Stéphanie Desvergnes

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Natural products are often large, synthetically intractable molecules, yet frequently offer surprising inroads into previously unexplored chemical space for enzyme inhibitors. Argifin is a cyclic pentapeptide that was originally isolated as a fungal natural product. It competitively inhibits family 18 chitinases by mimicking the chitooligosaccharide(More)
[reaction: see text] A concise total synthesis of (+)-hyacinthacine A(2), a polyhydroxylated pyrrolizidine alkaloid, is described using our recently discovered inversion of the C-N bond polarity in nitrones. In the key step, the diastereoselective reductive coupling of a L-xylose-derived cyclic nitrone with ethyl acrylate allowed the assembly of the(More)
The synthesis of 1-C-substituted 1,4-dideoxy-1,4-imino-D-galactitols involving nitrone umpolung is described. The SmI(2)-induced key coupling proved highly stereoselective in favor of the beta-C-substituted products bearing a three-carbon chain at the pseudoanomeric position. Pyrrolidines 9 and 10, as well as the bicyclic compounds 8 and 11, exhibit weak(More)
In the design of inhibitors of phosphosugar metabolizing enzymes and receptors with therapeutic interest, malonate has been reported in a number of cases as a good and hydrolytically-stable surrogate of the phosphate group, since both functions are dianionic at physiological pH and of comparable size. We have investigated a series of malonate-based mimics(More)
A general method to prepare a new class of carbohydrate-derived, enantiomerically pure polyhydroxypyrroline N-oxides from their alkoxy (protected) derivatives is presented. Boron trichloride is shown to cleave efficiently benzyl ethers and ketals without affecting the imine N-oxide functionality of nitrones. The same reagent (BCl3) also allowed the(More)
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