Robert Williamson

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Two new diketopiperazine dipeptides, cyclomarazines A and B, were isolated and characterized along with the new cyclic heptapeptide cyclomarin D from the marine bacterium Salinispora arenicola CNS-205. These structurally related cyclic peptides each contain modified amino acid residues, including derivatives of N-(1,1-dimethylallyl)-tryptophan and(More)
A new algorithm for Support Vector regression is proposed For a priori chosen it automatically adjusts a exible tube of minimal radius to the data such that at most a fraction of the data points lie outside The algorithm is analysed theoretically and experimentally Introduction Support Vector SV machines comprise a new class of learning algorithms motivated(More)
Pea weevil (Bruchus pisorum L.) oviposition on pods of specific genetic lines of pea (Pisum sativum L.) stimulates cell division at the sites of egg attachment. As a result, tumor-like growths of undifferentiated cells (neoplasms) develop beneath the egg. These neoplasms impede larval entry into the pod. This unique form of induced resistance is conditioned(More)
Chemical investigation of the marine red alga (Rhodophyta) Ceratodictyon spongiosum containing the symbiotic sponge Sigmadocia symbiotica collected from Biaro Island, Indonesia, yielded two isomers of a new and bioactive thiazole-containing cyclic heptapeptide, cis,cis-ceratospongamide (1) and trans, trans-ceratospongamide (2). Isolation of these peptides(More)
A series of novel antibiotics with activity against methicillin-resistant staphylococci and vancomycin-resistant enterococci has been purified, and their structures have been characterized using spectroscopic analyses and chemical conversions. These antibiotics, designated mannopeptimycins alpha-epsilon (1-5), are glycosylated cyclic hexapeptides containing(More)
Yanucamides A (1) and B (2) were isolated from the lipid extract of a Lyngbya majuscula and Schizothrixsp. assemblage collected at Yanuca Island, Fiji. The structures of compounds 1 and 2 were determined by spectroscopic methods. Both compounds contain a unique 2,2-dimethyl-3-hydroxy-7-octynoic acid, which has previously been described only as a component(More)
Lyngbyabellin B (1) was isolated from a marine cyanobacterium, Lyngbya majuscula, collected near the Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida. This new cyclic depsipeptide displayed potent toxicity toward brine shrimp and the fungus Candida albicans. The planar structure was deduced using 1D and 2D NMR spectroscopic methods, and the stereochemistry is proposed(More)
The extract from a laboratory culture of an Indonesian isolate of the cyanobacterium Phormidium sp. displayed inhibitory activity in a Ras-Raf protein interaction assay. Assay-guided fractionation led to the isolation of both active and inactive materials of novel structure. The major inactive metabolite, phormidolide, was nevertheless highly toxic to brine(More)
With high-throughput screening, substituted dibenzo[c,f][2,7]naphthyridine 1 was identified as a novel potent and selective phosphoinositide-dependent kinase-1 (PDK-1) inhibitor. Various regions of the lead molecule were explored to understand the SAR requirement for this scaffold. The crystal structure of 1 with kinase domain of PDK-1 confirmed the binding(More)
Hemiasterlin, a tripeptide isolated from marine sponges, induces microtubule depolymerization and mitotic arrest in cells. HTI-286, an analogue from an initial study of the hemiasterlins, is presently in clinical trials. In addition to its potent antitumor effects, 2 has the advantage of circumventing the P-glycoprotein-mediated resistance that hampers the(More)