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Quantum chemical calculations are reported to provide new insights on plausible mechanisms leading to the deamidation of asparagine residues in proteins and peptides. Direct hydrolysis to aspartic acid and several succinimide-mediated mechanisms have been described. The catalytic effect of water molecules has been explicitly analyzed. Calculations have been(More)
Ring opening of 1-arylmethyl-2-(cyanomethyl)aziridines with HBr afforded 3-(arylmethyl)amino-4-bromobutyronitriles via regiospecific ring opening at the unsubstituted aziridine carbon. Previous experimental and theoretical reports show treatment of the same compounds with benzyl bromide to furnish 4-amino-3-bromobutanenitriles through ring opening at the(More)
Department of Organic and Macromolecula Group and Laboratory for Organic Synthesis 9000 Ghent, Belgium. E-mail: johan.winne@ Preparative Macromolecular Chemistry, Polymerchemie, Karlsruhe Institute of Tech Karlsruhe, Germany Center for Molecular Modeling, Ghent Zwijnaarde, Belgium Department of Chemistry, Bogazici Univers † Electronic supplementary(More)
The reactivity of 3-hydroxy-4-(1,2-dihydroxyethyl)-β-lactams with regard to the oxidant sodium periodate was evaluated, unexpectedly resulting in the exclusive formation of new 2-hydroxy-1,4-oxazin-3-ones through a C3C4 bond cleavage of the intermediate 4-formyl-3-hydroxy-β-lactams followed by a ring expansion. This peculiar transformation stands in sharp(More)
Oligodeoxynucleotides incorporating a reactive functionality can cause irreversible cross-linking to the target sequence and have been widely studied for their potential in inhibition of gene expression or development of diagnostic probes for gene analysis. Reactive oligonucleotides further show potential in a supramolecular context for the construction of(More)
Deamidation of proteins occurs spontaneously under physiological conditions. Asparaginyl (Asn) residues may deamidate into aspartyl (Asp) residues, causing a change in both the charge and the conformation of peptides. It has been previously proposed by Capasso et al. that deamidation of relatively unrestrained Asn residues proceeds through a succinimide(More)
Advanced oxidation processes (AOPs) are based on the in situ production of hydroxyl radicals (•OH) and reactive oxygen species (ROS) in water upon irradiation of the sample by UV light, ultrasound, electromagnetic radiation, and/or the addition of ozone or a semiconductor. Diclofenac (DCF), one of the emerging organic contaminants (EOC), is of environmental(More)
The reactivity of 2-bromomethyl-2-methylaziridines toward oxygen, sulfur, and carbon nucleophiles in different solvent systems was investigated. Remarkably, the choice of the solvent has a profound influence on the reaction outcome, enabling the selective formation of either functionalized aziridines in dimethylformamide (through direct bromide(More)
Remarkable progress in the area of asymmetric organocatalysis has been achieved in the last decades. Cinchona alkaloids and their derivatives have emerged as powerful organocatalysts owing to their reactivities leading to high enantioselectivities. The widespread usage of cinchona alkaloids has been attributed to their nontoxicity, ease of use, stability,(More)
The addition of phosphite nucleophiles across linear unsaturated imines is a powerful and atom-economical methodology for the synthesis of aminophosphonates. These products are of interest from both a biological and a synthetic point of view: they act as amino acid transition state analogs and Horner-Wadsworth-Emmons reagents, respectively. In this work the(More)