrahydrofluorenone ERbeta-selective ligand that displaces 0.1 nM estradiol from(More)
A carbapenem antibiotic, L-786,392, was designed so that the side chain that provides high-affinity binding to the penicillin-binding proteins responsible for bacterial resistance was also the structural basis for ameliorating immunopathology. Expulsion of the side chain upon opening of the beta-lactam ring retained antibacterial activity while safely(More)
Synthesis and derivatization of a series of substituted tetrahydrofluorenone analogs giving potent, ERbeta subtype selective ligands are described. Several analogs possessing ERbeta binding affinities comparable to 17beta-estradiol but with greater than 75-fold selectivity over ERalpha are reported.
Synthesis of a series of fused pyrazole tetrahydrofluorenone analogs which are potent, ERbeta subtype selective ligands is described. Analogs possessing subnanomolar ERbeta binding, greater than 100-fold ERbeta-selectivity, and oral bioavailability are reported.
Orally bioavailable inhibitors of β-(1,3)-D-glucan synthase have been pursued as new, broad-spectrum fungicidal therapies suitable for treatment in immunocompromised patients. Toward this end, a collaborative medicinal chemistry program was established based on semisynthetic derivatization of the triterpenoid glycoside natural product enfumafungin in order(More)
Estrogen acts through two molecularly distinct receptors termed estrogen receptor alpha (ERα) and estrogen receptor beta (ERβ) which bind estradiol with similar affinities and mediate the effects of estrogen throughout the body. ERα plays a major role in reproductive physiology and behavior, and mediates classic estrogen signaling in such tissues as the(More)
Several tetrahydrofluorenones with a triazole fused across C7-C8 showed high levels of ERbeta-selectivity and were found to be potent ERbeta-agonists. As a class they demonstrate improved oral bioavailability in the rat over a parent class of 7-hydroxy-tetrahydrofluorenones. The most selective agonist displayed 5.7 nM affinity and 333-fold selectivity for(More)
L-701,677, L-708,299 and L-708,365 are novel azalide derivatives of erythromycin that exhibit improved acid stability over erythromycin, azithromycin and clarithromycin. The half-life in aqueous solution at pH = 2.1 of these compounds ranged from 0.3 hour for erythromycin to 16.2 hours for L-708,299. The rank order of half-life in acid solution from most to(More)
The clinical success of the echinocandins, which can only be administered parentally, has validated β-1,3-glucan synthase (GS) as an antifungal target. Semi-synthetic modification of enfumafungin, a triterpene glycoside natural product, was performed with the aim of producing a new class of orally active GS inhibitors. Replacement of the C2 acetoxy moiety(More)
A series of novel substituted-[(3R)-amino-2-(2,5-difluorophenyl)]tetrahydro-2H-pyran analogs have been prepared and evaluated as potent, selective and orally active DPP-4 inhibitors. These efforts lead to the discovery of a long acting DPP-4 inhibitor, omarigliptin (MK-3102), which recently completed phase III clinical development and has been approved in(More)