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The concept of molecular simplification as a drug design strategy to shorten synthetic routes, while keeping or enhancing the biological activity of the lead drug, has been applied to (+)-muconin, an acetogenin with remarkable cytotoxicity. A novel approach that enables the stereoselective synthesis of such a natural compound or its enantiomer from a common… (More)
Ascorbic acid (vitamin C) has been used as a radical initiator in a metal-free direct C-H arylation of (hetero)arenes. Starting from an aniline, the corresponding arenediazonium ion is generated in situ and immediately reduced by vitamin C to an aryl radical that undergoes a homolytic aromatic substitution with a (hetero)arene. Notably, neither heating nor… (More)
Transition metal-free oxidation with air at room temperature has been achieved by simply using ascorbate (vitamin C) and catalytic amounts of menadione (vitamin K3). A combination of the mentioned vitamins transforms atmospheric oxygen into hydrogen peroxide, which is able to oxidize arylboronic acids and other chemical moieties.
In this study, we synthesized a series of enantiomerically pure (2R,3R)- and (2R,3S)-disubstituted tetrahydropyrans bearing a CH2O spacer group on the side chain at position 2 of the heterocyclic ring. The in vitro antiproliferative activities of the compounds were examined in the human solid tumor cell lines A2780 (ovarian cancer), SW1573 (non-small cell… (More)
In this study, we synthesized a series of enantiomerically pure (2R,3R)-disubstituted tetrahydropyrans with diverse functional groups. The in vitro antiproliferative activities were examined in the human solid tumor cell lines A2780 (ovarian cancer), SW1573 (non-small cell lung cancer), and WiDr (colon cancer). Overall, the results show the relevance for… (More)
[reaction: see text] A simple and convenient one-pot protocol for the chemoselective C2-homologation of carbohydrate-derived glycols is described. The method comprises the chemoselective oxidation of the glycol to the corresponding hydroxyaldehyde and the subsequent Wittig alkenylation. In addition, the method does not need selective protective group… (More)
Using a [2 + 2 + 2] cycloaddition/Mitsunobu reaction sequence, a convenient synthesis to access new benzocyclotrimer analogues has been developed. The new receptors have the geometry and functionality capable of recognizing the tetramethylammonium ion in the gas phase and in solution.
Cooperativity is one of the most relevant features displayed by biomolecules. Thus, one of the challenges in the field of supramolecular chemistry is to understand the mechanisms underlying cooperative binding effects. Traditionally, cooperativity has been related to multivalent receptors, but Williams et al. have proposed a different interpretation based… (More)
A formal direct carboboration of carbonyl ligands to form manganese boroxycarbenes in a one-pot fashion is reported.