Romano V. A. Orru

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Multicomponent reactions have become increasingly popular as tools for the rapid generation of small-molecule libraries. However, to ensure sufficient molecular diversity and complexity, there is a continuous need for novel reactions. Although serendipity has always played an important role in the discovery of novel (multicomponent) reactions, rational(More)
Limonene-1,2-epoxide hydrolase (LEH) from Rhodococcus erythropolis DCL14, an enzyme involved in the limonene degradation pathway of this microlorganism, has a narrow substrate specificity. Of the compounds tested, the natural substrate, limonene-1,2-epoxide, and several alicyclic and 2-methyl-1,2-epoxides (e.g. 1-methylcyclohexene oxide and indene oxide),(More)
A very short and efficient synthesis of the important drug candidate telaprevir, featuring a biocatalytic desymmetrization and two multicomponent reactions as the key steps, is presented. The classical issue of lack of stereoselectivity in Ugi- and Passerini-type reactions is circumvented. The atom economic and convergent nature of the synthetic strategy(More)
Autotransporters (ATs) constitute an important family of virulence factors secreted by Gram-negative bacteria. Following their translocation across the inner membrane (IM), ATs temporarily reside in the periplasmic space after which they are secreted into the extracellular environment. Previous studies have shown that the AT hemoglobin protease (Hbp) of(More)
We have combined the biocatalytic desymmetrization of 3,4-cis-substituted meso-pyrrolidines with an Ugi-type multicomponent reaction followed in situ by a Pictet-Spengler-type cyclization reaction sequence for the rapid asymmetric synthesis of alkaloid-like polycyclic compounds.
A partially purified epoxide hydrolase from Nocardia EH1 was stabilized by immobilization through ionic binding onto DEAE-cellulose. This biocatalyst showed more than twice the activity (225 %) of that of the free enzyme albeit at a marginal reduction in enantioselectivity. The addition of the nonionic detergent Triton X-100 during the immobilization(More)
A broad range of differently substituted dihydropyrimidines and thiazines can be efficiently prepared by using a four-component reaction between phosphonates, nitriles, aldehydes, and iso(thio)cyanates. The scope and limitations of this multicomponent reaction are fully described. Variation of all four components has been investigated. The nitrile and(More)
An integrated online screening system was developed to rapidly screen homogeneous catalysts for activity toward a selected synthesis. The continuous-flow system comprises standard HPLC pumps for the delivery of substrates, an HPLC autosampler for the injection of homogeneous catalysts, a thermostated reactor to mediate synthesis, and a single-stage(More)
Optimising synthetic conversions and assessing catalyst performance is a tedious and laborious endeavour. Herein, we present an automated alternative to the commonly applied sequential approaches that are used to increase catalyst discovery process efficiencies by increasing the number of entities that can be tested. This new approach combines conversion of(More)