Simon E Lewis

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TRPA1 is a unique sensor of noxious stimuli and, hence, a potential drug target for analgesics. Here we show that the antinociceptive effects of spinal and systemic administration of acetaminophen (paracetamol) are lost in Trpa1(-/-) mice. The electrophilic metabolites(More)
The first synthesis of a cyclic oligophenylene possessing a radial π system was reported in 2008. In the short period that has elapsed since, there has been an ever-increasing level of interest in molecules of this type, as evidenced by the volume of publications in this area. This interest has been driven by the highly unusual properties of these molecules(More)
Rhamnolipids (RLs) are heterogeneous glycolipid molecules that are composed of one or two l-rhamnose sugars and one or two β-hydroxy fatty acids, which can vary in their length and branch size. They are biosurfactants, predominantly produced by Pseudomonas aeruginosa and are important virulence factors, playing a major role in P. aeruginosa pathogenesis.(More)
(+)-Grandifloracin was synthesized from sodium benzoate by means of a dearomatizing dihydroxylation that proceeds with unusual regioselectivity. Iron diene complexes formed from the arene oxidation product permit the use of otherwise inaccessible transformations. The synthetic material was shown to be antipodal to the natural product, thus determining the(More)
Azulenesulfonium salts may be readily prepared from the corresponding azulenes by an SE Ar reaction. These azulene sulfonium salts are bench-stable species that may be employed as pseudohalides for cross-coupling. Specifically, their application in Suzuki-Miyaura reactions has been demonstrated with a diverse selection of coupling partners. These(More)
A cyclohexadiene ligand prepared by microbial arene 1,2-dihydroxylation undergoes spontaneous rearrangement upon complexation to tricarbonyliron(0). Subsequent iron removal affords a novel route to formal arene 2,3-dihydroxylation products enantiomeric to those obtainable by direct microbial arene oxidation.
Metabolism of meta-bromobenzoic acid by the blocked mutant Ralstonia eutrophus B9 affords an enantiopure dearomatised halodiene-diol which we demonstrate is a versatile chiron for organic synthesis. The presence of the halogen leads to reactivity that is distinct to that observed for the non-halogenated analogue and also serves as a synthetic handle for(More)
At 150 K, the title compound, C(9)H(11)NO(4)S, crystallizes in the orthorhombic form as a zwitterion and has a low gauche conformation [chi = -46.23 (16) degrees] for an acyclic cysteine derivative. A difference in bond length is observed for the alkyl C-S bond [1.8299 (15) A] and the aryl C-S bond [1.7760 (15) A]. The -NH(3)(+) group is involved in four(More)
We report the enantioselective total syntheses of zeylenol (+)-1, as well as its congeners (-)-7 and 16, and of 3-O-debenzoylzeylenone 28. To this end, a new variant of the Kornblum-DeLaMare rearrangement, which utilises neighbouring-group participation to impart regioselectivity, has been developed. The approach employs photooxygenation of building blocks(More)