Rodolfo Lavilla

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Prolyl oligopeptidase (POP) is a cytosolic serine peptidase that hydrolyzes proline-containing peptides at the carboxy terminus of proline residues. This peptidase has gained importance as a target for the treatment of cognitive disturbances of patients with neuropsychiatric diseases. Our research addresses the identification of POP inhibitors from a small(More)
Unsaturated lactams with endo- or exocyclic C-C double bonds constitute a set of reactive inputs that serve as the electron-rich olefin component in Povarov reactions. These substrates afford the multicomponent adducts in convenient yields and offer a wide range of structural diversity. Postcondensation transformations allow direct access to a variety of(More)
Multiple-specificity ligands are considered promising pharmacological tools that may show higher efficacy in the treatment of diseases for which the modulation of a single target is therapeutically inadequate. We prepared a set of novel ligands for D1 and D2 dopamine receptors by combining two indolo[2,3-a]quinolizidine scaffolds with various tripeptide(More)
The tetrahydroquinolines obtained through the Povarov multicomponent reaction have been oxidized to the corresponding quinoline, giving access to a single product through a two-step sequence. Several oxidizing agents were studied and manganese dioxide proved to be the reagent of choice, affording higher yields, cleaner reactions and practical protocols.
Heterocycles display an intrinsic reactivity which enables rich, versatile and productive transformations. Taking into account their ubiquitous presence in natural products and drugs, the development of new, fast and efficient preparative protocols for these structures remains an urgent task in Organic Synthesis. Multicomponent reactions using heterocyclic(More)
The three-component reaction of dihydropyridines, aldehydes, and p-methylaniline efficiently forms highly substituted tetrahydroquinolines in a stereoselective manner through a Lewis acid-catalyzed formal [4 + 2] cycloaddition. InCl(3) and Sc(OTf)(3) are the catalysts of choice for this process. The in situ generation of a reactive 1,4-dihydropyridine(More)
An efficient, modular method for the synthesis of highly substituted tetrahydroquinoline systems is described. The Lewis acid catalyzed interaction of dihydropyridines with glyoxalate and anilines affords the heterocyclic parent systems in good yields. Tandem one-pot processes allow the incorporation of additional components: a preliminary nucleophilic(More)
A multicomponent reaction involving the interaction of azines (quinolines, isoquinolines, and phenanthridine) with activating agents (chloroformates, acid halides, and sulfonyl halides), isocyanides, and water is described. The products of this process, alpha-carbamoylated-1,2-dihydroazines, are the result of the addition of the isocyanide partner to the(More)
Natural peptides show high degrees of specificity in their biological action. However, their therapeutical profile is severely limited by their conformational freedom and metabolic instability. Stapled peptides constitute a solution to these problems and access to these structures lies on a limited number of reactions involving the use of non-natural amino(More)