Scott G Nelson

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Presently, the zebrafish is the only vertebrate model compatible with contemporary paradigms of drug discovery. Zebrafish embryos are amenable to automation necessary for high-throughput chemical screens, and optical transparency makes them potentially suited for image-based screening. However, the lack of tools for automated analysis of complex images(More)
An enantioselective total synthesis of the naturally occurring anticancer agent (-)-laulimalide is described. The synthesis is characterized by extensive use of new reaction methodologies based on catalytic asymmetric acyl halide-aldehyde cyclocondensation (AAC) reactions and transformations of the derived enantioenriched beta-lactones. The synthesis also(More)
Asymmetric cinchona alkaloid-catalyzed acid chloride-aldehyde cyclocondensation (AAC) reactions afford enantioenriched 4-substituted and 3,4-disubstituted beta-lactones with near perfect absolute and relative stereocontrol. These reactions are characterized by the operational simplicity derived from using commercially available or easily obtained (one-step)(More)
High content screening (HCS), the large-scale automated analysis of the temporal and spatial changes in cells and cell constituents in arrays of cells, has the potential to create enormous systems cell biology knowledge bases. HCS is being employed along with the continuum of the early drug discovery process, including lead optimization where new knowledge(More)
Boron-substituted di(allyl) ethers provide an efficient conduit for expanding the structural diversity available from olefin isomerization-Claisen rearrangement (ICR) reactions. Easily prepared allyl propargyl ethers undergo chemoselective Zr(IV)-catalyzed hydroboration to afford the boron-substituted ICR substrates. The boron-substituted allyl residue(More)
The natural product (-)-pironetin is a structurally simple small molecule microtubule-perturbing agent whose biological activities appear to be exquisitely dependent on defined stereochemistry and the presence of an eletrophilic alpha,beta-unsaturated lactone moiety. We used alkaloid-catalyzed acyl halide-aldehyde cyclocondensation reactions in asymmetric(More)
Highly stereoselective Au(I)-catalyzed pyrrole additions to enantioenriched allenes afford a unique entry to optically active heterocycles. Asymmetric quaternary carbons can be installed with concurrent heterocycle annulation utilizing this methodology. The enantioenriched allenes are conveniently obtained by catalytic asymmetric acyl halide-aldehyde(More)
Catalytic asymmetric acyl halide-aldehyde cyclocondensation (AAC) reactions of alkyl-substituted ketenes with structurally diverse aldehydes provide cis-disubstituted beta-lactones with high enantioselectivity. The AAC reactions utilize a novel Al(III)-triamine catalyst in which the metal's dynamic coordination geometry leads to a highly selective catalyst(More)
[reaction: see text] An asymmetric synthesis of a C(7)-C(20) synthon of amphidinolide B is described. The synthesis entails the construction of C(7)-C(13) and C(14)-C(20) fragments and makes extensive use of catalytic asymmetric bond constructions to establish the requisite stereochemical relationships. Fragment coupling proceeds by Suzuki cross-coupling(More)
[reaction: see text] Optically active 4-substituted 2-oxetanones provide conduits for preparing 2,3-dihydro-4H-pyrone heterocycles. Enantioenriched beta-lactones are prepared by asymmetric catalytic acyl halide-aldehyde cyclocondensation reactions. Hydrazone anion-mediated beta-lactone ring opening and ensuing cyclization-dehydroamination of the derived(More)